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Back to school sale and swap meet Aug. 25-28

Published on August 18, 2016 by in News, Sale


Stop by the shop between August 25 and 28 to check out our back to school sale! All cycling, outdoor, and fitness accessories will be marked down all weekend. We’ll have closeout models from Trek, Felt, Salsa, and more. Receive a gift card with the purchase of select current model year bikes.


Saturday Aug. 27 we’ll have our annual Fall swap meet from 10am to 4pm! Bring in your old outdoor, cycling, and fitness gear with a price tag on it and we’ll set it up outside. If your item sells you can take 100% store credit or cash with a 10% consignment fee.

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Closeout Road Bikes

Published on June 15, 2016 by in News, Sale


Pile on the miles this Summer. Whether you’re hammering off the front on Tuesday night, going out for an early morning Big Tree Loop, or just enjoying the new Grindstone Creek Trail, Trek has the road bike for you. From now until July 18 Walt’s and Trek will be offering huge savings on select road bikes. Here’s just a few of the deals available:

Trek Emonda ALR 5 – $1679 $1379

Trek Emonda S4 – $1569 $1299

Trek Emonda SL5 – $2599 $1999

Trek Silque C – $2099 $1699

Trek Silque S – $2469 $1849

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2016 Spring Collection

Published on April 20, 2016 by in Clothing, News

Walt’s Bike Shop is excited to bring you the 2016 Walt’s Spring Collection.  The Spring Collection features cycling clothing, casual apparel, and other miscellany carefully curated by a dedicated group of hardened bike racers, sleep-deprived adventure cyclists, and mysterious mechanics.  The Spring Collection is rooted in Midwestern cycling culture, but the collection’s themes of exploration, the great outdoors, and love of the bike are universal.


Check out the entire 2016 Walt’s Spring Collection at store.waltsbikeshop.com

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Salsa Cycles demo, April 3

Published on March 30, 2016 by in Uncategorized


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Introducing the Walt’s Adventure Kit

Published on March 4, 2016 by in News


The Mark Twain National Forest, a staple of adventure riding in Missouri.  Its swatches of green mottle maps of Missouri topography like spots on a cow.  In those spots, the savvy adventure cyclist finds tumbling miles of gravel roads connected by sketchy stretches of single track.  Burbling brooks and sheer bluffs cut throughout the national forest land, slicing through engineer’s attempts to conquer these landscapes with asphalt.

The Adventure Kit.  Designed by your very own Walt’s cycling and outdoor outfitters and manufactured to the most diligent of standards by Castelli Cycling Apparel.  The Adventure Jersey is slathered with a map of the Mark Twain National Forest, presented in a pleasing green and orange colorway.  The Adventure Bib Short is a subdued and classy black, with subtle branding, elegant construction, and the softest of chamois.

Show your Missouri pride and Mark Twain spirit.  Get lost in the national forest and turn to the Adventure Jersey for a map.  Realize that the section of forest you are in is NOT the same section depicted on the jersey.  Drink from a stream, trip on a rock and tumble down a rocky trail, and fall into a sweet, painful sleep at the back of a cave, where the light, soft material of this kit will do nothing to protect you from the slavering jaws of a pack of coyotes.

The Adventure Kit is available for pre-order at store.waltsbikeshop.com!

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Trek Fest – March 1 through April 11

Published on March 1, 2016 by in News, Sale


Now through April 11, take advantage of great deals on bikes and accessories. Stop by the shop soon before it’s too late!

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Roads to ride: County Rd. 397

Published on February 19, 2016 by in News

In our “Roads to ride” series we share exactly that, some of our favorite roads in the region. Here’s one of Cooper’s, County Rd. 397.

Words and photos by Cooper

I am pedaling steadily down the long, straight pavement of Old Highway 63.  I’m on my way out of Ashland, MO, on an unseasonably warm winter day, and feel eager to touch tires to the tamped down “gravel highways” that come with the winter season.  The highway service hasn’t yet coated the roads with fresh gravel and, without a dearth of snowfall this winter, country roads are smooth as a banana peel.  This is the “transport stage” of my ride—in which I hurry my pace to reach more desirable pathways—and a brief handful of miles later Christian School Road transitions from asphalt to a gentle downward gravel grade—the best part of the ride has begun.


Passing Jemerson Creek, I curse the shorter daylight hours.  It would be a joy to extend the ride a bit and climb up to Cedar Tree Lane—which, headed west, boasts one of the most exhilarating descents south of Columbia and north of the Missouri River.  Entering Hartsburg, I soft pedal and enjoy the warmth of the bright winter sun.  The Katy Trail is soft like warm butter, but smooth, and is a joy despite its sogginess.  My anticipation continues to build as I turn off the trail to Soft Pit Hill, and at the top of its granny-gear justifying climb I enjoy a banana in the sun while a local dog barks from the edge of its property.

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