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New bike shop will specialize in BMX — for now

What started off as just a family thing has grown into Port Orchard’s newest bicycle shop.

After tiring of running around looking for parts to fix his family’s bikes, Brian Beaman decided the South Kitsap area could use a full-service bike store. So it now has one as Beaman has added Beamer’s Bikes to the strip mall at the corner of Bethel and Sedgwick.

“We would be looking around and anytime we needed anything, we had to go into Tacoma or order it on line,” Beaman said. “So when I was looking around for some type of business to open up, this seemed like something that would fill a couple of voids. One was it was something the family could be involved in and it fills a void in the community. I wanted something that I had interest in and also that there was a market for.”

With plenty of trails and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains ranging looming on two side, Beaman has gone full force by offering a line of mountain and BMX bikes and all the things that go with them.

“I’ve been surprised by the people that have come in and how gung-ho they’ve been about mountain biking,” Beaman said. “So I’d like to cater to them, get more of the things in here that they need.”

As for now, Beaman has a nice selection of KHS mountain bikes, Free Agent BMX bikes, NCS racing bikes and some Bully freestyle bikes. And Haro, who manufactures both BMX and mountain bikes, should be in the store by the end of the month.

“(Haro) is real big in the BMX crowd and some of the older cyclist will remember Haro from when they were younger,” Beaman said.

Beamer’s also has a full line of bike accessories that includes helments, gloves, handlebar grips and tires and tubes. Beaman also offers a wide array of services on the bikes, including tuneups, overhuals, tire changing and flat repairs, brake and gear adjustments and other minor repairs.

While Beaman is focusing more on the BMX and mountain bike crowds for now, he is hoping to see the business grow over the summer to where he can expand into road bikes, especially those used by the high number of bicycle commuters in the South Kitsap area.

“It seems that there are a high number of people that commute, either to Bremerton or down to Gig Harbor,” Beaman said. “I see so many of them in the mornings, so I’d like to bring in the supplies that they need, as well.”

Beaman, who still works as a truck driver in the area, said he hopes to see the business grow and expand over the next couple of years and wants to offer other makes of bikes down the line.

His inventory now is on the more affordable side — the KHS mountains bikes start at around $250 while many of the smaller BMX bikes are available for less than $200.

“This will be a learning process for me,” Beaman said. “And it may even be a struggle for a year or two. There are some good bicycle shops on the peninsula and I won’t pretend to be able to compete with them. They’ve been around for a long time and they’re established in the community.

“But if people will be a little bit patient with me, as I grow, maybe I can fill the needs in this community as well,” Beaman said. “It seemed like this was a pretty good fit. Part of it is that this is the way I’m going to make my living but I’d like to also provide for the community too - value for what they paid.”

Beamer’s will be open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Saturday’s 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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