If you are passing through northern Vermont any time in the future, do yourself a favor and stop by the Old Spokes Home. Don’t let the pun fool you, you won’t find endless games of bingo or intense Wheel of Fortune watch parties here. Instead you will come across a very competent bike shop that offers everything from new and used bikes for sale to all the accessories you need on the trail, as well as a service center staffed with friendly faces.
Old Spokes is a unique establishment in that it is a bike shop and a non-profit organization. Old Spokes Home also serves the Burlington community with their Community Workshop as a job training center, and helps provide low-cost bikes to people in need of transportation. Offering workshops and clinics to local youth and riders of all types thanks to a multitude of volunteer hours, the Community Workshop has become a source for bettering the Burlington area one bike at a time.
One of the other unique features of Old Spokes Home is the bicycle museum that resides upstairs. A collection started by Old Spokes original founder Glenn Eames, it spans all the way back to the dawn of cycling and highlights the cycling advancements since then.
Wood spokes, direct-drive, shaft-drive, and any other pioneering feature you might think of are on display here. The collection certainly helps you take a step back and appreciate where bicycles have ended up today, and Old Spokes Home helps you appreciate the potential for bike shop/community relationships in the future.
–Cam Phillips, East Coast Marketing Rep
The real view from the field.