Ross van Patter of Fort Street Cycle works on a bike in the shop at 1025 Fort St.

Fort Street Cycle more than just a bike shop

When Song Hu thinks about Fort Street Cycle, it's more than just a bike shop, it's a place for cyclists to gather and a place to call home.

When Song Hu thinks about Fort Street Cycle, it’s more than just a bike shop — it’s a place for cyclists to gather and have a place to call home.

Everything his employees do and sell is to make a cyclist’s experience a better one. A key component of that experience is finding a bike with the right fit.

“You can have your dream bike and be blind that it’s not a good fit for you because you love it so much,” said Hu, the store manager. “It’s really important to find a bike that fits your body and the way you ride.”

Aside from the large assortment of bikes and services offered at Fort Street Cycle, the store, which has been in the community for more than 20 years, also conducts rides every Sunday.

The rides have gotten so popular that the store is considering splitting the group into two. Plans are also being made for a few rides overseas, including China in the fall of 2017 — a place that’s close to Hu’s heart.

Hu’s brother and his friend bought Fort Street Cycle in May 2015, but live in Beijing so Hu runs the store. It’s a job he said comes with a lot of responsibilities, but can also be a lot of fun.

“We have some very good people around,” said Hu, who still cycles to work at the age of 65. “We don’t just sell bikes and service them. People want to buy a bike to enjoy the riding. The riding is the key.”

Fort Street Cycle has a fully qualified team of mechanics who can do anything from the simplest adjustments to full overhauls. Bikes can also be registered at the store in case they are lost or stolen. For more information visit fortstreetcycle.ca.

 

 

Just Posted

City grants 10-year tax ‘holiday’ for luxury condo building

$5.4-million tax break will offset Custom House heritage redevelopment

Celebrating the heroic dogs of Saanich past

Cedar Hill exhibit features great dogs of history

Victoria council denies 44-unit building after tie vote

Proposed rental development on Burdett Avenue divides City and residents

Crash at Tillicum Centre breaks traffic signal

Emergency crews on scene, avoid the area

Gas tax cash helps Victoria reach funding threshold for Crystal Pool

$69-million project won’t go to referendum if cost covered by three levels of government

Therapy dogs make appearance at B.C. Games

The St. John’s Ambulance therapy dog program launches a pilot project at the 2018 Kamloops B.C. Winter Games

BCHL Today: Cowichan Caps play spoiler and Nanaimo wins 10th straight game

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Federal budget to unveil incentive for 5-week second parent leave: official

Goal behind the measure is to give parents more incentive to share child-rearing responsibilities

Notley says Alberta watching B.C. court bid closely, will get no free ride on it

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley ended the three-week ban on B.C. wine, calming the trade war

Trudeau ends troubled India trip in his comfort zone of hockey and youth

The players, 18-25, came to New Delhi from Ladakhi in northern India, as part of outreach program

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Kim Boutin named Canada’s flag bearer for closing ceremony

Two more medals for Canada, including the bronze in men’s hockey

Team Canada’s Dave Duncan apologizes after drunken joyride in Pyeongchang

Duncan, his wife Maja and Canadian technical coach William Raine detained by South Korean police

Czechmate: Canada wins men’s Olympic hockey bronze

Vernon’s Andrew Ebbett scores twice as Canada beats Czech Republic 6-4

Canucks fold 6-3 in first ever trip to Vegas

Daniel Sedin had two points as Canucks fall to the Golden Knights Friday night

Most Read