Sure, it’s not enough that they’ve got the coolest city-bike shop anywhere, or that they’ve managed to double the size of the shop in five or so months. No, they have to give away free beer, too.
Anne the kids and I had the good fortune to stop for a visit in late August at the end of a week on the Oregon coast. Owner (co-owner?), Todd Fahrner of Xtracycle Stokemonkey fame, was super gracious with his time, stories and charm. The shop is a beaut – these folks could teach most to the retail world a thing or two about “merchandising” — but still let (encouraged!) my kids cruise around the place on the like-a-bikes while giving us a preview of the new space and a lowdown on the Stokemonkey situation.
The wall of Brooks is something to behold – they must have one of everything — even those crazy-wide double-springed-looks-more-like-a-pram-than-a-bike-saddle types. I’m kicking myself for not grabbing a photo (Update: Clever Cycles has a photo). Todd admitted that they probably went overboard on the wall and that some of the seats will likely never move — but you have to admit that many Brooks saddles (most I’ve never even seen in person let alone seen in stock at a small shop) in one place is impressive.
I really should have blogged about this at least a month ago, but well, I suck. Anyway, well played Todd and crew! Clever Cycles rules.
(and have a beer for me!)