Simply Cycle opens new location
by Ryan Beltram, EDN
Summer is upon us and whether you’re tired of going places in stuffy cars or trying to save money on gas, how about going back to a simpler time. A time before we were all excited to get our driver’s license at the DMV (really the only time we would ever be excited at that place). Before learners permits, insurance and parking passes we simply rode a bike.
At Simply Cycle, they’ve opened a new location at the corner of 13th and High street in hopes that people choose an alternate way for commuting. In particular, they hope that their second shop to open will attract more customers by being closer to downtown and the U of O campus.
Carney’s original store on Bailey Hill road has been open for two years and doing well, but he decided he wanted a new location that would not only attract more customers, but also give him the ability to hire more help.
“I looked down there as a way to bring on more employees which I think the company needed so we have two mechanics that have been doing this for twelve years. We wouldn’t have been able to have two by just having one shop. There just isn’t enough service work or traffic.”
Simply Cycle sells new and used bikes, but they also buy bicycles from customers who trade them in for upgrades. The brands they sell include Fuji, Kestael and Breezer. The process for determining how much to sell the bikes for varies according to Carney.
“We just evaluate it. See all it needs before we can sell it and come up with a value. We have an average of less than $500 on new bikes. Used ones are usually in the $200-$300 range depending on what it is. Downtown we have a pretty nice collection of road bikes that are four or five years old.”
The new location is crucial for Carney and his staff because they know younger customers are important. “We try to get as many used trades as we can for the students because they’re typically on a budget,” says Carney.
But the shop is also a service store offering new and used parts, custom paint jobs and custom bike builds. Carney and his team tear a bike down to the frame, determine what it needs; new cables or bearings, and then put it back together. An over hall will cost a customer $160 in labor plus parts so on average, the total is between $200-$250.
Carney has a passion for bikes and he can’t imagine doing anything else. “I started messing around with bikes and wanted to have my own shop. I was having fun with it. My co-owner and I just started painting bikes and having fun and it turned into something bigger. Still doesn’t feel like a job,” says Carney.
1090 Bailey Hill Rd. Suite C Eugene, OR Hours: 8-5 Monday-Friday Saturday 10-6
13th and High street Eugene, OR Hours: 10-6 Monday-Saturday