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ERIK’S History

ERIK'S HISTORY

Erik was only 13 when he started ERIK’S. His interest was sparked by his first bike — a hand-me-down from an older family member. With an entrepreneurial spirit, and the money he saved from his job as a paperboy, Erik began his business. He bought 50 used bikes, fixed them up, and sold them. Keep reading to learn about the journey to what ERIK’S Bike Board Ski has become today!

Founded by Erik Saltvold in 1977, ERIK’S Bike Board Ski has grown into the Midwest’s leading bike, snowboard & downhill ski retailer. We are passionate about our sports & experts on the gear!

ERIKS Bike Shop original barn shop with Erik standing outside

Erik’s original workshop was in the barn in his parent’s backyard.

A homemade sign brought business to his doorstep. By his senior year, ERIK’S Bike Shop – now stocking NEW bikes and accessories – began to take over storage space from his parent’s basement… to the dining room… to the family room. So at 18, Erik moved his business out of his parent’s barn and opened his first store in Richfield, Minnesota.

Today ERIK’S employs over 450 people and has locations throughout the Midwest.

Our selection of products and services has expanded beyond cycling to snowboards, downhill skis, skateboards, pro scooters, and all the gear that goes with them. But through it all his business philosophy remains… professional, knowledgeable service in a friendly store environment.

ERIK'S Bike Board and Ski Shop in Des Moines

Our Bicycles

All year long we carry a huge variety of mountain bikes, road bikes, recreational bikes, electric bikes, BMX bikes, and kids’ bikes. We take the time with each customer to make sure you buy the perfect bike for you!

Our Bike Gear

We also carry every kind of bicycle gear you’ll need to enhance your ride for comfort, safety, and performance. Bicycle shorts, jerseys, gloves, socks, shoes, and helmets – we’ve got them. Bicycle computers, car racks, lights, water bottles, and tools – those too. Anything else you can possibly think of for your bike – you’ll find it at ERIK’S! And, if by chance we don’t have what you’re looking for in-store, we can special order it for you! Our staffers are here to help you get equipped with the best so you can get out there and enjoy your ride to the max.

Our Bicycle Brands

ERIK’S stores carry only the best when it comes to cycling brands. We are the #1 Specialized bicycle dealer in the country and carry other premium brands like Santa Cruz, Cervelo, Aventon, Haro, Giro, Saris, Wahoo, and many others. We stand confidently behind these brands and know you will too once you’ve experienced them in action! 

Erik Saltvold holding a bike in the ERIK'S Bike Shop warehouse

Our Bike Service and Repair

When you’re ready for a pro-tune-up – bring your bike into any of our ERIK’S full-service bike repair departments. Our certified bicycle mechanics utilize the latest technology as well as some good ol’ grease to ensure that your bike rides like new for you all season long. We offer a complete range of bike repair services, if you need work done on your bike, we can do it. And, we do it on all bicycle brands! Swing by your local shop for a Free Estimate. The sooner you bring your bike in, the sooner you can get back to the important stuff… riding!

A young Erik Saltvold of ERIK'S Bike Board Ski

Our Snowboards, Ski, and Winter Gear

From mid-October through February most of ERIK’S stores also feature an unbelievable selection of snowboardsskis, and winter apparel from Burton, K2, 686, Spyder, Volkl, Capita, Ride, Salomon, and more. When you’re in need of an expert tune-up to keep you going strong on the hills – our service and repair department will make sure your gear is in perfect condition! Our technicians utilize the latest technology to make sure that your snowboard and/or skis perform as if they are new. Some of the services we offer include: snowboard binding installation and setup, ski binding installation, mounting and DIN testing, snowboard and downhill ski waxing, snowboard and downhill ski base tuning, snowboard and ski base repair, downhill ski and snowboard edge tuning.

Our Skateboards, Longboards, and Scooters

And, we almost forgot! If you like to mix up your commute— we carry skateboards, longboards, Pro Scooters, and electric scooters year-round too! We’ve got it all to keep your ride interesting!

Erik Saltvold in an ERIK'S Kit sitting on his bike outside of the Stone Arch bridge in Minneapolis

Visit Us In-Person or Shop Online

If you don’t live near an ERIK’S store, you can still enjoy our awesome selection of bikes, snowboards, skis, gear, and more. Simply visit shopERIKS.com to peruse our amazing inventory to find what you need!