The doors opened for business March 2 at Bike Haven on the Woodstock Square.

Owner Josh Arnow, who opened his first store in McHenry more than five years ago, saw the Square as an ideal location for his vision of an “old-school” bicycle shop. 

The store carries all types of bicycles, from mountain to road to leisure, and bikes for triathletes and kids. Bike Haven also sells a wide range of accessories and apparel among other things. 

In addition to retail, the store also services bikes, including those not purchased at the store, and installs accessories and upgrades. But Arnow insists that his business is more than just a bike shop. 

“We don’t just want to sell you a bike. We want to sell you a bike and ride bikes with you,” Arnow said. “We want you to be healthier, get more exercise, or find whatever it is you’re looking for — whether leisure, spending more time with family, any of that.”

The store also runs mechanics classes and holds events such as group rides for riders of all experience levels. 

“‘Get in, get on, get involved’ is our message. We do group rides and ride with multiple organizations,” Arnow said. 

Arnow, who has ridden bikes his whole life, has been a Woodstock resident for 16 years. He said the community has been grateful for his new business. 

“Everyone has been great, and so receptive. This city is great. Every day people walk in and thank us for being here,” Arnow said. 

Bike Haven will celebrate its grand opening Saturday, April 8, with a ribbon-cutting event and will hold special sales, a bike giveaway and demos. The store is located at 132 Cass St. and hours are listed on www.thebikehavenmchenry.com or facebook.com/bikehavenmchenry. 

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