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Old 11-28-10, 12:18 PM
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Seattle area bike shop openings / closings / moves - 2010

Have run across a couple of new (to me) shop closings/openings and thought I would start a list.

Here's what I know about (and/or can remember):


CLOSINGS:


- Triumph Multisports, the triathlete shop (w/some nice tri bikes) in Leschi on Lake Washington Blvd. appears to be closed. Their Facebook page says something about "closing for winter" and "closing the Leschi location" but there's nothing I see about a new place. That was supposed to be a great tri shop, according to some friends.

- uBRDO, the shop in downtown Kirkland owned/run by the former manager of the Kirkland branch of Montlake Bicycle. (Scotty?). Very cool place -- sold Gunnar, Soma, other steel frames, and outdoor gear. I stopped in last summer and they said they were moving but they appear to be closed:

https://www.ubrdo.com/

- Counterbalance Bicycles closed their Queen Anne location and consolidated in their University Village location on the Burke Gilman (that was back in the spring).

NEW:

- Peterson Bicycles, https://www.petersonbicycle.com/. Near the Lake Washington trail in Renton (hard to find - it's behind the Denny's. Owned by pro rider Tom Peterson of Garmin, who apparently leads some shop rides when he is in town. I stopped by right after they opened and there wasn't much there yet, but one can always hope. (Seems like a horrible location for a retail store to me - no traffic, hard to see from the street, etc. -- I rode by on my bike and even using the gps on my cell phone I had to ride around for 10 minutes to find the place. They took over part of a health club that went out of business.)

- Velo Veloce opened a Mercer Island location this fall.https://www.velocevelo.com/

- Performance Bicycle has a new location in South Center in September.

- Gerk's opened a new location in Issaquah, right near the Ford dealer off I90.


MOVES:

These aren't all new...

- Speedy Reedy in Fremont moved to a new building/location. (this year?)
- Classic Cycles in Bainbridge moved (I think this was in 2009?) down the street to a much bigger/better location. (I have ridden by this store several times when on BI but stopped in for the first time in the new location this fall - one of the best stores in the area, IMHO).
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was in west seattle yesterday, riding around..

Saw a new shop, "cycle U"
https://www.cycleu.com/

its gotta be less then a year old in that location... looks like they have a sandpoint location too
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Triumph is opening in Renton (so they are a move)

I've heard rumblings of Counterbalance re-opening in queen ann in the near future. Apparently that particular location lost a lot of employees (for various reasons) at the same time that the rent went up? Something like that. That's pretty 3rd person info.
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Thanks for the rundown. I stopped in at Peterson today...Gabbed for a little while. Bunch of cool stuff in there, and nice chit chat, but light on bikes from what I saw. They are carrying Bianchi.

I had been meaning to stop in; we blew by it on a group ride about 3 weeks ago. A guy a ride with has been riding with Tom and his been trying to get me to come out to their "spirited" ride which is a little different than the Sunday shop ride. Pretty sure I need a little more saddle time before I join that one.
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Thanks for this!
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Originally Posted by x43x
They are still figuring out what to carry, but I did find out what bikes they will be dealing:
you would think that they would have figured that out before opening a store
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Originally Posted by j-law
you would think that they would have figured that out before opening a store
It's a little more complicated than that. The owner (Tom) is a rider for Garmin-Cervelo, and they were in the midst of changing affiliation while the store was opening up. The timing of the store was right, they needed to grab the location, which is right off the Lake Washington trail and have time to remodel for the Summer season. I'm actually surprised to hear that they will be carrying Cervelo, with Greg's and SVC both carrying the line. Must be solely due to Tom's affiliation. Last time I chatted with Ben on this topic, Cervelo was a no go.

You have to understand that the Seattle area has three markets
1. Racers who have been training for the last two months, and who's real season starts in February (races)
2. Challenge Riders...Chilly Hilly, STP, RSVP, etc...which starts in February
3. Recreational/Joe Q. Public riders who usually start in May when the weather turns nice.

Of the three types of customers above, the first (and also the most likely to drop serious coin) often order parts in. It's just not smart for LBSs to carry racing components as heavy inventory...except maybe some wheels, chains, pedals, etc...That being said, Ben grabbed me a set of cranks on the way into the shop and I had them in a day. When you are ordering parts in, you have the luxury of figuring out what to carry. I actually recall Ben asking me what I would be inclined to buy...pretty smart. Most shops carry middle range to entry level bikes for the masses...again no rush there right now, heck I don't think Gregg's (which I consider the biggest volume LBS in on the Eastside), doesn't stock a road bike with anything above Ultegra...

Peterson has plenty of time for the bikes to show up before the MUP/Lake Washington traffic picks up, and have no problem catering/serving racers/challenge riders in the meantime. I think they are primed for success and have a ton of potential. Bianchi and Lynskey are smart choices IMO.
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not exactly new, but cascade bicycle studio (high-end roadies) and hub & bespoke (high-end urban chic cycling) in fremont
big tree on stone way (used to be fluidride, hidden away beneath the university bridge)
montlake cycles in the middle of a big-ol renovation
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