MOIRA –– With years of experiencing racing and repairing bicycles, Al Maskall of Moira wanted to share his love of two-wheeled, self-propelled transportation with the North Country. As a result, Whole Shot Bikes, a full-service bicycle repair and retail shop, was born.
“I’ve been working on bicycles for years,” Maskall said. “I raced BMX for years. I’ve been working on bikes since I was a little kid. I’ve always enjoyed working on bikes.”
Whole Shot Bikes, located at 428 Best Road in Moira, opened as a repair shop last summer. The business underwent a significant expansion this year, adding a retail space.
“I officially opened at the end of last July with a repair workshop,” Maskall said. “On April 27, the expanded parts and retail area opened. I have room and plans for continued expansion.”
Whole Shot Bikes can tune up and repair all types of bikes.
“I’ll work on anything, as long as it has pedals,” Maskall said. “Everything from kids’ bikes to recumbent bikes, street bikes, BMX bikes, mountain bikes and cross-country bikes. I specialize in rim repairs, but I can do almost everything – from basic tune-ups to major repairs.”
The retail shop also carries a wide variety of parts and accessories.
“We have grips, pedals, brakes, tires, tubes, tracking computers, lights, valve caps, saddles, helmets, safety stuff –– just about anything you can think of,” Maskall said. “And if we don’t have it, we can order it and usually get it overnight. I work with six different distributors.”
Whole Shot Bikes also sells complete bikes, carrying Sun, Jamis and Kink lines.
“We have a few bikes here in stock, and we have full catalogs available,” Maskall said. “I chose these companies because they have great products and extremely good warranties. And if someone buys a bike, I’ll make sure it’s adjusted to them, and they get a free tune-up next season.”
Whole Shot Bikes also plans to offer workshops for cyclists of all levels.
“The plan is to do at least one or two workshops each month,” Maskall said. “We’re starting with how to change tires and fix rims on the road, but the plan is to continue offering workshops on basic repairs and bicycle safety.”
The store plans to hold a bicycle safety day for the community on June 6. A safety class will be held at 1 p.m. and be limited to 10 participants due to social distancing requirements. To register, call 315-395-0878. Free bike safety checks will also be available all day.
In addition to promoting an ecologically friendly method of transportation and recreation, Whole Shot Bikes is also an eco-friendly shop.
“The shop is powered by solar panels and a battery, and most of the light is natural light,” Maskall said. “There are clear panels in the roof to allow the sun in.”
Whole Shot Bikes is also friendly with other area cycling shops.
“I work with Country Roads Cyclery,” Maskall said. “We carry completely different lines. He carries Cannondale bikes. We’ve shared inventory before. We help each other out.”
Whole Shot Bikes is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m.; and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. To make an appointment with Whole Shot Bikes, call 315-395-0878.
To see additional photos and learn about current sales and specials, visit https://wholeshotbikes.webs.com/.