Carrie Rengers

Lee Engler explains why he closed Lee’s Bike Shop

Lee Engler says the popularity of bicycling is increasing, but his sales at Lee’s Bike Shop weren’t.
Lee Engler says the popularity of bicycling is increasing, but his sales at Lee’s Bike Shop weren’t. The Wichita Eagle

In 2010, former WDM Architects landscape architect Lee Engler told Have You Heard? he was turning his love of biking into a business with Lee’s Bike Shop.

Now, he explains why he abruptly closed the store in Auburn Pointe at Maple and 135th Street West.

“The business just did not make enough money over the last year or so,” Engler says.

“It’s not just us,” he says. “In the bicycle business overall, it’s been a pretty rough last few years. Nobody’s really put a finger on it.”

Engler says the popularity of bicycling is increasing, but he speculates that Internet sales are, too. In some cases, though, he says he believes people are simply getting their old bikes out of their garages and fixing them.

“People are still a little hesitant to buy new products.”

Engler says he didn’t have a going-out-of-business sale because he simply returned his products to vendors.

He says with his design and construction background, he’ll probably return to that, but he’s not sure in what capacity yet.

“We’re still closing things down.”

One thing is for certain, Engler says. He’s going to remain a part of the cycling community.

“That’s how I started out, and that’s how I’m going to continue on.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

  Comments