Owner of Denver’s oldest bike shop unloads property ahead of expected business sale

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Alan Fine (far left) opened Turin Bicycles in 1971. He plans to sell the business to longtime employees Dave Wileden (center) and Mike Stejskal (right). Credit: BusinessDen

DENVER — Alan Fine opened his bike shop time for the 1970s bicycle boom, when 10-speeds were the hot commodity.

He served customers during the ’80s, when mountain bikes became a thing. He sold road bikes in the early 2000s, when everyone wanted to be Lance Armstrong. He made it through the recession, only to find himself facing the rise of e-commerce.

Now, the 71-year-old owner of Turin Bicycles — founded in 1971, and at its current location since 1991 — is “ready to retire.” On Tuesday, he carried out the first of two steps to make that happen.

“I was anxious to preserve the legacy of the store,” Fine told a reporter Tuesday afternoon. “It’s the oldest bike shop in Denver, and I take some pride in that.”

On Tuesday, Fine sold the building the store occupies at 700 Lincoln St. for $2.6 million to Denver-based St. Charles Town Co. He expects to sell the business itself to two longtime managers, Mike Stejskal and Dave Wileden, this spring.

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