The Bike Shoppe Beginnings
Do it Right!
If you want to know anything about The Bike Shoppe, you should first get to know a little bit about the man behind its creation: Ralph Howard. Ralph and his sweetheart Madelyn 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 put his flying skills to good use when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served his country as a pilot in the Vietnam War. He fit in well with the demanding Army lifestyle. Like the military, Ralph is exact in everything that he does. Quality, order, and attention to detail describe his way of life. His motto:
"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.
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 40 years in the biking business, Matt is now the owner. Ralph has retired, but the same qualities that he wove into the Shoppe so many years ago still define us today. Our goal is to provide you with the absolute best customer service anywhere. We can take care of all of your cycling needs. When you come into the Shoppe, notice the clean, organized atmosphere we work hard to maintain. You'll be immediately greeted by our 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!