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Jun 10, 2019 12:56 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

One Bike Shop Closes, Another One Opens In Montauk

Chris Briand, the owner of Montauk's newest bike shop, Montauk Cycle Company.   ELIZABETH VESPE
Jun 10, 2019 4:09 PM

Chris Briand repaired and sold bikes and equipment for nine years at the Montauk Bike Shop on Main Street in Montauk owned by Chris Pfund. When he found out Mr. Pfund was closing the shop, he decided to open his own—Montauk Cycle Company on West Lake Drive in Montauk, in the harbor area, in a space that Suffolk County Bank used to occupy.

On a recent Thursday afternoon, Mr. Briand was busy repairing bikes, making phone calls, and filling out orders for helmets and tubes and other bike parts.

He officially opened the new bike shop on Friday, May 24, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Each day over the weekend, he rents out his entire fleet of beach cruisers with a price tag of $10 per hour or $40 for 24 hours.

Mr. Briand, 30, currently lives in Sag Harbor but grew up in Montauk, attended the Montauk School, and graduated from East Hampton High School in 2007.

“Whenever I can find the time, I ride,” Mr. Briand said, adding that he usually rides road bikes.

Mr. Briand managed Mr. Pfund’s bike shop for five years. He planned to become a partner in the business, but Mr. Pfund decided to close the shop in November 2018 after decades of renting and repairing bikes.

The Pfunds originally started renting bikes out at their family hardware store in 1963, and before long, Mr. Pfund had opened his own bike shop. With that shop closing, in addition to the closing of Bermuda Bikes in East Hampton earlier this year, Mr. Briand thought it would be a good time to try running his own store.

He opens the store at 9 a.m., and he said that most people come in for rentals around noon.

“I know the market. I know what it takes to run the shop. It’s just a matter now getting everything squared away,” he said, adding that he was waiting for more inventory—road bikes to beach cruisers to T-shirts and hats—be delivered in the upcoming days.

“I think down by the docks is a great location,” he said.

Mr. Briand also hopes to rent bikes to people taking the Viking ferry over to Block Island for the day. Instead of spending time looking for a bike shop on Block Island, he figured, visitors can rent one from the Montauk Cycle Company before their boat takes off.

“At the old shop, our cheapest rental was $14 an hour, and it was a two-honor minimum and $50 for the day. I wanted to offer a cheaper option,” Mr. Briand said.

“I also want to offer bikes that are more inexpensive,” he said of the bikes for sale. “I’m also going to stock affordable parts and equipment.”

On that Thursday afternoon, a few people dropped in to drop their bikes off for repairs.

Mr. Briand, who attended United Bicycle Institute in Oregon, a bicycle school that specializes in maintenance and repairs, is ready to change tires or replace chains, gears, pedals—whatever it takes.

“I can do everything here,” he said.

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Best of luck!!! Hope you have a prosperous year.
By Triumph67 (4), Sag harbor on Jun 14, 19 9:46 AM
Good Luck!!! Hard work will pay off, the market is here.
By mtkfishman (76), montauk on Jun 15, 19 8:22 AM