Ankeny’s Bike Country bought by Kyle’s Bikes, another local business

A bike shop that has grown right alongside the town it calls home is under new family-run ownership.

Bike Country, 825 E. 1st St. in Ankeny, was owned and operated by the Havlik family for nearly 40 years. Fresh out of Iowa State University, Gordon Havlik was looking in one of two directions – aviation or bicycles – and saw an opportunity in 1984 when a friend’s hobby shop became available.

The shop came with a humble 23 bikes, and Bike Country was born.

“We grew right along with the city of Ankeny,” Havlik said of his business and his home. “Ankeny’s been very good to me.”

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However, after decades in the business, Havlik started to think it might be time to give up the 60-plus hour workweeks and find someone else to step in. After a family member spotted another local bike shop owner with Havlik’s banker, one thing quickly led to another, and Bike Country was taken over by Kyle’s Bikes, which is run by the Robinson family. The deal closed March 1.

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