Rocka #1 Bikeshop in the Philippines

Raymond, of Rocka #1 Bikeshop, and his daughter in beautiful scenery in the Philippines

Raymond runs a bike shop in the Philippines called the Rocka #1 bike shop . He asked me to link back to him in the cyclists blogs section of my blogroll so I went over to see what his place was about. I was really interested in a some things on the fledgling blog, especially when he tells the story of how they got started with the shop:

When we first thought of opening a bicycle shop in October 2005 we really didnt know how to go about it . I did a short informal feasibility study and presented it to my American brother-in-law in november of 2005. as it turned out…he didnt like the small earnings so decided to beg off.

in the beginning… business was slow. Clients were coming in to see what was on display and shaking their heads in disbelief… we wanted our place to showcase middle to high end bicycles and products so our product ranges from a few thousand to hundreds of thousands for a new bicycle. Nevertheless we soon caught the attention of middle income to higher income professionals…and soon the two onlookers became groups of 5, 10 and 20 cyclists.

Looks like they have beautiful scenery too – the picture is of Raymond and his daughter up at the Taal Volcano in Tagaytay.

for me the only way to avoid conflict with cycling time and family time is to hit two birds with one stone

I agree wholeheartedly – that’s the great thing about cycling as a sport – it’s easier to convince them to come out for a nice cycle than to head to a rugby match 🙂


  1. CAn I have the adrress of your store? I have a MTB and looking to upgrade especially the frame from hardtail to full suspension. Thanks

  2. I’m planning a vacation in august and initially thought of bringing along my own bicycle but it’s proving to be very expensive with the new tariffs airlines has put on sporting equipments. I have been following your blogs and I know you guys do international travels and was wondering if you have any tips or advice you can share w/ me…..does renting or buying a used bike be a good idea? I will be travelling from the US via northwest by the way. thanks . hope to hear from you soon.BTW, I enjoy your blog very much, Im from Naga city and I used to ride those places you guys go to a long time ago….brings back really good memories..

  3. i’d love to put up a store for mtb here in our province, burden for me that i dont know to get started…. well i dont know where to look for mtb products to buy at.. to be frank. Nevertheless it’s still in my aspirations that someday i can able to do it. can u provide me idea what to look for in your store…plsssss

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