BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Kathryn Cumming and husband, Andrew Reimann, held the grand opening for Jalapeno Cycling on Saturday. They are also the proud owner of Dempsey, an Australian Shepherd dog. The shop is located at 57 Washington Street in Bloomfield.
The wife and husband team are originally from the Detroit, Michigan area and live in Bloomfield. Cumming comes from a corporate fitness background, and Reimann was editor of CX, a cycling magazine in New York City. The two have been riding bikes for the past 10 years, and now are full time owners of Jalapeno Cycling.
Friends, family and fellow sport cyclists came out for the grand opening. “It’s amazing to have something like this here in Bloomfield. I’m from Jersey City, and there are riders all the time,” Arnie Leal, Jersey City resident said.
The storefront window showcases white lettering of a capital, a “jalapeno pepper,” in the middle, and a capital C.
What does the ‘Jalapeno’ mean? “When you are riding so hard on the bike, that it hurts like when you bite into a jalapeno pepper,” Cumming said.
The store contains servicing of bikes, sales, T-Shirts that read, “Champagne is my Recovery Drink,” products like Chamois Butt’r and training on the latest Wahoo Fitness Kickr Snap that fastens to the bike and allows stationary riding for fitness and training.
According to Reimann Wahoo Kickr is suitable for mountain bikes and hybrids but no small bikes or kids bikes. A cycling program for the middle school and high school will be starting.
“We saw a good market based on people and growth in Bloomfield,” according to Cumming.
There will be classes on the Wahoo which allows 8 cyclists to bring their bikes, get attached to the Wahoo, and ride with a virtual stimulation screen providing a foreground of hills and with added “resistance” for higher hills according to Reimann.
The focus will be fitness classes, service, repair, sales and mixing along with the cycling scene such as the Jalapeno Cycling team.
“This bike shop is the first kind in the community. We are celebrating another business in Bloomfield, and Jalapeno Cycling is different,” Ollyn J. Lettman, Bloomfield Center Alliance Director said.
“I am excited for the new business, it adds to the renovation and revitalization of this area of Bloomfield,” Matthew Watkins, Town Administrator said.
Jalapeno Cycling will work with customers to get the exact bike in stock according to Reimann.
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