Looking for some inspiration on two wheels? Join John Pawlak, owner of Point Area Bicycle Service (P.A.B.S.) as he discusses some of his favorite trails, advice for beginners, and refreshment spots. Read ahead and blend in #LikeALocal!
On Point with Pawlak
In his younger days, John Pawlak caught air and chased trophies as a BMX bicycle racer. Today his passion for cycling rolls on at Point Area Bicycle Service, the store he opened in downtown Stevens Point in 2012.
He recommends that riders who are new to the area start with the gem of Stevens Point Area bicycling—the 27-mile Green Circle Trail. Pawlak said road bikers should start with the 'Little Chicago' loop—a ride that heads west of Stevens Point to Little Chicago Road. That trip can be as short as 10 miles, with longer options possible.
He also has a route that beer lovers will want to sample: a nearly 50-mile loop that stops at Central Waters Brewing Company in Amherst and O’so Brewing Company in Plover before ending at Stevens Point Brewery. “It’s a cool little brewery tour,” he said.
Back in town, one of Pawlak’s favorite refueling spots is Father Fats Public House. Riders will find additional refreshments in Pawlak’s shop, which has a beer bar on site. It features Wisconsin beers, ciders and sodas, including local favorites from the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective.