Dallas Bike Works to open Oak Cliff store

429780_257378824348996_1344806283_n Dallas Bike Works, which has a store at White Rock Lake, plans to open a second store this coming March in Oak Cliff.

The retailer leased a 4,000-square-foot space at 821 W. Davis. The space, which formerly housed Pepe’s Body Shop, is between Davis Street Espresso and CocoAndré Chocolatier.

David Spence of Good Space bought the Pepe’s building, the 1927 shopping strip that houses the chocolate shop and the Rose Garden, and a small church behind that strip earlier this year. In total, it comprises 20,000 square feet, and Spence calls it the Clinkinbeard Campus after its previous owners. Check out the Good Space Facebook page for details on Spence’s work there.

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Spence says Dallas Bike Works will take possession of the building in January and could be open as early as March.

Spence says he is “smitten” with Dallas Bike Works owners Boyd and Katy Wallace, who have two small children.

“I think they’ll be very in tuned to the family oriented cycling market around here,” Spence says.

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He says he asked four bike shops to move into the space and that Dallas Bike Works was the only one that accepted.

“I think Oak Cliff has the most vibrant cycling scene in Dallas, with the possible exception of White Rock Trail,” he says. “Oak Cliff deserves to have in-town Dallas’ best bike shop.”

Whoa! Hold the phone. Don’t we already have Dallas’ best bike shop in Oak Cliff Bicycle Co.? Why put a competing bike shop less than a mile away from a locally owned one?

“It’s certainly not any kind of a hostile move, but I needed a bike shop that could fill a 4,000-square-foot building, and Dallas Bike Works has an existing and successful store on that scale,” Spence says.

Dallas Bike Works’ motto is “Support your local bike shop.” So which is more local, Dallas or Oak Cliff?

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  • Local Cyclist

    Hi Rachel,
    This article feels needlessly inflammatory. Oak Cliff is a growing area and there will no doubt be winners and losers in that growth process. The target cycling consumers of DBW and OCBC are different, but I am sure that the “big” shop presence will create competitive pressure on OCBC that did not previously exist…which may ultimately be a good thing for the OC consumers and OCBC’s long term operating procedures. But it is also misleading to make it seem as though a small, family owned business is some Wal-Mart like juggernaut showing up to run the small shop out of the area.

    I am a cyclist and I know Boyd and Jeremy. They are both good people. There is no reason to paint Boyd as some sort of outsider when he has been helping to spearhead the cycling movement in Dallas for years (predating OCBC). We are all from Dallas – fabricating ever decreasing zones of what constitutes “local” is a divisive and unproductive exercise.

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  • Vince Rowe

    Let me jump on here and tell you how elated I was when I happened to run into David Spence and he told me he was putting a bike shop in this space.
    I have spent thousands at the Oak Cliff Bike shop and about a year ago got fed up with the worst customer service in the district. Jeremy is the only owner in the district that never bothered to learn our names. We have 12 bikes ($7000 to $200) and most were bought and/or serviced at his shop, by him, or one of the folks that he hired in his likeness. I have spoke to no less than 10 people that now make the trek to RBM to get their bikes serviced with the same knowledge the folks at OCBS have as they like to feel like they are valued customers too. Don’t get me wrong, this is not something he doesn’t know, as I told him. He didn’t seem to care. Too bad I pay the rent for a competitor in Richardson. BTW, the other locals just didn’t have the knowledge.

  • David Spence

    A quick survey of our rent roll reveals that 80% of the owners of Good Space’s commercial tenants live within 5 miles of Bishop Arts. We’re particularly proud of cases like Emporium Pies, Lucia and Bolsa, whose proprietors, after starting their business, MOVED TO Oak Cliff: brain gain, instead of brain drain.

  • Scott

    This is great news for Oak Cliff having used OCBC and Dallas Bike Works a lot there is no comparison. As a avid cyclist I can’t wait to have Dallas Bike Works in the hood. Boyd and the guys who run Dallas Bike Works are the most friendly non bike snob people you are going go find.

  • ldj

    I can’t comment on how it’ll effect the area but DBW is a different kind of shop than the ones mentioned.

  • sadface

    B&B who was probably 5 years too early for the area to benefit from this current culture of avid bikers but who seem to be thriving in Cedar Hill now? Yup, I remember.

  • OCBlues

    How long you been here? Remember the bike shop at Polk and Jefferson that left because nobody supported it? I didn’t think so.

  • sadface

    Best bike shop in Dallas? We already have several, OCBC, Transit, Switching Gears… Not a hostile move? Spin it however you want but this WILL hurt the already existing shop. Why so desperate to put a bike shop in there in there anyway? Why not ask REI to move in? You can’t recreate what happened organically with Bishop Arts no matter how many blocks you buy trying to manufacture the next hip place. This isn’t about being the best place to bike, or what’s best for the neighborhood… that whole strip is now about making money for the new owner. Just ask the people who have already inquired about wanting to move in.

  • ipreferlocal

    And how little Spence cares about locally grown businesses.

  • Jonathan Braddick

    Show’s how successful Bike Friendly Oak Cliff has been in helping to shape our community as the best place to live and bike in Dallas!