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Southtown shop powers up electric bikes

Small Planet eBikes head mechanic Baltazar Cardenas installs a stem and handlebars on a fixed-gear bicycle. Courtesy photo

Small Planet eBikes is a full-service shop in the King William Historic District with an emphasis on electric-powered bicycles.

Husband-and-wife duo Marty and Alicia Schlesinger, along with co-owner Tom Wilson, opened the store at 1203 S. Alamo St. this past winter.

“We want to be the hub of downtown cycling for all riders,” Marty Schlesinger said.

Small Planet eBikes also repairs bikes and has a small selection of traditional bicycles — called acoustic bikes — for sale.

“We can take care of any small problem for riders immediately,” Schlesinger said. “For any other repair, our goal is to get you rolling by the end of the day.”

As technology advances and prices drop, electric bikes are becoming more popular, he added.

The shop, which is a gathering spot for several cycling clubs, offers half-day rentals for $25 and full days for $50.

Each Friday, a rotating selection of food trucks stops at the business and special events are held every First Friday. Small Planet eBikes also sells craft beer.

“Bikes and beer sold here,” Schlesinger quipped.

Snacks are available before, during and after a day of riding.

Schlesinger, a veteran cyclist, was a professional BMX freestyle rider in the 1980s. He began renting and selling custom-built electric bikes when he founded Voltage Cycles in 2010.

“I love playing the ambassador, the Johnny Appleseed, and trying to empower more people to realize there’s other energy choices out there,” he said.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday.


1203 S. Alamo St. For more, call 210-437-3419 or visit smallplanetebikes.com/satx/ or facebook.com/smallplanetsatx.


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