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Old 01-30-22, 09:35 PM
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Cool Santa Barbara shop

Not exactly for the poor folks, but I love the concept, and the execution is fairly awesome, IMO.

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Old 01-30-22, 11:37 PM
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I have been by that shop earlier.
Looks a bit more fleshed out.
while peeking in the front windows while the shop was closed the guys might need to tidy up a bit. Copies of vintage Playboy are vintage but might not be the right presentation for 50% of your potential customer base, let alone their kids.

There was a Vintage Road Bike store on State Street that was chocked full of product, The Bici. They did not last long.

This shop is down the street from Handlebar Coffee's big store.
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90s MTBs only; I predict this niche market won't last without expanding the base...

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I hope they do well. It is great to see excitement around cycling even though it seems a bit too focused on one facet. Maybe they will expand into road bikes and previous decades.
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Interesting, did he say they have a barbar shop next door? If so that's not bad hangouts to have together. I do like the minimalist of changes to the property, the kitchen feel is probably a good draw for the walk-in appeal. The local artisans is also good for the tourist type shopping. I wonder what the prices are, the shoes are way out of my style and budget.

I do think that they will need to do a lot of outreach, and community events consistently to maintain.

In my neighborhood there is a used bike store/service joint, much smaller than what is in the video, doubles as a coffee shop. They have been there a couple of years.
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I wish them well, but if the business model is having a place to hang out and talk about bikes...

In Portland, three great shops that encouraged that have closed in the last few years.
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Rivelo probably did the best job of making sure they had branded merch to buy, but that wasn't enough.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
I wish them well, but if the business model is having a place to hang out and talk about bikes...

In Portland, three great shops that encouraged that have closed in the last few years.
Velo Cult
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Rivelo probably did the best job of making sure they had branded merch to buy, but that wasn't enough.
Golden pliers seems to have it figured out for the time being and have been there for awhile but time will tell.
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
90s MTBs only; I predict this niche market won't last without expanding the base...

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He did say they'll build it any way you want; gravel, townie, commuter, whatever.
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That shop used to be the original Cajun Kitchen breakfast spot in SB. I have lots of good (hungover) memories eating there in college.

https://www.santabarbara.com/dining/...s-permanently/

I can't speak to the probability of success for the Boom Boom venture, but there are lots of deep pockets in SB (and nearby Montecito, Summerland, etc) and beautiful trails all around.

But $700 sneakers will never make sense to me.

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But $700 sneakers will never make sense to me.
I hear you. That's why I've not made any predictions in the thread asking what the next collectible fad will be - there's just no way to predict what things people will be into, and sneaks that go for multiple Benjamins is a perfect example

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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
I wish them well, but if the business model is having a place to hang out and talk about bikes...

In Portland, three great shops that encouraged that have closed in the last few years.
Velo Cult
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Rivelo

Rivelo probably did the best job of making sure they had branded merch to buy, but that wasn't enough.
I know what you are saying. We had a guy in Santa Barbara that some of you know . His name is Baron and he had shipping containers full of vintage bikes, frames, and parts that he brought over from Europe. He sold boat loads of NOS parts for vintage road bikes and was one of THE best wheel builders around. The only problem that I saw is that he had trouble keeping the doors open. He moved frequently and even tried a shop here in Santa Paula but it didnít last. Now there is a shop in Ventura that has survived but their main focus is modern bikes. There are a few of us vintage guys that show up for cables and consumables but it is clear that they gotta sell bikes to stay alive. Mark has tried numerous times to get me on a carbon road bike and I tell him thanks but no thanks . The same with Billís Bikes in Camarillo. He has racks of some beautiful vintage racing bikes but they focus on selling to the modern crowd. The vintage racers are more like conversation pieces.
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