Small Biz Saturday: Wheels in Motion keeps cyclists moving around Ann Arbor

Family-owned bicycle and repair shop is helping Ann Arborites to keep cycling

Wheels in Motion mechanic Nick Ramsey and shop dog Kali Plotner.
Wheels in Motion mechanic Nick Ramsey and shop dog Kali Plotner. (Travis Plotner)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Established in 1933, Wheels in Motion has served Ann Arbor cyclists for 87 years.

The family-owned-and-operated shop started out as Campus Bike & Toy on Depot Street and has moved to different locations throughout its long history.

Now located on Washtenaw Ave, the bicycle business and repair shop has been busy working to help essential workers and Ann Arbor cyclists during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wheels in Motion co-owner Travis Plotner said, at first, the shop could only work on bicycles used by essential infrastructure workers, but the relaxation of restrictions under Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order have allowed the bicycle shop to help more customers with repairs and cycling gear.

“We still decided to keep our showroom closed for the safety of our staff, because that’s been at the forefront of every decision that we’ve had to make as we’ve had to pivot through all these situations,” Plotner said.

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Dexter Desantz-Cook working on a bicycle at Wheels in Motion. (Travis Plotner)

But there have been other impacts of the pandemic. During the summer, he usually has a staff of around 30 people between his two locations. Now he is down to just 10.


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