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From the Smokys to Spokey’s: transplants bring bike shop to Boise

Diane Cutler and Andy Zivinsky pumped the brakes on their bike store in Bryson City, NC and headed for Boise earlier this year. Now the business partners hope to get the wheels rolling in SE Boise.

Bryson City Bikes on the edge of the Smoky Mountains ended business this summer, after winning a number of accolades from the National Bicycle Dealer’s Association and others.

Spokey Joe’s Bikes and Gear is set for the former Play Live Nation location on Apple St. near ParkCenter Blvd. according to permits filed with the City of Boise.

Here’s how the pair explained the shifting of gears:

“After a lifetime in the east and nine years in a small town with only five restaurants, we agreed it was time for a change. A big one. So we moved to Idaho in 2018 and opened Spokey Joe’s Bikes & Gear. Here in Boise, we continue to provide the same welcoming atmosphere and excellent service that made us a five time national award-winning shop.

The shop will offer bikes from Marin, Orbea, and Salsa as well as service and bike-related gear.

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