A new bike shop opens just in time for spring – The Durango Herald

Lost Canyon Bike Service takes an a la carte approach to cycle maintenance

After 10 years working as a bike mechanic, Clayton Haskins opened Lost Canyon Bike Service last month. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Longtime bike mechanic Clayton Haskins has opened Durango’s newest bike shop, Lost Canyon Bike Service.

“It’s something I’ve been planning to do for a while,” he said. “I’ve been working in stores for about 10 years.”

Before opening Lost Canyon, Haskins worked for two years as a bike mechanic at San Juan Cycles in Durango.

“Going into the winter, I got laid off and decided it was kind of now or never to open my own house,” he said. “So I found a space and decided to go there.”

Haskins said business has been busy since Lost Canyon opened about a month ago. When the business opens, he launches a promotional sale offering 40% off labor costs. The sale has since ended, but generated a lot of traffic, he said.

“It was a lot busier than expected,” he said. “At one point I had about 35 bikes, which for one person is a lot.”

Haskins said it takes an a la carte approach to pricing, offering a detailed list on its website of the cost of each individual service. For example, a string installation costs $15.

Lost Canyon Bike Service owner Clayton Haskins hopes to use the patio of his new business to display bikes for sale and hold occasional service clinics. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

“I think charging this way is the best deal for the customer and the best deal for me because everyone knows exactly what they’re paying for,” he said.

Lost Canyon is located at 546 E. College Drive. The store has a patio out front that Haskins says he wants to use to display bikes, as well as occasionally hold maintenance clinics.

While attending the University of Colorado Boulder, Haskins competed in college-level downhill mountain bike racing. His love of mountain biking turned into a career when he got a job as a bike mechanic after graduating from CU.

“I was passionate about cycling and needed a job to cover my expenses. I started working in a bike shop and really liked it. There is so much to learn,” he said “People think it’s kind of the same every day, but it really isn’t. There are unique problems to solve every day, and every bike is different.” .

Lost Canyon hosts store rides where people are invited to ride from the store to one of Durango’s many trails. Haskins said one of his favorite rides in Durango is the Engineer Mountain Trail.

The new Lost Canyon Bike Service bike shop is the only location in Durango to sell Forbidden Bicycles, a bike brand that hails from British Columbia. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

“It’s popular, but still fun,” he said.

He said that because people ride their bikes so often in Durango, some common issues he sees include worn drivetrains and bearings. He said an important part of bike maintenance that can often be overlooked is keeping a bike clean.

“It’s important to keep dirt out of the drive chain, linkage and bearings,” Haskins said. “It’s easy to do if you have a hose and a place to clean it with grease-cutting dish soap in a spray bottle and some small brushes.”

Lost Canyon is the sole seller of Forbidden Bikes in Durango, which is a bicycle company in British Columbia.

“It’s a unique brand that doesn’t have a presence in Durango yet, it’s a very small mountain bike company,” he said.

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Lost Canyon Bike Service at 546 E. College Drive will host shop rides, where people meet at the bike shop and then venture out as a group on one of Durango’s many trails. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)