At the Lynnhurst Summer Festival, the raffle for prizes from local businesses was especially popular this year. Two prizes were the most sought after – two brand-new, fully-equipped kids’ bicycles, donated by a new business in Lynnhurst, Tangletown Bike Shop.
Tangletown Bike Shop moved into the former dry cleaner spot in the 50th and Bryant business node in January 2018. The shop was already familiar to many in the neighborhood, as it was previously located just a few blocks away at 48th St. and Grand Ave. Owners Mike O’Leary and Dan Campo (of South Lyndale Liquors) purchased Charlie’s Tangletown Bike Shop after owner Charlie Siftar passed away 2 ½ years ago, and decided to move the shop to a larger space on 50th Street. Although the store is now technically in the Lynnhurst neighborhood, O’Leary wanted to keep the familiar Tangletown name.
O’Leary enjoys being in Lynnhurst and has felt welcomed by the neighborhood and the other businesses at 50th and Bryant. O’Leary said there are plans in the works to have a block party in the shared back alley.
Tangletown Bike Shop sells new bikes for all ages and types of riding. They have road bikes, comfort bikes, mountain bikes, fat-tire bikes and youth bikes. Tangletown also rents bikes by the day, hour, or longer term, complete with a helmet and lock. This winter the shop will rent fat-tire bikes for those popular rides on frozen Minnehaha Creek. Tangletown Bike Shop is also a full-service and repair shop, offering inspections, tune-ups, overhauls and parts replacement.
Tangletown Bike Shop has a distinctly local feel. They support local businesses and products like Sturdy Bag Designs, handmade customized bike bags made by Joe, a local designer and member of Tangletown Bike Shop’s team. O’Leary and his team love to share their talents and passion for biking with the community. They support and coach the 612 Mountain Bike Team – a consolidated team of 7th to 12th graders from Washburn, South and Southwest High Schools as well as other Minneapolis students without a team at their schools. Tangletown Bike Shop also partners with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to offer ‘pop-up bike parks’, temporary places to get together and ride, geared toward providing teens safe and engaging activities and connecting them with their communities.