Small bike shop grows a little
EAGLE – Charlie Brown is spreading his wings. After spending the last three years crammed into his tiny store space at 132 Broadway in Eagle, the Mountain Pedaler owner is moving next door and the shop is quadrupling in size.The move went smoothly according to Brown, who now occupies the vacated Second Hand Boutique on the corner of Second and Broadway.”We did it in 36 hours – we moved from there to here, including the renovation,” says Brown. “I had a lot of help from a lot of good guys, and we filled it up pretty easily.”
Customers got to know Brown up close and personal over the years when they walked into his little shop. The sight of Brown at the bike stand – tuning an old bike or building a new one – while answering phones, and talking shop became a familiar one for downvalley cyclists.”I don’t know how I survived and kept my sanity over there,” Brown says. “I have more room for everything now. I can have an office, and there’s more room for accessories and clothing.”Necessity is the driving force in Brown’s relocation. It was nearly impossible to get more than about four or five customers in his old store at one time. Boxes of merchandise filled up his back room because there wasn’t space in front.Now with big windows and high ceilings, he can carry, display, and sell more of the merchandise, he says.
“We are stepping up our clothing, and we will continue to step that up,” says Brown. Mountain Pedaler will also be selling Turner bicycles – whose frames are made by one-time Eagle local Dave Turner.”It’s kind of cool because there is some local history there,” Brown says. The building has some local history to it as well. A century ago it was a general store; and it has housed a variety of shops over the years.In addition to being a full-service bike shop, Brown has a few other things on the table. He sponsors a Wednesday night group ride, which starts at his store at 6 p.m. He also sponsors a ladies only ride at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Brown has only one part-time employee, Connor Wahlberg, which means he’s involved in every facet of the business. “I’m the owner, everything comes back to me,” Brown says. “There’s a good chance if you bring your bike in here I’ll be working on it. And people around here are pretty picky about who works on their bikes.”Vail, Colorado