Squatch Bikes & Brews is located in the Brevard Lumber Yard District on King Street and is the newest of Brevard’s bike shops, having opened in 2016. The shop has grown to four employees, and everyone there is fueling the stoke for mountain biking.
The shop leads group rides, mechanics clinics and they are just really nice people. The shop is owned by former Ohio residents James and Lauren Matty, who moved here because they love cycling and the outdoors. James was in the construction and landscape business in Ohio, but, like many people, the Mattys have found happiness in the mountains.
“The draw for us is the outdoor lifestyle,” said James. “Western North Carolina has everything. We have been coming down here for years, as often as once every six weeks or so just to ride.”
As a cyclist, James knows the Brevard area. His go-to mountain bike ride is the Bracken Mountain trails, where he said he could get a nice mix of everything from fast and flowy downhill to an invigorating climb right off the bat.
His shop is in the middle of a neighborhood that is being revitalized. The Lumber Arts District of Brevard is slowly taking shape, with the purchase of the Brevard Lumber Company building by real estate developer Josh Leder a few years ago. 185 King Street, a music venue and bar, is just across the street from Squatch Bikes and Brews, and Magpie Meat & Three is a popular restaurant. UpCountry Brewing has just opened in the Lumber Yard as well. Things are jumping down on King Street.
Keeping with the Bikes, Beer and Brevard theme, Squatch Bikes & Brews has a variety of beers on tap and in a can/bottle, so you can enjoy a great local brew while enjoying the shop’s great vibe.
We’ve been open for three years now and we’re super excited to be here. We’re growing and it’s just really been an awesome experience,” said James.
Sponsored racer Gus Michaels is on the gravity race scene, traveling as far as New Zealand, France and Canada in pursuit of his dreams, and can be found on podiums across the southeast. Newcomers to Brevard, but also living the dream, mechanics Pat Looney and Sean Bartasek moved here to be a part of the healthy, active community that Brevard is becoming known for.
Catch them outside on their Wednesday evening or Saturday morning group rides. For more information, call (828) 877-2453 or visit www.squatchbikes.com.