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Businessman encourages cycling culture

Hillary McLain Published: June 5, 2013

At Schlegel Bicycles in Oklahoma City's Automobile Alley.
At Schlegel Bicycles in Oklahoma City's Automobile Alley.

Floor to the ceiling, it’s covered in bicycles and bicycling accessories.

Schlegel Bicycles is designed for cyclists of all varieties — from the casual rider to the triathlete.

Owner Steve Schlegel is one of many business owners who have opened shop in the up-and-coming Automobile Alley neighborhood of Oklahoma City.

A sense of community, walkability, and the mix of restaurants and retailers help make the area unique, said Schlegel, who moved to Auto Alley in 2007.

“Just the energy and the vibe … it’s a whole new area from what it used to be 10 or 15 years ago,” he said.

The resurrection is exciting for the Schlegel team, especially seeing historic buildings transformed. Schlegel’s building formerly was the St. Nicholas Hotel in 1910.

Schlegel said he’s noticed an increased interest in commuting by bike. It’s a way to avoid steep parking fees while burning calories, he said.

Schlegel serves on the Automobile Alley board, which is working to make the area a quiet zone for passing trains. The board also organizes community events.

Opening soon: Peloton, Schlegel’s wine bar and café just behind the bike shop.

Follow Schlegel Bicycles on Twitter.
HILLARY MCLAIN, STAFF WRITER

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