GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- If Pat Sorensen had his way, all of us would be on two or three wheels. The owner of Penn Cycle stores in the Twin Cities is one of cycling's most passionate ambassadors.
"I think it's just energizing getting some fresh air, getting out and doing good for yourself really helps the morale. I suggest people do that every day of the week," he said.
Sorensen likes cycling so much, he took over the business his dad started back in 1957. Under his leadership, Penn Cycle has grown to seven stores in the Twin Cities metro.
Sorensen says one of the fastest growing aspects of his business is with baby boomers.
"What a lot of boomers fear is getting back on a bike and not feeling comfortable and safe," he said.
So what one company has done is to move the crankshaft and gears lower to the ground. Sorensen says the boomer friendly bikes made by the Electro bike company fly out of his stores.
Safety is another big focus for Sorensen and his company. Along with helmets and the proper riding gear, he urges all bicyclists to follow the rules.
"It's really important that cyclists obey traffic laws. We have the same rules as automobiles and so many cyclists disobey those," he said.
All that said, Sorensen is a pretty convincing billboard not just for his business but for anyone looking to de-stress.
"It's perfect," he said, "just being out, being away with no phones, just you and the bike and enjoying the weather."
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