Our Story

Heron Head Bikes was started from a love of bicycles, community and wanting to help people in Brantford ride their bikes more.

Like many people, my bike increased my world as a kid from what I could walk to to what I could ride to. From there it became just transpiration; to school at first, then work, until I turned 16. Then my bicycle disappeared for a few years, quite a few years in fact. When it returned, it was to replace another sport and it returned as mountain biking. Now I'm also enjoying exploring neighbourhoods or riding the Loop on a vintage bike or a hybrid.

An opportunity to be involved in a bike shop came in late 2019 and in May 2021, we opened our temporary shop on Grand River Avenue. Once a zoning amendment was approved, we opened at 120 Morrell Street (built as an auto mechanic shop) in October. On our second day we hosted Kim Clark as part of the Holmedale Art Crawl and welcomed lots of art crawl folks. It was pretty cool.

It's been quite an interesting learning curve since starting this adventure in 2018.

The more I learn about bicycles, the more I think everyone should get one when they are five years old. To young riders, they offer self-confidence and freedom. Both are so important to growing up. To adults, they offer easy exercise, a chance to be a kid again and, best of all, they are cheaper to run than a vehicle for short distance trips.

Once a rider learns how to use a bicycle, learning how to fix it is also important. Learning how to change a tire, align your gears and use tools are problem solving skills that will help everyone through life.

OUR TEAM

When I decided to open a bicycle shop, I knew I had to become a certified bicycle mechanic. I had been taught by others but not in an organized way. In 2022, I graduated from The Winterbourne Bicycle Institute (WBI). It is one of the few bicycle mechanic schools in North America. The course as an amazing experience.

Curtis has wrenched for many years serving friends and neighbours in St. George, He is currently at McMaster University for business. Curtis came to us with a broken leg (bicycle accident at the Pines) and has helped us for a few years. 

James is a chef by training and was a regular customer before taking the WBI mechanic course. He’s looking forward to fixing bikes and helping people enjoy their ride. 

I met Bernie when I won a contest sponsored by his company, All Day Breakfast: The Creative Agency. Most recently, he has resurrected his adventure company as a bike shop, The Lost Bandit, in Paris, Ontario. Bernie also graduated from the WBI. He is an avid cyclist riding his mountain bike or fat tire bike on any trail he can find and has also been seen riding penny farthings. He introduced me to the Fat Viking Challenge.

What is a Slow Roll?

My first experience with a Slow Roll was listening to one of the founders of the Detroit Slow Roll talk about it.

“In 2010 Jason and Mike thought it would be cool to do a leisurely bike ride for all age groups through a different neighbourhood every week. What started with two people and a few friends has turned into a ride of hundreds and then thousands of people exploring neighbourhoods they might not have ever been through.”

I thought this was an awesome idea we started doing it in Brantford in 2021. This year it will be every Tuesday night meeting at 6:45 and rolling at 7PM. The first Tuesday of every month will be a LIGHT THE NIGHT ride.  Watch for time change as we usually leave just before dusk.

Each week, we will explore a different neighbourhood in Brantford. I hope you’ll join us! Bring your bike and your friends. Please be sure your bike is ready to ride.

Happy trails!

These are easy rides, a slow roll. Ride routes are subject to change.

This event is sponsored by TL Liquidation. Register through. Eventbrite and your registration will be a ballot for an end of season draw to win an awesome prize from www.tkliquidation.com!

  • Downtown Slow Roll

  • Eagle Place Slow Roll

  • Light The Night Slow Roll

2022 Schedule

Dates are subject to change – LIGHT THE NIGHT rides will be the first Tuesday of every month.

Fri 07 May – Holmedale – We are pleased to start this year’s Brantford Slow Roll as part of Jane’s Walk.

Tuesday 07 June – Holmedale – meet at 120 Morrell Street

Tue 14 June – Holmedale 2 – meet at 120 Morrell Street

Tue 21 June – Eagle Place – Meeting at Sammy’s Creamery, 75 Erie Avenue.

Tue 28 June – Echo Place – Meeting place Dairy Queen, 930 Colborne Street EAST, back of parking lot.

Tue 05 July – Shellard Lane – Sorry, cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Tue 12 July – Shellard Lane – Meet at Apna Meats parking lot, 360 Conklin Road at 6:45 for 7pm start.

Tue 19 July – Downtown – Meeting place Old City Hall parking lot, 100 Wellington Square.

Tue 26 July – No ride this week, we have a family event and will close early.

Tue 02 Aug – LIGHT THE NIGHT – Holmedale – TIME CHANGE 8:45pm for 9PM Roll! – 120 Morrell Street. String of 50 LED lights for your bike available on site for $5.

Tue 09 Aug – No ride this week.

Tue 16 Aug – Henderson – Meeting at playground area, Devon Down park.

Tue 23 Aug – Greenbrier & North Fairview – Meeting place TBA

Tue 30 Aug – No ride this week – rained out

Tue 06 Sep – LIGHT THE NIGHT – Shellard Lane – TIME CHANGE 7:45pm for an 8PM Roll! – Apna Meats parking lot, 360 Conklin. String of 50 LED lights for your bike available on site for $5.

Tue – 20 Sep – TBA

Tue 04 October – LIGHT THE NIGHT – Holmedale – TIME CHANGE – 7:15PM for a 7:30PM Roll! – Our shop, 120 Morrell Street.

Tue 01 Nov – LIGHT THE NIGHT – Holmedale – TIME CHANGE – 7:15PM for a 7:30PM Roll! – Our shop, 120 Morrell Street.

Tue 06 Dec – LIGHT THE NIGHT – TIME CHANGE – 6:15PM for a 6:30PM Roll! – Location to be determined.

Jason and Mike have registration and a waiver for their bike ride so we do too. To help us start the ride on time, please complete this on-line registration and event waiver before coming to the ride. Each time you register for a ride, your name will be entered into a draw sponsored by TK Liquidation for an iGo e-bike. Thank you!

This event is free to the public as Heron Head Bikes pays the insurance for the event. The insurance company requires all riders to register so we know who you are in case of an emergency. Like many things in life, riding your bike does involved some risk. You are responsible for your bike and yourself. It’s going to be great.