Located on Guide Meridian and full of equipment that bikers can only dream about, BikeSport offers a variety of bikes, unicycles, and helmets, as well as clothing. This shop is new to the Bellingham area as it opened in March this year, but has been successfully running in Ballard since the beginning of 1995.
Open, encouraging and knowledgeable in all things bike.
BikeSport is owned by two couples, Tassie and Scott Kowal, and Stacy and Andy Walker. “Four years ago Scott and I decided to take our love for cycling and combine that with our business experience,” Tassie said. The Kowals opened their Ballard shop, where Scott commuted for four years from his Bellingham home. Andy had his own construction business, and later proposed to Scott and Tassie that they become business partners. When Andy and his wife, Stacy purchased the Fountain Drug Building, they shared the vision for what is now the Bellingham location of BikeSport.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND
This store offers a wide variety of bikes including mountain, road, commuting and recreational bikes from Cannondale, Santa Cruz, Jamis, GT and Nirve. They also have special balance bikes for children, including GT and Strider.
The apparel offered includes Fox, Cannondale and Endura. They also offer helmet lines from Bell, Nutcase, Giro, Fox and Cannondale.
This store has a large supply of equipment, but with a short walk downstairs, they utilize the space as a full-service repair shop, working on and maintaining all types of bikes. The aptly named Mo Trainor has been brought into the business, and is valued for her long history working with cyclists and multi-sport athletes. Mo teaches Spin Classes Wednesday and Friday evenings, as well as, manages their Triathlon department. Mo has received pro BikeFit certification.
Tassie said, “My favorite parts of BikeSport are the connections we’re creating with our customers.” This isn’t just a place where you can purchase a bike, the owners created this shop as a space where locals can swap stories and create a community, a place they can discuss their race next weekend, or how the local trails were as a family trip.
For Tassie, Scott, Andy and Stacy this shop is established entirely for their customers. They want everyone to feel welcome and included no matter what level or style of cyclist they are.