PHOTO: Crusty Grunt Cycles’ owner Dave Hager with his two children
BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
Crusty Grunt Cycles, a family-owned cycle shop that offers in motorcycle towing, maintenance and repair, will be celebrating its grand opening this Saturday with live music from Phoenix Rising, food courtesy of Viking Pizza, and door prizes.
The celebration will take place from 12 – 6 p.m. at Crusty Grunt Cycles’ new location at 3710 John Lunn Road, just off of Kedron Road and south of Saturn Parkway, with all residents welcome to attend.
What puts Crusty Grunt Cycles apart from other motorcycle service shops, it’s founder Dave Hagar says, is it’s motorcycle towing service.
“The biggest thing that we offer, that not anyone around here offers, is motorcycle towing – we have an actual motorcycle tow truck,” Hager said. “It’s got a specifically designed lift system that is designed for picking up and hauling motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs. There’s no dragging it onto a rollback or anything like that.”
Hager has lived in Spring Hill for four years, who after serving ten years active duty in the United States Army and later three years in the Army Reserve, fell in love with the Spring Hill community after driving through it one day.
“Everyone is very friendly, and willing to help each other out, and it’s just a small, southern town,” Hager said. “The overwhelming sense of care and pride in the city… that’s big. People here care, and they care about their city, and that’s great.”
As for the unusual name of the business, Hager said “grunt” is a reference to his time as an infantry soldier, and “crusty” is a term of endearment for a veteran who has been around.
During Hager’s military service, Hager served in the 101st Airborne, as well as the 187th Infantry Division. Hager did two tours of service in Iraq, and was also deployed to Afghanistan twice during Operation Enduring Freedom, the government’s official name for the 2001 War on Terror. Hager would serve three more years in the Army Reserves stationed at Fort Campbell in Kentucky as a Drill Sergeant, before ultimately placing roots in Spring Hill.