|Eaton Bikes Drawing|
|Cruise to Southernmost Point|
We’ve rented beach cruisers a few years ago in Key West, but I couldn’t remember the shop name. All I can recall is that the shop had an actual name as opposed to Key Bikes, Bike Key West, Sunshine Cycles or any goofy touristy combination of bike related and tropical related words. “It’s a real shop name,” I said, “not Key West Bike Rental.” We binged and googled “Key West Bike Shop” on our phones as we drove down the sliver of Highway 1 that ties the keys together. We scrolled through the results. The only bike shop that came up with a normal name was Eaton Bikes, 830 Eaton Street. “That must be it!”
|Mirror in Eaton Bikes Restroom|
Every bike shop in Key West rents beach cruisers. I’m also pretty sure that every bank, bar, sandwich stand and parasailing outfit also rent bikes. We wanted a real bike shop, run by people into cycling. I didn’t want to rent from an “activity” center and people more interested in our credit card number than making sure we had good bikes and a great time. The second the shop door bell clanged overhead, we definitely stepped into the right place. Wow!
The staff at Eaton was super friendly. The price was right, $18 for a 24 hour rental. Being typical fussy cyclists, even with beach cruisers, they spent extra time making sure our saddles and handlebars were set up on our Jamis cruisers where we wanted them. While they closed at 8pm, they instructed that if we were out late we could lock the bikes to the fence and drop the key in a mailbox. They even had lights on the bikes. While they went about setting up bikes for all six of us, I set out in the shop snapping pictures of the hand painted cruiser bikes and interesting bike art.
|Fun Handpainted Goodness|
|Paul Frank Sockmonkey Saddle|
|Not Sure If It Honked or Squaked|
|Key West Headlights|
|Should've Bought For My Cross Bike|
|Across from The Cafe'|
|Token Seagull on Dock Shot|
|And, The Token Sunset|