What changes have you noticed in the Providence area scene since the shop opened?
In the past 15 years since the shop opened, we’ve seen faces come and go and come again. Our local scene is stronger than ever. Lots of new parks popping up with more in the works. We are fortunate enough to be involved with the Providence Parks Department and advise them on what works and what doesn’t for local parks. It’s been a great experience. New England as a whole is just a great place for BMX. There are so many rad groups that stick together and cruise but when we all meet up at a local jam it feels like a family reunion. I love the New England BMX scene.
Do you have any plans to produce any new team videos?
I can’t imagine ever doing one. Small edits here and there are cool but it seems like a lot of work. I just don’t have the time to commit to it, but if any of the dudes wanted to take it on, I would be open to making it happen. It could be fun since everyone that rides for the Circuit absolutely kills it.
How important is performing bike repairs and maintenance for your shop?
It’s at the top of our list. I pride myself on being a proper mechanic, and it’s what I enjoy most about owning a shop. When someone brings a bike in with a problem that they can’t solve and we get it dialed in for them, it’s very gratifying. From building wheels to getting rid of that pesky drive train click. We do it all. We also service all the complete bikes we sell in the shop for free. So we are constantly wrenching on customers' bikes.
What brands do you carry?
The obvious would be Profile, S&M, Fit, Odyssey, Sunday, Eclat, Cult,Kink, WTP, Shadow, Subrosa, Relic, T-1, DIG; too many to list them all but we carry it all.
The core brands that make quality products and put something back into the BMX community. Those are the brands we prefer to support. We also carry new brands and projects our friend’s have started like Fast & Loose, Burn Slow, Drop In Coffee, Pareidolia, just to name a few.
What's something you never expected to happen after opening the shop?
Being able to live the BMX lifestyle well into my 40s! Staying in business for 15 years and making the shop into what it has become. The path that it has led us on has been unreal. From building our own bike park with the city of Providence to having some of the top riders in the world just randomly pop in to build their bikes for a trip. It’s all been rad and I look forward to the future and keeping things rolling in the right direction.
Where do you want the shop to be in five years?
I see the shop being in a new, larger location with showroom/warehouse space and serving the New England scene on a larger scale. That’s our ultimate goal in the next few years. We’ve outgrown our current location and it would be nice to have a ramp to ride in the cold months.
Location: Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Shop address: 29 Exchange St
Hours: Monday Closed,
Tuesday-Friday 12-6PM, Saturday 10-6PM, Sunday 11-3PM
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