It’s the end of the road for a pair of Albuquerque bicycle shops.
The Kickstand and the Fixed and Free Bike Shop are each in the process of closing.
The Kickstand announced on its Facebook page last week that it intends to shutter after five years in business. The shop, located at 11145-B Menaul NE, is in the midst of its going-out-of-business sale, one expected to continue into January.
According to the company’s Facebook post, a number of factors played into the shop’s troubles.
“This year has been extremely tough due to a poor economy, drought prompted trail closures and a struggling bicycle industry,” the post said. “It has taken its toll on the financial health of the shop and has created a situation which has left me no other alternative, in the present time, but to close the store.”
A message left at the store for owner Lee Newsom was not immediately returned.
Fixed and Free in Nob Hill is also selling off its remaining inventory in advance of its closing, owner Sam Peifer said on Friday.
Peifer said he will be out of business by the end of the year, although he is in talks with a potential buyer who may maintain a bike shop in the space.
“I don’t know whether he’d keep the name. I think that’s kind of his plan, but it would be a different shop with a new owner,” Peifer said.
Fixed and Free opened 5½ years ago. It’s located at 114 Tulane SE.
Peifer said he’s leaving the industry to pursue other opportunities.
“Things come and go,” he said. “It’s been awesome (but I’m) looking forward to the next thing.”