So there I was just having an epic day of random Calgary adventures. When long behold I stumbled across this beauty of a little shop in Inglewood. ‘The Uncommons‘.
Now one thing that without a doubt peaks my interest, is absolutely something Uncommon, not to mention unexpected. Boasting a name like that, I had no choice but to let that gravitational flow pull me(gracefully of course)right on in the door.
The first things that caught my attention was the selection of bicycles they had on display.
Clearly even the window shoppers were liking what they were seeing.
Being an avid cyclist and living a large portion of my time on the island of Mallorca, Spain the past few years – which is an island built for cycling, I knew I needed a new bike for my summer in Canada. My world just doesn’t turn quite the same when I am not out enjoying the open road of cycling adventure. These bikes I stumbled across in this uncommon little place appealed to my eyes instantly. So obviously the next plan of action was to ask some questions to Eric, one of the two awesome shop owners.
There were two different makes of bikes. One was from the States, and the other was from my home soil!! Right here in Maple Leaf Country. ‘No freaken way?!’ is precisely what I thought when told this fact. The brand is Lochside, and the bike themselves are made in Victoria, BC.
No matter where I am in the world I always make it a point to drink locally; For instance, if I am in Canada, I drink Canadian Vino(for the most part, depends how long I am in Canada), and when I am in Spain I drink Spanish Vino, and so on and so forth. You catch my drift. This also goes for beer, food markets, etc. I totally believe in supporting the local industry where ever I may be. So obviously my eyes widened a bit more on learning about these Canadian made bikes. Drink locally and Cycle locally. That has Petrena written all over it!
Eric was so fantastic with telling me all the information about the bike as well. He and Lisa(the other shop owner) definitely know their stuff. I was intrigued, that’s for darn sure.
After perusing the shop a bit more and checking out all the other uncommon and very cool merchandise they had on offer,
I walked into the back room of their shop, and there ‘She‘ was. Or ‘He‘?? Should a bike be a he or she?! I am not totally sure. Let’s go with she this time though. What a stunner of a bike! If I do say so myself. I had no choice but to get on and get the feel of what the ride would be like.
‘Should I or shouldn’t I?’ was the next question. The vision of endless summer highway cycling together was flashing brightly in my mind; However it was not my intention to buy a bike that day… It also wasn’t my intention to come across a bike that I fell in love with that day either. Like they say – The best things come when you least expect it. I am not one to pass up an awesome ‘not everyday’ type of deal. It also made a world of difference that the shop owners Lisa and Eric were so friendly and exceptionally helpful.
Customer service at it’s finest. How could I not want to support their business, while also supporting a local Canadian made bike company. Tick, tick aaaaannd tick. That list was so naturally checked off, I just had to go with it. A match made in Bicycle heaven. Being locally made it also made the price of the bike extremely reasonable, which I was told was one of the intentions of the company. SOLD.
I even love my bike seat.
Since returning to the Northwest Territories, I have taken my bike out for some good cycle’s, and let me just say – She rides like a little dream!! I am so happy with my purchase, and the more I ride it, the more I love it. You could say that I see endless summer adventures with my new wheels.
If you are around Calgary and find yourself in the Inglewood area, I absolutely suggest stopping in and checking out the fine shop called ‘The Uncommons’.
Everything you wouldn’t expect to find, and a little more. Happy Days!