The shop on the sunny side.

To live in Bend, on the sunny side of the Cascade Mountains, was a deliberate choice for us—one that we’ve reflected in our name and our attitude for 45 years. We're crazy about cycling, Nordic skiing, and pretty much anything that gets us out there in the Central Oregon sunshine. And yeah, at times, we've been crazy, period. Check out some history below.

 

A quick look backwards 

As any cyclist knows, you go where you look. So we're only going to look backwards for a second here because there's so much promising terrain still ahead of us. 

1972

Doors open at Sunnyside Touring on Irving Avenue. Jim Desmet and Gary Fowles were joined by a young Gary Bonacker, who worked at the shop for free and collected bottles for income.

1973
Sunnyside moves to Greenwood Avenue, selling Peugeot, Motobecane, and Raleigh.

1976
Sunnyside moves to Bond Street, and picks up Univega Bicycles.

1978
Sunnyside Touring sells to an investment group and becomes Sunnyside Sports.

1980
The Cascade Cycling Classic begins with a small and dedicated group of volunteers including Gary and Don. Sunnyside picks up Trek Bicycles.

1982
Our first mountain bike arrives: a Univega Alpina Pro.

1983
Don Leet purchases Sunnyside.

1983
Don gets Trek’s first prototype mountain bike, which is now in Trek’s in-house museum.

1984
The store moves to Wall Street.

1985
Sunnyside picks up Bridgestone and has our first $1000 mountain bike on the floor–an MB0.

1987
Sunnyside/Bridgestone Mountain Bike Team is formed, including Don, John Howcroft, Julie Willis, and the late Tom Pickett of Pickett’s Charge fame.

1990
The store moves to its current location on Newport Ave. Don rides a suspension fork at Worlds, purchased from Rockshox Reps at Worlds.

1993
The Bonackers become partners in Sunnyside, Inc.

2002
The store remodels to double in size.

2003
Gary is diagnosed with brain cancer.

2005
700 riders attend the first Tour des Chutes, a fundraising ride for cancer research.

2007
Mike Schindler becomes a partner.

2012
Sunnyside celebrates 40 years with a rocking party attended by hundreds of our closest friends.

2013
Don Leet sells the majority of his shares to Susan and Mike, who are now equal partners in running the store.

20XX
What's next for Sunnyside Sports? Let's see.