CyclEvolution is owned by myself, Balarama (Bala) Almeida and my partner, Sarah Ferrer. We decided to open our own bike shop once we realized that biking was becoming more of a lifestyle than just a hobby. We were officially able to bring our dream to fruition in early September 2009 when we finally opened for business. Part of the journey to opening our doors included a life changing road trip centered around attending United Bicycle Institute where I certified my skills for the professional bike industry. The trip lasted 2 months (including UBI) and took us on a 10,000 mile road trip across the U.S. During this time we rode 500 miles through some of the most impressive scenery and challenging terrain. We camped every night, showered in rivers, rode cross-country, all-mountain, and downhill must-ride and epic trails, and met some amazing people and riders. If there was ever doubt in our minds about going through with the feat of opening this business, then that trip squashed it. We started a thread on MTBR.com prior to the trip and posted pictures and updates along the way. The feedback we received from the thread was both surprising and motivating. If you have not seen the thread yet, I would highly recommend checking it out (link below). It became inspirational for us while on the trip as well as for others because of the life that it took on. The only thing I can say is that an adventure like this changes you, and changes you for the better.
Sarah and I support the health of our planet and all that inhabit it, and therefore strive to be eco-friendly. We live where we work and play, using bicycles for transportation as well as sport, adventure, and overall enjoyment. On any given day you can find us in a group ride on A1A, at local trails (Quiet Waters, Markham, Oleta, Amelia) and we try and take weekend trips to Alafia, Balm Boyette, Santos, and San Felasco as often as possible. We also participate in the Florida State Championship and Coconut Cup MTB series.
To further serve and support our community, we maintain IMBA National Bike Patrol certifications and Red Cross certifications to train in CPR, First Aid, and Wilderness First Aid. We are very excited to be part of this giant cycling community!