DENVER (BRAIN) — SloHi Bike has opened its second location in Denver, and it’s in a space that has long been home to bicycle retail: the former Collins Bicycles building on Colfax Avenue, near Denver’s City Park.
Collins Bicycles was a landmark Schwinn dealer that opened in 1934. It closed in 2015 and the space was occupied for several years by Two Wheel Feel, another bike shop. SloHi owner Adam Williams said the location still has historic signage, fixtures and even paperwork from its glory days.
Williams and his staff began remodeling the space in December, re-using or repurposing many of the historic elements, including some of the exterior signs.
“The number of neighborhood people who have come by to ask us to maintain the old signs is crazy. This store is like a fixture on Colfax,” Williams said.
The location may be the longest-standing bike shop location in the city. The building is still owned by the Collins family that opened the bike shop originally, and members of the family still live nearby.
Like the original SloHi, which is in Denver’s Highlands neighborhood, the new store will focus on the urban market with Giant bikes and a selection of cargo …read more