In April of 2012, we opened our new Somerville location on North Gaston Avenue. Our new location allows us to keep more bikes, accessories, and repair items in stock to provide an even better shopping experience to our customers. We even have a parking lot for test rides of new bikes!
We would like to thank all of our loyal customers for your continued support and invite you to come visit us at our new location!
Motorcycle crash led to bike shop business...
Gilberth G. Valverde owner of Somerville Bicycle Shop, fell in love with cycling following a severe accident in his native Costa Rica.
Gilberth, at the age of 19, was a professional soccer player in Costa Rica. He recalls "after enjoying a night out with some of my teammates and fans on the way home I lost control of my motorcycle and woke up in the hospital nearly a week later in a hard-cast from the waist down."
After the cast was removed, he started cycling to build back up his knee and an especially damaged leg. Gilberth took on this new activity beyond rehabilitation, training to eventually become a professional cyclist. "That's how I got into cycling...by accident".
Now 13 years later...the store is just one of many wonderful things in Gilberth's life. "Everything I have, from my family to my shop, is because I've been blessed by God".
The store opened March 1, 2009, but Gilberth is not a new resident to the Borough of Somerville. "I saw the need for a bicycle shop, so I decided to go for it! It's one of the best decisions I have made."
Somerville has a rich history when it comes to cycling. The borough is the home of the Kugler-Anderson Memorial Tour of Somerville, the oldest bicycle race in the country. Gilberth has competed in the race every Memorial Day since 2007.
The Somerville Bicycle Shop is geared to serve a variety of customers, from families looking for kids' bikes, commuters, weekend riders to the serious cyclists!
The Somerville Bicycle Shop is here to serve the community!