Moving in cycles
Ice Cycles offers accessibility, fun to embrace winter
Some things in Winnipeg are cyclical, of course. Not least, the wondrous — as some may think of it — winter weather.
And one adventure-minded local entrepreneur has certainly embraced this sentiment for the betterment of Winnipeggers looking to make the most of Mother Nature.
Sinan Leylek, the operations manager of Spark Rentals, has launched Ice Cycles for a second season. Leylek also happens be Spark Rentals’ owner, president and chief executive officer, as well. He has two partners that he launched the Ice Cycles division with — Nick Meyer and Lucien Stratton.
The enterprise now has a new family model and new rental partners across Canada and the U.S. It also has a new location — this winter it will be permanently based next to the Red River behind the Winnipeg Rowing Club, which is located at 20 Lyndale Dr. in Norwood Flats.
For an hourly rate, individuals can now rent a five-seat family ice bike that can hold up to two adults and three children, which is a new feature this year. The five-seater joins a fleet of Ice Cycles models that was launched last year and includes a classic, ice trike, and tandem ice bike.
According to a news release, Ice Cycles has also expanded its operations by partnering with Mosswood Adventures and Rentals, which will be launching a pop-up ice bike rental service in Kenora, Ont., and Muskegon Lake Adventure Sports Park south of the border in Michigan.
In light of the pandemic-related restrictions that were in place last year, Leylek said it was an interesting time to embark upon the enterprise, but he’s relishing the challenge of gaining traction, not least because of his new partnerships.
“In terms of these partnerships, it’s been most exciting working with others and building something,” Leylek, who lives in downtown Winnipeg, said. “It’s been fun seeing how things work in different markets.”
“A big part of my philosophy is offering people accessibility and allowing them to have fun.”
Spark Rentals is located at 583 Selkirk Ave. in Winnipeg’s North End.
Go online at sparkrentals.ca for more information.
Simon Fuller is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. Email him at email@example.com or call him at 204-697-7111.