Keeping older bikes alive

Arthur Begos, Seton Douglas-Smith, Glen Boyle and Louis Taverner in the workshop. Picture: Matt Jelonek d413474
Arthur Begos, Seton Douglas-Smith, Glen Boyle and Louis Taverner in the workshop. Picture: Matt Jelonek d413474

The bicycle store has been running on Angove Street since 1929, selling both cycles and motorcycles to local residents.

‘About half of all the customers who come in say their first bike came from Pal and Panther,’ Mr Boyle said.

The store relocated from its prime Angove Street premises a few years ago, to further west along the road near Charles Street. ‘This area is becoming a hot spot,’ Mr Boyle said.

‘There is a history of Pal and Panther being in North Perth so we wanted to stay close.

‘Even if we moved to the other side of Charles Street it would have been a bit harder.’

The business, which used to specialise in BMX bikes, focuses on restoring old and retro bikes as well as selling new ones.

‘It is becoming really popular for people to have restored retro bikes and we have a lot of spare parts which allows us to fix them up,’ Mr Boyle said.

‘But it really is a labour of love with old bikes.’

Mr Boyle said he was determined to keep the business operating, despite more people turning to the internet to buy bikes.

‘The main difference is in the customer service offered, ongoing service, warranty and the opportunity for returns,’ he said.