Confluence Cyclery is a full-service bike shop serving Confluence, PA, the Great Allegheny Passage Bicycle Trail, and Southwestern Pennsylvania. Located at 500 Hughart Street on the town square, it is easily accessible to people traveling the bike trail as well as those who prefer to enter town on the motorized roadways.
The location and building was purchased by Brad and Maureen Smith in 2006 in preperation for their move to Confluence for ”retirement”. The building was originally Kurtz’s Department Store was was built circa 1905. Renovations to the building started during weekend trips to Confluence before they moved to Confluence permanently in the summer of 2008, at which point renovations became a full time job.
The Cyclery opened for business in October, 2008, with renovations continuing to the present. In addition to bicycle repairs and tune-ups, the Cyclery offers a complete selection of cycling accessories, snacks, and a free internet computer terminal as well as WiFi that provides free internet access to patrons.
During renovations, an effort to promote environmentally friendly technologies was pursued. The windows in the front of the store were replaced with high-efficiency argon-filled double paned glass. The brick walls are insulated with a combination of sprayed closed-cell foam and conventional fiberglass batts. Heating is now provided by radiant floor heating along with 9 suspended fans for air circulation. This arrangement, along with the windows, provides excellent warmth in the winter at a fraction of normal heating costs. In addition, Hot water is supplied by on-demand water heaters; the only water that gets heated up is that which will be used and the Men’s restroom has a waterless urinal that saves thousands of gallons of water a year.
The building that houses Confluence Cyclery is turning into a multi-use structure. It now houses the law office of Wendy Duchene, Attorney at Law, www.wendyduchene.com. Future plans for the Cyclery also include the renovation of the apartment above the store for vacation rental and the development of a biker’s Hostel in the original owner’s residence in the rear of the building.
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