There are few things better in our little bike world than a great shop. As Caveman and I were rolling through Denver a couple weeks ago, we stumbled upon just one of those shops, Pearl Velo.
It was about 9am and we were riding to our hangover breakfast, when our kick-ass hosts pointed out a bike shop on the corner. The owner, Tyler, just happened to be opening the doors at the time. He told us to stop by for beers after we got our burritos and we were more than happy to comply. So after we watched the Chrome rig get a ticket, we checked out the shop.
This place is pretty alright. The one thing we noticed right away was that there were a ton of single speeds. Our kind of place. Caveman pulled out his camera and said “We should tell DC readers about this place”. So here are some of of Cave’s images to tell the story of a shop that welcomed our haggard corpses with open arms.
I asked Tyler what his mission was for the shop was and his answer was top notch:
“This is my neighborhood shop, I live three blocks away. My daughter is now 6 years old and is growing up in a bike shop. That is crucial to me.”
The shop has a lot of your basic urban needs. A lot of city gear with a heavy lean on cyclocross. All-City, Fairdale and Surly were the staples. It was early on a weekday morning, so we weren’t the most observant guys in the world. But we were soon informed that there was much more than just a bike shop here.
Tyler, along with two other friends have taken over a couple other shops in the building and formed what they call the “Tennyson Collective”. There was a story about friends drinking together one night and then all of the sudden it was formed. I didn’t take very good notes, so you will have to go ask them for the whole story. Basically, 3 friends joined forces to share a space where they can each live out their entrepreneurial dreams.
If you walk through the back door of Pearl Velo, you will see a mechanic’s area to the right and in front of you will be a clothing store called Berkley Supply. Eli, the owner, has plenty of gear to keep you well-kept and looking dapper off the bike. Lots of leather and flannel, utilitarian without being too hip.
Wandering around the back room, I notice a frame jig. Why the hell is there a frame jig in here? Well, come to find out the third piece of the collective is Josh and he makes frames. He sticks metal tubes together that become Avery County Cycles was the 2013 NAHBS Rookie of the Year. He wasn’t there to talk to but we will track him down in the future. The bikes I saw were a singlespeed CX bike and a touring bike. Both looked like something I would love to ride.
I’m sure somebody will pipe up and say that some shop is better than this shop or that shop in Denver. But the truth of the matter is, this is where we ended up and these guys welcomed us like old friends, full beers, and awesome attitudes. So we felt the need to let you know. If you are ever in Denver, take a quick little jaunt south of the I-70 and check out Pearl Velo. They are drunkcyclists.