Business Spotlight - Danville Bike and Footwear
Ernst Crown-Weber fell in love with cycling on the streets of Cincinnati while racing his brother to school. In 1993, with a little convincing from the running/athletic community, Ernst followed his dream and opened Danville Bike and Fitness. 26 years and a name change later, Danville Bike and Footwear is still going strong in downtown Danville.
Crown-Weber states that he “fell victim to the distractions of modern life and ‘growing up,’” through his teenage years, and cycling became an afterthought. The love affair was rekindled while attending college, and around 1977, to celebrate college graduation, Ernst and his friends took a “Freedom Ride” across the United State on the TransAmerica bike trail.
After moving to Danville in 1982 for his wife’s job and inheriting his grandfather’s Herrington Lake cabin, Crown-Weber began working professionally at Eddie’s Cycle Center, which he managed until 1985. After that, he worked under Dr. Anderson at UK’s weight-loss clinic. In 1993, when all other bicycle shops in town had closed, his friends convinced Ernst that this endeavor could be successful. He says, “I had no business plan, no business background. I had been told my passion wouldn’t be enough. All I had was faith that dedication, sweat equity, and the worthiness of the products and lifestyle I was promoting would see me through.”
What is your favorite part about living/working in Danville, KY?
Community: being a part of a real-life social network of friendships and acquaintances.
Name your greatest success in your business experience?
Staying open. Not many towns this size, located away from larger population centers, can support a bike/run specialty store.
If you have been in Danville Bike and Footwear for any amount of time, one will notice that it is a father/son family business. Andrew Crown-Weber inherited the love of fitness and cycling and joined his father in running the business. They would also like to share that they do have a cat for a mascot, but “He calls in sick to work every day and stays home.”
Danville Bike and Footwear services include bicycle repair, assembly, maintenance, and accessories; running, hiking, supportive everyday footwear, socks, and insoles; swimwear and googles; as well as disc golf. Their mission is to “play a vital role in the health and vitality of Danville and Central Kentucky.”
Danville Bike and Footwear is highly involved in the Danville community as well as several events throughout the year. Mark your calendars for the Twinkie 10K in June 2019 and The Constitution 5K Run for the Arts on September 15, 2019.
Address: 417 W Main St, Danville, Kentucky