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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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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