Eva Koel is the owner/operator of the Shed in Port McNeill and she has been riding bicycles her entire life.

Eva Koel is the owner/operator of the Shed in Port McNeill and she has been riding bicycles her entire life.

Shedding some light on The Shed

The Shed's Owner/Operator Eva Koel has had a passion for riding bikes her entire life.

The Shed, located in the heart of downtown Port McNeill, isn’t your average bike shop.

It not only offers full service bike repairs, but has a large selection of bikes to suit all kinds of riders (Mountain bikes, road bikes, BMX, Cruisers, children’s bikes, and a range of previously pedalled bikes), and they also carry bike parts, helmets, accessories, and clothes.

“About nine years ago, my brother started a small bike repair shop. He then went back to his real job as an electrician and I took it over,” said Owner/Operator Eva Koel as she reminisced on the history of the business.

Koel added that she moved to Port McNeill from Parksville 16 years ago, and took over the business from her brother because “I wanted to keep the bike shop in town. I had two toddlers at that point and it allowed me to bring them to work.”

Koel has a long history of riding bikes. “I used to race mountain bikes for years,” she said, adding that she “raced all over B.C.” during her competitive years.

To this day she still rides as much as she can, but joked that she mostly concentrates on trying her best not to fall off now.

The Shed’s full service bike repairs are done courtesy of their master mechanic, Rob Russell. “He does everything from changing the tires to bleeding the brakes, and we have most of the parts in stock. If I don’t actually have it in store I can usually get it the next day,” said Koel.

While The Shed is all about bikes, they also carry a wide range of outdoor gear to help you get out there on the slopes and spend time in a tent.

“We carry lots of skiing and snowboarding gear,” said Koel. “My kids and I all love to ski and snowboard, too. We have Mt. Cain right nearby, and that’s our hill.”

She stated that her favourite thing about owning the business is “being my own boss,”

and that she finds the North Island community is “great to be a part of – and I don’t mean just Port McNeill, it’s great all over.”

On the subject of shopping local, Koel pointed out that “The majority of people that buy bikes buy them here. We’re very competitive with down island. We give great service, especially to our really dedicated customers. They get priority.”

If you haven’t visited the Shed yet, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how it looks from the inside.

 

Just Posted

Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair logo
Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair cancelled again due to COVID-19 restrictions

The 2022 fall fair is still scheduled to take place in Port Hardy

North Island Gazette
EDITORIAL: What to do about homelessness in Port Hardy

‘people suffering from homelessness deserve to be treated with dignity and compassion’

North Island Eagles logo
North Island Eagles give update on the upcoming 2021-2022 season

The North Island Eagles minor rep hockey teams are getting ready for… Continue reading

Ma Murrays 2021 virtual ceremony screenshot
North Island Gazette wins big at 2021 Ma Murray Newspaper Awards

Zoe Ducklow and Bill McQuarrie both won gold at the online ceremony

Port Hardy council has agreed to cancel Canada Day celebrations in wake of the discovery of the remains of 215 children being found on the grounds of a former residential school. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Council votes to cancel Canada Day celebrations in wake of mass grave sites being found

Coun. Treena Smith made the motion for the chamber to not host Canada Day celebrations this year

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

A float plane crashed into the waters near Painters Lodge in Campbell River on Thursday morning. Photo by Alistair Taylor / Campbell River Mirror
Float plane crashes into water near Campbell River

Pilot uninjured, plane hit sandbar while landing

John Kromhoff with some of the many birthday cards he received from ‘pretty near every place in the world’ after the family of the Langley centenarian let it be known that he wasn’t expecting many cards for his 100th birthday. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Cards from all over the world flood in for B.C. man’s 100th birthday

An online invitation by his family produced a flood of cards to mark his 100th birthday

FILE – Nurse Iciar Bercian prepares a shot at a vaccine clinic for the homeless in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, June 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
B.C. scientists to study effectiveness of COVID vaccines in people with HIV

People living with HIV often require higher doses of other vaccines

A 50-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle Tuesday, June 15, crashing through a West Vancouver school fence that surrounds playing children. (West Vancouver Police)
Driver ticketed for speeding near B.C. school crashes into playground fence days later

‘It’s an absolute miracle that nobody was injured,’ says Const. Kevin Goodmurphy

Dr. Réka Gustafson, who is British Columbia’s deputy provincial health officer, speaks during a news conference in Vancouver on April 8, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. public health officials prepare to manage COVID-19 differently in the future

Flu-like? Health officials anticipate shift from pandemic to communicable disease control strategies

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Camper the dog was found Wednesday night by someone walking their own dog along Hollywood Crescent. She had gone missing after a violent attack on June 11. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Camper the dog found safe after fleeing violent van attack in Victoria

Young dog was missing for almost a week after incident

A Photo from Sept. 2020, when First Nations and wild salmon advocates took to the streets in Campbell River to protest against open-pen fish farms in B.C.’s waters. On Dec. 17, federal fisheries minister Bernadette Jordan announced her decision to phase out 19 fish farms from Discovery Islands. Cermaq’s application to extend leases and transfer smolts was denied. (Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror)
Discovery Island fish farms not allowed to restock

Transfer of 1.5 million juvenile salmon, licence extension denied

Most Read