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Bike shop cruises into new home

Main St. is now site of Newhall Bicycle Company

Posted: January 2, 2010 8:22 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Roger Hasper, owner of Newhall Bicycle Company, pauses from his work getting settled into his store's new location on Main Street in Newhall on Saturday.

 
College of the Canyons student Sarah McLeod was on the hunt Saturday afternoon for accessories for her recently repaired beach cruiser bicycle - the blue ride she pedals to class.

Her search for a wicker basket and bicycle lock led her to the new location of the Newhall Bicycle Company on Main St. across from the Repertory East Playhouse. The shop's owner Roger Hasper was busy organizing the shop that was in disarray this weekend - boxes of gear and old bike parts nearly made walking through the store impossible.

"Excuse our mess," Hasper told McLeod. "Give me a little time and I'll get this place looking cute."

Hasper, dressed in skin tight green and yellow bicycle shorts and shirt, dug through boxes and tossed aside bike wheel fenders as he searched through the cluttered shop for a bike lock for McLeod.

Alas, the lock was never found and McLeod left the shop empty handed. She said she'd come back in a few days.

It had been a busy weekend for Hasper, who with the help of family and friends from the shop moved the store's entire inventory, including about 50 bikes, from Railroad Avenue and 8th Street to Main Street.

"It's no fun to help people move," Hasper said. "So to have people come and help has been great."

The people who volunteered to help were rewarded for their trouble, he said.

"They were paid in beer, tequila and pizza," Hasper said. "I think that's fair price to pay."

While the new location is slightly smaller than the old store, it costs half as much money in rent and is in a better location in the middle of downtown Newhall, Hasper said.

The store is painted green and yellow - the colors of the Jamaican flag. The melodic tin-drum rhythms of reggae music blared in the store as Hasper helped customers.

Hasper said his goal has always been to create a shop where people could hang out in a relaxed atmosphere. He said he has been to hundreds of bike shops across the country and some can be intimidating for novice riders.

The point of bike riding is to have fun, Hasper said, and he wants the shop to reflect his easygoing philosophy.

"Newhall already has its own unique flavor," Hasper said. "We're just going to add to it."

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