Established in 1918 by Frank Wheaton, Wheaton's has been supplying the Flathead it’s cycling needs for over 100 years! Those were the days when the Woolworth's store was just across on Main Street, there was a soda fountain in every drugstore, and the Great Northern Railroad yard was in full operation right where the Center Mall sits - just across the street from the old railway station and Depot Park.
Originally a bicycle repair shop, the store sold Indian and Harley Davidson motorcycles in the 20's, added dolls, models, and toys in the 50's, then tinkered with Honda trail bikes in the 60's. Frank's son, Bernard, sold the store to its' current owner, Margaret LeKander, in 1976. Over the next 42 years, Margaret kept the fun alive by supporting new and developing hobbies such as skateboarding, rollerblading and snowboarding…..but the main focus has always been bicycles.
In 2019, Wheaton's Shop Manager Hans Axelsen transitioned to co-owner with Lekander, continuing to provide Kalispell and the Flathead a solid and consistent bike shop. Axelsen a bicycle mechanic for over 35 years, brings his passion about riding bikes, and getting people riding bikes.
Wheaton's continues to provide quality and friendly home service. Every Christmas, just like in 1918, you'll find a decorated Christmas tree in the store window along with this year's dream bicycle. Old-timers stop by to tell us how they used to hang out here when they were kids and dreamed about the latest bikes and things. We tell them it's the same today, only now it's their great-grandchildren "keeping the dream alive."
We hope to share our love of cycling with you:)
214 1st Avenue W.
Tuesday - Friday
10:00am - 6pm
10am - 5pm