Dirty Fingers opens in new shared space

March 14, 2012

Bike tools and tap handles both are found in back of the main counter at Dirty Fingers bicycle repair, newly relocated to State and 13th streets.

"We're functioning and feeling good, and really happy to be here," said Mitchell Buck, co-owner with Craig Sawyer.

Dirty Fingers moved in the first week of March after a months-long remodeling of the building it shares with 10 Speed Roastery. The building formerly housed Bella's Beads and, in 2006-09, Acre coffeehouse.

Dirty Fingers hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays except Thursday, 10 to 5:30, because of the "Post and Pint" ride; Saturdays 10 to 5 and Sundays 10 to 4.

Dirty Fingers serves beer from 5-9 p.m., under a unique OLCC permit it shares with 10 Speed's counter that serves both as bicycle service area and, evenings, beer bar.

"We're one of the only shops I'm aware of where all the mechanics are also state-certified liquor bartenders," Buck said. (The shops serve beer and wine only.)

On a sunny afternoon last week, Buck said, "The roll-up doors are open, sunlight's coming in, and people are drinking coffee and looking at bikes and it feels really good. We got it done."

Priority went to getting the service part of the shop running first, and three repair stands were immediately in use. Meanwhile, retail including new bikes, is "trickling in" and should be fully up by about March 15.

What's also working is DirectTV with bike racing, including the Pyrenees Spring Classics stage race.

"Come in, have a pint of beer and watch us work on bikes and catch the latest bike stage, and dine on a pulled-pork sandwich from 10 Speed," Buck said.

Also working at Dirty Fingers are Brad Urban, Jimmie Lee and Gary Paasch.

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