Bike Barn is dedicated to Houston Cycling. We are Houston born and raised, and it’s our belief that we should always provide our community something in return.
The Early Years
From a humble 1,200 square feet in Clear Lake, Texas, Kitty Barnes and her brother Bob (who is still here!) opened a bike shop. Finding friends and customers in families, recreational cyclists and eventually the local enthusiasts, Bike Barn was born.
As business grew, so did the shop. Bike Barn packed its bags and bikes and moved across the street to its current 6,000 square foot location on Bay Area Blvd – come check it out even if you’re not from the area, it’s every bikee’s dream shop; lots of space, great place to ride from and plenty of folks to talk shop with.
TIME TO LEAVE HOME
Bike Barn decided to venture outside of its “home” turf and head to big "H."
The first venture was to Rice Village on Kirby. The West U area was craving a bike shop with name brands, good service and killer deals…and they got it. The store’s been renovated since the original move and if you’re in town looking for your cycling fix, stop by and join the crowd…like the neighborhood it’s a part of, this store never sleeps!
"GO WEST YOUNG CYCLISTS"
Following the masses in Houston, Bike Barn headed to the west side of town and planted roots at the old Bicycle World. The shop, located between Dairy Ashford and Kirkwood on Westheimer, has found its niche in this bustling retail mecca. From the Ant Hills to the Bike Lanes that occupy mountain and road cyclists alike, there’s a bike for everyone and a place to ride out west.
IT'S COOLER UP NORTH
Not to Colorado but to Copperfield! Bike Barn opened its fourth location on Highway 6 off 290. No mountains to climb, but lots of back roads and plenty of friendly service for the novice and experts alike. Stop by one of the local coffee shops and drop in the store next time you’re in the area – there’s always someone at the water cooler.
A NEW CHAPTER BEGINS
Bike Barn founders retire, but the shops lives on. . . In August 2003, the Barnes sold the shops to two corporate flunkies, entrepreneur wannabes and total bike enthusiasts. Lee and Neil are now the current owners and can be found tooling around the shops or wearing out the warehouse staff. Never content to leave well enough alone, the northern venture was expanded to Champions on 1960 off Hwy 249.
EXPANSION OUT WEST
Lee and Neil are at it again and expanded the Bike Barn family of stores to include a Katy location. This new store has over 15,000 square feet of cycling nirvana - so drop in and say hi, we're just off Mason Road, .75 miles south of I-10.
The Later Years
NEW IDEAS, NEW CONCEPTS
Bike Barn launches something Houston has never seen before. Stop by the Bike Barn Custom Fit Studio and experience cutting edge technology that promises to deliver the perfect fit or design a custom bike that meets your every need. All this and more in one edgy new location. Located in the heart of Houston, the studio operates by appointment so make yours today and let us help you improve your ride. Check it out at www.bikebarnstudio.com
MOVING TO THE TRAILS
Finding places to mountain bike in Houston is difficult. So when we had a chance to move our Champions store in 2010 to the Cypresswoods Trails…we jumped at the chance. Not only did we get a fabulous new location….now you can ride a bike out of the store onto some of the best mountain bike trails in Houston. If you mountain bike in Houston and aren’t familiar with these trails….you need to come visit us.
NEW DIGS IN WEST U
We loved our home in West University on Kirby Avenue…but after 18 years in that location it was time for a big change. We had outgrown our original home in Rice Village and found a great place close to our friends and customers. In November of 2010, Bike Barn opened a wonderful new store on Weslyan and Bissonet. This store enabled us to expand our bike and clothing selection and added much more room in service. Plus, we brought our Fit Studio under the same roof…all one happy family.
MOVING AGAIN - NORTH WEST
Our Copperfield store was doing great and we loved the neighborhood. But the landlord had different plans unfortunately. That sent us roaming the streets of Houston in 2011 looking for a fabulous new home. We found the perfect location out Hwy 290 in Cypress. It was exciting to meet some new cycling faces and great to see our existing friends and customers follow us to the new location.
ATASCOCITA & LAKE VIEW
We discovered there are some great folks and a thriving cycling community out in the Kingwood/Atascocita area of Houston in 2012. There was a wonderful bike shop named Better Bikes that had an enthusiastic owner that was looking to turn the page and move on. We were excited he asked us to help him make the transition and introduce us to a vibrant cycling community. Our new friends and customers are avid cyclists and have a great secret…they have some of the best cycling right in their backyard.
TAKES ON WESTCHASE
After many successful years on Westheimer, the time came for this store to move on and find a newer location. In 2014 we opened a brand new shiny showroom on Westheimer and Wilcrest and joined the Westchase family. It is only a mile down the road, but we love the new location and all of the new faces.
COLLEGE STATION STORE OPENS
Bike Barn College Station store opens its doors. As an Aggie-owned business (Lee Neathery, Class of '84), we couldn't be happier to make the trip down Highway 6 and join the Bryan/College Station cycling community. This great place is a little bit like home, and we're dedicated to giving back to a community that's given so much to us. Join us on one of our shop rides, or just come in to say Howdy. Gig Em!
BIKE BARN BAYOU RENTALS
Bike Barn Bayou Rentals opens along Buffalo Bayou. Houston trails have come a long way, and the Buffalo Bayou Partnership has strengthened Houston’s most significant natural resource. When the opportunity arose to help revitalize this treasured spot, we jumped on it. We wanted to share our love of cycling and show off our city to locals and visitors alike.
Time for a little makeup and a new look. Our Katy store was in need of remodeling and improvements. We spent about 30 days on the store improving the flow, lighting, cash wrap, inventory locations, new bathrooms and adding a bike wash (our mechanics were so happy!). We ended up with a greatly improved store and experience for everyone that walks or rides into the store. We love Katy and our customers…we hope our customers enjoy the new digs!
What started out as a typical year, ended up becoming anything but typical. Instead, we experienced a devastating flood, thanks to Hurricane Harvey. Over 50 inches of rain fell in some parts of Houston. We were concerned about our employees, customers, and stores. Multiple people and businesses were affected by the flood. Bike Barn was no exception. We had 5 employees lose their possessions and homes to flooding. Our Champions store flooded with about one foot of water throughout the entire store.
BUFFALO BAYOU RENTALS & TOURS
Our Bayou Rentals location has been doing a great job on Buffalo Bayou, keeping thousands of cyclists happy and providing a great way to enjoy Buffalo Park! Besides bike rentals, there were many enthusiasts looking for guided tours on bikes. It is the best way to enjoy Houston and see the sights. It gives all a chance to get off the roads and highways and see the City at a leisurely, more enjoyable pace. Hence, Buffalo Bayou Rentals & Tours was born!