The Fat Tire bike shop is a small one man operation in Sedona Arizona. The owner, Dave Cichan, is a super friendly guy who is extremely passionate about bikes. That in itself is not remarkable in the bike industry, but he backs up his passion with a deep knowledge of how modern bike designs work.
To give you an example I was having issues with my front tire washing out in turns – which was frustrating and scary. I mentioned it to him after the Tuesday night ride expecting a quick suggestion on how to resolve the problem. Instead we spent well over an hour as he showed me CAD renderings of bike suspension designs, leverage and sag curves – all the while applying this theoretical knowledge to adjust the suspension on my Nomad. After we adjusted everything I rode the bike and it was a completely different experience. I could turn hard on the gravel parking lot and instead of washing out, the tire dug in and the bike carved. Dave jumped on it and decided we were most of the way there, but needed to tweak the suspension a bit more – so he took even more time to make changes. Keep in mind this whole time the rest of the ride group is chatting, drinking beer and generally carrying on – while Dave worked on my bike.
After a delicious dinner at the local pick – The Hideaway Restaurant – we went back to Dave’s shop to grab our bikes. It was late and we were all beat from the hard ride, but Dave eagerly jumped on Kurt’s Nomad and gave him the same treatment. Totally adjusting the suspension setup on his bike as well. Finally for good measure he made a couple more changes to my bike that came to mind over diner and working on Kurt’s rig. By the time he was done it was 11pm.
Both of us were stunned at how well our bikes performed afterward. We are both smart people with engineering backgrounds, but bike suspension is not our forte. I now know how little I actually know and appreciate Dave’s expertise a whole bunch. When someone understands both the theoretical and practical sides of a subject they become extremely competent – that’s Dave.
It should be clear that the service at the Fat Tire bike shop is exceptional. It will certainly be my first stop on any trip to Sedona. In fact if I got a new full suspension bike or had issues with my Nomad in the future Dave would be my go to guy. Even if it had to be over the phone or on-line.
If you need trail advice, repairs, parts or just want to get a feel for town before you start riding head over to the Fat Tire bike shop and chat with Dave.
The Fat Tire Bike Shop
325 Jordan Rd., Sedona, AZ 86336
928.852.0014 [tel] – 928.852.0044 [fax]