Six years of sharing his passion for bicycles over a pint of craft beer has come to an end for Todd Berry, the owner of Wrenched Bicycles and Brews.
Part bicycles shop, part craft beer taproom, the business located off of Broad Street in Gainesville will officially close its doors Wednesday, April 10.
Amid health scares, Berry said he wanted to dedicate more time toward his family and the family business
A couple of years ago Berry said he had a bout of melanoma.
“We thought everything was all good, then my wife comes up and has breast cancer in October (2018),” he said. “I made my mind up then that I was only going to do one job.”
Berry also works as the manager of his family poultry equipment manufacturing facility, Berry Equipment. He said the company sells its products all over the world, which didn’t leave him with much time to enjoy his family, while also running the bicycle shop.
Wrenched Bicycles and Brews sparked from Berry’s love for bikes and adventure.
Before he cycled, he was into drag racing and dealing with poor health.
During that time, Berry weighed 340 pounds and eventually felt inspired to start cycling. After six months of riding a bike, his weight dropped to 205 pounds.
“I’ve been cycling ever since,” he said. “It’s great just getting out and riding, and getting everything off your mind.”
He got the idea to add the craft beer side of the business after visiting a bike shop in Asheville, N.C. that also sold local beer. Berry said he thought it was the “coolest thing” he had ever seen.
Since announcing the shop’s closure on Tuesday, March 26, people have almost completely wiped out its stock of bicycles.
Joseph Waddell, manager of the business, said their regular customers were shocked when they heard the news of it closing.
The store had become more than a bike shop — it was a fun place to hang out, drink beer and talk about their love of cycling, Waddell said.
“Regulars who come in, I’ll miss the most,” he said. “It’s kind of like they’re my family.”
Scott Unnold, the store’s technician and cycling class instructor, said cycling has always been his life. While he will miss working at the shop, he plans to continue sharing his excitement of the sport through his job as a personal trainer.
“Any time I’m getting people on bicycles, that’s what I want to do,” he said.