A new bike shop has opened in Merchants Square, just a short spin away from the 7-mile-long Cape Cod Canal Bikeway.
Sandwich native and owner of RideAway Adventures, Mike Morrison, opened the shop, Sandwich Canal Bike Shop, “to make adventure accessible to everyone.”
“Sandwich is a challenging place to just casually ride your bike, so really one of the only options to get out there safely and confidently is the Cape Cod Canal,” he said. “Now people can ride right out of our shop, right over to the canal, or down to the Boardwalk, or to one of the awesome restaurants, like Fishermen’s View, the Pilot House, Off the Grid, now the Tree House Brewery—all these places—with a quick little hop, skip, and jump on a bike to go check out.”
This is RideAway’s fourth location on the Upper Cape. It has been running kayak and paddleboard rentals and tours out of East Sandwich, and on Lawrence Pond, and on Popponesset Bay in Mashpee.
The Mashpee shop, at Poppy Market on Shore Drive, offers bike repair and rentals with ride-out service, similar to the new Sandwich shop.
Whether it is a vacationing family or a professional rider, various types of bikes available at the Sandwich shop—cruisers, mountain bikes, electric bikes, and children’s bikes—are suitable for people of all different abilities. Like RideAway’s other three locations, the Canal Bike Shop allows customers to book a kayak or a paddleboard trip.
Aside from bikes, the shop also carries a variety of apparel and bike and surf merchandise, local Cape Cod products, snacks, and souvenirs, all suited according to the company’s overall focus of getting people out into nature while at the same time protecting the environment. The shop is split half between a bike shop for rentals and tune-ups and a surf shop.
“In terms of the environment, the products that we carry are all sustainable, including sun balm lotion, sunscreen, are eco-friendly, good for your body, and have no harsh chemicals. We have boxed water instead of plastic water bottles, no plastic bags. We are very conscientious about the type of things we put out there, so they are not touching the global carbon footprint,” said Julie Quintero-Schilz, the RideAway Adventures’ director of integration.
According to Mr. Morrison, what started off in 2008 as a small brick-and-mortar operation on 449 Route 6A in East Sandwich to rent out kayaks and paddleboards has, over the last 14 years, grown closer to his original mission: getting people outside and introducing them to places they have overlooked before.
“We want to educate as much as we possibly can, and we want to get people out on the water, to touch, feel, and smell, and become stewards for Cape Cod ecosystem, or ocean guardians as we like to say. Kayaking and paddleboarding allowed us to do that,” he said. “Now biking allows us to get a whole different demographic out there, experiencing the outdoors and the different areas of Cape Cod.”
RideAway is planning a grand opening celebration for the new shop on Monday, July 19.