- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - CityHub Cyclery, a unique new bicycle shop, has opened in an historic downtown Muskegon building.

While the business is designed to appeal toward both men and women, the owners, Julia Miller and Jennifer Wever, are enthusiastic about introducing the idea of biking to women, while also selling gear that will appeal to experienced bikers of both genders.

“(Our) main focus is to make women feel comfortable and more involved (with biking),” Miller told The Muskegon Chronicle ( http://bit.ly/1eZk7Dp ). “(We) wanted to make (the hub) more about women because women are not as focused on” when it comes to biking.

The hub sells everything from cruiser bikes, road bikes, racing bikes and unique biking gear.

“(We’re) trying to balance the items,” Miller said.

One of the unique items the hub sells is a Yuba Mundo cargo bike that is built for carrying lots of items, including children, according to Miller.

The business offers a selection of Felt, Yuba, Kona and Detroit Bikes. It will also stock a selection of urban gear and clothing from Shredly, Après Vélo, Twin Six, NutCase and Zoic.

In addition, rentals and bike maintenance are additional offerings at CityHub Cyclery, which is located relatively close to the Shoreline Trail for recreational use.

Miller and Wever said they are very excited about the cargo and cruiser bikes because the bikes provide a prime example of how biking does not have to be about exercise, but rather an activity that can be very fun and rewarding.

“(We’re) hoping to get the bike community (in Muskegon) bigger,” Wever said.

Miller and Wever’s goal is to develop groups of people who go out and bike, come back to downtown Muskegon and hang out at a place like Unruly Brewery, Miller said.

“(We) call ourselves a hub so people feel comfortable to hang out,” Miller said. “(We) always have complimentary coffee and Wifi.”

“The Lakeshore has so much to offer and Muskegon has so much to offer,” Miller said.

Miller, who is trained in bicycle repair, brings more than 25 years of experience as a competitive racer, triathlete, trainer and organizer of riding groups. Wever, a leisure cyclist, is an engineer with a business background.

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