Brookyn’s Bike Shop Boom 2.0
Last April I reported that Brooklyn was in the midst of a “Bike Shop Boom,” with the Bicycle Habitat empire crossing the Hudson from Soho to Park Slope. Well, it’s one year later and bikes are booming yet again, with two new shops that have opened within weeks of each other.
Bike Smith, located at Smith and Bergen, opened at the end of March. Pretty much every cyclist coming through Boerum Hill on their way to the Manhattan Bridge passes them each morning and I can only hope they have early morning hours for the occasional pre-work adjustment.
BikeBlogNYC reported about a shop on Fulton Street between Classon and Franklin, Bicycle Roots, which had a soft opening yesterday. The website describes it as “the new woman owned full-service bike shop.” I don’t know if that’s a first for the borough, but it’s certainly a positive development.
As biking booms in Brooklyn, bike shops are booming along with it, and those are just two recent additions. Include 718 Cyclery’s move into bigger digs on 3rd Avenue and Union Street, Greenpoint’s Silk Road Cycles, and Red Lantern Bicycles in Fort Greene and you have to wonder how long this will keep up. Bike share is bound to have a positive impact on the bottom line as more people find themselves in the market for helmets and other accessories and possibly make the jump from sharing bikes to owning them.
If there are any new shops I’m missing please let me know in the comments.