January 17, 2003
Friendly Neighborhood Bike Shop
Before the Bicycle Chain ( pun definitely intended! ) Conglomerates There Were the Family Shops of an Independant Nature.
Do you remember your 1st visit to a bicycle shop?
Did your family buy their bikes and get them repaired at the same shop, generation after generation?
Do you take YOUR kids to the same shop for their cycling needs?
Do you consider the owners, and employees to be friends?
ARE they family?
Bicycling is 186 years old.
America was changed forever by WW2.
So I figured why not make a fuss over those Bicycle Shops that have been around since Hector's GRANDFATHER, or even GREAT-GRANDFATHER, was a Pup.
or, possibly, even earlier.... :-)
That is the reason for the links I've added today. To honor those shops and their off-shoots, if any, that have been around since BEFORE 1941.
I have been a steady customer of Coates for 20 years, and while I don't know the names of the employees, and have only met the owner a few times, in the course of making a purchase, I continue to be pleased with the service they provide, and the products they sell.
The Bike Shop peddles the merchandise to us, and we pedal it away.
The next time you visit your favorite shop, say thank you for the many years of service. It will be appreciated.
And while you are at it, let me make a request...
The Elder Statesmen, and Women ( such as Helen's in Santa Monica, Ca. ), of the world's bike shops are a heritage, and a resource, to be honored, and cherished:
If anyone, reading this, knows of any shops, with an active web presence, or that has a linkable news story about their history, instead, online, in the US, or Internatioanlly, that have been around before the world changing events of WW 2 ( 1939 for Europe, and 1941 for America, and the rest of the world ), please send me an e-mail so I can consider adding them to the Honor Roll.