Prepping for the start of another cycling season

Elmira Home Hardware adds bike service with expert Peter Street, an advocate for safety in the sport

Getting ready for spring on the trails and bike paths around Elmira?

New to Home Hardware in Elmira, bike expert Peter Street will be sharing his expertise with local riders, making sure their bikes are in tip-top shape, and giving tips on safe riding.

The new resident expert, Street has been cycling for decades, and manages to ride some 5,000 km per year – the equivalent of biking from Vancouver, B.C. to Fredericton, New Brunswick. He knows his bikes.

After working in different Home Hardware stores for over 30 years, Street is back after a 10-year hiatus, and working at the Elmira store on Church Street. He says his number-one concern is the safety of riders, especially when pulling their bikes out of the garage for the first time this season.

“Come in and talk to me,” he said on his first day on the job. “If I am in here, I am more than happy to help. I am an advocate for cycling. I am an advocate for trails, but I am a big advocate for safety. The spring tune up really is the first step. If your brakes aren’t working right, how do you expect to stop properly?”

Before starting in the bike shop at the local hardware store, Street trained bikers and fixed bikes from his home, and he wants to spread the love of hitting the road with Elmira bikers.

“I teach, helping people with their technical things and their attitudes,” he said. “I just enjoy the riding. I enjoy the biking community. People in cycling have such a likeminded attitude. They are there with a goal in mind and that goal is to stay physically fit and they all have the same goal. I think that everybody can do it, it is just all about mind set.”

Peter Street is an avid cyclist who enjoys passing that enthusiasm along to others. To that end, he’s now the resident bike expert at the Elmira Home Hardware store, sharing safety tips and encouraging local riders to hop on their bikes this spring.[Liz Bevan / The Observer]
Peter Street is an avid cyclist who enjoys passing that enthusiasm along to others. To that end, he’s now the resident bike expert at the Elmira Home Hardware store, sharing safety tips and encouraging local riders to hop on their bikes this spring. [Liz Bevan / The Observer]

First and foremost for Street is safety. Whether it is getting the gears or brakes tuned up, or finding the right helmet and clothing for a ride, he is at Home Hardware to lend a helping hand.

“I hope that I am going to be saving a whole lot of lives. That is the one thing I am fanatical about when it comes to bike repairs, and that is safety,” he said. “Elmira has become this cycling hub and nobody knows it, how much cycling goes on in this town.”

One of the most important safety tips from Street? Wear a helmet.

“This morning, I was amazed at what Home Hardware has in the way of helmets. They have the proper helmets for the skate park here. It has the low back, it has the hard plastic shell. The impact helmet that saves people’s lives,” he said. “When you wear your helmet right, and you wear it nice and tight, it saves lives.”

To find out when Street will be in the Home Hardware bike shop, call the store at 519-669-5537.

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