Two uncommon bike shops flourish in Burlington’s Old North End, less than a block apart. They’re both well-entrenched, but they’ve never been competitors, and their business models are quite different. Bike Recycle Vermont operates out of a basement, relies
on volunteers, sells everything at discount and
serves a clientele that can’t always afford to pay.
A cashless customer who shows up looking to
get a flat tire fixed will likely be put to work
on the repair.