CycloPlus is priced right for Bhanis Cycles

CycloPlus Dealer Tour

SERIES 2: Episode 5

 

#WeVisit Bhanis Cycles, Orange Grove, Sandton

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Bhanis Cycles first opened its doors 35 years ago in 1983 on Loius Botha Avenue, three doors down from it's current position at No. 280. It is owned and run by the brother and sister pairing of Vimal Daya and Jyoti Daya, whose grandparents arrived from India two generations ago.

 

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The retail component of Bhanis is absolutely crammed with an almost indescribable array of random bits and pieces, most of which is bicycle related.

 

For some, entering into this whirlwind could be claustrophobic as the mountains of cycling paraphernalia piled to each side of the shop only allows access via a narrow channel down the shop's centre.

 

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After asking Vimal how he and his sister manage stock in such a cramped space, he led us up the road to what appeared to be a vacant shop front. On entering, the rows of bikes and well-stocked tool rack clearly indicated that this was Bhanis storeroom as well as the primary workshop where adult bikes are built up and serviced.

 

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Bhanis' mechanic is Welcome Ncube. Depending on the nature of the task at hand, Welcome shifts between retail and workshop spaces, saying that, given the narrowness of the retail space, he can only really work efficiently on kids bikes there.

 

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It's all gone, they took it all! Vimal Daya explaining that a few years ago, when classic bikes became fashionable, collectors swarmed the shop, buying all of their vintage stock over the course of a few weeks.

 

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In the mid-90s, freestyle BMX was a big deal for us says Jyoti, we stocked everything from bikes to pegs to protective gear. And then all of a sudden the scene tapered off and we went back to focusing on consumables.

 


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Posters of Armstrong's Motorola Pro Team, an old school stationary bike and old-school 35mm cameras were a highlight!

 

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We think it may be easier to find a needle in a haystack!

 

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CycloPlus is proud to supply quality parts to dealers like Vimal and Jyoti Daya.

 

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Commissioned by Rush Sports.






11 Comments

Goodbadugly, Oct 08 2018 06:38

Wow

Each to his own

Roul, Oct 08 2018 06:49

An eclectic mix of stores and characters.

Rush needs to do a 3rd season of these.

Slowbee, Oct 08 2018 08:54

I really enjoy reading these stories of these cycling shops.

 

There is just much more to bicycles than the high end stores we all tend to visit.

popcorn_skollie, Oct 08 2018 10:53

This was one of the best features here in a long time.

When I was a laaitie. BMX was life. Its how I got to school and back everyday.

 

The posters in that shop looked like it came straight out of my room.

The Ferrari F40, Cindy Crawford and Dave Mirra on his Haro.

Torn out of magazines and slid into a plastic sleeve sounds about right.

 

There were other more polished stores too back then.

But they were the type of stores where you just knew that there was nothing inside you could afford.

The type of stores your mom would tell you not to touch anything before going inside.

So it was shops like these that we use to frequent back then. Omkrap winkel.

 

Thinking back even things like a new tube was considered a treat.

I probably had like 30 patches per tube before they were replaced.

Cables were stretched, tightened and cut several times till your brake blokkies were paper thin. 

Or you just took the brakes off all together for street cred.

Only to wear down a pair of toughies instead.

 

There is a whole world of cycling beyond the of high end performance bikes we've pigeon holed ourselves in.

The guy that has a drinks kussie strapped to his bike to store his gardening tools.

The laaties on the cape flats that ride together to the takeaways to klap for a gastby. 

They're still around and so are shops like these...

Stevief, Oct 08 2018 11:21

That store needs a serious Feng Shui makeover.

juan pelota, Oct 08 2018 12:39

bliksem, that is a mess. but if they can make it work then props to them!

Albatross, Oct 08 2018 03:01

Kinda place the boys from American Pickers would love

Wheeler2, Oct 08 2018 07:14

Super Friendly and humble people. Love going to their shop.

BaGearA, Oct 08 2018 08:53

juslaaik 

kosmonooit, Oct 08 2018 10:24

I pop in there quite often for bits & pieces, its quite a shop, real character. Radium Beer Hall is just about next door.

RocknRolla, Oct 09 2018 11:29

Nice to see this feature not only show the High-end formula1esque side of cycling, but also the everyday bicycle user's LBS's

I remember going to westdene cycles with my mate and his dad, it was the place to get components that was ordered, and collected when ready, or that specific groupset that you have been saving for. along the single plate stoves, primus's and fishing rods and reels