Pull up to most bike shops at 6:30 on a Friday evening and if you don’t notice all the lights shut off and find the doors mysteriously locked, more than likely the welcome you receive would be filled with feelings of “don’t you know we’ve been open all day…why right now?” Shops can indeed be intimidating, and sometimes the time you show up doesn’t help. After our recent move to Texas I have been checking out local shops, getting a lay of the land, hoping to meet folks who like bikes and friendly enough to tell me what to check out and what to stay away from.

Friday evening my wife Lauren and I ventured out and stopped by the Mad Duck Cyclery in Grapevine, TX. We were immediately greeted with a warm and sincere welcome, and a few minutes later invited to stick around for a beer with the crew. The crew was comprised of two of the shop owners, a few shop employees, and a handful of locals who have made Mad Duck their home. This was a breath of fresh air: a realization that normal people who loved bikes existed in this foreign land. As we enjoyed Mad Duck’s hospitality we checked out beautiful bikes from Moots, Colnago, Yeti and Orbea, the necessities you need along the walls, and the repair area with Fat Tire on tap.

The crew was very friendly, offering up local riding information and invitations to join their group rides. It was great to see a local business thriving that wasn’t cookie-cutter and part of the big-bigger-biggest competition that is Dallas retail. This was such a great experience and without a doubt we’ll be back to the Mad Duck very soon.

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