Did you know that 1 in 6 Edmontonians continue to ride their bikes during the winter? Thanks to better infrastructure, advancements in technology, and local shops selling the newest wares, Edmonton’s bike lanes continue to be filled with cyclists no matter the weather! But, in order to safely cycle in our winter climate, you might require some special gear. That’s where the folks at Mud Sweat and Gears come in.
Founded in 2006 by Paul and Donna Burgess, this local business has humble beginnings. “Cycling has been a lifelong passion,” Paul emphasizes, explaining how he first got into the business, fixing bikes at a local shop in order to help pay for this expensive hobby. After a couple years of learning the ropes, Paul decided to take the plunge and open his own service business, which he initially operated out of his laundry room. His property was quickly overflowing with bikes, and it became clear that the business had legs. Now, over 15 years later, Mud Sweat and Gears has five different locations servicing customers in Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, and Red Deer.
While the shop sees the most customers in the summertime, winter business has grown thanks to fat biking and an increased interest in outdoor sports during the pandemic. In addition to top tier bikes, Mud Sweat and Gears has also been offering winter gear since the very beginning at their Sherwood Park location. Today, you can browse a selection of snowboards, skis, and outerwear from a variety of brands. Plus, it’s never too early to start planning for the summer cycling season!
Although Paul began his business with a focus on bringing the best products to his customers, he’s been pleased to watch Mud Sweat and Gears evolve over the years. “It’s been very special to watch staff we hired as kids now buying houses and having babies,” he shares. “It’s really become a family, and that’s a real joy to watch develop.”
Look out for Mud Sweat and Gears at Edmonton’s local ski hills and upcoming winter sport events, including the 2023 Canadian Birkie Ski Festival!
This article by Kristen Thomas appears in the January/February issue of Info Edmonton Magazine.