Hellos and Goodbyes
As we started our new social enterprise we were saddened by the closing of Ridgways Cycles after more than 45 years. Ridgways was a place where, if you put some time aside when you visited the store, you could find that very thing that you couldn't find with confidence anywhere else.
While ordering stuff online can be a wondrous and miraculous adventure, the joy of finding what you want and more in a bricks and mortar store while talking to people who are brimming with knowledge and experience transcends the short-lived thrills of buying off the internet.
We made a couple of visits to Ridgways before they closed. We said “goodbye” and in our final chats with Simon and Graham we were reminded of what was ending – the old fashioned bike shop where breadth and depth knowledge can be found. The old fashioned bike shop has been slowly disappearing, and while the range and availability of tools has increased, the range of durable bikes and accessories is now generally limited. Sadly, in this day and age, we are seeing the arrival of the Bunnings of bike shops – loaded with lots of stock, but not much variety.
|The front window of Ridgways, November 2018.|
Shortly after we secured our secret inner city warehouse space, we also acquired a piece of history in the form of the Park Tool double work stand that used to have pride of place at Bicycle Revolution. We said “hello”. It now sits proudly in our secret workshop, a reminder of the bike kitchen beginnings of Bicycle Revolution and the possibilities for a new bike kitchen.
|Our secret workshop space in inner city Brisbane.|