Fulton Cycle Works is back on its namesake street.
The bike shop moved to 1428 Fulton St. Monday, in one of the small storefronts flanking the Warnors Theatre.
The location is the perfect spot for the little downtown bike shop that owner Darren Johnson always pictured.
“I love this building,” he said. “It’s the epicenter of downtown, as far as I’m concerned.”
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This is technically the fourth location for the two-year-old business, which started in a spot connected to the former Fresno Brewing Co. on Fulton Mall. (That spot is now the public market attached to Peeve’s Public House.) After Fresno Brewing closed, the bike shop moved to a shop at Iron Bird Lofts, still on Fulton. But when it took over a bigger space at Iron Bird, it faced Divisadero Street.
So returning to Fulton Street is a homecoming that puts its name in line with its address.
The store is about 400 square feet — “450 if you count the bathroom and entryway” — which is much smaller than the Divisadero space. So Johnson and his business partner Max Orendorff will be getting creative with the space.
Triple-decker bike racks hold bikes for sale and display racks stretch up the 13-foot-high ceilings and have hidden storage behind them.
“We’re having to be real creative with the space, but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Johnson said.
The shops sells several types of bikes and accessories, does repairs and builds custom bikes.
And Bonham, the friendly brindle boxer dog, is there to greet customers, too.