If you’re looking for a place downtown for bike maintenance and repair, or in the market for a vintage steel-framed bike, you’re in luck. About a month ago, a new bike shop opened its doors in Raleigh: the Oak City Cycling Project.
The Oak City Cycling Project is run by David Zell, William Randle, and Ken Metzger. These three guys are passionate about bikes and increasing ridership and community within the Raleigh area:
We’re a member-owned and managed cycling shop focused on increasing bicycle ridership in Raleigh through the sale of vintage steel-framed bikes. We restore and sell bicycles that are meant to last a lifetime. Our aim is to get as many folks cycling as possible. We do that by keeping costs low, being transparent about our services and operations, and servicing everyone – from a first time rider to the experienced cyclist. We love what we do.
It was originally run out of a back yard until the three found a space in the warehouse art space known as Ruby Red on 726 N. West Street, near where it intersects with Peace Street.
When asked about the “project” part of the name, David explained that it is more than a place that fixes up bikes and resells them. In the short term, they plan on offering open shop hours where riders can use the bike stand and shared tools, as well as get maintenance and repair questions answered. They are also currently working on basic maintenance and repair tutorial videos.
Longer term, the Oak City Cycling Project will have a storefront location downtown with a bit more foot traffic. In addition to the shop, the storefront would also serve as a small batch coffee shop and have a few beers on tap.
In a couple of weeks, you can catch up with the guys behind the project as well as other riders in the area. On October 29th, the Oak City Cycling Project is partnering with Crank Arm Rickshaw and Raleigh Bike Love to organize the Scaredy Cat – a Halloween-themed social ride and scavenger hunt followed by bands, beer, and food.
It’s great that Downtown Raleigh has this new resource. I look forward to seeing this project bloom and connect more riders in the area.