Stepping into Gear Fix, formally known as Repeat Performance Sports, one might be fooled into thinking the outfit is just an outdoor consignment store. Not so. Bringing a six year dream to fruition, in the past several months, owner Joshua Sims has overhauled the operation to fulfill a market need for gear repair, a viable business that fully manifests the phrase “Rethink Waste”. The shop, still a “work in progress” Sims cautions, now includes ski, bike, sewing, and sole repair services. (They’ll be providing sewing repairs and bike tunes at the repair cafe – hit them up at the shop for your other repair needs!)
Acquiring Repeat Performance Sports in 2006 after a brief stent as an employee, Sims was driven to operate a business in service to the community. He immediately began consulting the Environmental Center and the Rethink Waste Project. The Repair Cafe is important to Sims because he wants to see a trend where “It’s cool to get things fixed.” He adds, “Fixing stuff starts at the time of purchase, asking the question ‘is this repairable?’”. Sims spread this philosophy at last November’s Repair Cafe. When items couldn’t be fixed he took the time to show people why, so they could make more informed decisions during their future purchases (translation: buy repairable goods!)
Sims sees the entire operation as a present day trading post and it seems a fitting analogy especially because the recent expansions were customer driven. I have personally consigned many goods at Gear Fix for which the proceeds funded installation and parts for cycling re-refurbishments and my first pair of chamois bike shorts. Like many of us in Bend, I work in the service industry and cannot afford new goods for my outdoor hobbies even if I wanted to buy them new. I may have never obtained padded biking shorts if it wasn’t for Sims vision. How many of us can express a similar experience? All built on what would have been discarded goods.
The folks from the Gear Fix will be at our Spring Repair Cafe on April 3 repairing bikes and outdoor gear needing heavy duty sewing. Join us!
Interview and photo by Krystal Collins