It’s always been my dream to own a bike shop. When we started California Alps Cycling back in 2017 we thought that perhaps it could someday morph into a brick & mortar business and come spring of 2021 it just might!
And that’s where you come in…we’d like to know what you think about the concept.
- What would you like to see in the shop?
- Do you think we should rent bikes?
- Should we offer tours?
- Would you frequent such a business?
First, Some Background
For those of you who’ve visited Markleeville in the last couple of years you may recall our little gas station: “Al’s Got Gas, Bait and Tackle.”
The station has been open 24/7 for awhile now but the convenience store (right side) and the retail shop (left side) have not been open for the past year, for the most part because the owners have been too busy with their day jobs. They have reached out to us and suggested we take over Al’s and put in some sort of shop as well.
So we’ve been talking about doing something along the lines of what our friends at Bear Valley Adventure Company do, e.g. rent bikes, repair bikes, sell souveneirs, sell basic outdoor gear – and not just cycling gear – and host the town’s gas station.
Side note: BVAC is light years ahead of where we would be when we opened but our hope is that we too could eventually offer some winter sport activities as well.
In case you weren’t aware, 95% of Alpine Co. is public land and there are TONS OF THINGS TO DO HERE IN THE WINTER but no real organized events. Coincidentally, the Alpine Co. Chamber of Commerce has formed a working group to try and remedy that and yours truly is a member of that group.
But, I digress.
Making a Difference
The image above says it all, at least from our perspective. Yours truly, and fellow CAC member Chris Schull, wrenched on the kid’s bikes in the a.m. so they could race ’em in the afternoon. To see those furiously peddling legs…Those smiles…What a day it was!
We believe we’ve already made a small difference in our community but we’d like to do more.
- We want to help people with their bikes.
- We want to educate.
- We want to advocate.
- We want to host group rides.
- We want to sponsor events.
- We want to help our community continue to grow (but keep our small town, alternative to South Lake Tahoe, vibe).
- Oh, I should mention that while we’d like to sell bikes that’s likely not possible due to several factors but hey, you never know…
What do you think?
We’d like to hear from you, our loyal readers, our members, our customers and perhaps you, our future customers.
Tell us what you think.
Don’t hold back.
We really want to know!