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As summer approaches and the Indianapolis outdoor community starts to come alive, one of the most exciting elements of the season is the return of cycling. The bikeability of Indianapolis offers a great way to both enjoy the warmer months and commute easily through the city, and one of the biggest contributors to biking culture in Indy is LoKe Bicycles.
Based out of Fishers, LoKe is a community staple that has been offering personal, local, bicycle sales and repairs since 2013 and are looking to continue their history of serving Indy’s biking community this year.
Since its opening, LoKe has occupied the same space in Fishers off 116th and Brooks School Rd. In April, LoKe made the move into a new location in the heart of downtown Fishers on the first floor of the new Spark Apartments building. With a new location comes excitement and new opportunity, and the owner of LoKe, Jim Moffitt, has high hopes for what the store could be.
“Our shop has changed dramatically since we first opened,” he says. “When we first opened, it was your typical bike shop that had 60 to 80 bikes on the floor. E-commerce picked up and changed the face of what retail is and also what a bike shop I think is going to be, and so our shop model changed to reflect what I saw. We order in specific models and types for people when we’re working with them, so I can get almost any bike in 4-5 business days.
“The reason I came to downtown Fishers is because the whole area is growing. I looked at several different locations, but I wanted to come here because of what’s going on downtown. There’s a lot of investment, a lot of entrepreneurial spirit going on downtown, it’s really fresh and active, and our downtown community in Fishers is amazing.”
Priding itself on selling and servicing quality bicycles, LoKe distinguishes itself from other shops by taking the time to learn the needs of each customer and then doing whatever it takes to meet those needs. The shop features a coffee bar where customers can sit down with a member of the LoKe staff, discuss what they’re looking for in a bicycle, whether that be style, price, color or a whole host of other options, and then move forward with choosing a bike that is the right fit. LoKe has the flexibility to order countless different bikes online, offering customers a wide array of options to choose from. Aside from the individualized bike sales at LoKe, they also have full-service bicycle repair and maintenance on any model of bike.
“My goal is to get people on bikes and to have LoKe bicycles be part of that,” Moffitt says. “Being a part of the community and helping the community thrive is important to us.”
LoKe is located in the heart of downtown Fishers, and they are officially open for business in their new location. If you are looking for a place that can be your guide in making cycling a regular part of your life, regardless of experience level, check out LoKe Bicycles.
LoKe Bicycles is located at 8800 North St. Suite 101 in Fishers across from Four Day Ray Brewing. You can visit them online at lokebicycles.com or give them a call at 317-595-5653 for more information.