Welcome and thank you for visiting the Cyclepath Markham website! My name is Jorge Varela and I am the owner and operator of The Cyclepath in Markham, Ontario. My love affair with bicycles started with BMX in 1979. At 13 years old, I delivered prescriptions for a local pharmacy by bicycle. I did this all winter on the hilly streets of Toronto until I had enough money to build a state-of-the-art Redline BMX racer. It took a lot of sweat at $2.15 an hour to earn the $600 I needed to finish it. I attended my first BMX race later that summer in Niagara Falls, New York, as there was no BMX racetrack in Ontario at the time. I had won the third place trophy form that first race and I was hooked ever since. I read all of the magazines and hung around all of the best bicycle stores.
I was offered my first bike shop job at the infamous Bloor Cycle, Canada’s largest bike shop of that time, where I learned the in-and-outs of the bike business. They had the best wheel builders and mechanics in the business that taught me their special techniques and “ancient bike-man wisdom”. When a new shop, the Cyclepath, opened it’s first location in Toronto in 1986 I became their mechanic and over the next few years I worked my way up from the repair shop to the sales floor and eventually to a manager’s position.
29 Main Street North has been a bike shop since the late ‘70s and officially became a Cyclepath location in 1989, leading to the summer of 1991 when my dream of owning a bike shop came true in Markham. The years go by in hurry when you are having fun and that’s what bicycles are all about, having fun.
I still have tons of fun on my bicycles whether I’m zig-zagging through Durham forest with my best friends on my ultra-light trail bike, dropping into a double black diamond run at Blue Mountain on my super sturdy downhill bike or just commuting to and from work. Whether you need help finding the right bike, parts, accessories or bicycle service, come on in and I along with the rest of the Cyclepath Markham staff will be happy to help you.