In this installment of Shop of the Week, we head to the beautiful hamlet of Nelson, British Columbia, where the trails are long and plentiful, the riding culture thick and real, and a bike shop that bleeds Kona. Located on Nelson’s idyllic Baker Street, Gerick Cycle opened in the spring of 1991. The shop has evolved a lot in the years since, moving from two bike lines in the early years to four presently. “In 1996 we became a Kona dealer and have never looked back,” says Ross McNamara, shop owner. “In the young years of freeriding Kona found a strong presence in our backyard with the Kona Sex1 and Sex2. For whatever reason Kona decided to move past the sexy monikers, and it did nothing to pale the enthusiasm for their bikes.”
Ross continues… “Classic old school trails like Space Junk and Fat Chance led to more assertive trails like 719 and the millennium project, which birthed bikes like the Stinky and Stabs. Many freeride pro’s famous from the bike film industry had their start in Nelson on Kona bikes riding our trails. As a shop we have been active in support of this dynamic evolution. The repair, sales and management staff are all keen riders and today that is evidenced by at least half of them riding one Kona model or another!. Kona is a very good fit for us at Gericks.”
If you plan on visiting Nelson this summer visit nelsoncyclingclub.blogspot.com for a full inventory of trails. Make sure to grab a coffee from Zale, organize a shuttle through Dirt Tours, and without doubt sample locally brewed Organic Hemp Ale. And of course, for all your cycling needs, stop by and see the friendly folks at Gerick Cycle.