A new bike shop in Winfield offers goods and services for those interested in BMX racing, and has plans to expand into other offerings as well.
CC Bike Co. opened earlier this month at 606 Main St. The shop sells BMX bikes for racers from entry to professional level, as well as freestyle scooters and balance bikes for kids who are just learning to ride. They also perform bike repairs and sell custom clothing, decals and vinyl stickers. In the future, they hope to expand into selling regular bicycles, owner Stacey Rowley said. CC Bike Co. also has its own BMX racing team that competes at tracks in the surrounding area.
Rowley and her boyfriend, Aaron Cole, who works at the shop, are both from Winfield originally, although they live in Cedar Vale currently.
Rowley said the store has had a good response so far. “Our goal is to get kids on bikes and help them get active,” she said.
To help with this, Rowley said there are plans in the works to fix up and donate bicycles to kids in need. She has talked with counselors at the Winfield and Cedar Vale school districts to find kids who could benefit from receiving a bicycle. Rowley said they are seeking good, used bikes to buy or have donated to be fixed up and given away.
The idea to give away bikes came from Rowley and Cole’s two daughters, who wanted a way to get kids involved in cycling. Both girls, as well as Cole’s son and other family members, are involved in racing.
Cole said his younger daughter became interested when he took her to a race track in Wichita because she was too young to participate in other organized sports. She fell in love with racing, he said, and has now started teaching her friends. Her older sister soon followed her into BMX.
“It’s something we all could fall in love with. It’s very family oriented,” Rowley said.
Rowley said there have been some setbacks when opening a business during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the problems have not been as bad as expected.
CC Bike Co.’s hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.