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Bonner County Bicycles gives old rides new lives

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ne morning this spring, Dan Shook tinkered with the spokes of a bicycle wheel in the workshop of Bonner County Bicycles, having spent the winter working on inventory – quite productively. “We literally have hundreds of bikes ready to sell for the summer,” he said. Shook, a well-known, retired Sandpoint High School art teacher, and business partner Tim Piehl opened the business in a garage connected to Homestake Construction’s Sandpoint office in 2013. For anyone driving by 521 N. Fourth Ave., the bicycles of different vintages and conditions lined up on the lawn outside are an instant draw. The business has been in full gear ever since with the partners building two additional workspaces on the east side of the building last winter. They recently brought in a third partner, Dave Reisenauer, to help since Piehl has his hands full after taking over as head of Homestake Construction for his father-in-law, Randy Thoreson. Reisenauer, a former local Realtor, left the area for a while and worked in Portland at various high-end bike

Bringing bikes back to life is Dan Shook’s post-retirement career. PHOTO BY MARLISA KEYES

shops, earning certification as a bike mechanic. The shop’s specialty is rehabilitating old bikes, but they also sell new; Shook said they recently added Kona bicycles for customers who want higher-end rides. For anyone with an old bicycle they want to get rid of, the shop is a better alternative than the county landfill, Shook says. The bikes can be fixed or parted out – some are even left outside as freebies for passersby – and it keeps them out of the waste stream. For Shook, his post-retirement job running a bicycle shop is a return to an old love. “At one time I had an entire barn full of bike parts,” Shook said. Now he pretty much does again. –Marlisa Keyes

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Sandpoint Magazine Summer 2016  

In this Issue: Dog Town, Idaho How people and their dogs have created Sandpoint’s copious canine culture Plus ‘Peaking’ Our Interest - Peak...

Sandpoint Magazine Summer 2016  

In this Issue: Dog Town, Idaho How people and their dogs have created Sandpoint’s copious canine culture Plus ‘Peaking’ Our Interest - Peak...