MCBC Sponsor Focus Mike’s Bikes: From Marin Roots to The Largest Local Bike Shop
Throughout Marin county and the greater bay area, businesses, organizations and individuals continue to recognize the key role that a person on a bicycle can play in improving our community. As a small “thank-you” for their enthusiasm for MCBC efforts, we will be highlighting a variety of key sponsors that play an integral role in supporting the MCBC Experience…
Mike’s Bikes is the largest local bike shop in America. Their first shop began right here in Marin serving San Rafael in 1964 and thanks to customers like you, 50 years later they now have twelve stores from Silicon Valley to Folsom serving the entire Bay area. Their owners, their employees, their distribution center and their pedaling pride all remain right here in the Bay area.
Their local staff makes all the difference. They’ve trained expert Wheelsmith technicians to keep you rolling, knowledgeable sales associates who practice what they preach, Certified Body Geometry Fit specialists to make you and your bike a more perfect union – and all with a low price guarantee. Mike’s is your one-stop bike shop!
Their lineup of industry-leading brands includes Specialized, Felt, Raleigh, Orbea, Electra, European city bikes from Crème (krem) and mountain bikes from Santa Cruz.
The entire team at Mike’s shares a belief that bikes can literally change the world. Through the Mike’s Bikes Foundation, they’ve established locally-owned Sister Shops in Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Lesotho and Kenya, which has kick-started a self-sustaining bicycle supply in developing Africa. Customers just like you have donated over 22,000 used bikes, which they’ve shipped to Africa to make this project possible. Is there an old bike getting dusty in your garage? Donate it at any Mike’s Bikes, get a tax deduction, and help Mike’s Bikes improve life in African communities through the power of cycling.
Mike’s also knows that competition is the ultimate product test, which is why they developed Team Mike’s Bikes to take on the Northern California race circuit and put the products they carry to the test on the road and in the dirt. Follow the speedy guys and gals from all of their race teams at www.teammikesbikes.com.
Fixing your own bike is easier than you may think, and with a little instruction anyone can learn the basics. Mike’s Bikes is there to teach you how to fix, maintain, and improve your bike – every week, for free! Clinics are held at all of their shops on Tuesday nights 6pm-7pm. Visit www.mikesbikes.com to learn more.
Spreading the gospel of the bike is just part of who they are here at Mike’s. That’s why they support events, rides and activities all over the Bay Area to engage directly with their local cycling communities. Be sure to ‘Like’ them on Facebook for updates about group rides, free maintenance clinics, and for peeks behind the scenes here at Mike’s Bikes.
To shop online, learn more about them, get directions, and for tons of local cycling info, visit www.mikesbikes.com.
Look for more profiles of supporting businesses and companies that are a key part of the MCBC Experience and sponsor our efforts to advance the common good of cycling for a better Marin.
Editor’s Note: These interviews represent the words and opinions of the featured sponsor. As such, the views expressed in this profile do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition.