Velo Bike Shop is closing after a remarkable and influential 55-year run. Founded in 1968, Velo helped supply the city’s bicycling boom in the 1970s. The shop continued to be an important source of bikes and service for decades on Capitol Hill before moving into the Via6 building when it opened in the Belltown/Denny Triangle area in 2013.
Their last day of business is May 13, and they will have lots of stuff on sale until then.
The Tamuras started renting bikes out of a closed gas station near the Arboretum in the 1960s and expanded to include a Lake Washington Boulevard location to support the city’s Bicycle Sunday events that started there in 1968. They then opened several bike shops around town initially named Velocipede. The Sekai bike brand was their shop brand, so if you have one you own a piece of Seattle bike history. Lloyd Tamura has been running the shops for decades both on Capitol Hill and then in the current location at 6th and Blanchard.
They moved to Via6 to be part of the building’s larger bike focus, which included an indoor bike parking facility complete with showers that even non-residents could use if they joined the ViaBike Cycle Club.
It’s sad to lose such a storied shop, and the departure will leave a void for people in the area looking for bike service. Velo has bailed me out several times in just the past year, including when I broke the chain on the cargo bike on the way home from preschool. But it’s a well-earned retirement for Lloyd.
After 55 years of business, Velo Bike Shop will be closing. Our final day of operation is Saturday, May 13th. We are no longer performing service and have adjusted hours:
Tuesday: 10AM – 3PM
Wednesday – Friday: 10AM – 6PM
Saturday: 10AM – 5PM
We urge you to stop by before our final date to say goodbye and pick up any items that you may need. Select gear and bikes are on sale.
Thank you to all of the incredible customers that have supported Velo over the years. It has been a pleasure serving the Seattle cycling community.