February 21, 2009

There are special places in this world that despite their age or maybe because of it, feel like home. Such is the atmosphere of College Cyclery in Sacramento’s Land Park.

This neighborhood icon has been calling Land Park and Curtis Park home since 1935.  The building was originally constructed as a Piggly Wiggly Market in 1921.  Safeway came into the picture, buying out Piggly Wiggly in 1927, continuing to operate it a a market until 1935.

Mr. Carol Melvin inspired the beginning of College Hardware and Cyclery in 1935.  A little after World War II, the hardware business was phased out to concentrate on the bicycle business, both in sales and repair.  Under Mr. Melvin’s ownership, College Cyclery had a great run until he finally retired in 1987.

Chuck and Lorene Meyer then took up the neighborhood shop and continued its great service and reputation until they sold it to their daughter and son-in-law, Allison and Terry Cox,  in 2006. 

College Cyclery has supported the enjoyment of cycling through several avenues.  They are working with  BIKESKILLS to promote and build cycling skills parks in the area. Through these efforts, they hope to give the community a place to practice biking in a safe environment.  In the same vein, they hold seminars on safe cycling and sponsor competitive youth BMX team racing at many American Bicycle Association events. 

From young to old, from experienced to the novice, College Cyclery has been our resource for many decades and we look forward to many more!


Some things have never changed, including the sputtering neon sign.  Bicycles have always been on display…the only changes are whatever is the current trend in cycling.






As you can see, there are plenty of display cases and bicycles EVERYWHERE!











Then there are a few attention getters…like this bicycle that took too long of rest between rides. A tree took a liking to it and grew completely around it! 

The photo below is of quite possibly the longest bicycle I have ever seen – do you see four seats and handlebars?








So, if you are ever in the Land Park or Curtis Park area, don’t miss this wonderful place.  If you want to learn more, their website is .


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