Perry Calidius Blazian
Economics, Period One
The Chain Gang, Gary (owner)
The Chain Gang Bike Shop, and its owner, Gary, have been in business (mostly)
since 1974. The shop is situated in such a fashion as to serve two major functions. First, a bike
shop with a wide variety of clothing, accessories, tools and the like, in addition to an extensive
selection of all types of bicycles, i.e. mountain, road, cruiser, commuter, and comfort bikes.
Secondly, the shop offers a team of efficient and knowledgeable mechanics, or wrenches, as is
the popular term in cycling, who are able to assemble, troubleshoot, repair, and adjust any type
of bicycle that needs their expertise.
The ambiance of the shop is about what you would both expect and want from a bike
shop downtown. There is generally loudish rock‘n’roll music playing in the mechanics’ section.
You are greeted with gregarious welcome from someone on staff and asked if you need any help.
If you answer is no, you’re free to wonder the store without harassment. You answer yes, and
you get all the help you can ask for, sometimes from more than one person, unless they’re
swamped with people or have a heavy work load. The store caries mid- and higher range
equipment and the employees, for the most part, know their way around the merchandise.
Gary told Sean and me that the industry is currently in a stable or slight growth stage,
which growth he attributed to the growing numbers of Baby Boomers, who are in search of an