For the Bergquists, owning a bike shop is a dream come true—and a (wonderfully) busy reality. Since they opened Wheelhouse Bike Co. in April 2017, Dan and Sarah Bergquist have sold, rented and serviced bikes in Chatham Village almost around the clock. “It’s three separate businesses basically in one,” says Sarah, “but we’ve had a lot of community support. [Our son] Jakob is up the street at the local elementary school, our home is three miles away, our shop is right by the bike path, and people love coming in and talking to us because we know the area and all the best spots to ride.”
Dan, who grew up in Chatham, met Sarah at Lyndon State College in Vermont, where he built and sold bikes. He went on to get certified for bicycle mechanics at the Barnett Bicycle Institute in Colorado and became a member of the New England Mountain Bike Association. Dan introduced Sarah to Cape Cod, and the two started a family whose motto has become “Pedal Power.”
Jakob, 8, joins his parents in the shop after school, where he puts bike parts together and also shares his mom’s love of welding. She works as a metalsmith while handling the books and advertising for Wheelhouse.
While Sarah acknowledges that the shop has a lot to offer, she says that two products really set it apart: balance bikes, which help kids learn to ride without training wheels; and electric bikes, which allow people of all ages to endure longer rides on battery-powered, environmentally friendly models. Wheelhouse may only be a year old, but Sarah sees a promising future for the business. “We can picture it being here 25 years from now.”
Wheelhouse Bike Co., 48 Crowell Road, Chatham, 774-840-4156