More than 300 independent bicycle stores in the US — basically your “lbs’s” — received “American’s Best Bike Shops” recognition from the National Bicycle Dealers Association this year.
Forty-eight of those bike shops are located in the Pacific Coast states — California, Oregon and Washington.
To win recognition, the owner or manager had to fill out a detailed application that includes questions about building customer loyalty and how they make their area more bicycle friendly. They must had to agree to be “mystery shopped” by a customer who reports the results back to the dealers association.
To be eligible, the bicycle stores must sell bikes, parts and accessories and offer a service department. Half of sales have to be bicycle-related and be in a physical location — not from online sales.
Congratulations to these hard-working shop owners, managers and employees who rose to the top.
See the full list at National Bicycle Dealers Association website. Here’s the list for Washington, Idaho, Oregon and California.
Bike Garage, Port Angeles
Bike Works, Seattle
Camas Bike and Sport, Camas
Classic Cycle, Bainbridge Island
Cycle Central LLC, Wenatchee
Fanatik Bike Company, Bellingham
Gregg’s Cycle, Seattle
Montlake Bicycle Shop, Seattle
Old Town Bicycle, Gig Harbor
Scott’s Cycle and Sports, Kennewick
The Bicycle Repair Shop, Seattle
Fitzgerald Bicycles, Victor