Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Oregon Bike Shop #3 - Gear Peddler, Bend

Stop number 3...Gear Peddler in Bend Oregon!

Wild murals on the outside....looks interesting.



Fences made from beat skis....high marks for creativeness.


Exposed wood rafters and a veritable flotilla of used and unwanted canoes and kayaks!


And on the far wall...what's this?


An Old bonded carbon fiber Giant Cadex mountain bike frame from about 1992. Funky!


Odyssey seat binder quick release, and them funky cast aluminum lugs bonded to carbon tubes and stays. Back in the day this was swank! Look at the dorky little brake cantilever cable stop! I love it!

And the goofy two-part dropouts, again bonded to carbon stays! These things creaked like mad back in the day too, as the dropouts wriggled in the nutted stay junction. Weirdness! You gotta love a shop that's actually tyring to SELL bizarreness like this! The sales guy, who was regularly blinded by the glare from the huge skylights reflecting from the glass display case, was wondering aloud why the hell I was taking pictures of this old hunk of poo.

Alongside the normal consignment fare of Fisher Sugars and Trek Fuels and other mass produced boring grunge. Deductions for the recumbents in the foreground...

Rate it!
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Persons!
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-2 Crispy Creamers! Hey, there was an employee, but he was way too busy building his hemp-farm grow-house of the future in his head to help me out up and above a half-hearted "hey". Plus, I'm not sure he even knew what a Cadex was, as if he did he'd not have had to bug me about why I was bothered to photograph the thing. Hey...I'm not shipping THAT thing home!
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Merchandising!
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-3 Baked Bewber Bumpers! There were glass cases all over packed with lots of useful parts. XT derailleurs and Deore stuff...mostly 9 speed, but some older cantilever sets and period stuff as well. Smorgasbord. All arranged in a way that prompted a goodly amount of case-drooling. I dig case-drooling.
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Ambiance!
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-4 Toasted Tots! The place was bad ass, with lots of light from the skylight, and the exposed wood beams and kayaks and canoes adding to the outdoorsy feel. I liked it. Good job.
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Stuff!
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-2 Toasted Tinklers! Not too much on the walls, but admittedly, if you haven't figured it out already, this joint was a used outdoor equipment retailer, and bikes are only a portion of the business.
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Bikes!
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-er, zero? No bikes to hug really, and the Cadex only offered freak-show value, but I'll cut the place a break as again, bikes are not the main gig.
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Overall?
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-3 Crispy Critters! If you need a used pair of Danner's, or maybe a beat Kelty external frame, and you're also hankering to stroke up some bonded carbon fiber, because hey...you're lonely like that...then stop on in and bake under the skylight!
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Gear Peddler
184 NE Greenwood Ave
Bend, OR 97701-4602
(541) 617-5254

2 comments:

Steve said...

"Baked Bewber Bumpers"???

Utahdog! said...

There's no alliteration in "Breast Feeders!"