Menlo Velo to close October 30 after 27 years in Menlo Park

by Linda Hubbard on September 28, 2022

Posting on Nextdoor,  Menlo Velo owner Rainer Zaechelein writes: “It is with mixed emotions that we make this announcement. For 27 years it has been about the quality of the employees and the product that we produce which is exemplified by the Google and Yelp ratings that we have sustained. We have tried for the better part of a year to acquire more quality employees, unsuccessfully.

“The world is changing and our demographic is particularly challenging. We are not willing to compromise on quality. I would like to sincerely thank all of our loyal customers who have supported us throughout the years. It has always been my favorite part of the job interacting with you.

“Everything will be on sale beginning October 1 —  bikes, equipment, fixtures, tools, everything. Come in for some great deals. Thank you for all the years of support.  Rainer, Zoey, and the Menlo Velo team.”

We add that Rainer and his team have also been very generous with their time as active participants in the community at a variety of bike safety workshops over the years.

Photo by Scott R. Kline (c) 2012


Arthur September 28, 2022 at 3:36 pm

Sed to hear. I have been to many area bike shops, this is by far the best.

Jim Mullin September 28, 2022 at 6:08 pm

Wow I am so sad to hear this. I have been going to Menlo Velo for a decade and they have always been great and highest quality. I don’t know what we will do to find a new place at the same level. Rainer and team are irreplaceable. One of the good ones…hopefully the crew there will find other pursuits. Best of luck.

Jeffrey Smith September 28, 2022 at 10:59 pm

So sad. Darn. Bought all my kids’ bikes there. Lovely place.

Mark Eastman September 29, 2022 at 7:03 pm

I did the brand identity logo for Menlo Velo a while back and I regret to say that the owner Rainier was a very unethical client. He reused the logo on bags and changed my original design without permission or paying me beyond my original fee (that wasn’t very much to begin with).

I’m sorry to see another local bike shop close, but to this one, good riddance.

Kenneth Chang September 29, 2022 at 7:54 pm

This is sad news indeed. Menlo Velo has been a great business to go to and I’m so glad that I was referred to them.

Josie Kamin September 29, 2022 at 10:39 pm

Very sad to lose such a good shop!

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