We believe in doing things right!
If you want to know anything about The Bike Shoppe, you should first get to know a little bit about the founder: Ralph Howard. Ralph and his sweetheart Madilyn have been married for over fifty years. Together they have five children and over 20 grandchildren. In his younger years, Ralph flew airplanes. He would often fly his father around on business trips. He flew so frequently that flying became as common for him as everyday driving. He still loves to fly. He was given an opportunity to serve his country when he was drafted into the U.S. Army as a pilot in the Vietnam War. Much of what he learned while in the Army has shaped who he is today. Ralph is honest, hard working, and exact in everything he does. His motto is: "Do it Right!...or don't do it at all".
In 1976, Ralph was approached by his brother-in-law, Brent Maddock, about an idea to open a sporting-goods store. They devised a plan and went to work together to get the new business up and running. Over a weekend, Ralph and Brent drove to Long Beach California, purchased six bicycles, drove back, then opened shop in a small strip-mall behind the current Newgate Mall in Ogden. The 10-Speed Bicycle and Sports Center was born. Ralph recalls selling one bike the first day they opened. While Brent quickly lost interest in their business venture, Ralph dug in his heels and made a go for it. His first two employees were his four-year-old twin boys: Matt and John. Two years later, he changed the name of the business to The Bike Shoppe hoping the archaic spelling would emphasize our obsession with old-fashioned qualities like hospitality, industriousness, attention to detail.
After 20 years of growth behind the mall, Ralph felt it was time to expand. One evening, as he was riding his bike home from work, he got a flat on the corner of 4400 and Washington Boulevard in South Ogden. Looking for a place to work on his bike, he found a large piece of plywood laying flat over weeds on the vacant lot. While fixing his flat, he noticed the board he was using was actually a "For Sale" sign with a phone number listed. The following day he called on the lot. Eventually, the lot was purchased, and plans for a newer and bigger Shoppe were born.
The Bike Shoppe Today
After over 40 years in the biking business, Ralph passed the business on to his oldest son, Matt. Ralph has retired, but the same qualities that he wove into the Shoppe so many years ago still define us today. Our intent is to provide each and every customer with an absolutely amazing experience. We can take care of all of any cycling need. When you come into the Shoppe, notice the clean, organized atmosphere we work hard to maintain. You'll be immediately greeted by our friendly staff. We're happy to serve anyone who walks through our doors, and we're thrilled that you've given us a chance to earn your business.
Why Shop at The Bike Shoppe?
Whether you're looking to purchase a new bike, repair a used bike, or get more performance, comfort or power out of your existing bike, The Bike Shoppe has the product mix, experience, knowledge, and expertise to help you capitalize on your cycling investment. We know bikes. We love bikes. We can't wait to share our enthusiasm with you!