(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
READY FOR SUMMER FUN: Wes Porter of Stix and Spokes will help you find the perfect ride…
Wes Porter has the spot for one of the most biker-friendly towns in Washington.
For several years, Porter did work on snow sports equipment and bikes with his mobile “shop” trailer behind a Chevy Silverado. Now he has his own place, Stix and Spokes, along Highway 395 in Chewelah and continuously alternates between winter and summer with a stock of bikes, boards and skis.
This year, Porter has plenty of bikes in stock, including several models of road bikes and ebikes, which seem to becoming more and more popular in the Chewelah area.
“In rural communities, the road and e-bikes are nice as there are a lot of paved and gravel loops to take,” Porter said. “One person told me they did four lakes in a 60 mile loop one day.”
Stix and Spokes has Scott, Raleigh, Izip electric bikes, Diamondback, Sunday BMX and Redline models for sale. The bikes in stock include a wide variety ranging in price point and style. Road bikes, gravel bikes, comfort cruisers, mountain bikes, BMX bikes and some hybrid models in between can be found in the storefront. You can come in as an entry-level rider or an experienced performance biker and find what you’re looking for.
“I get all types of customers,” Porter said. “I’ll do work for everybody.”
Porter has also gotten into dealing new disc golf equipment for people looking to toss at the Chewelah Disc Golf Course by Peye Creek. He also sells watersports equipment like stand up paddlebards (SUP), kayaks and watersport accessories like life jackets and snorkels.
Along with this, Porter has stocked up on bike accessories, including helmets, chains, pedals, lights, brakes, locks, sunglasses, mirrors, toe clips, tire tubes, apparel and even a hoist storage system for bikes. Stix and Spokes has long boards and scooters for sale as well.
“One of these longboard models has a bluetooth speaker in it,” Porter said. “I sold it as birthday gift for a kid and he still rides it around and loves playing music on it.”
The shop gradually changes from winter snow sports to biking as demand changes for Porter. He offers a variety of services for your bike including a free safety check, $15-20 adjustments, $50 basic tune all the way to a $120 bike overhaul.
Thanks to the internet, Porter can put something on order for you and can even assemble a bike if you’re looking for a custom build. As a Western Power Sports dealer, he can also order apparel and accessories for a wide variety of motor sports.
E-Bikes from Bosch, iZip and Raleigh have also made their way to Stix and Spokes. These battery-powered bikes have an electric assist which can help riders tackle hills and long distances. While not a motor bike in the traditional sense, the computer will sense how you’re pedaling and add power depending on the settings. With different settings, you can bike on economy, tour, sport or turbo modes. These bikes range from affording in the $1,500-range to more expensive models.
He has sold three already as they are becoming more popular. Porter said these bikes can come in handy for people tackling hilly terrain in NE Washington and for people who want some help on difficult roads for a variety of reasons.
“It makes it easier to exercise, and you’re able to go further,” Porter said.
For more information, go to stixandspokes.com, call (509) 690-2772 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.