SPOKANE, Wash. - Spring has sprung here in the Inland Northwest more or less, and if you're looking for a way to get out and enjoy Spokane on two wheels but don't have a bike of your own, there's a cool new way you can pedal around town without breaking the bank.
There are plenty of bike shops in Spokane, even some that rent, but MonkeyBoy Bicycles says the're a little different by tapping in to a niche market of folks that just wanna go for a ride.
Siblings Patti Nepean, Don Gibson, and Lynn Ellis opened monkey boy bicycles with a simple mission.
"We want to promote the use of bicycles as a viable transportation option as well as recreation," Don said.
That's reflected in the style of bikes they rent and sell, City upright, Dutch style.
"Our idea is a little bit like we see in Holland and Amsterdam, those kind of cities that use these sort of bikes and how they have the infrastructure set up so much for the commuting and just everyday riding," Patti said.
"You can dress for your destination, you don't have to wear funny clothes to ride our bikes. You can if you want to but you don't have to,"Don said.
They're goal is to be approachable, catering to folks that may be new to the bike world, and that model is paying off. In the year they have been in Kendall Tards, MonkeyBoy was voted third best bike shop in both Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living and The Inlander's 'Best Of' poll.
"We're just a little blown away by that because those are write in ballots and it's just really fun to know that people know we are here," Patti said.
With a repair shop and all the accessories you could need or want, MonkeyBoy is ready to help you explore Spokane, and this family of cycle enthusiasts is giving back to the bike community in a different way. Don sits on the Spokane Bike Advisory Board working to make the Lilac City more two wheel friendly.
"There's a lot of room for improvement in Spokane for the bicycle infrastructure but the bicycle advisory board and the mayor are doing a great job of fitting that infrastructure in where they can," he said.
You can get a great deal on a new bike right now as MonkeyBoy makes room for their spring inventory, while rentals are just $10.