‘With crowded roads and air pollution, people assume Beijing isn’t a cyclist-friendly place,’ says Serk's Australian co-founder Shannon Bufton. ‘But cycling is truly one of the city’s gems.’
Along with his partner Liman Zhao, a successful marketing and strategic analyst with a heart for cycling culture, Bufton produces high-quality bicycles ready for the streets or the race-track, and they cultivate a community, as well – Bufton and Zhao are determined to help grow and connect the cycling savvy in Beijing, making the clientele just as important as the bikes themselves.
Their shop serves the Beijing cycling community with everything from road and mountain bikes to high-end cycling accessories, and organises weekly rides just outside town (find ‘SerkCyclingBeijing’ on WeChat to get involved).
Serk’s new Andingmen shop has everything a Beijing cycling enthusiast could need over its five floors: from the store’s entry-level bike, an aluminium Trek (from 4,600RMB) to carbon fibre Swift models (from 13,000RMB) for more serious riders. The shop stocks Bontrager bike accessories (from 380RMB), as well as face masks, water bottles and locks, and while your bike’s getting a tune up in Serk’s workshop, their sunny coffee bar is an inviting place to sit and chat about your next big cycling trip.