Mike’s Indoor Bike Park to reopen this weekend

Mike's Indoor Bike Park in Dayton will reopen Friday, May 29. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Mike's Indoor Bike Park in Dayton will reopen Friday, May 29. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Bikers need to bring their own equipment as part of new procedures.

There’s good news for Dayton-area cycling enthusiasts — Mike’s Indoor Bike Park will reopen Friday, May 29.

The bike shop has remained open for sales and repairs during the coronavirus pandemic, but the indoor two-story bike park has been shut down since March 17.

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The 50,000-square-foot facility, 1300 E. First St. in Dayton, is a destination for BMX, mountain and hybrid bikes, as well as scooters and skateboards. The park has challenging elements as well as a beginner-friendly section.

Mike Bisig is the founder of Mike’s Indoor Bike Park.  TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Mike Bisig is the founder of Mike’s Indoor Bike Park.  TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

New regulations will be in effect when the park reopens.

Among them is a limit of 50 riders each day and no rentals — riders will have to bring their own equipment including bikes, scooters, skateboards and helmets and wearing masks will be encouraged.

Mike Bisig, the owner, said limiting the number of riders in the park will hamper his business, which draws riders locally and from out of state, but it was the best way to ensure safety and social distancing.

“We are all about safety and these new regulations are for keeping people safe.” Bisig said. “We always want to err on the side of being a whole bunch of fun for families but a safe fun environment at the same time.”

Riders will find a new bike wash station at Mike’s Indoor Bike Park. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Riders will find a new bike wash station at Mike’s Indoor Bike Park. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

During the two-month closure, Bisig was busy making improvements to the business.

Riders will find a new bike wash station as well as hips and boxes, biking features in the park. The storage capacity for bike repairs and service has doubled and new display cases and lighting have been added in the showroom.

Bisig said fun and exercise can be a healthy release during stressful times.

“The bike park is great because it really doesn’t matter how good you are at all. Your skill level on a bicycle doesn’t have anything to do with your fun level.”

WANT TO GO?

What: Mike's Indoor Bike Park

Where: 1300 E. First St. in Dayton

Admission: A day of riding costs $20 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, $15 Monday through Thursday and $10 for children under 12 (must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is at least 18 years old).

Hours: Monday through Thursday noon to 9 p.m.; Friday noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Riders need to have a waiver on file. An electronic version can be found online.

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