Community Event Marks Business Anniversary

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Communities / Aug. 10, 2017 11:33am EDT

By Martha Slater

Doon Hinderyckx and his staff at Green Mountain Bikes are planning a big celebration to mark the shop’s 30th anniversary.

On Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m.-sundown, everyone is welcome to come by the shop on North Main Street in Rochester to help celebrate 30 years of bike culture with music, food, beer, and fun. There will be live funky jazz played by the B3 Brotherhood from 4-7 p.m., and one fixed price will get you all the wood-fired oven pizza and corn on the cob you can eat (kids under 12 can eat free).

“I hope everyone will come and see what we’ve been up to since our 25th birthday celebration,” said Doon, who started his bike business in 1987 and bought the present building in 1989, putting the shop in the barn. It has since grown to include the woodshed and the former kitchen area, as well as an addition built after “Irene.”

The south side of the shop features a drawbridge type entrance ramp, created using bicycle chains, that is raised and lowered by a bicycle drive train assembly and a system of counterweights, which was built by Doon, Dillon Dudley, and their friend Jordan Abar.

After growing up in Illinois “and bouncing off the west coast,” Doon moved to Rochester in 1985 with his then-five-year-old son, Zak, to work at Artistic Woodworks.

“Having a bike shop while my son was young was great,” he said. “All the kids hung out here and I could work and still be present in his life.”

In addition to Doon, the bike shop staff now includes Dillon Dudley, Dylan Dipentima, Kinley Tener, and Bud Venturina. Doon’s son, Zak, who now lives in Port Townsend, Wash., where he builds steel bicycle frames, will be in Rochester to help everyone celebrate and to present the launch of Hinderyckx Bikes’ new model, The Skid Wizard adventure bike.

Green Mountain Bikes sells new bikes from Kona, Jamis, Raleigh, Xprezo, Transition, Santa Cruz, and others. They also take tradeins, sell used bikes, rent bikes, and make repairs, and are open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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