Dave Temarantz is the co-owner of Valley Cycles in Plains Township. Temarantz, 41, graduated from West Side Vocational and Technical School. He lives in Kingston with his wife, Amy and daughter, Brielle.
You obviously have a passion for bikes and biking. How did it all begin? "I have been freestyle BMX (bicycle moto-cross) racing since I was in my teens. The last five years I have really been into mountain bike racing. I was always ‘the wrench' for all of my friends growing up. I would repair their bikes way back when and still do, to this day. I have been customizing bikes for over 25 years."
How did Valley Cycles on River Street, come about? "I already had the passion for bikes. When I talked to my friend, Rob Friedman, we decided to partner up and open the bike shop this past May at the River Street Commons Complex, now known as the Cross Valley Center. Rob owns the facility, which also houses the River Street Jazz Café. He is also a bike enthusiast who enjoys road racing. It was a no-brainer to do what I love as a job and Rob was very instrumental in having that dream come to fruition. I am also the property manager for the complex."
So it seems you are kind of Rob's right-hand man with all of your responsibilities here. Do you have someone who is instrumental to helping you here at the shop? "I absolutely do. Chris Murphy is here six days a week and handles a great deal of the responsibilities. I have to go to him often. He is a key part of the shop's success with all that he does."
So when you are away from work what do you like to do? Where do you like to travel to? "It's still all about biking. My whole family races BMX at the Cedar BMX Park in Clarks Summit. I've been going there since I was a kid. It is the oldest track on the East Coast. It's nonprofit and all volunteer. We also enjoy Moon Lake Park for all-day family riding. Biking is great for all ages. You will see 5-year-olds to 60-year-olds on any given day. Plattekill Mountain in the Catskills in New York is another wonderful location. It is seemingly untouched and is a sanitized and humanized set of trails that you can't just walk down. It is the best on the East Coast. We also like Moab, Utah for mountain biking."
So your time is pretty much consumed by the world of biking. "Tuesdays is for BMX practice. Wednesdays we go on a bike ride at Moon Lake. Thursdays we have Valley Cycles-sponsored rides. Fridays we go on a mountain bike ride at Hunlock Creek. Saturdays we race BMX. Sundays we travel to different locales for downhill mountain bike racing and rides. Mondays are for rest. We hang out at Hops and Barleys and watch Monday Night Football."
What is your favorite food? "Pizza topped with pepperoni and ham."
Favorite music? "Everything from heavy metal to smooth jazz."
What do you think needs improvement in Northeastern Pennsylvania? "There needs to be bike lanes so the area can be more biking friendly. There also needs to be more police hired due to the crime in the area."
Do you have a favorite quote or saying? "There is no better offense than a good defense."
You have more than 120 bikes on your showroom floor. What is the difference between a $300 bike and a $3,000 bike? "It's all about the materials and componentry as well as the assembly of the bike. You can get good bikes for lower cost, but the higher cost bikes are more apt to have better suspension technology for hardcore riding. We have a broad range for all types of riders. I consider myself a small dealer, but having 120 bikes on our showroom floor is a big deal."
John Gordon writes about area people for the Meet feature. Reach him at 970-7229.