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VOTE FOR FLEETWOOD

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Image From Wendy Woodruff-Wezensky

BFOC had a post this morning about our friend Fleetwood Hicks and his bike shop, Fleetwood’s Kit Kat. The shop has been nominated for Daily Candy’s Sweetest Things award in Dallas.

Go here to vote for  Fleetwood’s Kit Kat.

While you’re at it. Keep an eye out for an AWESOME bike project that Fleetwood has in the works. Details to come.

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December 4, 2009 at 10:54 am

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Transit Bicycle Company – Grand Opening September 13

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Image From Fixeddallas.com - please visit their site.

Image From Fixeddallas.com - please visit their site.

Pedallas, one of the coolest bike blogs in the Metroplex, seems to have their finger on the pulse of all cool bike happenings in Dallas. They’re definitely a site that I’ll be watching.

Today, they posted about the Grand Opening of a new bike shop in Dallas called Transit Bicycle Company. If you’re free on Sunday, September 13 between noon and sunset, come check it out at 3839 McKinney Avenue.

BTW, This is the same address as the West Village Bicycle Company. One can only guess that this is perhaps a rebranded take on an already, really cool bike shop. I couldn’t imagine two shops at the same address.

I’ll need to see if I can drag the family to ANOTHER bike shop this weekend to check it out. LOL!

I’m hoping the shop caters more to the urban cyclist, rather than the road and mountain bike guys. Don’t get me wrong – all cyclists are awesome. I just think that there are plenty of shops around for those guys.

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September 8, 2009 at 9:09 am

Oak Cliff Bicycle Company

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Logo courtesy of Oak Cliff Bicycle Company. Please visit their site.

There’s a new bike shop in town: Oak Cliff Bicycle Company. I stumbled upon them when I saw that one of my friends on Facebook joined their group page. Of course I did the same.

The first thing that caught my eye was their cool logo. Call me easy, but being an art director and graphic designer, if you catch my attention with your graphics, you’ve made the first step to winning me over as a customer. The next thing that caught my attention was they’re ‘about us’ page. They appear to share the same ‘get out and ride’ philosophy that we have over here at Suburban Assault.

Image linked from the OCBC. Site. Please click to visit.

Image linked from the OCBC. Site. Please click to visit.

The last thing that wins me over as a customer is customer service. I haven’t visited their shop, so I can’t report on that yet. Their grand opening was last weekend and I’m sad to say that I missed it.

My plan is to drag the family out to Oak Cliff this weekend and stop by the shop for a visit. After that, I’ll post my initial impressions as well as a few pics. If you want to stop by and visit for yourself, they’re open Monday 12 – 7, Tues-Fri 11-7 and Sat&Sun 8:30-5. You can find there shop in Oak Cliff, one of the older neighborhoods of Dallas:

The shop is on the west side of Tyler, between 7th and Davis – 410 N Tyler Street, Dallas, TX 75208

Stay tuned.

UPDATE:

We went by the shop today (August 22). It took a while to find it because I forgot to write down the address and Oak Cliff is a bit unfamiliar to me. When we found the place, we discovered that parking is non-existent – which I guess shouldn’t be a big deal for a bike shop.

First impressions: The shop is small, but nice. Their inventory is what you would expect with a small, start-up – a bit limited. However, they have no problem ordering from their vendors. The two brands that stood out from all the used and repair bikes were Swobo and YBS, a local bike builder.

The shop had a very similar feel to West Village Bicycles, featuring more of an urban lifestyle – a niche that is a bit limited in the DFW Metroplex. I hope to see more shops like this pop up around town. Hopefully, folks will start riding more as these shops become more main stream.

The guy I talked to was a bit reserved, but managed to open up once I started talking to him. I’m hoping that I can make it down there more often and actually bring them some business.

Overall, I liked the place and I hope they have great success.

P.S. Sorry about knocking over the bikes displayed out front. It was like a horrible scene in a movie where I lifted the price tag to the bike on the end, it fell over and started a domino effect with the rest of the bikes. Thanks for being really cool about it.

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August 18, 2009 at 11:41 am

Querencia Community Bike Shop

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I live in Dallas, but it took Urban Velo, a Pittsburgh based publication, to point out one of the coolest bike shop concepts that happens to be right in my own back yard. Querencia Community Bike Shop is an all-volunteer, non-profit bike shop that is located in Denton, a few miles north of Dallas. They offer space, tools, parts and knowledge for anybody who wants to come build, repair or maintain their bicycle.

Photo from Querencia. Please Visit Their Site

Photo from Querencia. Please Visit Their Site

They also have a “Green Bike” program where they take abandoned or donated bikes, fix them up, then lend them out to the Denton community as an alternative way to get around town. It’s free to use the green bikes, but they must never be locked up, taken inside or removed from Denton. Pretty amazing concept.

Here’s a little video that helps explain who they are:

Although bicycle co-ops aren’t a new concept to the the cycle world, it is to North Texas. My only hope is that more of these would open up throughout the state – especially closer to me – so that more people become more bike-aware in their neighborhoods and communities.

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August 10, 2009 at 6:00 pm

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Down The Katy Trail With Fleetwood’s Kit Kat

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I wrote about Fleetwood’s Kit Kat in an earlier post and discussed how cool the shop and it’s owner were. When we were visiting, Fleetwood asked us to join in one of his group rides. Not being on a bike in years, I figured my wife would be less than interested. To my surprise, she scheduled us for one of his rides.

We were some of the first to arrive at the shop, off Mockingbird and Interstate 75, right next to the SMU campus. Since I had my own bike (non-cruiser), I opted to bring it and leave the loaner open for any extra riders. Wendy got a fancy pink cruiser as a loaner that totally clashed with her personality – it was the perfect bike for her first ride. As we waited for the ride to start, more folks, mostly couples and small groups of friends (all different in age and personality) began to arrive. Nobody looked like a seasoned rider, which was perfect for a casual ride like this. Instead of spandex, jerseys and cleats, there were dresses, shorts and flip flops. We were all like a bunch of kids, reconnecting with our youth on fun and stylish comfort bikes.

Eventually, the ride started. It was really cool seeing a huge mass of colorful bikes hitting the streets all at once. The pace was slow but perfect for a warm Saturday evening. We headed down one of the side streets which eventually connected with the head of the Katy Trail. A few minutes later, we were at our first stop – a wine bar called Crush on Knox Street. The plan was to hang out here and watch Fleetwood’s sister Kerri Arista perform a few sets. The place had a great atmosphere and the wine was tasty (even though my wife and I just shared one glass – we weren’t sure what to expect on the rest of the ride). Eventually, the sun went down and the streets started to cool off. The group sipped the last of their wine, then made it back to the bikes to continue the ride.

Cruising With Fleetwoods Kit Kat

The rest of the Katy Trail seemed to go downhill. Again, with a nice slow pace perfect for a Saturday evening, post wine bar ride. What was amazing about this part of the ride was seeing Dallas from a different perspective. Wendy, who lived in Dallas most of her life, got a new look at her old home town. Mark, Fleetwood’s bike guru, entertained us with a few fancy jumps and stunts while keeping an eye on the group’s emergency repair needs. No worries about flat tires on this ride.

A few miles later, and we arrived at the American Airlines Center in uptown Dallas. The main mall was lit with all sorts of lights and video screens which made it an exciting destination. We all lined up for a group shot, Mark made a few bike adjustments and we all took a free ride around the area. It was a blast.

The ride back to Fleetwood’s shop was fun as well. Since it got late, some of the Katy Trail’s lights went off. Fortunately, the loaner cruisers all came with riding lights and lit the whole way back. Fleetwood had some speakers and an iPod that blasted some great Michael Jackson tunes for us to enjoy. What a great time.

When we arrived back at Fleetwood’s shop, folks turned in their loaners, I loaded up my bike and we all gave our goodbyes. This was one of the best evening that I have spent in Dallas in a really long time. Wendy had a great time too and we hope to do it again soon. Next time, I may try one of Fleetwood’s cruisers.

If you want something fun to do in Dallas, keep an eye on the Fleetwood Facebook page for future bike rides. Seating is based on first come, first served so call and get scheduled. You’ll be happy you did.

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July 26, 2009 at 7:13 am

I Heart Mellow Johnny’s

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I first read about Mellow Johnny’s from Bike Hugger. They happened to mention a visit to the shop while they were in Austin during this year’s SXSW Interactive Conference. Although, I was in Austin for the same conference, I wasn’t able to make it to Johnny’s at that time. I did learn through the Bike Hugger blog that Mellow Johnny’s is partially owned by Lance Armstrong and that it was going to be focused on commuting. Since I live in Texas, I was very interested in seeing what it was all about.

Fast forward a couple of months and I got a new opportunity to visit the shop. I took a short trip to Austin to catch a few seminars at the HOW Design Conference and decided to do a little urban assault ride the morning after. While tooling around downtown Austin that morning, I took a detour down 4th street over to Nueces Street. There it was, in a refurbished warehouse building with a simple, yet cool, sign out front.

Of course, being the early rider that I am, I was there before the shop was open (which was at 8:00 am – early for a bike shop). Fortunately, The Juan Pelota Cafe opens an hour earlier and had a hot cup of coffee to keep me company until the bike shop opened. While waiting on the cool patio, I noticed a huge commuter map of Austin hanging on their wall. It informed me that Mellow Johnny’s was a Downtown Bike Station – a place where commuters can drop their bikes off for service or storage. They also offered showers, lockers and free coffee (on Fridays) to commuters who needed to freshen up after a long ride into town. How cool is that?

While waiting for the store to open, a nice lady on a bike pulled up and asked if I was part of the group ride happening that morning. It sounded pretty grueling, so I’m kinda glad I had to head back home soon. After discovering that this was my first visit to Mellow Johnny’s, she offered up lots of information about the store and things I needed to check out once they were opened. Apparently, besides being a commuter friendly bike shop, there was some sort of art gallery upstairs as well as a neat little Lance Armstrong exhibit in the basement. I also learned about some really cool training facilities that were available as well.

Well, 8:00 finally came around and I was able to see the shop for myself. Talk about a kid in a candy store. It was far better than my expectations and had an atmosphere too cool to be justified by pictures. The employees, although busy with opening the shop, were friendly and the products were well displayed. It was as if the inventory was specifically selected for my needs – I wanted EVERYTHING. This time, I had to settle with just a t-shirt.

I could have spent hours there, exploring it from front to back, but I had to make the long trip home to Dallas. I was so overwhelmed by the coolness of the store that I didn’t make it upstairs. I did take a quick peak at the Lance exhibit in the basement and was pretty impressed. The next time I’m in Austin, I will give myself more time for a quality visit.

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July 11, 2009 at 3:00 am

Fleetwood’s Kit Kat

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By: Wendy Woodruff-Wezensky

A couple of months ago, my family and I took a wrong turn while tooling around Dallas. It was one of the best mistakes ever made, because we ran across one of the coolest bike shops in Dallas, Fleetwood’s Kit Kat.

However, it’s not a typical bike shop. It’s more of a bike boutique, specializing in customized comfort bikes for the casual rider. You’re not going to find the latest in the lightest road bikes, or the best handling suspension mountain bikes. Instead, you’re going to find a unique array of rides, from off-the-shelf classics to made-to-order, custom built & painted cruisers.

The owner, Fleetwood Hicks, is one of the friendliest guys you’d ever meet and is more than helpful when it comes to deciding what bike is right for you. Fleetwood also hosts a number of group rides from his shop that go down the Katy Trail, through uptown Dallas.

My wife, Wendy Woodruff-Wezensky, has worked with Fleetwood and took some amazing shots of his shop along with some of his cooler bikes. You can find some of those shots in her Fleetwood Flickr Set. It’s obvious that Fleetwood’s Kit Kat is a fun, laid-back environment that supports creativity and culture. I love it because it’s bringing cycling to the masses – even those who wouldn’t typically get on a bike.

If you want to know more, here is a channel 33 news report on his shop.

By Wendy Woodruff-Wezensky

By Wendy Woodruff-Wezensky

By Wendy Woodruff-Wezensky

By Wendy Woodruff-Wezensky

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July 9, 2009 at 2:17 pm