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Ironclad: 'A full-service bicycle shop'

Corey Reese and Mike Hanna step away from repairs Tuesday, Nov. 25, with shop owner Jim Knaup and manager Tim Hull at Ironclad Bicycles. (Les Bowen/The Daily Courier)

Corey Reese and Mike Hanna step away from repairs Tuesday, Nov. 25, with shop owner Jim Knaup and manager Tim Hull at Ironclad Bicycles. (Les Bowen/The Daily Courier)

PRESCOTT - The staff at Ironclad Bicycles might tell you they're the best. And they have the credentials to back it up.

This fall, the National Bicycle Dealers Association named Ironclad America's Best Bike Shops list for 2014 - the only Yavapai County shop listed and one of four in the state.

The shop is located at 710 White Spare Road in Prescott.

Owner Jim Knaup said the shop measures up to the bill with its range of bicycles and accessories, and a staff to get people on the right bike and keep it running.

"Bike technology sure hasn't stayed still over the years," Knaup said. Ironclad opened for business in 1992. Since then, the shop has seen advancements in everything from frame materials and wheel configurations to brake styles and suspension systems.

"If you ride here, sooner or later, you're going to have a flat tire or break a chain," he said. "We're a full-service bicycle shop with everything from kids' bikes to road bikes and mountain bikes."

Looking at the broad range of options on today's bicycles, that can be welcome news to cyclists. Each advancement bring more opportunities for riders, but when something goes wrong on a complex bike, it can lead to more complex repairs. Whether it's a simple fix or a full overhaul, Knaup said Ironclad's repair crew is fully trained on the latest technologies in bicycling.

Ironclad works with groups like Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance and Prescott's Over the Hill Gang, which advocate for and build routes for bicycles in the Prescott area.

Earlier this month Ironclad teamed up on the Cranksgiving, a bike-mounted, scavenger-hunt style food drive that helped gather hundreds of pounds of food for the Coalition for Compassion and Justice Open Door.

"We do a lot to help the community," Knaup said.