osemite Bicycle Shop opened in January 2001 by Rick Garner in Oakhurst, CA, just south of Yosemite National Park. I have been coming to Bass Lake and the Sierra Nevada Foothills and mountains for most of my life, enjoying the hiking, cycling, swimming, fishing, horseback riding and other activities available here. I finally decided it was time to make my home here.
I have been in the bicycle business since 1972, when my brother Mike and I opened Garner's Pro Bike Shop in Redwood City, Ca. (San Francisco Bay Area). In 1973, I started building bicycle frames and in 1978, I started building all terrain bikes (later to be called mountain bikes). We started the Sequoia Cycling Club a year later and promoted many bike races. In 1974, My brother and I were among the very first Specialized bicycle dealers in the world and were involved in the founding of Specialized Bicycle Components Co. and helped Mike Sinyard develop the first production mountain bike in the world (the Stumpjumper). In 1975-1976, I was the district representative for the U.S. Cycling Federation. In 1975, when I promoted the California State Championships that I went to Caltrans for a moving road closure permit for the road race championships. It was a surprise to them because they had never issued one to a bike race before even though bike races had been held in the state long before I started promoting them. The time trial course that I chose that year near Sierraville, Ca. is still being used today for the state championships.
In the spring of 1976, I was approached by the San Francisco Columbus Day Celebration Committee who were interested in holding an international caliber bicycle race to take place in September as part of the Columbus Day festivities. I agreed to hold the event, which I named the Giro Di San Francisco. It was at this event that a prominent racer, Bob Lemond brought his 15 year old son Greg to the sign in table and asked if I could issue him a racing license so he could race. It was there that I issued Greg Lemond his first racing license . Greg finished third that day and was awarded a trophy that stood as tall as he did by Mayor Mosconi In 1977, I moved the race to the North Beach area of San Francisco with the first ever climb up Lombard Street ! It was during this race, that Greg Lemond passed the lead motorcycle up that hill and went on to win the event. It was Dianne Feinstein that awarded him his trophy that year.
Upon arriving here in the gateway to beautiful Yosemite National Park, I met the local road and mountain bike riders including John Fisher, the owner of the previous bicycle shop in Oakhurst. He was instrumental in showing me the local trails and introducing me to the professional riders in the area. Since most of the trails up here are poorly marked, it was nice learning where all the best routes are and how to ride them. His skill level was remarkable which led him to many local and national mountain bike races. I know that I am a much better rider because of what John has taught me and thank him immensely for his efforts. John had a skiing accident in 2006 which has left him paralyzed and unable to ride a bicycle. We all miss him out there on the trails but our thoughts are always with him.
In 2002, my brother Mike died of a heart attack. I returned to Redwood City to run the store until I could find a buyer for Garner’s Pro Bicycle Shop. During this time my store in Oakhurst was being run my manager, Mike Morris. I was able to find a buyer for the my brother’s store. Bob Weger, an experienced bike shop manager took over the shop and changed the name to Goride Bicycles. He has carried on the superior service tradition of three decades of Garner’s Pro Bikes and is now one of the top Specialized dealerships in the country. www.goridebicycles.com
Store HoursWinter Hours November - March Tuesday - Friday: 11 AM - 6 PM Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM Spring/Summer Hours Monday - Friday: 11 AM - 6 PM Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM