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The Best Family Bike Shop in America

From the Trek Catalog story "The Best Dealers on Wheels":

You'd be hard-pressed to find a bicycle dealer who has seen more than Elmer Sorensen, founder of Penn Cycle in Minneapolis. The former airline mechanic and avid fisherman opened his first bike shop in 1957, operating out of the alley behind his house. "It was extra money for minnows", he reminisces, "and fishing trips with my boys." Elmer has been with Trek since the very beginning as well, signing on as its first dealer in 1976. "There was need for a light-weight, advanced bike and Trek came through with it," he says, "and at a great price."

Both companies have grown considerably over the years, as evidenced by the 1995 opening of Penn Cycle's fifth shop, a $1 million superstore in Eagan, Minn. The business is much larger now, and son Pat has become a partner and major contributor. Still, the Sorensen's remain steadfast proponents of the guiding principle that got them here. "The number-one thing our customers should expect is to enjoy their bikes," the elder Sorensen proclaims. "When we sell a bike, it's a long-term relationship." Many customers have purchased more than 20 bikes from Penn Cycle, a fact that Elmer is very proud of. "You've got to start with a high-quality product and back it up with service. Only a dedicated bike dealer can do that for you."

Note: Elmer Sorensen, founder of Penn Cycle passed away on July 8th, 2000. He will be missed by all of us at Penn Cycle. Elmer's son Pat, pictured above is the new president of Penn Cycle and will continue the legacy that his father started in 1957 in exactly the same award-winning style. Penn Cycle is the only bike dealer ever featured in Trek's national catalog.


Pat Sorensen was one of several industry leaders and cycling companies that Bicycle Retailer and Industry News recognized at the annual BRAINy awards ceremony during the Bicycle Leadership Conference. Picture:  Megan Tompkins of Bicycle Retailer and Pat Sorensen of Penn Cycle.

AMERICA'S BEST BIKE SHOP FOR 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016

Another big thank you to National Bicycle Dealers Association for awarding Penn Cycle the award for "America's Best Bike Shops" in Las Vegas at the Interbike Trade Show.


Another big thank you to City Pages for awarding Penn Cycle and Fitness the award for "Best Bike Shop in Minneapolis for 2013" in their best of issue.


 Thank you again to City Pages for awarding Penn Cycle and Fitness the award for "Best Bike Shop in Minneapolis for 2012" in their best of issue.


Penn Cycle has been named one of the Top 100 Bicycle Retailers in the USA. Penn Cycle also received a special 5 Star Retailer award for being selected a Top 100 bicycle dealer for the past eight years. The survey was conducted by Boulder Sports Research and Leisure Trends Group, both leading bicycle industry research companies, in conjunction with the top suppliers of bikes and accessories.

PENN CYCLE Voted USA's #1 Family Bike Shop FOR 3rd TIME

For the 3rd time Pat Sorensen, President of Penn Cycle, accepted the award for 2008 Bike Retailer of the Year. He was one of several industry leaders and cycling companies that Bicycle Retailer and Industry News recognized at the annual BRAINy awards ceremony during the Bicycle Leadership Conference. Picture above:  Megan Tompkins of Bicycle Retailer and Pat Sorensen of Penn Cycle.


Again this year, Penn Cycle has again been named a Bicycle Friendly Business Silver Award Winner. The Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) program recognizes employers’ efforts to encourage a more bicycle friendly atmosphere for employees and customers. The program honors innovative bike-friendly efforts and provides technical assistance and information to help companies and organizations become even better for bicyclists.

Trek's Legend's Award Named after Penn Cycle's Founder Elmer J. Sorensen.

The Legends wall at Trek reads "The Legends Elmer J. Sorensen founder of Penn Cycle and Trek's First Customer, was one of life's true characters. Elmer held the highest level of integrity had a great business mind and a wonderful sense of humor. He will be remembered as a self taught outdoors man, master aircraft mechanic and an icon in the bicycle industry. The Legends Award is presented to a select group of retailers who have shown legendary commitment to cycling their community and to their business partnership with Trek. Trek's success is built by Legends.

Pat Sorensen Wins Trek's Elmer J. Sorensen Award.

In July of 2008 Pat Sorensen, Penn Cycle's President accepts his Legends Award from John Burke, President of Trek and joins a short list of the top bicycle retailers who have received  "Trek's Elmer J. Sorensen Legends Award for Excellence" which was named after his father and has been given out to a top retailer each year since 2000. The honorees have their photos posted in a "Legends" display in the lobby of the Trek Corporation in Waterloo Wisconsin.


Trek Bicycle Corp. Penn Cycle had been a top 10 Trek dealer for 40 years and we were Trek's very first customer back in 1976. Trek has over 2,000 dealer storefronts nationwide and is the top selling bike shop brand.


Trek Bicycle Corp. 1976 – 2016. We have been Minnesota's #1 Trek dealer ever since Trek started in 1976.

METRO TRANSIT GRANTS 'COMMUTER CHOICE' AWARDS Penn Cycle's Pat Sorensen Win's Lifetime Achievement Award at 2007 Commuter Choice Awards

Twin Cities area organizations and individuals won awards Wednesday for innovation in helping people get to work without adding to traffic congestion.  Thirteen "Commuter Choice Awards" were presented by Metro Transit in cooperation with regional transportation management organizations at a ceremony in Minneapolis.  Organization awards were presented in eight categories.  Pat Sorensen, president of Penn Cycle & Fitness, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for promoting commuting options at his company and in the wider community.

From Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal - by Carissa Wyant - Wednesday, November 14, 2007





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