|Posted on September 12, 2012 at 8:50 PM|
Maybe some of you have noticed, out of the corner of your eye on your way to Grounded for your daily caffeine fix, that Devon is now home to a bicycle repair shop. Good news? Great news!
Opened up in Late July, by Mother-Daughter and proud DBA members Judy and Pepper Harlton, Shift Happens has taken off.
In between busy days fixing bikes (ever since opening, they have been operating close to capacity) Judy and Pepper found some time to answer a few of our questions and give us the low down on Shift Happens.
J.H: "It's always been a dream for us [to open up a shop]. Over the years, we have put on a ton of miles traveling to races and our favorite way to pass time while traveling was brainstorming ideas for the bike shop we would open one day."
Many people thought Devon was too small to support any form of bike shop. What convinced you otherwise?
J.H "Bike Town! How can you not have a bike shop? It goes hand-in-hand with a coffee shop."
There are two things cyclists need in life. One is good coffee, and the other is somewhere to get your bike rolling again if it breaks down.
Has the shop been busy since opening?
J.H "Absolutely! We have been well received by everyone who has come in. Sort of becoming the new hangout for the BMX scene as well as a handful of regulars who stop by almost daily to just talk bikes... It's awesome!"
What kind of turn-around time can one expect when wheeling a bike in through the doors for a repair or tune?
J.H "Dependant on the repair, usually one to two days. We are still building inventory, so there is a chance that a bike in need of replacement parts will have to wait for those parts to arrive [roughly one week]"
What are your tune rates?
J.H "Adult Road or MTB Standard tune: 79.99 + any parts required
Kids/BMX (24" wheels or less) Tune: 59.99 + any parts required
What is included in a standard tune?
J.H "Gear and brake adjustments (cable tension, cable wear, housings, brake pad replacement), check-over and adjustments on the hubs, headset, and BB. Drivetrain checked for wear, cleaned and lubed, minor wheel truing, tire wear check, anchor bolts/fasteners checked and torqued. Frame polished, tires inflated.
Brake bleed if needed for $10
Free estimate is done on all bicycles before any work is done so the customer knows what to expect"
What about the sport of cycling drew you in, turning you into a true bike addict?
P.H: I watched a womens mountain bike world cup on TV when I was 15. I thought it was super rad. However, I grew up in Lesser Slave Lake, so there was nothing available for a wannabe mountain biker. I asked my mom if I could get into mountain biking and she said no, fearful that I would come home with scars all over my face. That February, we were at a trade show in Edmonton for our family Adventure Kayak Tourism Business, and that's where we met Krysty Sarnoski, President of the Dirtgirls Mountain Bike Club, and Shauna Richard who, at the time, was the Executive Director of the ABA [Alberta Bicycle Association]. Ryan Leech and Jared Jespersen were at the show too, demonstrating trials riding which I also though was super cool! My mom asked me if I still wanted to get into mountain biking. YES! That day we signed up for the Dirtgirls and started commuting the 6 hour round trip into Edmonton once a week to participate in Dirtgirl Spin Classes that were held inside Redbike. Spring came and I did my first Dirtgirls ride on a Norco Bigfoot, fully rigid and two sizes to big. In jeans and flat pedals, I wiped out on every turn. But I was hooked! From there, my mom and I got into training and racing, and let's just say it's been 10 years of bike-related bliss. Love it all!
We wish Judy and Pepper all the best with their shop. Make sure to stop by and support your local shop! Even if your bike doesn't need any work done, it never hurts to stop in with some coffees and talk bikes for awhile. Building kharma points pays off should you ever need that dreaded last-minute fix before leaving for a race or vacation...
Shift Happens can be found at 3 Superior Street, Devon, AB. Beside the coffee shop!
Currently, their hours are:
Please visit their facebook page for update hours and info. Winter is around the corner, and with it, updated winter hours.
You can contact Shift Happens via phone (587-404-1692) or email (email@example.com)