Shinn brings more than decade of experience to new shop

Monday, December 14, 2009
Larry Shinn, right, helps a customer at his new bicycle shop Covered Bridge Cyclery, 11 W. Walnut St. Shinn's shop is a full-service shop for cyclists and sponsor of DePauw University's cycling team.

GREENCASTLE -- Larry Shinn has been working in bike shops for 12 years. He knows everything there is to know about bicycles and how to fix them.

"Larry is the best bike mechanic I know," said Dave Fink, Shinn's business partner at Covered Bridge Cyclery.

Shinn opened the bicycle shop Nov. 23 at 11 W. Walnut St. The shop specializes in touring, road, mountain, hybrid, commuter, kids and cruiser bikes -- any and all types of bikes.

"I sell new bikes, used bikes; do repairs and build wheels," added Shinn.

Since there hasn't been a full-service bike shop in Greencastle for 13 years, Shinn feels residents need a local shop.

"Larry understands what people want in a bike shop," said Fink.

Covered Bridge Cyclery offers more than bikes and repairs. There is a lounge area for riders to gather and have coffee, plus organized rides are planned.

"Rides are planned to Hobbit Gardens, Heritage Lake and even the Bread Basket in Coatesville once the weather is warmer," said Shinn.

Additionally, customers can purchase clothing, accessories and anything a cyclist needs, no matter their size. Shinn has started a cycle club for local riders called Walnut Creek Cycling Club.

For more information on the club, visit

"We cater to everyone, from beginners to experienced riders," said Shinn. "We want people to feel comfortable coming into the shop."

Covered Bridge Cyclery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; and closed on Monday. There will be extended hours during the summer months.

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  • So where is his bike shop??? Is it at 11 West Franklin St. as the article says or is it at 11 West Walnut as it says under the picture?? Doesn't anyone proof read these articles??

    -- Posted by albert on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 6:04 AM
  • good catch Albert - Its located at 11 West Walnut, in the basement of the building that Blue Door use to be in, or right across the street from the parking lot for First Christian.

    -- Posted by snowboardermom on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 8:48 AM
  • Yes, I'm at 11 W. Walnut St.

    Normally, I'm closed on Mondays. However, I'm waiting on a shipment of Scott bikes, so I'm here today if you want to come by and check the place out.

    -- Posted by PlatyPius on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 9:28 AM
  • Thank you Larry for opening up a bike shop! Our community needed one desperately. I know I will no longer shop at the 'big box store' (the only dreary solution), and give you all my business!

    -- Posted by just a local on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 10:42 AM
  • What good catch? No where in this article does it mention Franklin St. But I wish Mr. Shinn much success with his new business.

    -- Posted by fancy7 on Mon, Dec 21, 2009, at 6:41 PM
  • They fixed the online version of the article, and published a correction in the Wednesday edition of the paper.

    -- Posted by PlatyPius on Tue, Dec 22, 2009, at 11:20 PM
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