Kneehill County is proud to highlight the Agripreneurs and Businesses that make our community great.
When driving up to Cal’s Cycle, located just east of Linden, you can’t help but be surprised by the sheer size of the building and the scale of the operation.
Calvin Toews started this landmark business by accident back in 1985 when he attended Reid’s Auction in Calgary to purchase bikes for his children. Once the neighbours saw them, they requested he pick up bikes for them on the next trip and the extras were advertised and sold to the community. This neighbourly gesture quickly became a home-based business and new bikes, as well as maintenance and repairs, were added to the mix. As time went on, three of Calvin’s sons joined the business, and today, Ryan and Dwight continue to keep the business tires rolling. In 2009, the shop was moved to its current location where the former chicken barn was converted into a bike shop to accommodate their growing inventory and services.
Honesty, hard work, and integrity are the values that drive this family business forward. When asked what advice they have for other small businesses, they aptly refer to Albert Einstein's famous quote, “Life is like a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving”.
The pictures honestly do not do Cal’s Cycle justice. Nothing prepares you for the vast selection that awaits you when you walk through the doors for the first time. Rows of new and used pedal bikes, electric bikes and trikes, indoor fitness equipment, parts, and accessories surround the maintenance shop where up to five mechanics tend to builds and repairs. The showroom displays over 500 bikes when fully stocked. Throughout the building, you will find a unique collection of pedal carts, scooters, buddy bikes, and one-of-a-kind creations. You can even get the equipment to convert your bike to an indoor trainer so you can ride all winter long, uninterrupted by weather. If you are planning an event, pedal cart rentals are available for special occasions such as birthday parties and family gatherings. The family’s knowledge of bikes is as vast as their inventory so don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.
Winter is the perfect time to get your bike professionally cleaned and serviced, so call in advance to book an appointment for your tune-up. While you wait, take one of the bikes for a test ride on the outdoor track (seasonal) or down the aisles of the shop (yes, it is that large).
What makes Cal’s Cycle so special? A huge selection of stock, exceptional customer service, and the option to trade in your used or outgrown bikes. If your bike needs more repairs than it’s worth, you can add it to the hundreds of bikes they donate annually to villages in Africa.
Cal’s Cycle is a perfect place to finish up Christmas shopping for your cyclist! They can help you out with stocking stuffers, gifts, and gift certificates. Stop by the shop located on Township Road 30-4, 5 km straight east of Linden to browse their full selection.