Rev­o­lu­tion now a biker’s dream in a new space

Havelock North Village Press - - News - BY HIL­TON TAY­LOR from Rev­o­lu­tion Bikes

Isn’t it great to be home?

That’s how I feel about Rev­o­lu­tion Bikes’ new shop, just across the road from where we were for so many years.

It’s a funny kind of move, still on the same street, just the op­po­site side, and it made mov­ing all the stock pretty straight­for­ward. In fact we were done in one epic af­ter­noon with no down­time and heaps of helpers. Most of it is on wheels you know.

Where we are now, in Don­nelly Street’s stand-out or­ange build­ing, is a lighter, brighter and big­ger shop that we’ve fit­ted out specif­i­cally for us.

We haven’t got lots of street sig­nage up yet but if you look for the bikes we’re easy to spot. What we do have are four ded­i­cated car parks solely for our cus­tomers to use when vis­it­ing us with bikes in tow. Very handy.

“A rus­tic and cool hang-out”. That’s the ver­dict on the new vibe in store.

Orig­i­nally built as a cider brew­ery then used as an auction house and then a spe­cial­ity Dutch shop, this build­ing has had amassive trans­for­ma­tion to turn it into our dream bike shop.

The odd bot­tle of cider can still be found, fun­nily enough . . . but mostly it’s just cool and dif­fer­ent bike stuff. Yes re­ally.

We now have more space for a big­ger selec­tion of moun­tain bikes and elec­tric bikes. We have ex­panded our fa­mous hel­met wall, and added more space for cy­cling cloth­ing, shoes and ac­ces­sories.

We also have a big­ger chang­ing room with a great big mir­ror es­pe­cially for the ladies.

We have a few bar stools and heaps of bike mag­a­zines, so some quick stops last a bit longer than planned. Now that we have side windows to let in fresh air the shop won’t turn in to an oven next sum­mer. That is if this sum­mer ever fin­ishes.

I don’t think I am­go­ing to sell many rid­ing jack­ets this sea­son, but that’s ok I can sell loads of my cool rid­ing shorts in­stead.

Part of the de­sign for the new shop was a kid’s area in one cor­ner to let fam­i­lies look around with­out the stress. With lots of in­spi­ra­tion from Pin­ter­est we de­signed a grassy play zone en­closed by a gi­ant chain fence that dou­bles as a seat for par­ents.

There are a bunch of toys, bi­cy­cle story books, cof­fee sack pil­lows and hut build­ing ma­te­ri­als. The lit­tle ones are safe and en­ter­tained while the oth­ers can test ride safely out­side in the much safer week­end test area.

To­gether with my wife Bil­lie Sue and our friendly team of bike me­chan­ics and staff we in­vite all bike riders to check out Rev­o­lu­tion Bikes in our new home. Ex­pe­ri­ence our friendly ser­vice and see the huge range of bikes and ac­ces­sories. It re­ally is a bike riders’ dream.

KIDS COR­NER: With the kids en­ter­tained, par­ents can shop in peace at Rev­o­lu­tion Bikes’ new shop.

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