Former pro cyclist opens bike shop in Bandon

Former pro cyclist opens bike shop in Bandon
Karl Maxon

BANDON, Ore. - For Karl Maxon, cycling runs in his blood.

"To me it's a great way to explore the whole world, you know? I like finding new places, riding new roads," he said.

The Bandon resident is a two-time United States national cycling champion and also raced professionally.

After many years in cycling, Maxon switched paths and became an accountant. But the sport kept drawing him back.

"I really wanted to return to my passion," he said. "'Cause I was trying to incorporate cycling but there's not a lot you can do when you're desk bound."

So a few years ago, he decided he wanted to look into opening his own shop.

"Giving it a lot of thought for the past couple years, I really enjoy riding in this area and all over Coos and Curry Counties," he said.

After Cycle Oregon came through the region last summer, he decided it was time to open. And last month, South Coast Bicycles officially opened its doors right on Highway 101.

"The way I pictured it is that we are a cycling center for the entire South Coast," said Maxon. "And so I pictured it as a full family cycling center. We have every type of bike, every type of niche."

The shop offer everything from cruisers to road bikes and accessories. You can also get your bike serviced on-site.

"It's pretty diverse. We cater to all types of riding people."

South Coast Bicycles is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.

They're located on Highway 101 and June Avenue in Bandon.