Randy Collins In The Know Local Reno

Randy Collins

Bicycle shop entrepreneur, College Cyclery, I was one the pioneers of snow-boarding in the Sierras. The Winterstick was our first back-country snow board.

Three words you'd use to describe your area:

Fantastic weather, out-door recreation and historical relevance.

What's your favorite local cafe or coffee shop and why?

Bibo's has the most excellent coffee in Reno! The owners take the time to train all of their baristas to pour the best coffee and coffee drinks. Bibo's also makes home-made gelato from recipes brought back from Italy; this is the owners wife's specialty with many unusual and always delicious flavors. There is always a seat available inside or out to relax and enjoy yourself.

You've got a dog lover visiting, where do you go?

Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno is a great place to let your dog meet other dogs and run around and have fun. There are a lot of walking paths and gardens to explore too.

You need a get-away-from it all escape, where do you go and why?

The river walk along the Truckee River to Idlewild Park. It's fun to continue on the river path out to the old Strawberry Bridge.

A foodie fanatic is visiting, where do you take them and what will you order?

Califuria Restaurant in Mid-town Reno. The risotto and Ceasar salad are two of my favorite dishes. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun. In the summer there is out-door dining surrounded by an herb garden. It's fun to order cocktails and just relax before dinner in this intimate and modern restaurant. Owner/Chef Tim Magee always makes the rounds and visits his guests.

You're filling a gift bag that showcases 3 - 5 of your favorite local goods, what do you include?

Nevada Museum of Art for artist made gifts. The depot Craft Brewery and Distillery for a locally made bottle of whiskey or local hand-crafted beers. Sundance Books and Music for new and used books, records and CD's.

City explorers unite! Where would you take a visitor if you only had 3 hours to show off your area and why?

Nevada Museum of Art which features internationally recognized artists from contemporary to historical as well as exhibitions that emphasize Nevada's rich artistic heritage.

I would next visit the Mid-town district with it's eclectic shops, diverse restaurants, and various merchants which include vintage clothing shops, specialty food stores and Nevada's oldest bike shop, College Cyclery.

The downtown River Walk through Wingfield Park would be my last stop.

Sporting teams can bring a community together - what teams do you love to cheer for?

The Reno Aces baseball team and 1868 soccer team. We are proud of our new baseball stadium in downtown Reno where both teams play their games. There's not a bad seat in the entire stadium!

How long have you lived in this incredible place? What brought you here and why you suggest someone else consider moving here?

I have lived in Reno since 1963, it's been 57 great years! My parents moved here from Los Angeles to buy and run a motel. Our motel, the Revada Motel was located near Plumb Lane behind the Park Lane Mall.

Quality of life would definitely be one of the reasons I would recommend Reno to people looking for a great place to live.

The neighborhood you call home and what you love about it:

My neighborhood is in the White's Creek/Thomas Creek area. I love that I can ride my bike right out of my house to a large local trail network. In the winter there is cross-country skiing right out our front door.

In the summer and fall the creeks are surrounded by beautiful trees and wildlife. I am 5 minutes away from the highest elevation downhill ski mountain in the area, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe.

All About You

I am the owner and one of the original founders of College Cyclery bike shop in Reno, Nevada.

I began working at the shop in 1973 at the age of 17. I'm also a professional trail builder, volunteering my time building local trails with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, The Biggest Little Trail Stewardship and the Eastern Sierra Trails Coalition.

I am dedicated to building, developing and maintaining our local recreational multi-use trails as well as bicycle/pedestrian advocacy.

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