Downtown’s Mobius Cycle not only fosters a unique environment for customers looking for the perfect ride, but it has also helped create three floors of community work space in a building at 1st and Spring.
Lori Kane of Different Office stopped by the shop for a chat with Mobius owner Niki recently. Different Office is a project exploring unique working environments around town (we previously highlighted their trip to Haulin’ Colin’s Georgetown shop), and Mobius definitely fits the bill.
Lori: So, my next question is what work is done here? What work do you do here, in this space?
Niki: Holistic care for folks, through bicycles.
Because, I mean, I originally wanted to be a surgeon. But then I realized that emergency medicine wasn’t teaching people how to live differently. You’re not giving them skills, and so then I thought about massage therapy for a while. But then I realized that I personally needed a little bit more of a separator.
Well, I kind of realized that I needed a little bit more separation, just emotionally, for my own boundaries. Because that’s a really exhausting career. But what I ended up realizing, when I sat down in my middle twenties, is I thought about “Ok, so what does all the stuff I like to do have in common?” And the only thing I ever came up with was bicycles. Because I’d ridden them since I was 3 or 4 years old, I never stopped. My mom never. We owned a car but we road bikes like 20 miles in a day on a day off. Just kind of got around that way. They’d always been such a big part of my life. My first bike was custom. She went to the junk yard, got a bunch of stuff, repainted it, painted “Niki Snooper” on it because she’s an artist, and a dancing Woodstock on the headbadge. And so it was like “What am I missing in my life that I really need?” And it’s bikes. Whatever it is, it has to be about bikes.