Bucephalus Bikes is planning a grand opening celebration on Saturday, Feb. 12, at its new location in Evanston.

The shop, named for the loyal horse ridden by Alexander the Great, has been in the building at 1532 Crain St., at the corner of Florence Avenue, since October.

Co-owners Alex Añón and Ryan Pavlik, who are both architects as well as cycling aficionados, first opened Bucephalus Bikes in a small garage space on Greenleaf Street, but outgrew that space and used their design background to retrofit the new space to meet their needs.

“We promote ridership and want to provide friendly service and selection to everyone who rides a bike — no matter how frequently, or which bike,” Añón says. “This is a great option for everyone, whether they’re on a high-end road bike, or a garage sale special. Cycling is inclusive and we hope to provide an experience that isn’t intimidating, but inviting.”

The shop offers sales and service including safety and maintenance tune-ups, overhauls, custom wheel building, frame swaps, conversions, and custom bike building. “We’ll also put on training wheels, or fit bikes for kids that are moving up a size.”

“We think that Bucephalus will appeal to cyclists of all types,” says Pavlik, who began working on bikes beginning with his first 1982 Schwinn Thrasher, and never stopped. Pavlik, walks the talk, or rides the ride, and commutes to Evanston each day from his home in Chicago’s South Loop — year-round.

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