Today we welcomed a new business to our neighborhood, Miami Recycle Bike Shop. Andres Barreda held an opening at his new shop located at 5885 Commerce Lane, which is about 4 blocks from our house in the light industrial area of South Miami. Andres builds and rebuilds bikes out of old frames and parts. Some of them are rare classics, including a double jointed bike style we'd never seen before called a swing bike. The others are just general used bike parts that he can reconstitute into tailor fit designs according to the desires of his customers.
Andres loves all kinds of bikes and wants to share and foster that love in other people. He fixed a flat for free for a neighborhood kid and found used pedals for someone else. In our brief meeting (it was a party after all), he talked about the bike culture in Colorado with the coop bike shops he had seen there. He also mentioned his trip to Amsterdam which according to a quick Google searched statistic claims that there are 600,000 bikes for a population of 750,000.
Andres has also found that he can draw on the talents and resources from the neighborhood. He is in the process of working something out with the auto body shop across the street so that he can use their paint spray booth. He also buys his leather seats for some of his bikes from another local guy. The ostrich ones were sweet!
Welcome, Miami Recycle Bike Shop, we are so glad to have you!