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Formerly Missing Bikes Now Ready For Pickup

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by Claire Walla

As many in the biking community are well aware, BikeHampton, Sag Harbor’s only bike shop, is no more.

And some know this better than others.

When the shop’s owner, Dave Krum, moved to Florida and the store closed its doors in December 2011, it also effectively closed off access to dozens of bicycles, leaving many bike owners who had brought their bikes to the shop to be sold or repaired in limbo. The two-wheelers sat unclaimed off-site for months until finally being recovered by Sag Harbor Village Police Detective Jeff Proctor.

Since news of the hidden bike cache broke in March, Proctor said four former BikeHampton patrons have come to him, hoping to be reunited their bikes. Though Proctor said one of the bikes has yet to be located, the other three were successfully recovered and promptly returned to their owners.

However, that barely makes a dent in the stash.

As of this week, there are approximately 40 bicycles still unclaimed. All of the bikes were taken to BikeHampton either for repairs or for consignment, Proctor said.

“Krum had an eBay business,” he explained. Bike owners would bring their racers, commuters or beach cruisers down to the shop, Krum would put them online with a price tag, and — once sold — he’d give the bike owner a portion of the profits.

Though Proctor said he was reluctant to mention the exact location of the unclaimed bicycles, he said they’re currently being stored by someone who had previously been affiliated with the business.

“When he found out that [Krum] was closing the doors, he pulled the bikes,” Proctor explained.

The detective added he has a full list of the makes and models of all the bikes being stored. So, anyone who describes a missing two-wheel ride that accurately matches up with what Proctor’s got on his list will be able to collect his or her bike.

“They need to be descriptive,” Proctor said of bike owners, adding that he wants to make sure the bikes go to their proper owners. But, he assured, “the bikes aren’t going away.”

Anyone still missing a bike from BikeHampton is encouraged to call Det. Procotr at 725-0247.

The Case of the Missing Bikes

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Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story misidentified Mark Schmidt as the former co-owner of Bike Hampton. He was never involved in the running of the store, though he invested in the business about 10 years ago.

When Bob Michaelson and his wife took their bicycles to BikeHampton for repairs last fall, they thought nothing of it. As city residents who have had a second home in Sag Harbor for about 30 years, they have a long history with the shop. They purchased their bikes from the previous owners back when BikeHampton was located on Bay Street.

Last November, when Michaelson went back to retrieve the bikes, he was told two things: one, his bike — a $2,000 hybrid — needed a part that had to be ordered; and two, the shop would be closing.

“They told me it would reopen, and that in the meantime the bikes would be taken to the owner’s home and the phone would remain active,” he recalled. After some time passed, however, “I hadn’t hear from them,” Michaelson continued.  “And the phone had been disconnected.”

According to Sag Harbor Village Detective Jeff Proctor, there have been several different people who have come to the police with similar stories.

“I’ve had a few phone calls from people who have left their bikes there to get repaired or sold,” in which case BikeHampton and the bike owner would share the profits, he said.

And now — with BikeHampton’s closure in December  —  he said these people have found themselves utterly bike-less.

Employees of the Flying Point Surf Shop, which has since expanded its women’s department into the former BikeHampton space, said they, too, have received visits from frustrated customers who have recently come looking for sprockets and chains only to find Uggs and bikinis. One employee said he’s seen at least five such visitors.

Attempts to contact both BikeHampton’s former owner, Dave Krum, were met with disconnected phone lines.  Krum — who Proctor said is currently in Florida — did not return messages left on his cell phone.

“I had gone in the store periodically to buy a bike or get some repairs done,” Michaelson continued. “The people were friendly and got things done.  It was a good part of the business community.”

When asked if there were any red flags that could have possibly led to this sudden turn of events, Michaelson said, no, “not from my point of view.”

In an interview last week, however, he said the situation seemed rather grim: “I honestly don’t expect to ever see that bicycle again.”

But, that was then.

This past Tuesday, Detective Proctor said he may have found the missing metal stash.  Based on information he received from sources who wished to remain anonymous, he said several bikes are currently being stored at a home near Sag Harbor.

“We don’t know if that’s going to be all the bikes,” Proctor added.  However, he urges anyone who had left a bike at BikeHampton prior to its closure to contact the police department.

As of press time, it still wasn’t clear whether or not Michaelson’s bike had been located, but at least Michaelson said he now has hopes of seeing his hybrid once more.

“I had already gone out and bought a new bicycle under the assumption that that one was gone,” he admitted.  “But, that’s ok. I wanted a new bike anyway.”

He said he hopes everyone else with a missing bicycle finds him or herself just as fortunate.

Staying Busy in the Warm & Cold

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Temperatures soared this week and as residents of the East End became wistful of spring’s near arrival, trickles of second homeowners came out to enjoy the Hamptons’ natural beauty, and of course, its main streets.

For many business owners, this was the beginning of the end of a harsh winter marked by blizzards and quiet streets.

While Sag Harbor has not been subject to the same shuttered store syndrome as neighboring East Hampton, business owners like BikeHampton’s David Krum and Flying Point Surf and Sport manager Steve German said this week that savvy, creativity and initiative was crucial to keeping their stores open year-round.

Krum’s love of bicycles rode him from a career as a professional bike racer into the business of selling bicycles, racing gear and accessories at Main Street, Sag Harbor’s BikeHampton, which he has owned for 10 years.

The Montauk native said generating business in-season is not an issue; but during the winter, when people are not generally thinking about outdoor activities, it can be a struggle.

“The way I stay in business is I sell on eBay,” said Krum, adding that other stores have picked up on the same off-season tactic.

Krum said in addition to selling bikes and gear from BikeHampton’s stock, he also helps customers sell their outdated products on eBay, with Krum taking a percentage of the profit.

“It’s always summer somewhere,” he said. “I needed a way to make it through. Not many people are thinking about bikes out here in the winter.”

Krum also hosts regular sales during the off-season. With spring and peak cycling season just around the corner, BikeHampton customers can enjoy 10 percent off tune-ups and anywhere from 10 to 50 percent off merchandise.

On his way towards being a master in bicycle fitting, Krum also boasts professional bike fitting services and is able to build a custom bike based on height and weight, and also any health issues like knee or back problems, which can make each bike a perfect fit for his clients.

Krum said he also tries to ensure every price point can be hit at BikeHampton.

“We sell everything, from the least expensive to the most expensive road bikes,” he said. “And you will get the same kind of custom fit from us, whether you are spending $800 or $10,000.”

Next door, at Flying Point in The Harbor, the Sag Harbor branch of the Southampton-based Flying Point Surf & Sport, manager Steve German said providing shoppers with a variety of products, at a variety of price points, is the key to the business’s year-round success.

“We cater to everyone,” said German. “From mothers to fathers to kids. A lot of our store is geared towards the teens, but we also have merchandise from Tommy Bahama and Quicksilver that are for the more mature customer.”

Founded in Southampton in 1996 at a County Road 39 storefront, which still operates seasonally, Flying Point Surf & Sport quickly grew to open a year-round Main Street, Southampton location. Three years ago, it absorbed Sag Harbor’s Island Surf at 34 Main Street. In addition, the business boasts Flying Point Surf Boutique, also on Main Street, Southampton and the Flying Point Outlet in Water Mill.

Last year, German said the company expanded the Sag Harbor store to include the Flying Point Sunglass Boutique, selling everything from Christian Dior and Tom Ford sunglasses to Ray Bans and sports eyewear.

“The location has been very key,” said German of Flying Point’s success in Sag Harbor. “Here we see the marina traffic and day trippers in season and there is also a year round clientele.”

In addition to apparel for men, women, teens and children – from bathing suits to graphic tees, fleece outerwear, jackets and sweatshirts, hats and board shorts – Flying Point also carries an array of accessories. Shoppers can find jewelry, toys, wallets, watches and more, while searching for the perfect surfboard, skimboard, wetsuit or skateboard – the mainstays of the business.

German started out working in corporate for Body Glove, and opened the first Quicksilver store on Prince Street in Manhattan. Having a family, though, brought him to the East End. Before coming to Flying Point, he ran Main Beach Surf & Sport.

German said the company has branched out into the Internet, hosting a blog and keeping clients updated on social networks like Facebook, and he attributes the year-round success of Flying Point to its diverse stock.

“We try to cover all the price points,” said German.