The first bike shop in the country, the erikins bike shop on the Sunshine Coast, has been around since 1995.
Today, the shop has expanded to a second store in the CBD and plans to open its third shop in Brisbane in 2019.
Eriks has been a go-to destination for the Sunshine State’s dirt bike scene, with many of its riders taking to the dirt bike lane for years.
The shop is owned by a family trust and is part of the Eriks family that has been running the business for over 50 years.
“The Erikins family has been at the forefront of the dirt-bike scene in Australia for decades,” Erikson told ABC Radio Sunshine.
“We have seen the industry evolve over the years, we’ve seen the market change.
We are a brand that represents the lifestyle of our customers, so we know the changes are coming and we’re not scared.”
Erikson is not the only local brand that has found success in the Australian market.
Bikesafe in the Gold Coast is another one of the best-known dirt bike shops in Australia.
Bikesafe, the Brisbane-based brand, started out selling bicycles but now has a full-service shop and a dedicated cafe and café, as well as an online store.
“When we opened, we were looking for a place to showcase our brands in Brisbane,” founder and owner Adam Cavanagh said.
“As we started our shop we were just thinking, ‘let’s do something really unique here in Brisbane, where we can show people we can sell bikes’.”
“We’re not the cheapest bikes in the world but we’re definitely not the fastest either.”
In 2018, the brand launched a new cafe on its Gold Coast property, the Bikesaver Cafe, and has now expanded to an online shop.
“We are not the quickest bikes in Australia but we are definitely not at the top of the class either,” Adam Cavanagh said of the bikesafe cafe.
“It’s our commitment to making sure that every customer has a good experience and a great time with us.”
Eriaks has been able to keep up with the pace of the industry as the state’s economy has grown and demand for bikes has increased.
“There’s been a steady growth of the number of people coming into the shop,” Cavanaugh said.
“[The bikesafe] has always been our number one priority, it’s been one of our main selling points for a long time.”
Now that the state has come into the economy and the bikes have grown in popularity, the demand has been there to meet it.
“Bike shops have also been successful in the cities of Brisbane and Melbourne, as they cater to the growing number of urban dwellers who use them for recreation.
A key part of Eriaks strategy is to keep the shop and cafe a safe place for riders to go.
Cavanagh explained that Erioks has been in contact with police about the possibility of a bike crime investigation in recent years, but that there is no reason to believe that a bike theft is at the root of the crime.”
In the past we’ve had one of those situations where the bike shop has had to close, but we have had another one where a bike shop was robbed,” he said.
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