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Bikes for Sale, Though Lifestyle is Free, at The Bike Doctor

Upper Port Jeff bike shop, run by former pro BMX biker, gears bike business toward extreme sport clientele.

As the temperature continues to rise making outdoor activities easier for many people, inside the walls of on Main Street, kids have been living and breathing BMX all year-round.

On a recent Friday afternoon, four teens worked together on a bike in back of the shop, and a duo found at the shop most every day - "Joe squared," as the two kids both named Joe are called - had just left.

"We try to promote the BMX lifestyle rather than just, 'You ride a bike? You're how old? OK, here's a 20-inch bike,'" said co-owner Rob Micheline, a former professional BMX biker.

Micheline and business partner Roy DeGuzman opened up shop in Upper Port Jeff about a year ago, and it didn't take long for them to expand, taking up an adjoining space in November. The shop sells easy-ride, comfort bikes and some road bike inventory but its core clientele is the BMX crew.

The "lifestyle," the two owners say, refers to the inclusiveness that bikers - and most other extreme sports participants, for that matter - engage in when approached by someone with similar interests.

"You can take 10 kids from Long Island that ride BMX and put them anywhere in the country," DeGuzman said. "All they have to do is find one BMX rider, and that common bond will make them part of the same crew... You didn't make the school baseball team? Guess what? There are no tryouts for BMX. Everybody's welcome."

Logan Ryan, working on his bike with three other teens on Friday, said it's that feeling of inclusiveness that brings them to the Bike Doctor.

"The BMX status is more welcoming," he said. "These guys aren't doing this for the money. They'll let us come in here and work on our bikes, use their tools."

Micheline estimated that "20 to 30 kids come in here each day, easy."

The Port Jefferson station resident has six kids of his own in the school district, and said Port Jefferson Elementary School has asked the business to hold a BMX event to raise money for a playground at the school.

While Micheline said he's ready and willing to hold a fundraiser for the community, he said he would like to see better treatment for those on BMX bikes around Port Jefferson. Oftentimes, he said, he sees bikers who have to hop on the train at train station to head to the Greenlawn bike park to ride for the day. Those who don't might be seen riding around the village, often told by constables they can't ride their bikes, he said.

"I think it would be in the best interest of the village to build a park and give these kids somewhere nice to go," he said. "We have basketball courts, handball courts, tennis courts. Like everything else, extreme sports are second nature and no one wants to participate in it. If they were smart, they would."

Joey Werner April 18, 2012 at 06:32 PM
A Port Jefferson skarepark would be the best thing to ever happen in Port Jeff besides the Bike Shop!
Joey Werner April 18, 2012 at 06:46 PM
it's real simple, you don't want the kids ridding bikes is the street and parking lots were your tourist are shopping, then build them someplace to ride. There are places to play handball, basketball, tennis and playgrounds in port that generate no income. Make a park for them to go and ride,skate,roller blade or schooter and charge $3 a day per kid at 50 kids per day times 7 days a week that's $1,050 a week and $4,200 a month for the village. Mastic,Greenlawn,Riverhead,Northport,Greenport, and Montauk all have parks for the kids.
Eric Feile April 18, 2012 at 06:54 PM
port jeff bike doctor is one if the illest places i go to and i go there most of my time , im on the bike dr team , pretty sick to be on get to meat a lot of people,portjeff skatepark would top it off though!
Will Chen April 18, 2012 at 06:59 PM
port jefferson bike park would be amazing
Joey Werner April 18, 2012 at 08:27 PM
The port Jefferson bike Dr is a mad good shop i learned a lot from them about bmx.
Rudy Buynoch April 19, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Build a local park! BMX has always been huge in this area, numerous past and present pro's are locals. There is only 1 park in the area, its privately owned and way to expensive for kids to use on a daily basis. My 8yr old lives BMX but doesn't get to ride like he should.
michael micheline April 22, 2012 at 07:00 PM
port jeff bike dr is the best bike shop around theres no bike shop that do what they do there awesome.
joe blaney April 22, 2012 at 07:03 PM
port jeff bike dr is the best bike shop around, so we need the best park aroundd
RJ Reid April 22, 2012 at 07:39 PM
havin a port Jeff bike park would be sweet
michael micheline April 22, 2012 at 08:42 PM
and a askate park would be awesome
spencer pronsky April 22, 2012 at 10:05 PM
the bike shop is amazing it lets kids have fun and learn alot about riding bmx and how to fix there own bikes i go almost everyday to top everything off a portjeff skate park will be amazing!!!!
Travis Recupero April 22, 2012 at 10:36 PM
a skate park would be the illest. port jeff bike dr is the best shop ever.
Mark Jones April 24, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Port Jeff Bike Dr. is the best shop I've ever stepped foot into. Its a real bmx shop whether you ride bmx street or park, race, or even just looking for a cruiser this is the shop to go to, everyone down there is so chill, everyone that rides including myself would be so pumped on a new skate park being built!
Steven sullivan April 24, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Port jefferson bike park would be amazing and 100% worth it.
John pentari April 24, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Definitely build a port Jeff bike park!!
John pentari April 24, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Please do it!! This means the world to us.. You don't want us on the streets lol

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