Moe's Bike Shop and Wool Shed is located at 1397 Sherman
Avenue, just as you're getting off the McCullough Bridge and coming
into North Bend. Owner Alan Moe spoke with me about his store
that's practically a city landmark.
"My dad and his uncle started this business in 1948,"
said Alan, "They actually built this building, which originally housed
Moe's Feed and Seed, and sold pet supplies, lawn and garden equipment
and bicycles. Then, in 1982, the recession hit and we started carrying
just the bicycles. I've been working here for 40 years, and now my son
works here, too. It's really been a family business."
Although "The main thing we have going here is the bike
shop," continued Alan, "the Wool Shed came about because I had bought a
pair of Ugg boots (a type of soft sheepskin boot originating in
Australia) for my wife, and eventually we started selling the boots as
my mom's side of this business. Today we still sell Ugg boots,
and also sheepskin seat covers, slippers, and other items."
There are four main lines of bicycles that Moe's sells:
Specialized®, Cannondale®, Giant® and Redline®, plus
all the parts that go with them. Among the accessories they sell are
child seats, trailers, pet carriers, tires, tubes, and even cell phone
holders. They also have a full line of Life is Good® T-shirts,
I asked Alan what makes his shop stand out from other
places where bicycles are sold. "We're a complete bike shop with full
repair and service," he replied. "There's nobody else in this area that
does that. Bike shop bikes are different than chain store bikes.
I've got sand bikes (with big tires that double as snow tires), road
bikes, touring bikes, racing bikes, mountain bikes, downhill mountain
bikes, cross-country bikes, BMX bikes, unicycles, tandem bikes, and
comfort bikes for older people (the three-wheeled kind). When I
first started working on bikes I went to a Schwinn school and learned
how to work on three speed hubs. I haven't worked on a three speed hub
in 20 years! Now we've got hydraulic disc brakes, carbon fiber, steel,
or aluminum frames. The most expensive bike I've ever sold was a
Cannondale® road bike for $7,000."
I remember when the main difference between men's
and women's bicycles was that the men's had a horizontal cross bar and
the women's had a slanted one. "Today manufacturers have really made an
effort with women-specific bikes," said Alan. "Women's bike frames now
have a shorter handlebar reach...women carry more height in their legs
than their upper bodies. Today men's and women's bikes both have
horizontal cross bars, but the women's frames are designed specifically
Moe's Bike Shop has been having bicycle group rides for
years. Alan explained, "Tuesday night we have mountain bike rides
and Thursday nights it's road bike rides. Everybody is welcome. We also
sponsor the Doernbecher Children’s Cancer Program Memorial
Bicycle Tour and the Tour de Fronds race in Powers every year."
I asked Alan why he decided to advertise in the
Shopper. "I actually advertised with the Shopper when it was first
starting out," he replied. "But the way people use media has
changed...they're not picking up a newspaper as much...they're going to
the Web for their information. Of all the advertising resources in our
area, I think the Shopper is the best choice."
Moe's Bike Shop and Wool Shed is open Tuesday through
Friday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Their
phone number is 541-756-7536.
"I like keeping current with the latest gadgets for
myself," said Alan, as he pointed to the hoverboard behind the sales
desk. "When we get in a new shipment of stuff, it's always just like
Christmas for me!"