About Us

Our Story

Pumpkinvine Cyclery was established in 2010, just as the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail was nearing completion in Middlebury. It is a full-service bike shop, offering everything from repairs to rentals, and a wide array of new bikes, accessories and apparel.

For the first 6 years, it was located in a small shopping plaza on the north side of town, but in 2016 owners Spencer and Brittany Short purchased a building and moved to be across from the trail's most popular access point, the Middlebury Dairy Queen. It's proximity to local trails makes it a convenient hub for cyclists. Riders experiencing equipment issues can drop by for some on-the-spot repair, or people considering a new bike can test ride an array of them out on the trail and out of town guests can rent bikes for an afternoon with access to convenient parking and changing rooms.

Spencer & Brittany are locals. Both grew up and went to school here, and ultimately graduated from Goshen College. Spencer has worked as a bike mechanic since 2004 and is an avid cyclist himself. Brittany serves on  the Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail board as the Vice President  and works with other community organizations to promote well connected  parks and trails in Elkhart County.

Why Pumpkinvine Cyclery?

1. Service- It's a simple concept "Treat people as you wish to be treated". Whether you ride for fun and just need us to fix a flat tire, or you need maximum performance out of your gear for an upcoming Ironman, we're here to help. But ultimately, we're just a bunch of people who want to see other people having fun on bikes.

2. Convenience- We're so close to the Pumpkinvine Trail you could throw a football at it. Did an issue come up during your ride? Stop in, and we will take a look at it!  And we know it's not always easy to drop your bike off for repair, so we offer pick up and delivery service.

3. Lifetime Free Adjustments- All new bikes purchased from our shop have this added benefit.  Additionally, your first Annual Tune-Up is free of charge (within the first year of ownership)!

4. We carry brands that we stand behind... and most importantly, who stand behind you.  A conscious effort is made to carry brands that deliver great warranty support, and work as hard as we do to promote and support healthy communities and a healthy cycling industry.

5. Our Kids’ Bike Trade In & UP Program.  When you buy a kid’s bike from us you have 4 years to trade it in for a larger size.  At that time we will credit you 75% of the original purchase price to use towards a new, appropriately sized bike for your child.  As long as it's rideable, and in one piece, there are no questions asked. Call around, it's the best in the area!

6. Our staff-  Each staff member is an expert in their unique area of cycling. We also have certified Bike Fit staff members, to ensure that you purchase the bike that is sized specifically for you.

7. Community- We work hard to be on the front lines, caring for our local trails, creating new ones and make biking safer and better for everyone.

Meet the Staff

Spencer Short

Co-owner & Sales Manager

"I’ve been in to biking since I was a kid, and spent most summers building dirt jumps and riding until dark. I worked for an entire summer mowing lawns to buy my first bike, and still have it hanging up at home. I started working professionally as a bike mechanic in 2004 and after graduating college, could not see myself working in any other industry. The opportunity came in 2011 to start my own bike shop, and here I am. It's pretty great going to work every day when you love your job."


Brittany Short

Co-owner & Business Manager

"Prior to starting our shop, I worked in management both in retail and in the healthcare field. As far as cycling is concerned, like any other kid I spent most of my summers riding bike everywhere, but it wasn’t until I met Spencer that I really got into the sport (ie. yelling at the TV during the Tour De France). Most of my riding now involves my kids, or quick solo fitness rides, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel fortunate to be doing what I love in my hometown."

Kevin H.

Bike Tech

Alex S.

Bike Tech

Nick V.

Bike Tech

Cheryl K.

Office Manager