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George’s Bikes closing, turns into mobile service

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POSTED January 23, 2015 2:38 p.m.

George’s Bikes is shuttering its brick-and-mortar location near Ripon’s historic downtown.

Owner George Ingerson made the announcement on Thursday in a post on the shop’s Facebook page.

George’s Bikes, a small shop on South Stockton Avenue, will close its doors for good on Friday, Feb. 6, but Ingerson said he isn’t leaving the bike business entirely.

He said he’s launching a mobile service.

“I’ve had a lot of fun and great times,” the Facebook post said. “Met a lot of good people and made some great friends over the last five years.”

Ingerson could not be reached for comment.

The news has come as surprise to some in the cycling community.

Over the years, George’s Bikes had become a destination for riders across the Central Valley.

Many came looking for a tune-up, adjustment, part or fitting. Others wanted to order a bike or have one built.

Seasonally, riders of all abilities would flock to George’s Bikes for its evening rides through rural South San Joaquin County.

Ingerson, a tall, lanky fellow with a palpable excitement for all things bike, would serve as many of the rides de facto guide, leading large packs along the shoulders of country roads.

The Wednesday evening ride had become his most popular, growing from just two riders in its infancy about four years ago to as many as 70 last year.

The ride was about 24-miles long, tracing its way through Ripon and Manteca, and was no-drop, meaning no rider were left behind.

“It’s mind-boggling how far it has come in three years,” Ingerson said in a 2013 interview with the Manteca Bulletin. “It’s been an absolute kick in the pants to see everybody smiling and talking about they can’t wait for the next week.”

Ingerson encouraged all those with a consignment bike at the shop to pick it up by Feb. 6.

He also noted that his entire inventory – from his supplies to the equipment and tools in his repair shop – must go.

“Thanks for the memories,” the Facebook post read.

 

To contact Managing Editor James Burns email jburns@mantecabulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter at jburns1980.

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