LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The Centennial Hills area is located in the far northwest corner of the Las Vegas Valley near where US 95 meets 215 at Centennial Bowl.
Norman Rockwell Lane in the Centennial section of the Las Vegas Valley.
East of US 95 and south of Durango Road is a small neighborhood that most people drive by and don’t even notice. On a quaint street called Norman Rockwell Lane is the village of Centennial Springs. It’s a hidden gem that includes restaurants, apartment buildings, and mixed-use buildings, as well as a park.
One of the unique companies is The Vault Bicycle Shop.
Things are getting better now, but owner Mike Skoy says they immediately felt the supply chain effect of the pandemic.
“When it first happened it was bad because [of] Lack of rubber. We didn’t have tires and tubes, so let’s say your normal person who came off the road with a flat tire, “Oh, you know, we’re going to get these tubes in a week,” and we never did. It’s always a day, a day of service, ”said Skoy.
Mike Skoy is the owner of The Vault Bicycle Shop.
Aside from everyday repairs, Mike has a passion for breathing new life into the bike you had as a kid.
“It’s a connection when someone brings their broken bike here and you give it back to them brand new. Oh my God. That sat in my garden and it rotted and you made something beautiful out of it. But to find something 20 or 30 years old and change it up a bit and make it yours again after all these years? It is there, ”said Skoy.
In the small neighborhood of Centennial Springs, Mike can close the street once a year for an all-day bike festival.
“It’s a meeting of the first generation boys, the children who are showing up now, and everyone in the middle like me, everyone comes together. It’s a meet-n-greet, ”he said.
People set up their dealer spots, sell parts, and talk about the old days. You will have trailers out here with a lot more bikes than I have ever restored on them. People just have a great time and that’s where we have the neighborhood restaurants that come out with food and drink, ”Skoy said.
But any day, you can spend hours going through the reminders displayed in the vault.
“For me it is very important to get hold of something and to enter it here and share it with the public.”
Mike believes all of southern Nevada is behind cycling, including the Regional Transportation Commission.
“They published maps – colored maps – of all of the Vegas Valley and all of the places to drive. There are many parts of the city that are connected to other parts of the city where you drive past every day and you don’t notice that there is a bridge under the road [it’s] A place to ride a horse. Once you get on a bike, it’s just a nice place to see Las Vegas, ”said Skoy.