The Mountain Works Bicycles has been La Grande’s bike shop since 1978. They are also La Grande’s local ski shop, climbing supplier, and skate shop. They will fix a flat, tune up skis, and provide needed supplies. Customers can also just hang and have a beer, featuring selections from Side A, Barley Browns, Terminal Gravity and more.
The Mountain Works is housed in the Bohnenkamp Building at 1301 Adams Avenue. An Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant of $200,000 was awarded to renovate the building façade, make the building more resilient to natural forces, and renovate the second floor to provide multiple new housing units.
The Mountain Works has been a Trek dealership since 1982. As a group, the Metlen and Hartz families purchased the longstanding Trek dealership in Northeastern Oregon in 2006 from a local family. They then continued the tradition of a family operation until the spring of 2011 when the Metlens moved into retirement and a new business, Joseph Branch Railriders.
The Hartz family, Whit, Mavis and Hazel, remain at the store. They firmly believe in healthy active choices resulting in a better life. They see the value of bicycles as a mode of primary transportation, a fitness tool, and just old-fashioned fun. They enjoy and promote bicycling and other outdoor activities as healthy solo or group activities. The Mountain Works staff understand that not all people desire or are destined to be Olympic champions and that riding and playing styles are as varied as each individual person.
With their holistic approach to life and business, The Mountain Works is guaranteed to thrive and grow, giving back to the community as well.
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