BIKE DOCTOR

10ish- 6pm / Monday- Saturday

1101 Toole Avenue,Missoula, MT 59802 / (406) 721-5357

  The Bike Doctor began in 1994 when Mr. Scott Elden spawned a very clever idea. What kind of an idea could lead to the spectacle we now know the Bike Doctor to be? One might wonder, and rightfully so. His idea: bicycle repair, with a smile. From then, until now this remains the shop mantra and will continue so in perpetuity.

  The first location the Bike Doctor operated from was a small, single room shack where a much larger Meadowsweet Herbs edifice now stands next to Bernices Bakery on South Third St. Scott and his crew worked from this undersized building for as long as possible before moving to a much roomier quonsit hut near Greenough park. A Grand Opening party was thrown( beginning another Bike Doctor Tradition) which was ironically attended by a pair of naive new arrivals to Missoula, Marlana and Eric. Having grown to appreciate the Bike Doctor's approach to them as customers in the Third St. location they wanted to join in the relocation festivities unaware of what the future held for them.

  Spring of 1997 brings Marlana into the Bike Doctor looking for work. Ironically, she was asking specifically if the Mountain Goat Couriers, who maintained an office located in the front of the same quonsit hut as the Bike Doctor, were hiring. Turns out that at that time the couriers were not hiring but the Bike Doctor was looking for someone. Fate? Destiny? While being fairly grandiose terms to use they are undeniably apt for the situation in question. Scott felt the need to move on, Marlana and Eric were hoping to find some window of opportunity in Missoula to open up and what do you know? The Bank took a chance on them and in November 0f 1997 Marlana and Eric became the new administration of the Bike Doctor hospital. Shortly thereafter Donald E. Gisselbeck joins the crew and another relocation occurs in Feburary of 2000.

  In 2000 the 420 N. Higgins era begins. The Bike Doctor operated here, next to Taco Del Sol, for six years. It is here that a baby faced Andy Frank jumps on board and the shop's backbone has remained unchanged since. If the walls could talk...the stories we could hear, OH MY! Though the space was again inadequate, the crew was able to overcome this limitation and keep many bicycles on the road and many smiling riders astride them. An impending remodel and the arrival of corporate coffee helped spurn yet another, though final relocation for the shop and its' crew.

  Tired of answering to the evil Land Barons of the world The Bike Doctor crew sets sail and dropped anchor at our present location of 1101 Toole Ave. The property is a bit of a fixer upper and remains one of the shop's major focuses along with bicycle sales and service, as always. As you may know our present landscaping includes a jump or two and more are to follow. The shop itself has and will continue to evolve to better serve our valued customer base. If you have yet to visit, please do as soon as you can. If you are a member of our existing family, “Thank You!” from all of us Bike Doc folk: Marlana, EC, Don, Andy, and our security personnel Todd, and Yuki Onna.

 A few post scripts which might add to the previously mentioned notions of “fate” and “destiny”: Marlana and Eric’s introduction to the Bike Doctor world began with Marlana trying to get hired as a bicycle courier. She was able to live out this dream on a number of occasions over the years and recently became the owner of the fabled Mountain Goat Couriers. Also, a man named Scott used his tools to begin the Bike Doctor dream and the shop’s final resting spot? The inersection of Scott St. and Toole Avenue. “Fate”, “destiny”? What do you think?

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