Changing gears to open bigger bicycle store

Business is strong for Washington Cyclisme Bicycle Store which has moved further down Thomas Mitchell Drve into the old Choppertown building.

Brendan Washington and Anna Fogarty started the small family business in 2016, expanding to include a Yackandandah store in 2019.

While some local businesses were feeling the effects when the COVID pandemic first struck, Washington Cyclisme was trying to keep up with business last year.

“We were almost too busy, people were really getting into the bike scene and supported our businesses,” Brendan said.

“People were shocked when we said it might be a three or four-week wait for a service or repair.”

Brendan is grateful the Wodonga and Yackandandah communities continue to support his family business.

The new store boasts a larger storefront and workshop, and his wife works under the same roof as a naturopath.

“Everyone has commented on how much more open and bigger the space is and we are right on the rail trail,” Brendan said.

“People can visit the rail trail and then ride on in here, that was one of the drawcards to move here.”

The business sells bikes and provides premium service bike repairs including everything from major and minor services to a basic tune-up, suspension service, and wheel building.

Brendan, who has been racing bikes for 20 years, said the business does a lot of custom work.

“We can get parts in and build it as opposed to off the shelf product,” he said.

The Wodonga store is open on Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays from 10am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm during winter, and Tuesday to Saturday during spring and summer. 

The Yackandandah store is located at 10 High St and is open Thursday and Friday from 11am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

Nine staff work across both stores.