From wider bike lanes on streets and bike racks built almost everywhere to police-escorted community bike rides with an average of about 75 bikers per month, Miami Shores is becoming more bike-friendly. And to add to that, the Shores recently welcomed Bike Nerds, a bike boutique that specializes in vintage bike repair, custom bike parts and full bike service.
“I live close to the shop and bought bicycle accessories from them,” said Angela Dorney, the recreation superintendent of Miami Shores. “We try to be proactive to our residents’ needs and encourage healthy lifestyles in Miami Shores.”
Bike Nerds has participated in community bike runs by offering minor adjustments, temporary fixes and filling tires with air to cyclists.
“They are really handy and very helpful,” said customer Loran Stavrou, 42, who cycles about 70 miles a week in the Shores and has had multiple bikes repaired at the shop since August.
For Rhonda Morton, who is in her 50s and a member of the Everglades Bicycle Club and the Femme Peddlers, getting her road and mountain bikes fixed at Bike Nerds has helped improve her rides.
“My bike was cleaned to perfection, the gears shifted like butter and the brake cable they replaced was super smooth,” said Morton, noting that the number of participants in biking events has more than doubled since she started biking in 1999. “They just make my long rides more comfortable and enjoyable.”
Since opening in June, Bike Nerds’ owners, Diego Pinzon, 32, and Thomas Korray, 25, have had about 20 to 30 customers dropping off bikes per week and about 100 transactions per month.
For Pinzon and Korray, who call themselves the “nerds,” repairing, lubing the chain and cleaning out the small crevices of a bike is one of the most satisfying aspects to the business.
“You wouldn’t think that washing a bike would be so gratifying,” said Korray, who has been in love with fixing bikes since he was 14 and started cleaning bikes at Fritz’ Bike Shop where he met Pinzon. “It’s like taking it from the graveyard and making it brand new.”