Marty's Gadgets

Marty is our buyer and resident parts and accessories guru.  Marty knows everything there is to know about bike gadgets.  He has been giving great advice on gear for more than 30 years.  We'll post great advice from Marty on a regular basis.  Stop back frequently to take advantage of Marty's wisdom!

Latest Article

27.5", 27.5"+, 29", 29"+? (Guest post from Joe)


Ride the Gravel (Guest post from Ron Kadera)

E-Bikes Explained (Guest post from Andrew Magill)

Rainy Weather Gear

Guest Article - Biking With Kids

Marty's Favorite Bike Tools

What's Life Without Tires?

Guest Article - How Fat is Fat Enough?

New & Cool in 2018

Winter Riding Clothing

To Tube or Not to Tube, That is the Question

Going on a bike tour? Here's what to take.

Haul it!

Hard Tail vs. Full Suspension

Gravel Bikes

Rainy Weather Gear

Biking with Kids

Bike Toys for 2018


Fat Bikes are PHAT

The Best Bike Gadgets of 2017

Winter Commuting

Tire Choices

Giant & Liv Mountain Bikes

Take It With You

What's in My Seat Bag?

Gravel Bikes

Keeping Dry on Wet Weather Rides

My First Bike

County Cycles Welcomes Giant Bikes!

Your Next Bike Tour

Toys for Your Fat Bike

What Was New in 2016 in the World of Bicycles?

Winter Riding Clothing

Panniers:  You Can Take It With You

Mountain Bike Tire Size

Comfortable Equipment

Gravel Bikes

Your Rainy Weather Gear Guide

An Anniverary Note From Us to You!

Shifting Gears - Cutting the Cable with SRAM's New eTap

The Bicycle Chain, 35 Years Later

A Biking Travel Adventure

Marty's Gift Giving Guide - 2015

Happy Feet Pedaling in Inclement Weather

Bike Fitting Demystified 

Chain Maintenance

Best Bike Gadgets of 2014+2015 Sneak Peek!

Winter Clothes:  Best Riding Gear (click here)

Tires:  Shoes For Your Bike! (click here)

Full Suspension or Hard Tail MTB? (click here)

Be Safe.  Be Seen. (click here)

Trailers! (click here)

Electronic Shifting:  The Future Is NOW! (click here)

Rainy Weather Gear (click here)

Bike Geometry and You!  (click here)

Cleaning Products Reviewed (click here)

Everyone Can Use A Repair Stand (click here)

Letter To Santa (click here)

Bike Storage (click here)

Mountain Bikes Galore!  How Do I Choose? (click here)

Buying Lights (click here)

Buying a helmet (click here)

Triathlon Gear Guide (click here)

The Case for Clipless Pedals (click here)

In Your Saddle Bag (click here)

Choosing The Right Handlebar (click here)

Bells!  (click here)

Meet Marty

Marty believes everyone should “enjoy the ride”.  Bikes are fun!

Marty has been working on bikes for parts of seven decades and he’s been working in the bike business since 1979 – and with County Cycles since 1991.  Marty loves being able to work at his hobby every day.  He views bikes as transportation first.  Marty commutes to work by bike every day and regularly logs 3,500-4,000 miles each year pedaling on two wheels.

Marty’s dad was mechanically adept and taught Marty to maintain and care for his bikes at an early age.  Marty remembers spending a Saturday overhauling his bike as a kid.  Coaster brakes still fascinate him!  Marty knows that cyclists can keep their own bikes running safely and smoothly.  He’s convinced that every cyclist should be able to fix a flat – so they are self-sufficient on rides.

Marty has 10 bikes in his fleet, but definitely has a couple “Go To” bikes.  His Bianchi Milano is his reliable steed for errands and rides around the neighborhood, while the bike he made himself (including the frame) is his favorite touring rig.  Fully loaded, his hand-made bike weighs in at 90 lbs – it definitely carries everything Marty needs on his bicycle vacations. 

Touring is Marty’s passion and he loves the discoveries and new experiences that a slow ride in the country offers.  His favorite touring memory is a random stop for a little Frisbee by a waterfall.  Marty’s favorite rides are in northern Minnesota – especially Highway 1 leaving Ely and traversing the rolling hills in the National Forest.  Marty took a 4-month cycling trip to the British Isles in the seventies that covered 1000+ miles of gorgeous scenery, cathedrals and castles.  His bucket list includes a ride across the entire US.

Marty is responsible for the wide selection of parts and accessories County Cycles is known for.  He’s committed to offering products that demonstrate good value – durable, high-quality items at affordable prices.  He loves finding unusual items that solve unique problems.  He’s proud when an avid cyclist says, “Wow!  I’ve never seen that before.”  Stop by and greet Marty.  He’s got just the part or accessory for you, no matter what your bike needs.