I’ve long been a supporter of local bike shops. They are part of the backbone of any healthy community. A place to get your bike fixed, pick up that new light, lock, spare tube, or other accessory. A place for riders to hang out. And, of course, a place to buy that shiny new bike you’ve been wanting. Local bike shop owners also contribute to their community in important ways: sponsoring rides, clubs, and other activities. So, when a new bike shop opens, or an old one takes on a new life, as in the case of Stan’s, I think it’s cause for rejoicing.
Saturday, December 1, Stan’s Bike Shop held its grand opening under new ownership, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of a crowd of about 50 who gathered for the occasion. Stan’s, a local institution on 880 N. Myrtle Ave in Monrovia, has changed owners, but didn’t change character. New owner Carlos Morales hopes to maintain the shop’s traditional focus on local road riders, and expand the focus to include casual riders as well. Morales promises to continue the service the shop’s old clients have come to expect, and expand his inventory to include a wider range of bikes for people of all ages. He’s expanded the shop’s service department and added clothing, bikes, and other inventory for women. Especially exciting to me is his commitment to reaching out to local youth, through bike safety workshops, bike rodeos, and other community events the shop will be involved in. In short, he hopes to reach out and get more of the community on bikes.
I’m delighted to see Carlos taking ownership of Stan’s Monrovia Bike Shop. His energy and vision have helped him start the Eastside Bike Club and helped him become an activist for the American Diabetes Association’s “Tour de Cure.” These talents will help him in his new role as a bike shop owner. If you’re in the Monrovia area, need a new bike, an old bike repaired, or want to find out about local bike events, stop by Stan’s on Myrtle Ave, or check out their facebook page.