It all started with a Guinness
A year ago in April, Justin and I were traveling through the countryside of Ireland drinking copious amounts of Guinness and eating enough meat to fill a yearly quota when Justin casually mentioned that someone in Dallas had approached him to open a bicycle shop. I sat on the idea for a few seconds before blurting out my ideas for a perfect bike shop. Little did I know that conversation would lead us to where we are today…Bike Shop Owners!
As soon as we were both state side, I back to New York and Justin back to Dallas, we started writing a business plan and counting money. We had enough to fund the shop ourselves, a list of great ideas, and wonderful supportive friends and family who filled us with encouragement. Our biggest challenge when coming up with ideas for a shop was devising a plan to help Dallas gain recognition as a bike friendly city. Sure, there are shops in Dallas who successfully sell a lot of bikes. We want to fill a different niche by opening a community centric commuter bike shop that not only sells, services and rents bikes, but will provide a support system to help make Dallas a safer cycling city where riding a bike on the streets is encouraged and accepted.
I’ve lost count of how many bad bike shop experience stories I’ve heard over the years including my own. Our vision for the shop will be a place that anyone can walk into and feel like they could stay awhile and not be intimated by bike shop lingo, mansplaining, or aggressive sales people and find really cool stuff you can’t get anywhere else in Dallas.
Coming up with the concept was only the beginning of a long road to getting the shop open. Continue reading our journey on how 2 friends with a passion for community and cycling opened a bicycle shop in a city that is known for its car super highways more than it’s bike lanes.