Friday, April 10, 2015

Your Local Bike Shop- an Invaluable Resource!

It's always sad to see a bike shop close its doors, as two have, for different reasons, in Olympia this year. However, we are still really lucky to have a good variety of local bike shops in our area. Local bike shops are the heartbeat of the bicycling community in any town. That is where you will find not just the bike widgets you want, but the years or decades of experience, and expertise in all aspects of bicycling. From fitting you correctly for a new bike to helping you choose a safe route or an awesome mountain biking trail, from solving difficult repair problems to showing you the right way to wear your helmet, or sharing bike commuting tips, there is no better place to go than the real live people at your local bike shop. Some shops rent bikes, most will pack a bike for you for shipping, and all our local shops are staffed by friendly, helpful people who know their stuff. Why not stop by and get to know the folks at YOUR local bike shop?

Here's some Local Bike Shop News for April, 2015:

Bike Tech: Spring Sale, April 9 through April 20, including "Trek Fest" bike deals, mark-downs on other bike brands, discounts on clothing and accessories, and closeouts on 2014 and older model bikes. Also carrying Electra, Salsa, Surly, Diamondback and other bike brands.

Deschutes River Cyclery: Featuring new bikes from Giant, Cogburn and others, plus refurbished used bikes. New Store Opening in downtown Olympia, April 24. 325 4th Ave East. Stop by during ArtsWalk for the Grand Opening!

Joy Ride Bikes: New model-year bikes in stock from Norco, Scott, Kona, Volagi, Surly and others, with new bikes from Yeti arriving soon.

Old Town Bicycles: Carrying the latest models from Cannondale, Specialized, Salsa, Santa Cruz,  and Redline, plus closeouts on older model bikes, and a rotating list of Sale Items on their website.

Stevenson Custom Bicycles: Though currently not in a retail storefront location, Stevenson Custom Bicycles is not "just" a top notch custom frame building shop. The Stevensons offer custom bike fitting, full bike repair services, and free pickup and delivery of your bike.

These bike shops support all kinds of cycling in our area, in part by sponsoring the Bicycle Commuter Contest, supporting Friends of Capitol Forest and offering discounts to members of the Capital Bicycling Club.