JUST KICKIN' IT
The Kickstand bicycle shop, a hidden treasure in Kaimukī, can be found upstairs above the Champa Thai restaurant. It's a cool and friendly spot that attracts bike enthusiasts of all skill levels. The furniture, made from recycled bicycle parts, is seriously creative. And while you're ogling the bikes and accessories, there's coffee at the ready — so you can sit down and stay a while.
Owners Nicky Rowles and Cyrus Camp are an understated yet super-friendly duo who met at their day jobs, where they work with children with special needs. Their passion for conservation and the environment is evident throughout their establishment, which opened in August 2009. Every piece of furniture comes from something salvaged: closet doors morphed into a bookshelf, a fence piece used to hang backpacks, abandoned display cases refurbished and painted with a bike theme and a workbench made of wood from Re-use Hawaii. The powder coating used on their bikes is better for the environment, too. Walk in, tell them your budget and they'll work with you.
Camp, an expert in all things bicycle, told us about their Mechanics Club — an innovative program that allows you to save money and learn something new. With a six-month membership for $60, you'll learn how to fix your bicycle, have access to Kickstand's tools and be welcome to chill.
Kickstand, 3452 Wai'alae Ave., Suite 2; 384-0790, www.thekickstand808.blogspot.com. Hours are good for for nighthawks (and riders with day jobs): 6-10 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.
— Amanda Stevens