Enter to Win 2 Tickets to see Pedal Punk

We are giving away two tickets to the Monday October 24th 2016 show of PEDAL PUNK; a "rowdy circus where the mischief is on wheels."

Flying unicycles, whirling cyclists, floating trapeze artists, and more. Pedal Punk's acrobatic whirlwind will charm you with its story and excite you with its daring elements as Cirque Mechanics brings you into a steampunk-inspired world of artistry, mischief, and thrill.

Two winners will be chosen on Friday, October 21st 2016 to each receive two (2) tickets to the PEDAL PUNK show at the Byham Theater on Monday October 24th.

Winners will be notified by phone call after 7pm on Friday October 21st 2016. 

Tickets can be picked up at the Banker Supply Co. Pittsburgh location at 5852 Baum Blvd Pittsburgh PA 15206 on Saturday October 22nd or Monday October 24th.

Learn more about the show at Cirque Mechanics.

Enter to win online.

No purchase necessary, one entry per household. Open to all US residents 18 years or age or older. Random drawing to take place on Friday October 21st 2016 at 7pm Eastern. 

Banker Supply Expands Nationally, Opens New Cycling Lifestyle Store In Los Angeles

Urban cycling retailer’s first Los Angeles area store to open October 16 in Echo Park

Los Angeles - October 11, 2016 - Banker Supply, an innovative bicycle lifestyle retailer focused on urban cycling, today announced the opening of their first Los Angeles store. The brand is celebrating the event with a grand opening on Saturday, October 15 at the store located in the heart of Echo Park, and will open for business the next day on Sunday, October 16.

Founded by Nick Drombosky, cycling entrepreneur, and owner and founder of forward-thinking, start-up bicycle accessory brand Fiks:Reflective, Banker Supply has its roots in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where Drombosky opened the brand’s first store in July 2014. The brand quickly became a regional phenomenon and is on a path of rapid growth as a rare national cycling lifestyle store chain. After opening their Los Angeles store, the brand will expand further with a new Chicago store scheduled to open in just two weeks, and two more stores planned to open in 2017, in different locations around the U.S.

An original company and brand built around a one-of-a-kind frame of mind, Banker Supply is just as focused on the urban lifestyle and culture of cycling as they are about bicycles. The company fulfills the demand for lifestyle-focused, one-stop shop cycling stores in urban environments by offering the leading, cutting-edge brands in bicycles, cycling gear and fashion along with a full-service bicycle shop, for a fair price, in an inclusive environment.

“We aren’t the typical bike shop that offers the same products from the same distributors as everyone else,” said Drombosky. We spend hundreds of hours seeking out the best and most-interesting products we can find so we can offer our customers brands and products they won’t find anywhere else.”

Drombosky and co-owner Julius Brenninkmeijer moved to Los Angeles earlier in 2016 to open the Los Angeles Banker Supply Store and chose the market because of its growing and diverse community of cyclists which fit in with the brand’s unique customer demographic. The brand skews from the industry norm as 70 percent of their sales come from women. Additionally, the in-store traffic demographic figures of their Pittsburgh store come within two percent of the racial demographic figures of the diverse neighborhood it calls home.

“We were attracted to the Los Angeles market not just because it is one of the fastest-growing cycling markets in the nation, but because its cycling community looks a lot different than that of other cities,” said Drombosky. “The cycling community in Los Angeles is maybe the most-varied in the country and much different than the mostly middle-aged, middle-class, white male dominated cycling communities you will find in many cities in the U.S.”

Selecting their products from sources as unique as Kickstarter, the Banker Supply Los Angeles Store offers a wide collection of brands including:

  • Coast Cycles
  • Brooklyn Bicycle Co.
  • State Bicycle Co.
  • Swrve
  • Fiks:Reflective
  • Cadence
  • Parker Dusseau
  • Levi’s
  • Mission Workshop
  • knog
  • Green Oil
  • And more

Banker Supply is celebrating their new Los Angeles store with a Grand Opening event Saturday, October 15 at 8pm which will feature a first look at the store along with beer from Angel City Brewery, a specialty cocktail and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Those interested in attending can RSVP via the Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/banker-supply-echo-park-grand-opening-tickets-28540058082.

The Los Angeles Banker Supply Co. Cycling Store will officially open for business on Sunday, October 16 and items will be for sale at the Grand Opening event as well.

About Banker Supply

Founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2014 by cycling entrepreneur Nick Drombosky, Banker Supply is a national chain of cycling lifestyle stores focused on urban cycling. Carrying a one-of-a-kind collection of bicycles, bicycle accessories and fashion-forward apparel and clothing, the store has locations in Chicago, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, with two more locations to be added in the U.S. in 2017. For more information, please visit: https://bankersupply.co

We're Hiring.

Banker Supply Co is an innovative bicycle lifestyle retailer focused on urban cycling. We are a young company on a rapid growth path looking for motivated passionate people to join our team as we change how retail operates in the bicycle industry. Banker Supply Co is not the bicycle shop you are used to - we are culturally more like a startup than a bike shop--everyone hustles and does a little bit of everything.

70% of our sales are to women so it is vital that you understand that we are not a normal "in crowd/exclusive attitude" bike shop. The prevalent pretentious attitudes many bike shops are proud of is not tolerated. 

We have a strong focus on clothing and fashion trends so an eye for aesthetics and design is valuable.

Profile

This position is a fun and challenging position that allows you to share your love of bikes with customers in a unique environment. Because we're an entrepreneurial company with plenty of ways to grow and build a career we expect every employee to take initiative and give our customers a helpful and meaningful experience. Also each employee is expected to follow all company policies and procedures and are evaluated each quarter on productivity and effectiveness.

Duties and Responsibilities

The following reflects management's definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

  • Assist visitors in an enthusiastic, genuine, and courteous manner
  • Responsible for properly taking in all service work including correctly filling out service work orders, scheduling an appropriate amount of repairs and completing those repairs in a timely manner.
  • Advises and assists visitors with their product selection without bias.
  • Communicates with bike shop manager repair and warranty part needs.
  • Develops and maintains knowledge expertise of all merchandise in department to effectively assist customers with accurate information; keeps current as new product lines are introduced.
  • Maintains a clean and safe workplace.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the general manager


Minimum Requirements
 

  • Regular bike riding and basic mechanical abilities and knowledge a must, shop experience a plus but not necessary.
  • Ability to be autonomous, prioritize workday, multitask and be detail-oriented.
  • Ability to learn in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be able to work both independently or in a team environment.
  • Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions and take direction well.
  • Acceptable appearance and demeanor.
  • Ability to create an excellent customer and team experience.
  • Superior time management skills.
  • A sense of urgency and ability to hustle.
  • Any combination of education, training, or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.


Compensation

$9.00/hr to $14.00/hr depending on experience and skill level, plus product samples and performance based bonuses.

Working Environment/Minimum Physical Requirements

You must have the physical, visual and auditory ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations. Position requires standing up to 7 hours per shift, bending, leaning and kneeling on a regular basis during a shift. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds in order to perform essential functions. Must be able to work in a stressful environment and stressful situations. Must be able to work in an environment where climate constantly changes.

This job description is not meant to be all-inclusive. It is understood that the employee will also perform other reasonable related business duties if requested by the immediate supervisor or other management staff. This position description is not a written or an implied contract. It will be reviewed periodically and may be revised if deemed necessary. Performance reviews will be conducted quarterly but do not necessarily constitute a required increase in pay.

How to apply:

e-mail info@bankersupply.co 

Cold Weather Riding Tips

Although technically it has been winter for two weeks the outside temperature finally reflects the current season. 

Just because the temperature is dropping doesn't mean you need to hang up the helmet for the season. Whether you commute by bike or just like to ride on the weekends, a little planning can keep you in the saddle no matter the weather.

Icycle Bicycle ride January 1st 2016

Icycle Bicycle ride January 1st 2016

Cover your butt...

and hands and face and everything else.  One of the most important things to remember with cold weather riding is to minimize the amount of exposed skin. Once you reach higher speeds the windchill will make 35° feel more like 15° and you will quickly realize the gaps in coverage around places like your wrists and eyes. 

Pickup a pair of breathable gloves - your favorite knit mittens will not be ideal because as your body heats up your hands will start to sweat and then once you stop you will be colder than before.  You can also pair your gloves with the "lobster claw" style cover to give the benefits of mittens with the flexibility of gloves letting you keep two fingers on the brake and two on the handlebars.

Hirzl Gloves Are Available In Our Online & Pittsburgh Store

Hirzl Gloves Are Available In Our Online & Pittsburgh Store

Check and see if your helmet manufacturer offers winter liners that will help keep heat from escaping and covers your ears.

If your favorite helmet doesn't offer this a balaclava is a versatile garment that can be worn to cover everything but your eyes or pushed down and worn over just your mouth and neck to keep the cold air from directly entering your lungs.  

Other gear to consider are a pair of merino wool socks that will keep your feet warm even if they start to sweat and winter goggles that will help keep the part of your face left exposed by the balaclava covered.

Layer instead of relying on one heavy item

Those of us that live in cold weather climates have that go-to heavy winter jacket which helps us get from Point A to Point B as comfortable as possible.  Although that jacket might be great most of the time it is terrible for cold weather riding. You might feel warm and toasty as you start but as your body heat starts to build there is no where for it to escape and boom - rolling sauna. 

The name of the game is layering. Pair a sweatshirt with a vest on top and some long underwear or leggings under your normal biking pants on the bottom. You should feel a little cold leaving the house before you start your ride. 

Above all only ride if you feel comfortable handing the road or trail conditions. You can always buy an indoor trainer to stay active throughout these cold months.

Watch this beautiful illustration showing 300 years of bike designs

This minute long video by Thallis Vestergaard compresses 300 years of bicycle designs down into this visually compelling animation that shows how much the bicycle has changed from its first iterations. 

Fun fact: all of the designs after the first simple 'two wheels and a plank of wood' until the ~50 second mark were released within a few decades of each other - the final ten seconds shows what has persisted as the most common bike design for over a century.

Checkout the vimeo details for a breakdown of each design featured!

Traveling Home for the Holidays? Bringing your bike just got a lot cheaper

It can be great getting the chance to travel home to visit friends and family during this holiday season - but if you have to fly there that can mean leaving your bike behind or paying out the nose to bring it in a bike box.

Our friends at State Bicycle have created an instructional video for the "Bananas Box and Chop" method of bike transportation. 

Check out the video below on how to skirt most airlines over-sized checked luggage fee and take your bike with you wherever you go!

Win Fiks:Reflective on #ShopSmall Saturday

In celebration of Small Business Saturday on November 28th 2015 we are giving you a chance to win a prize pack from our friends at Fiks:Reflective including their new Ishidots stickers.

Send us an image or video on Snapchat [username bankersupply] with the Small Business Saturday filter showing off your bike or commuting gear for a chance to win! 

No purchase necessary, winner will be randomly drawn and notified by December 1st 2015 through Snapchat. Media submitted may be used for promotional efforts by Banker Supply Co.

bankersupply.co 2.0

Today marks the launch of the new Banker Supply Co. website and blog. We want to be your trusted source for urban cycling apparel and gear both online and in our Pittsburgh retail store. 

Check back over the forthcoming weeks as we continue to add inventory and more in-depth product information.