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Enthusiasts welcome at new Bako bike shop

Antonio Mendez

Nicholas Torres, Reporter

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Everybody hit your brakes. There is a bike shop in town that might attract your attention.

Blacktop Cyclery, which began as a mobile business is now located at 612 18th St., has been open for two years, but it is not your ordinary bike shop as it is more of a boutique for cyclists. It is much smaller than your average store like Action Sports and Sports Chalet, but it will surely cater to your cycling needs.

“The main reason I opened up this shop originally was because I wanted a friendly community place where people to go. I wanted a place where regular and non-regular riders can go and experience something different,” said Laurence Gutierrez, owner of the store.

Gutierrez explained that customer service is the main priority for the shop saying he wants clients to feel welcomed and ask any questions that they might have. “We’re here to make friends and relationships, and if they buy something, that’s an added bonus,” said Gutierrez.

Since the size of the shop is small, the plan going forward is to move into a larger space to be able to offer more to the community, which will hopefully bring more clientele.

“The reason I like cycling is because it’s a very sociable thing, it brings families together and it’s obviously good for your health,” said Gutierrez. He also explained that taking a bike ride could ease stress and whatever worries you had are now left behind.

“Bikes are the first true form of independence, kind of go out there and being free,” he said.

He also mentioned that riding bikes could definitely save money because you’re saving on gas and any additional auto needs.

“You don’t need to worry about losing your keys or about your car not starting,” he said.

What also makes Blacktop unique is that they can custom build bikes that fit your specific needs. Gutierrez said that the shop would do everything possible to make your experience a good one.

The shop has on display a custom built bike that was made for a male with one leg. The bike was designed for long distance rides that included 16 different speeds, a custom paint job with pinstripes, and a basket in the front for his dog.

So if you’re looking for a new shop for your cycling needs, visit Blacktop Cyclery who would gladly help you answer your questions.

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