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Opening Soon! Switching Gears Cyclery

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There’s a new bike shop coming to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. It’s called Switching Gears Cyclery. If you’ve been on any of the 75208 or BFOC rides, you might have met local bike enthusiasts Colin Clark or Andee Pittman. Colin and Andee have decided to join the ranks of other great Dallas bike shops like Oak Cliff Bicycle Company and Transit Bikes and offer a more personalized bike shopping experience.

Their shop will be located in between Fallout Lounge & Amsterdam Bar in Expo Park across the street from Fair Park (just off the DART Green Line). To find out more about Switching Gears Cyclery and what they will be offering, jump over to their Facebook page and Like them. We can’t wait to visit the shop as soon as they are open.

Switching Gears Cyclery
833 Exposition Ave
Dallas, TX, 75226

Also, please remember to support your neighborhood bike shops and buy local. You might be able to save a few bucks online, but it will be at the cost of our city’s bike culture. As with all the DFW bike shops, we wish Switching Gears Cycley great success.

Switching Gears

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February 3, 2011 at 7:26 am

Villy Customs In The Dallas Morning News

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Our friends at Fleetwood’s Kit Kat were forced to leave their establishment on Mockingbird Lane because SMU is putting in a tennis center which had been displaced by the new Bush Library along with a power plant and data center for the school (thanks for the update Kevin).

Moved, but not gone. Fleetwood’s has evolved into their already established custom bike brand called Villy Customs. Their new headquarters is based in south Dallas, in the transitioning industrial district on Akard.

If you pick up a copy of today’s local Dallas newspaper, check out the business section and read a great article about Villy Customs and their plans for future growth.

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September 12, 2010 at 9:31 am

Villy Customs – The Coolest Thing In Bike Cruisers – EVER

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Chase with Fleetwood’s Kit Kat

Before we discovered Fleetwood’s Kit Kat, I have to admit, a beach cruiser wasn’t on my radar for my personal bike line-up. But once Fleetwood got me on a test ride, I have to say, there is definitely one on my wish list.

There’s nothing that screams classic, comfort, casual, cool, hip and fun like a cruiser. There’s nothing that screams classic, comfort, casual, cool, hip, fun AND ‘that bike is so awesomely you’ more than one that is custom designed by YOU and build by the guys at Fleetwood’s Kit Kat. I can’t believe nobody’s thought about building custom styled cruisers to fit individual personalities, sooner. Pure genius if you ask me.

Unfortunately, if you don’t live in north Texas, getting one built to your specifications was a little difficult to accomplish. Good news – Fleetwood’s spreading the love to everybody who doesn’t live in the DFW Metroplex. Now, the rest of the world can enjoy the greatness of having a custom cruiser, built to their specifications and delivered right to their door. Introducing Villy Customs.

The new site enables you to custom configure the cruiser of your dreams. Everything from the frame to the tires can be tweaked to your specific taste. With thousands of combinations, it’s quite possible to build a bike that’s a one-of-a-kind, made specifically for you. These are truly affordable, functional works-of-art that every bike enthusiast should own.

Be warned. It is quite possible to spend good part of your day configuring all your possible favorite combinations.

ALSO, some of the great photography that was on their original site, was created by Wendy Woodruff-Wezensky. Click here to see her Villy Customs image collection.

Written by dickdavid

December 6, 2009 at 11:41 am

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.

Written by dickdavid

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.

Written by dickdavid

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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