They say sometimes you have to travel before you find a place to settle down.
Stix and Spokes has been traveling on wheels in Stevens County for the last two years, but has now found a building to help serve Chewelah’s ski and bicycle communities. Stix and Spokes provides repair, sales and rental services for both bikes and skis/snowboards.
After growing up in Boise, my wife Ali and I relocated to Colville in 2013 to live on family property. I saw a need for both ski/board repairs, sales and rentals during the winter and the same services for bikes when there wasn’t white stuff on the ground. Since I have over a decade of bike and ski shop experience, I've become a one-man repair service.
“A bike and ski business has been my dream forever. It’s really encouraging to be able to do a brick and mortar shop and I’m happy to be part of this town, it has a ton of potential and there’s a great vibe here.”
For two years, Stix and Spokes was located in my Chevy Silverado and its 14-foot cargo trailer that carried all of the bike and ski machinery. I feel I've picked a good area to live and work as there is a ski area readily available and plenty of biking opportunities in the area as well.
Ali works on the business’ website and social networking that keeps me in communication with clients. She also does graphic design for the company.
If you have a bike in need of repairs, or some skis that need some tender loving care, you can drop by for some work. I also have rentals, including a youth line for smaller winter sports enthusiasts.
I offer free safety checks and can offer something as simple as Liquid Fluorocarbon and Fluorocarbon Paste treatments, as useful as waxing and buffing and as extensive as an extreme base repair. There are also sales available of Scott, Diamondback and Raleigh bikes.
When summer rolls around I plan to have bike rentals as well so people can enjoy their surroundings, or if they need a place to get around town while their car is in the shop.
For bikes, I can do a basic tune all the way up to a bike overhaul. I also specializes in in upgrading and customizing bikes.