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Fenwick cycles back

Familiar face opens downtown Dixon bike shop

Published: Saturday, April 12, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
(Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)
Local bicyclist B.J. Fenwick, 66, of Sterling has opened Green River Cyclery at at 205 E. First St. in Dixon, a sales and service shop. Folks may remember him not only as a member of the Rock River Valley Bicycle Club, but also as the former owner of Green River Adventure Sports, a sporting goods store in Dixon he owned and operated until June 2012, when he decided to ratchet back to bikes only.
(Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)
Green River Cyclery is located at 205 E. First Street in Dixon.

DIXON – A local cycling enthusiast who closed his downtown sporting goods store 2 years ago has kept on his path, opening a bicycle shop near KSB Hospital.

B.J. Fenwick, 66, of Sterling, closed Green River Adventure Sports at 148 S. Peoria Ave. in June 2012. He was scaling back, he said at the time, and planned to open a bike shop in Sterling.

Those plans fell through, though, when the building he wanted required too many repairs.

He missed tinkering, and missed his customers, though, so he kept looking. He found the perfect spot back in Dixon, at 205 E. First St.

Technically, he opened Green River Cyclery in December, although it has been an ongoing process, he said. Now that the weather’s heating up, so is his repair service – he’s booked about 2 weeks out at the moment.

And speaking of service, Fenwick offers a sweet feature for those who can’t manage to fold their bikes up and stuff them into their cars: He will pick up and deliver bikes in and around Sterling, Rock Falls and Dixon.

He plans to sell a line or two of new bikes, as well, probably when fall rolls around. For now, he’s concentrating on repairs, and on overhauling and selling used bikes, as his time permits.

Fenwick, a member of the Rock River Valley Bicycle Club, is an avid cyclist. He peddles every chance he gets, putting 6,000 to 7,000 miles on his machine just getting back and forth to work each year.

Green River Cyclery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, although that’s likely to change to 8 to 3, now that the season for riding has arrived.

Find the shop on Facebook or call 815-622-8180 for more information.

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