Bicycle Shops Of Des Moines, Iowa,
       And The Polk County Area
1889 to 2011
1)   Hodgson Brothers - 200 West Court Avenue (1889-1890)
    Hodgson Cycle Exchange - 722 Locust (1891 - 1892)
    Hodgson & Seymour - 821 Walnut (1891)

       Alfred E. Hodgson
       J.B. Hodgson
       ________Seymour

2)   Ernest D. Kenyon - 205 6th Avenue (1891)
    Kenyon Bicycle Manufacturing Company - 722 Locust (1892)
    Pacemaker Bicycle Company - 722 Locust (1894)

       Ernest D. Kenyon
       George R. Lathrop
       Clayton C. Rhoads
       R. Boyd Schuyler

3)   Des Moines Cycle Company - 724 Locust (1894 - 1899)
       (continued on as W.J. Riddell / Des Moines Automobile Company)

       William J. Riddell
       Edward G. Mitchell

4)   Kenyon-Cooper Bicycle Company - 805 Locust (1894 - 1896)
    Kenyon Bicycle Company - 805 Locust (1897 - 1899)
    Kenyon-Becker Bicycles - 720 Grand (1902)

       Ernest D. Kenyon
       Fenimore I. Cooper
       Joseph H. Becker

5)   J.E. Reiter - 616 Locust (1894)

6)    Des Moines Cycle Company - 714 Locust (1894)

        August Bilz, manager

7)   Edmonds & Pancoast - Southeast Corner of 7th Street and Grand Avenue (1895 - 1896)
     Pancoast & Sears - 620 Locust (189_)
       (Absorbed by Hopkins-Sears Company)

       Albert B. Edmonds
       John W. Pancoast
       William W. Sears

8)   Capital City Cycle Company - 611 Locust (1895)

       Henry S. Benjamin
       Arthur B. Hazard

9)   Iowa Cycle & Repairing Company - 414 6th Avenue (until March 25, 1895)
                                                              - 314 5th Avenue (April 4, 1895 onward)

       Philetus P. Dawson

10)   Harvey N. Timms - Rooms 11& 12, Iowa Loan & Trust Building, 207-213 5th Avenue (1895)

11)   George L. Seagar - 314 Locust, 220 East 5th (1896)
        (Also known as World Bicycles, and Arnold Schwinn & Company)

12)   Orvan L. Page & Company - 414 6th Avenue (1896)

        Orvan L. Page
        Ellsworth L. Daugherty

13)    Lathrop - Rhoades Cycle Company - 607-609 Locust (June, 1897)
                                                                   - 604 Walnut (1897)
         (An offshoot business from Lathrop-Rhoads Company)

         George R. Lathrop
         Clayton C. Rhoads

14)    Jarvis & Parkhill - 618 East Grand Avenue (1897)
       Albert H. Parkhill - 618 East Grand Avenue (1897 - 1898)

          _______ Jarvis
          Albert. H. Parkhill

15)     Bert Perkins Bicycles - 511 Mulberry (1897)
                                              - 698 20th Street (1898)

         (Continued on as Bert Perkins Bicycles & Electric Apparatus, and Perkins Electric Company)

16)     Henry J. Brain Bicycles - 317 6th Avenue (1897)
                                                 - 310 6th Avenue (1898)

17)     John S. Walker - Under 601 East Locust (1897)

18)     Norman Lichty's Bicycle Store - 608 Locust (1896)
           (An offshoot business of Norman Lichty's Drug & Sundries)

19)     Joe Baker - 217-219 Walnut (1897)
                           - 314 Locust (June, 1897)

20)     Joseph E. Cheney Bicycles - 817 Locust (1899 - 1900)

21)     Central Cycle Company - Youngerman Block, 5th & Mulberry (1898)

          (owner undetermined)

22)     Centennial A. Engelbeck & Company / Centennial A. Engelbeck Bicycles - 630 East Grand (1898 - 1902)
        Tapley-Anthony Cycle Company - 630 East Grand (1903)
        Anthony Cycle Company (1904 onwards)
           (Continued on as Anthony Cycle Company Motorcycles & Bicycles, until 1916) see the history at
             Homestead.Com/TapleyAnthony/Engelbeck.html for more information.

           Centennial ("Cennie") Arthur Engelbeck
           Warren Earle Tapley
           Edwards Paul Anthony

23)     Hoare & Madden Bicycle Company - 617 East Grand (1899)
         H.H. Madden - 617 East Grand (1900)

           Arthur T. Hoare
           Herbert H. Madden

24)     Hopkins Brothers Bicycle Company - 316 7th (1899 onwards)
            (Continued on and eventually evolved into Hopkins Sporting Goods Company, and now is known as
             Hopkins, of Clive, Iowa) Visit their site at WWW.HopkinsSportingGoods.Com

          Dan F. Hopkins
          Edwin N. Hopkins
          John O. Hopkins

25)     Capital City Bicycle Company - 316 Locust (1898 - 1899)

          Elmer N. Killam

26)     Elastic Wheel Company - 421 East 5th (1899)
        Spring Hub Bicycle Manufacturing Company - 423 East 5th (1900-1904)
        Jacob H. Peterson - 439 East Grand (1905)
        Spring Hub Bicycle Manufacturing Company - 439 East Grand (1906 - 1967)
        Modern Merchandise Mart - 723 East University Avenue (1960-1965)
        Modern Bicycle Mart - 723 East University Avenue (1966-1988)
        Modern Bike Mart - 723 East University Avenue (1989-1990)
        Modern Bike - 723 East University Avenue (1991-1993)
        Modern Bike - 1511 East Euclid Avenue (1993-    )
          (Both concerns were run by the Peterson family, at one point simultaneously)
          Visit their site at WWW.ModernBIKE.Com

          Jacob H. Peterson
          Adolph Faust
          George W. Hartner
          Robert J. Peterson
          James Peterson

27)     Frederick R. Crang Bicycles - 405 6th (1899)


          ( A brief offshoot of his sewing machine store, and continued by same)

28)     Keith Vawter & Sons - 1215 25th (1899)
 
          Flora K. Vawter
          Keith Vawter

29)     C. K. Mead & Company - 405 4th (1899)

30)     Arthur V. Calkins - 219 Locust (1896)

31)     Robert J. Firestone - 416-418 Court Avenue (1896)

32)     Marc Tectors - Room 206, Manhattan Building (1896)

33)     Frank M. Benscoter - 777 9th Street (1902-1903)
                                           - 1003 Center (1903)

34)     Roy C. Hartman Bicycles - 2010 Cottage Grove (1902)

35)     Frank I. Wennerberg - 222 Grand Avenue (1902)
                                             - 123 East Locust (1903)
        Walter Wennerberg - 103 Locust (1904 - 1905)

36)    Alfred W. Moore Bicycle Repairing - 823 Grand Avenue (1899)
        Byrd E. Moore Bicycle Repairing - 823 Grand Avenue (1900 - 1905)
        Byrd E. Moore Bicycles - 814 Grand Avenue (1906-1920)
        Merton E. Barr Bicycles - 814 Grand Avenue (1920-1930)
        Merton E. Barr Bicycles - 731 Grand Avenue (1931- 1943)
        Moore Bicycles - 817 Grand Avenue (1936-1937)
        Merton E. Barr Bicycles - 731 and 915 Grand (1944-1946)
        Merton E. Barr Bicycles - 915 Grand Avenue (1943-1950)
        Barr Bicycle Shop - 1500 Linden (1950-1958)
        Barr Bicycle Shop - 1805 Keosauqua Way (1959-1972)
        Barr Bicycle Center - 1710 86th Street(Clive Road), Clive, Iowa (1972-1991)
        Barr Bicycle & Fitness, Incorporated - 1710 86th Street, Clive, Iowa (1992-       )

          (Visit the sites at BarrBike.Com and
           Homestead.Com/KenyonCooper/History.html for more information
           and pictures of this business that is still in operation.)

           Alfred W. Moore
           Byrd Ernest Moore
           Merton Ellis Barr
           Paul DeWitt Valentine
           Herbert Carl Hoss
           James Norman Hoss

37)     George L. Reese Bicycles - 2324 University Avenue (1909-1910)

38)     Harris A. Merton, New And Used Bicycles And Accessories -
                                                                                  214 Locust (1910)

39)     Model Cycle Company - 2324 University Avenue (1912-1913)
                                                - 316 Locust (1913)
   
          Leo D. Sparrowk

40)     Richards Cycle Company - 909 Grand Avenue (1916)

          Andrew L. Richards

41)     Des Moines Cycle Company - 421 3rd (1920)
                                                         - 720-722 Grand Avenue (1921)
                                                         - 816-820 Grand Avenue (1922-     )
                                                         - 915 Grand Avenue (until 1943)
          (Continued on by Miller Products Company, manufacturers
           of bicycle parts, and still in business today.)
           Vist their site at WWW.MillerProductsCo.Com

          Donald Miller
          Norman T. Miller

42)     Gerald A. Bissell Bicycles - 414 East 5th (1923)

43)     Frank Switzer Bicycles - 3709 6th Avenue (1941-1949)

44)     Chet's Bike Shop - 306 East 6th Avenue (1941)
        Chester M. Graves Bicycles - 233 East 30th (1946-1950)

45)     Beaverdale Rent-A-Bike - 2502 Beaver Avenue (1939-1943)
        F&J Sales Company - 2502 Beaver Avenue (1944-1945)
                                           - 1474 Keosauqua Way (1946-1949)
        Wholesale Cycle Company - 1099 15th Street (1947)

          Frank L. McCaughey
          James A. McCaughey

46)     Earl W. Gentry Bicycles - 1434 East 14th Street (1950)

47)     Highland Park Bicycle Shop - 2nd Avenue & Tiffin (1950)
        
           Elmer O. Fessler

48)     Range Bicycle Shop - 231 East 30th (1954-1964)

          Charles H. Range

49)     Roy's Cycle Shop - 1541 28th (1959-1962)

          L. Roy Ellis

50)     Southside Cycle Shop - 506 McKinley Avenue (1961)
                                             - 1108 Army Post Road (1962)

          Herbert L. Oswald

51)     Howard's Bike Shop - 1329 2nd Avenue (1963-1971)

          Howard E. Sorter

52)     Irwin's Bike & Sports Supplies - 1166 24th Street (1966-1980)
                                                           -  5820 Aurora Avenue (1981-2001)
                                                           -  5500 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa
                                                                                                         (2001 -2010)

          Wilbur L. Irwin (until 1999)
          Jack Davis (1999 - 2010)

53)     Clovie's Bicycle Shop - 1307 Lewis (1968-1971)

          Clovie Riggle

54)     Bob's Bike Shop - 415 Ankeney Boulevard, Ankeney, Iowa (1960)
                                     - 101 Maple, Ankeney, Iowa (1961)

         (owner not determined yet)

55)     Dom's Used  Bikes - 3829 82nd, Urbandale, Iowa  (197?)

           Dominick Fusaro

56)     Tom's Used Bike Shop - 2264 East Grand Avenue (1972)
                                               - 2401 East Walnut (1972)

          Thomas Hannagan

57)   Doug's Bike World - 6565 University Avenue,Windsor Heights, Iowa (1972-1973) (1975)
           (Formerly Doug's Toy And Hobby World,  it continued after
           1975 as Doug's Train World)

           Douglas P. DuBay

58)     Bicycle Imports, Limited - 3510 Cottage Grove (1974-1975)

          Fritz Stout

59)     The Bike Shop - 2627 Forest Avenue (1974)

          Richard Seidenfeld

60)     Denny's Cyclery - 1606 1/2 West 1st, Ankeny, Iowa (1974)
        D & J Cyclery - 1606 1/2 West 1st, Ankeny, Iowa (1974)
        Sport & Bike - 1606 1/2 West 1st (1975)

            Dennis Lint

61)     Madonia's Bike Shop - 340 East Army Post Road (1976-1983)
        Madonia's World Of Bicycling (store #2) - 3835 University Avenue
                                                                               (1979-1980)
        Madonia's World Of Bicycling (store #3) - 6833 Douglas Avenue,
                                                                               Urbandale, Iowa (1980)
        Madonia's World Of Bicycling (store #4) - 3102 Forest Avenue
                                                                               (1981-1984)
        Army Post Bicycle Center - 340 East Army Post Road (1985)

          Joe Madonia

62)     Windsor Heights Firestone Bike Shop - 7229 University Avenue,
                                                                            Windsor Heights, Iowa (1976)

           Robert Johnson, manager

63)     Plaza Hill DX Service / Suncrest Bike Sales & Service - 30th & (2911)
                                                                                       Douglas Avenue (1976)

            Robert G. Brown, manager

64)     Des Moines Bicycle - 4223 Fluer Drive (1980-1983)

           Harold Annette
           Dale T. Pawlowski, manager

65)     Ace Bike Shop - 10 Southeast Main Street, Bondurant, Iowa (1981)

           Asa L. King

66)     Precision Cyclery - 324 29th Street, West Des Moines (1981 -    )

           Pat and Ernie Fisher

67)     Bill's Cyclery - 3719 Southwest 9th (1984 -1993)
         Ozzy's Bill's Cyclery (1993 - ?)
            Ozzy's Mobile Bike Repair - 4411 Southwest 9th (? -   )

          Bill Albright (1984-1993)
          Mike Oswald (1993-       )

68)     The Boulevard Sports - 2718 Kingman Boulevard (1985-1996)
                                              - 4209-4211 Chamberlain Boulevard (1996-    )
         
          Charles Irvine
           Visit their site at WWW.Blvdsports.com

69)     Saltzman Super Sports - 3110 Southwest 9th (1986-1987)
                                               - 3001 Southwest 9th (1988-1990)

          Jerome Saltzman

70)     The Bicycle Connection (Bike World's Warehouse) -
                                                 2401 1/2 Hickman Road (1988 -     )

          John Gooding, manager

71)     Bike World - 5741 University Avenue (1981-1987)
                             - 2929 Merle Hay Road (1988-2009)
                                       - 6600 Douglas (2009 -      )
         Bike World West  -  5970 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines, Iowa
                                                                                                   (1995 -    )
                                        -  5950 Village View Drive (2010 -      )
          Visit their site at WWW.BikeWorldIowa.Com

          Forrest Ridgeway Jr.

72)     Clark Rasmussen & Sons Bike Shop - 735 Railroad Avenue, West Des Moines, Iowa (1976-1988)
        Rassmusen Bike Shop - 840 1st Street, West Des Moines, Iowa (1989-2000)
        Rassmusen Bike Shop - 301 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines, Iowa (2000-       )
         
          Clark Rasmussen
          Greg Rasmussen

         Visit their site at WWW.RasmussenBikeShop.Com

73)     Action Cycles - 125 Army Post Road (Summer, 1990)

          Bryant Eggenberger

74)     B&J Custom Cycle - 4311 Southwest 9th (1990-     )

           Rick Tulk


75)     Wanamaker Cyclery - 1706 1/2 West 1st, Ankeny, Iowa
                                                                                  (1981-1984)
        Bike Country - 1706 1/2 West 1st, Ankeny, Iowa (1985-1986)
        Bike Country - 825 East 1st, Ankeny, Iowa (1987-      )
        Bike Country(store #2) - 606 Army Post Road, Des Moines
                                                                                       (1992-1994)
           Visit their site at WWW.BikeCountry.Com

           Gordon Havlick

76)     The North Slope Bike Shop - 8801 University Avenue, Clive, Iowa (1989-1992)
                                                       - 2700 University Avenue, West Des Moines, Iowa (1992-1993)

           Mac McCoy

77)     Craig's Cyclery - 201 4th Street, West Des Moines, Iowa (1992-1995)

           Craig Nims

78)   Ameritech Cycling and Mountaineering - 3506 Rollins Avenue (1993-1995)
                                                                         - 208 4th Street (1995-1997)

           Chris Cornelisse
           Justin Cornelisse
           Brian Hickman

79)      Williamson's Bike Shop - 1217 Forest Avenue  (1997 -    )

             Larry Williamson


80)      Urban Cyclery - 203 Maple, West Des Moines (2005 - 2007)

             Marty Ganzel

81)       The Des Moines Bicycle Collective - 617 Grand avenue (2009 -       )

             Visit their site at DesMoinesBicycleCollective.Com


82)      Beaverdale Bicycles - 3615 1/2 Beaver Avenue (behind building on lower level, off Clinton Avenue)

            Visit their site at WWW.BeaverdaleBicycles.com


83)      Ichi Bike - 2606 Beaver Avenue (Spring,2010 -  October,2010)
                               311 East Walnut (October, 2010 -       )

            Dan Koenig

           Visit their site at WWW.IchiBike.com
 
Direct any corrections, questions, or comments you may have about this page to TapleyAnthony@Yahoo.Com.  I have further information or ads relating to some of the aforementioned bicycle shops.
This page was last updated: January 22, 2011