NYACK, N.Y. -- Wendy Palacio worked in bike shops in Piermont and Congers (Toga)for nearly a dozen years. Now he (yes, Wendy's a man, and we'll explain that a bit later), is taking the ultimate ride: he has opened CrankWorks Cycles in Nyack on North Broadway.
"It was time," said Palacio, who is also a professional racer. "I have a wife and family. It was time."
Of course Palacio was familiar with the scores of cyclists who stream through Nyack on weekends, especially in the warmer months. And what better location than the corner of Main and Broadway?
"To be so close to Runcible Spoon," he says, without needing to finish that thought.
The small store is mostly stocked with Giant, Liv and Felt, but any bike can be selected from a catalog. Palacio says he sells bikes from $350 to $10,000. The store also has bike accessories, clothing, helmuts, shoes. If you need a "bike fitting," stop by CrankWorks.
Palacio, who is from the Dominican Republic, says being named Wendy is definitely a challenge. (He didn't know the Johnny Cash song, "A Boy Named Sue.") He said his mother, when pregnant, was desperate for a girl, who she wanted to name Wendy. She gave birth to a boy, but she was intent on the name."
"In my country, I have heard of other men named Wendy," he said, with a smile.
CrankWorks Cycles, 19 N. Broadway, Nyack,10960. www.crankworkscycles.com
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