CycleMania was established during the summer of 1981 in the historic Old Port district of Portland, Maine. In 1984, CycleMania had outgrown its original storefront on Fore Street and made the move to Longfellow Square. In July of 1987, while still located in Longfellow Square, Eddie and Sandy Quinn purchased CycleMania, bringing along David Brink as a future partner. Together, over the last 24 years, Eddie, Sandy and David grew CycleMania into one of the most respected bicycle shops in New England.
However, it has not always been smoothing sailing for CycleMania. On April 9, 1990, the Longfellow Square location was consumed by fire and its entire contents lost. Broken, but not beaten, CycleMania rebounded with the help of several customers and friends and began life anew at its current location of 59 Federal Street. There was little time to rejoice when only four days after moving to its new home, CycleMania had over 100 of its bicycles stolen from a warehouse on Commercial Street. After only one of these events, most shops would have thrown in the towel, but not the owners of CycleMania; in less than one month after that fateful fire and subsequent burglary, CycleMania officially reopened its doors. While many things have taken place at CycleMania over the last twenty years, such as over a dozen expansions, thankfully none of them have been as trying as the events of April 1990.
Today, Eddie and David are still the owners of CycleMania and work in the store everyday bringing with them their passion for cycling. For both Eddie and David, this passion for cycling has manifested itself in road bikes more so than any other type of bike. Eddie and David, both physically gifted and naturally competitive, have won numerous cycling events over the years, from road races, criteriums and time trials to hill climbs and cyclo-cross races throughout New England. In Maine it can be challenging trying to ride year around, so in the winter you can find Eddie nordic ski racing and David playing competitive ice hockey to stay fit for cycling season.
In January of 2000, Chris Porter, a student at the Maine College of Art, who grew up in the bike shops of Western Massachusetts, began as a mechanic. You will be hard pressed to find a better bike mechanic in the greater Portland area, or all of New England for that matter, so it is no surprise that behind Eddie and David, Chris has been with CycleMania the longest and is the head of the Service Department. Not one to be pigeon holed, Chris rides all types of bikes, but it is mountain biking where he is most at home.
While CycleMania’s appearance may have changed over the years, what hasn’t changed is its unrelenting commitment to the sport of cycling and its unparalleled customer service. In 1989, CycleMania founded the Portland Velo Club (PVC) which, with over 130 members, is one of the largest cycling clubs in New England. Today, PVC also includes the newly-formed Women’s Club and the dominant CycleMania/OA Master’s Team. When it comes to the Maine cycling community, CycleMania is still extremely involved in local events, such as the Trek Across Maine, the MS 150, the Yarmouth Clam Festival Bike Race, the Dempsey Challenge, the Celt Challenge and most recently, the Tri 4 A Cure and is a proud supporter of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.
We recognize that cycling is a lifestyle that is enjoyable at any age. Whether you race, ride the mountains, commute, or enjoy just cruising around your neighborhood, we’ve been your local bike shop and will continue to be for many years to come. Next time you’re in Portland, stop by to check out the latest gear or just chat bikes.