I grew up out in Victoria, the “cycling capital of Canada”. I just read about a new bike shop that has opened in their downtown – Capital City Cycles. There was an article in Momentum magazine about the shop.
They have a blog here, which shows some of the gorgeous bikes they sell – custom fixed gears, Felt bikes, as well as the Euro line of Asama bikes – which are low-priced dutch-style bikes from Vancouver.
They also seem to have a coffee shop in their bike shop, as they invite you to come in for a coffee, not just to check out the bikes (speaking of coffee, I also found out that Felt makes a coffee cup holder for your handlebars). They are also arranging a bunch of races: sprints, alleycats, a 200 lap relay, and a couple “monster drags” around downtown. Their goal with the races: “to get everyone out on bikes, as often as possible, and to really get a solid scene going on”.
Wouldn’t it be great if we had a downtown bike shop? Currently anyone living downtown has to head to Sandwich – which isn’t an easy task if you’ve got a bike that needs repairs. Wouldn’t it be great if that downtown bike shop also included a coffee shop as well, so cyclists could interact (rather than just a wave as you pass each other)? Wouldn’t it be great if we had someone organizing races to build a scene in Windsor?