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Human Power Planet Earth Bicycle Shop ~ Empowering Humanity

If you’re in sunny Saranac Lake, be sure to ride over to the “Human Power Planet Earth Bicycle Shop” where owner John Dimon will give you a friendly welcome and logofull1-e1464831248233a run down on whatever is happening in the area. This is a full service shop with new and used bicycles, rentals, and service. During the winter you can rent pond skates or get you own skates sharpened.

 

Here’s a rundown based on the website:

HOURS:

  • Tuesday – Friday – 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Saturdays – 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Closed Sunday and Monday.

LOCATION:Saranac Lake B

  • 77 Main St.
  • Saranac Lake, NY 12983
  • 518-524-6177, htt

 

Rentals – Feeling the need to get out on the town or trails, but don’t have anything to ride? Not a problem! Choose from our selection of fat tire bicycles, now available to rent! Rates: $50/day, $30/2hours

Repairs – Does your bicycle need some love? Our team of qualified mechanics is ready to help! From basic tune-ups and safety checks, to hydraulic brake bleeds and suspension rebuilds, we’ve got you covered!

thSales – Need a new ride? We are proud to announce that for 2016 we now carry KHS bicycles. Since the late 70’s KHS has provided high quality bicycles at a great value. We have Fat Bicycles, Mt. bicycles, Hybrids, Commuter and Fitness bicycles, and children’s bicycles on the floor or available to order. We also have restored Vintage (read Charming), Pre-Owned, and Consignment bicycles, for sale. Come check our growing fleet of bicycles. We have something for everyone!

Classes – Focusing on the following: fixing a flat, patching a tube, straightening bars, breaking a chain, seat adjustment, fixing chain-suck, checking bearings, and more. An “advanced class” offers the preceding plus a tool kit with the following: Crank Bros. M17 multitool, Park tire levers, Jandd Seat pack (color choices), Lezyne patch kit, White Lightning Epic Ride chain lube, Park Tool mini pump, and Kenda tube for your bike.

Here is a final opportunity – The “Barn Rescue” Tune Up – The Complete “Barn Rescue” Tune Up is for those who want to get back on their trusty steed. You know the story. It has been in the barn, in the cellar, or outside under the eaves for years. We want you to ride it again. However, there is usually corrosion to deal with, even on alloy parts. We wire brush and grease rusty bolts, take the corrosion off the rims, clean and polish pivot points. We clean, lube, polish everything, and replace what is necessary to make your bicycle rideable again. Parts replaced as necessary. It is worth it – for you and the Planet.

If John is not there, he out on his bicycle – as he is rumored to “go everywhere” by bicycle.

Before or after your visit, be sure to stop in to the next door “Origins Café” for a great meal, pastry, and coffee – http://www.origincoffeeadk.com/food/ You might meet up with Joshua, owner and former Exec Director of New York Bicycling Coalition.

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“Hello – Eric at the Downtube!”

How many hundreds of customers were welcomed by this friendly greeting when they called the Downtube Bicycle Works? And now he’s gone from the Downtube – like losing a member of the family.

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After over 30 years in the bicycle industry, both here and in New Hampshire, Eric has decided to pursue a career and an industry change. The Downtube Bicycle Works looks forward to his continued collaboration as his new career allows.

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Eric had the enviable ability to make the person with whom he engaged feel as if he were the only one in the shop. Your problem became Eric’s. In many years of observing him as the “go-to guy” at the Downtube, Eric was always ready with a smile, an encouraging word, a helpful hand, and a bit of advice. He never attempted the hard sell but always laid out the possible solutions in a fair and responsive manner. The most bedraggled youngster with a junker mountain bike or the owner of a gazillion dollar Trek Domane were treated in the same graceful manner.

From the Downtube Bicycle Works website: “Eric Whalen, Manager and Partner … been advising Downtube customers since 1990. Previously, Eric worked in several New Hampshire bicycle stores and also had a Snap-On tool franchise. We are very, very lucky he joined our team. He’s extraordinarily patient and understanding, and a problem solver for all things bicycle. He’s so good Trek insisted on borrowing him for support at the 1995 Tour of Taiwan. Eric became a Downtube part owner in 1997.”

Since the devastating fire in 2015, Eric, as well as all the other DT staff, was fully engaged in getting the shop back on its feet. While there was good insurance, help from Trek, 100 percent commitment by the owners, professional contractor rebuilding, and the loyalty of the DT customers, one can imagine the amount of work that had to be done by staff and the unending disruption to the shop. Two years later, the shop – now accompanied by the 3Fish Café – is back in business, and Eric was a mDT 3-21-15 Bajor player in this success. His colleagues, Adam and Oliver, now joined by Evelyn, Steve and others will continue to contribute to the success of the business. They can now build on the fully remodeled store, the new café, and more staff and programs.

Thanks for a good ride, Eric!

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