ABOVE: Shawn Lukens, owner of Adrenaline Bike Works
It’s a small town known for its quaint downtown, vibrant arts community and frequent festivals. Mount Dora also has developed a following among cyclists for its rolling hills, challenging mountain bike trail and annual bicycle festival.
A new enterprise, Adrenaline Bike Works, will be well-positioned to capitalize on the city’s cycling assets when it opens this fall. Shawn Lukens, an avid cyclist, will open the new business in the former home of Mount Dora Museum of Speed, after purchasing the one-story building from Cindy Bogard, another local resident.
The primary focus of Adrenaline Bike Works will be service and repairs, but it will also sell new bikes, including mountain, road and cruiser styles.
Although Lukens, a Lake County Deputy Sheriff, is new to the bike business, he certainly isn’t new to cycling. About a decade ago, Lukens lost 100 pounds and began road riding to help reach his goal. He dropped the weight, yet gained a new passion when he progressed to off-road riding.
Lukens, 37, who aims to provide cyclists a place to hang out and organize rides, has hired managers with almost 40 years of experience in the cycling business to handle the daily operations of Adrenaline Bike Works.
“I am getting into this business because I love to ride and I love being part of the community,” said Lukens. “Also my 4-year-old and 7-year-old ride and I love seeing kids get out there on bikes and try new things and get better.”
Lukens is hoping to open in October. Adrenaline Bike Works will be located at 206 N. Highland Street in uptown Mount Dora.
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