Just minutes away from several well established bicycle destinations in the North Eastern United States including the Millstone Trails. Vermont Bicycle Shop offers service solutions and experience with the most high end, and technically advanced cycling products as well as a quick pump-up for the neighborhood kids' bicycles.
As a child Darren saw the bicycle shop as a steward and ambassador to the community. Much in the same way as the mailman, the barber, and the baker; to him the bicycle mechanic was an important person, a role model.
Vermont Bicycle Shop was registered as a business in 2014. Originally when Darren moved to Vermont he had planned to find a small community to open a bicycle shop and live. After moving to Barre Darren met the owner of a local bicycle shop and agreed to partner and run the store for a season. The location at the top of Millstone Trails was scenic and made for a wonderful bicycle commute home.
It served as a confirmation for Darren and he felt ready to to fill those shoes.
Vermont Bicycle Shop continues in the tradition of the local Vermont businesses in downtown Barre and Barre Town in serving the community. Vermont Bicycle shop offers community resources and discounts to volunteers who serve the Millstone Trails Association and other volunteers in the surrounding community.
Darren Ohl has worked and managed some of the country's most successful bicycle retailers. Darren has worked at the largest independent bicycle dealer in the country, Erik's Bicycles of Minneapolis. He has also worked for the one of the largest single location independent bicycle retailers, Orange Cycle of Orlando, FL. He managed one the oldest bicycle stores on the West Coast, Hutch's Bicycles.
Darren has extensive experience implementing new technologies to the bicycle retail sector. He has planned for and implemented new point of sales systems and computerized sales systems at several different bicycle retailers throughout the country both as an employee and as an independent consultant. Darren is also an internationally recognized and UCI certified bicycle race mechanic. He has traveled the world with professional bicycle racing organizations as a team mechanic. He has been the personal race mechanic for national champions and world champion contenders and Ironman Kona and Ironman champion triathletes.
Darren is a certified fit expert with over 1200 bicycle fits under his belt. He has utilized and trained with many different fit technologies over the course of 15 years.
Darren enjoys leisurely road bike adventure rides and all day mountain bike adventures as well as back country snow adventures with his Stiga Snowracer. Darren has also been spotted at a few skate parks from time to time.
Most importantly, Darren is a contributing community member to Barre, VT where he lives with his wife, dog, and kitten. He serves on the Millstone Trails Association Board where he has volunteered the last three years.
Vermont Bicycle Shop has enjoyed an amazing Spring, Summer, and Fall. We are changing our hours for the Winter. We will now be closed Monday and Tuesday. Our hours remain the same through the rest of the week.
As we transition into Winter we will remain dedicated to serving cyclists with a wide selection of fat bike options for sale and for rent. We will also have some of the most comprehensive service options that the bicycle industry has ever seen.
With numerous certifications, nearly 20 years of professional bicycle service, and with a firm grasp of both the latest technologies as well as the long standing traditions in servicing bicycles Darren and Vermont Bicycle Shop provide expertise and friendliness in servicing your cycling investments. Check out the service page for more information regarding our Make it New Again service options.