A visit to Tangletown Bike Shop:
Sunlight streams into the windows of this Southwest Minneapolis shop glinting off the rims, spokes, and gears of row upon row of new, used, and rental bikes. It's a big change for the retail space on this corner of 48th and Grand Ave. It's been a welcome site for many in the neighborhood.
Years after opening the bike shop that welcoming attitude is still evident. On an afternoon visit you are likely to find a half-dozen groups of customers walking through the shop's beveled glass door, some with bikes in tow looking for repairs, others need spare tires, helmets, rentals, or just to ogle.
Some of the bicycles currently for sale at Tangletown are refurbished 10-speeds, mountain bikes, and cruisers, setting it apart from most shops. New brands include Fuji, Framed, Breezer, SE, and Surly as well as bicycles geared toward kid's; Kazam balance bikes, Tag-a-longs, and trailers.
Tangletown Bike Shop is located across from Fuller Park in the heart of the SW Minneapolis neighborhood of Tangletown, known for it's early 20th-Century water tower and surrounding tangled streets. It is bordered by the Lake Harriet and the Minnehaha Creek bike trails, all are part of the Twin Cities Grand Rounds 50 mile trail system. Riding the Rounds is a great way to introduce yourself to the essence of Minneapolis.
Get to know us
Charlie will always live on in our hearts and our memories. Ride in Peace my friend. We miss you everyday.
Mike O'Leary, Owner
Bikes have always been a part of my life and I have my Dad to thank for that, he was an avid cyclist before I was even a thought. He has always encouraged me to learn; I have many memories of fixing bikes in the back yard instead of taking them to a shop. He is the reason I got my first job in the bike industry. There was an ad in the local newspaper for an opening at Valley Bike and Ski which he pointed out to me. I applied, got the job and worked there until I graduated high school.
After graduating and quickly deciding college wasn’t for me, I started working for a company which manufactured and distributed Hydraulic Valves and components. I spent 7 years working my way into Corporate Purchasing, then I realized how unhappy I was. I was never meant to sit behind a desk for 40 hours a week. So I quit, literally just like that! After I quit, once again I attempted to go to college and again I quickly decided it wasn’t for me.
That’s when I decided to do something that I loved. I knew I loved bikes and everything that goes along with them. Many years later and here I am, still loving what I do! It’s the freedom, smiles, smells and most of all you, the customers that make me love this so much. The one thing I’ve found working here is that you are more than customers. You are friends and I love helping you, answering your questions, and sharing our stories.
When I’m not at work you can find me camping, home brewing or on my pedals enjoying this beautiful city we call home. Whether it’s a quick trip to Minnehaha Falls, meeting friends at a local watering hole, commuting to work, or an all day adventure, I ride every day.