Photo: DEEP SEA HARDHAT DIVER #8 "NO EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH", originally uploaded by zero g.
At the Biggest Little Bike Shop in the World, they’ve got an Oil Addiction Treatment Center and it’s staffed by Jim Hopperstad who’s been around forever, since the days of leather chamois, wearing cycling shoes without socks, and when bikes were only made with steel …
As the story goes, back in 1969, his brother smoked a big, fat spliff and came up with the name Bikesmiths – there are lots of Bikesmiths now, but this one is the original. Jim’s featured in Road Bike Action this month and for every possible bike topic, he’s got an opinion. For example, he observed my Rolls saddle was dated and that lead to a discussion concerning hairnet helmets with an additional digression into the quality of Deda components v. Ritchey. Then onto Michelin’s new Pro 3, how Seattle is an anthill, and how riding fixies without brakes can lead to broken wrists.
Truth be told, I don’t follow much bike racing, but there are a few I watch out for every year. Paris-Roubaix The Hell of the North is on the list. I hold the racers up along side the sailors in the Vendee Globe solo ocean sailboat racing in terms of sheer lunacy, bravery, and effort. Check out this classic finish from 1985 to see what i mean – Greg Lemond looks like he’s lost a mud wrestling match at around 6:30 minutes. Tom Boonen won this year, showing some powerful sprinting in the velodrome, some pictures here.
American and NYC product George Hincapie unfortunately did not, having a mechanical with only 56km to go. Bikesnob NYC replays the entire drama for you, with ducks. Seriously. Go check it out, I nearly fell out of my chair.
I have found my new favorite LBS. On my commute home through Kirkland, I found this small little shop that just opened its doors: uBRDO! From the site, U brdo is Croatian for “in the hills, or mountains”. I stopped by when I first noticed the shop was open and talked to the owner Scott Richardson. As soon as I walked in - it was pretty apparent that this shop’s identity is right in the BikeHugger niche. Swobo bikes, lots of commuter-specific gear, simple, elegant - lots of stuff just focusing on the beauty of the bike.
Hey - they’re open past 6! Most nights Scott is open until 8!
I’ve been in a handful of times with my son and each time Scott has something new to show me. It’s truly an adult bike-candy store. He uses all the stuff he sells, and so there is some crossover into the backpacking market.
Scott is really kicking off his relationship with the community with a bang. He’s organized a tour-bus trip to Whistler for some opening weekend mtn biking. I’m not a mountain biker, so I won’t be going this time, but if he pulls it off again later in the summer I’d be interested in bringing up the road bike and do the ride the Pemberton. The trip is pretty much all-inclusive, plus he’s throwing in a bunch of swag. He’s still got some spots so get on the bus! Big Bus trip to Whistler
I love the statement on who they are:
We strongly believe in human powered pursuits. We believe that you can do anything you set your mind too. We believe in challenging ourselves wether it’s pushing the limits of endurance over several hours in a local race or bigger projects like cycling the Western Hemisphere, paddling across the Northern tier of Canada, or circumnavigating the pacific states by foot and pedal (all things on our list!).. We hold firmly to the mantra: “Get Yourself There”.
He’s doing what he can to help people get out of their cars, and onto bikes. He’s got a captive market with Microsoft and Google campuses near by. Let’s hope he’s able to help cure the traffic mess that is Kirkland each weekday.
Go check him out. He’s working on my troublesome road disc wheelset now and will be helping me setup my Nexus wheel next.
Some Pictures from the shop are on my Flickr set.<br/> <br/> Scott’s commute to work is pretty quick on his Surly.<br/> <br/><br/> Scott Richardson is the man behind the uBRDO shop.<br/> <br/><br/> Comfy Swobo bike wear.<br/> <br/><br/> The Shop area is coming along - that’s my rear wheel in for some love.<br/> <br/><br/> Ahearn goodies are available here. I may go for that coffee cup setup on my townie.<br/> <br/><br/> Bob Trailer<br/> <br/>