About Us


The CRANK, that has now merged with BLACK FOREST TRADING POST & THE DEER PARK is a lot more than a Pro bike & paddle-sports shop. Owner Sean Christian is extremely proud of The Crank's reputation for having the best-informed customers, the highest-quality equipment and instruction in Southeastern PA. His enthusiasm for outdoor adventure is contagious, and you'll know the minute you step into Black Forest Trading Post & The Deer Park that you've found your place for cycling, archery, paddling and outdoor adventure gear / needs! 

While other shops are primarily interested in making a quick sale, Sean / Black Forest Trading Post & The Deer Park focuses on building a relationship with the customers we serve. We know that the best way to keep you coming back is to take the time to get to know you and your needs so that you can enjoy the outdoors as much as we do! 

That's why being a bicycle, archery and kayak Pro Shop is not enough, to just carry the equipment. Black Forest Trading Post & The Deer Park has the expertise to get you and your equipment set up properly and working right the first time! 

The CRANK was established in 1989 with both the recreational and competitive cycling enthusiast in mind.  Since then, we have expanded to include archery, paddling and outdoor adventure gear.

In 2019 Sean merged The Crank with the newly acquired Black Forest Trading Post & The Deer Park in Ulysses Pa. Which now includes axe / knife / spear throwing into their ever-expanding repertoire; while also keeping with what has kept customers and friends, from near and far coming back for generations. We look forward to seeing all of you again soon.

Sean brings over 45 years of competitive cycling and bicycle mechanic experience.  Beginning his cycling career at 11, Sean quickly rose through the ranks of BMX racing, spending his first six months at beginner, the next year at novice and the remaining 9 years as expert, racing in both local and nationally ranked events. 

Looking for a new challenge, Sean switched to mountain bike and road racing and again competed at the expert/pro levels for over 15 years. 

With Sean’s love of sports, he also became a nationally certified fitness trainer and certified BCU 4-Star sea kayaker. In keeping with his focus on having the best-informed customers in the business, we offer ACA / BCU Certified Instruction for paddlers of all experience levels. 

Making his life's work out of his passion for cycling, archery, paddling, fitness, and outdoor adventure, Sean purchased The CRANK in May 2001, where he had already worked as co-manager and chief mechanic for over 9 years. After spending his first 5 years at The Crank's original location in Ephrata Pa., Sean moved the shop to Wernersville Pa. for an additional 13 years. He looks forward to expanding product lines and his reputation for fair prices, excellent service and high-quality repairs. 

Companies & Customers requested… and we listened; The Crank has expanded their outdoor expertise to better help and support the TRADITIONAL ARCHERY LOVER. Offering the same high-quality service, proper bow and / or arrow selection, and personal one-on-one instruction.   

Whether you play outside or inside, look to The CRANK now merged with Black Forest Trading Post & The Deer Park for all your cycling, archery, paddling, fitness and outdoor adventure needs! 

Sean would like to do everything he can to make sure you...

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