Corrales New Mexico is one of my favorite places to ride. On every ride in Corrales I think about stopping at the local bike shop called Stevie’s Happy Bikes. Earlier this week before we got this heap of snow I did just that. The bike shop is the best I’ve ever seen and exudes character to match the charming Village of Corrales which surrounds it. If you don’t have time to stop by or even read on through this blog post, at least visit their website and watch the two minute video. It sums up the vibe there. Total Awesomeness.
The shop entrance is directly off the main street through the village Corrales Road. You can ride into the shop because much of it is outdoors in a Southwestern style open yard . The kaleidoscopic patchwork of bikes, parts and inviting stuff beckons you to flow inward. I timed it just perfectly because Steve was simultaneously rolling into the place. He greeted me and welcomed me in where I met his assistant Vaughn. Equally nice. It is clear these guys are passionate about bikes and are actively building community through their work, winning over people, and making big differences speaking through their happy labors. You’ve got to go see them and leave there riding a wave of bike passion, perhaps on one of their one of a kind happy bikes.
The riding in Corrales is fitting to the local flavor with an earth toned elegance. They have wine tours by bicycle. You can see lots of quail, horses, llamas, grape vines, raspberry bushes, farms, tractors. And people riding horses, bicycles, and walking everywhere. There’s a nice network of trails along the acequias, river, and roads. In Corrales the traditions of the simple things in life that make a big difference move seamlessly onward. Thank you Stevie’s Happy Bikes for promoting and supporting the bike way and for being a positive factor in the world. They’re my bike org of the month for February 2015.