Can you believe it? We're coming up on some major milestones in the history of both shop locations in October 2013.
The Path Bike Shop in Tustin (the original shop) will be celebrating it's 15th anniversary, and The Path Bike Shop Live Oak in Trabuco Canyon will be celebrating it's first anniversary.
We'll be partying all day at both shops, but the main party will be happening from 5-10PM on the following dates:
Major FUN can be expected...as you know...at ANY party we host:
We couldn't have made it without you, our valued friends, team members, and customers. Thanks for your continued support of us, your local bike shop in Orange County, CA.
We're trying something new!
Starting this weekend thru the end of March, The Path Bike Shop Live Oak location will be open Saturdays and Sundays starting at 9am! We'll be ready for any last minute things you may need to enjoy your weekend morning rides.
So please let us know if you like these extended hours, and if they're helpful for you. If this trial period goes well, it may become a permanent time change.
The Path Bike Shop Live Oak
30555 Trabuco Canyon Rd
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679
Now open Saturdays and Sundays 9am to 5pm thru March 2013
We've been lucky to have had many legends in the bike industry come through our shop over the years, but today was special - we had three at one time show up at The Path Bike Shop Tustin location to pay us a visit!
The new Path Bike Shop Live Oak location is now OPEN.
We've now got two locations (in Tustin, CA and now in Trabuco Canyon, CA) to serve Orange County and all it's cyclists.
The new Live Oak location is getting new gear in every day. Our service department is up and running, and we are currently doing quick repairs while-u-wait.
We think you'll find that the new Path location is still much like the current shop in Tustin: brimming with great bikes and tons of cool gear to check out.
Check out The Path Bike Shop Live Oak photo album on Facebook, and you'll see the humble beginnings all the way to opening day.
Yes, it's back...the OC Hotlist for 2012. The contest where you can vote for your favorite businesses in all categories. We've been lucky to have been voted as the Best Bike Shop in Orange County for 3 consecutive years, thanks to our loyal customers. We couldn't have done it without you!
Please cast your vote again this year for The Path Bike Shop as the OC Hotlist Best Bike Shop for 2012! We appreciate your support.
The new Path Bike Shop location is at the Live Oak Center in Trabuco Canyon. The space was previously a feed store, so it was pretty much wide space to work with. Our staff and others have been hard at work every day for many weeks, revamping the space to make it our own.
Ripping out the old floor took several days of effort. We were able to recycle wood from previous walls that were brought down, so very little has not been re-used. Many display fixtures are also being reused from past lives. Our goal is to make the new shop as sustainable as possible by recycling all that we can.
Negotiations have been taking place for about a month, and the lease was signed on July 1, 2012. The new shop will be a slightly smaller version of our original Tustin shop. We're hoping to have the new second location up and running by the end of Summer 2012.
This second location in Trabuco Canyon is near lots of great trails, and we're planning on having lots of rental bikes available. Of course we'll still have all your favorite bikes and components, as well as repair services.
Check out the announcement from Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.
Friends, Colleagues and Customers:
It is with a little sadness that I report this tale. We got a surprise visit yesterday from some of the new management up at Specialized. They informed me that we would no longer be given the option of selling Specialized bikes. This could not have been more of a surprise to me. I asked for reasons, but was only given vague answers along the lines of we are streamlining our distribution channels. They would not tell me anything specific about why we would not be part of that picture.
This is a sudden end to what has been a long and close relationship with a ton of growth and success, and we will miss doing business with our many friends up in Morgan Hill.
I believe we will still be allowed to process your Specialized warranty claims for you, and we will be happy to do so.
We are already talking with other exciting brands who are thrilled to have an opportunity to be a part of The Path Bike Shop brand lineup. Stay tuned, as we will be bringing you a more diverse and eye popping product selection than ever.
Sincerely,Tani WallingFounder, President and Proud Owner of The Path Bike Shop
Yes, we are now on Strava! We hope you'll join The Path Bike Shop Strava riding club.
Many of us at The Path have been regular Strava users for a while. If you haven't tried it yet, it's FREE, check it out. It's a fun way to track your rides and measure your progress. Plus, you can keep up with your friends and their riding accomplishments and goals.
Are you a runner too? Strava can track your runs as well as your rides.
Every once in a while, working at a bike shop leads to special opportunities and adventure. This week, I got to visit the folks at Santa Cruz bikes in Santa Cruz, CA. I saw a lot of nice bikes, and I got some great ideas for our shop from the factory setup. I met some really cool folks, and had a lot of fun riding awesome single track through the forest with loam, berms, and jumps. This style of trail is rare here in Socal, and the beautiful tree cover is a welcome change.
To top it off, we were given the opportunity to ride the new Tallboy LTC. I spent some good time on this bike. I put my own bar and stem setup on it, and really got a good feel for it. I really like how The Tallboy LTC rides. It feels fast on the climbs, and it rips the gnar. We will also have them for sale in the shop in a few weeks. I will be seen on Socal trails on one of these within about a month - watch out Strava.
Other highlights of the trip include talking to Cedric Gracia about this race season over drinks, seeing my friends Abby and Ariel, meeting a dude who calls himself Bamma who likes to rub elbows at speed on single track, and a tri tip dinner.