Apostle Bikeworks opens on the west side

WICHITA — Mark Moerner has been bicycling for about 25 years, and he’s been in the aircraft industry almost that long.

“I just kept getting laid off and laid off,” he says. “I just want to be in charge of my own destiny.”

He went through a small-business program at Wichita State University in which he developed a business plan and marketing strategy.

“They were a huge help.”

That led to his new Apostle Bikeworks, which is in 1,100 square feet at the southwest corner of 21st and Tyler.

“An apostle is a messenger,” Moerner says. “I just want to be a messenger.”

His message is “getting people out and having a good time.”

“I’m trying to be different than everybody else,” Moerner says. “Sell different things and have a different attitude.”

That includes Kona and Jamis bikes along with parts and accessories and other items related to biking. He’ll also do repairs.

“Basically it’s a bike shop that I would want to go into,” Moerner says.

He says he’s been in some stores where “they’re about as excited as a death row inmate.”

“I just want to be fun and be a place where people can come and hang out.”

He’s also going for convenience.

“There’s not another bike shop that’s right along here,” Moerner says. “There’s riders I see all day long going back and forth. … They can just hop in here … real quick and be back on their way.”

Moerner says he’ll be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

“Because Saturdays I want to go ride, too.”