Located above the breaking waves of the mighty Pacific, surrounded by tall trees, wandering deer and under the watchful gaze of soaring eagles, Buck’s Bikes in Seabrook has quickly become a cornerstone business on the North Beach.
Opened in March of 2016, Buck’s Bikes is one of the recreation gems of Grays Harbor. Owned and operated by a passionate Grays Harbor resident, Buck Giles, the bike shop encapsulates a love for the region that many locals feel toward our home. Known for helping you create awesome memories on bikes, surfboards, paddle boards and even flying kites, Buck’s Bikes is your one-stop shop for incredible adventures along the northern beaches of Grays Harbor County.
Buck’s Bikes is a perfect example of the local vibe of the region, helping showcase Seabrook as not just a tourist destination but an integral part of the North Beach and Grays Harbor community. With a friendly dog and a local owner working the shop, Buck’s is the bike shop you need to visit for repairs to your ride or just to rent a bike and explore the region. Offering quality services and prices, Buck’s makes sure guests of all levels of biking feel comfortable and that they are being treated with respect.
As soon as you walk into Buck’s Bikes at Seabrook, owner Buck Giles greets you with a warm smile, his enthusiasm for his business and making sure you have an amazing adventure enveloping everything and everyone in his vicinity. Friendly, with the right mix of being energetic yet laid back, Buck is a perfect example of local boy done good.
After growing up in Copalis, Buck graduated in 2007 from Hoquiam High School and headed out to attend college in Utah. It was there, while a self-proclaimed poor college student, that Buck honed his love for biking. The experiences he found behind the handle bars and the incredible scenery all around allowed him to become an expert on biking and bike maintenance. It also enabled him to experience a joy and exhilaration he longed to share with his community back in Grays Harbor.
“Coming back here, I wanted to give the local community another way to feel free in nature and have good experiences outdoors,” Buck shared. “For less than 100 dollars a year, any bike can be kept up, providing miles of fantastic rides. If you don’t own a bike, we rent them out so you can enjoy the trails.”
Around Seabrook, Buck is also quickly creating and building more trails for riders to experience. Currently there are four miles of single track trails around the new community, with many more in the works. The best route for all riders is a route called Mike-o-Rama. At just a mile in length, this loop, built by the incredible Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, offers stunning views of the ocean and some great riding.
Upon his return to the Harbor, Buck opened a mobile bike repair service, which still operates county wide, including loyal customers as far away from the coast as Elma and Montesano. After less than a year of servicing bikes, his reputation spread and he was soon in business at Seabrook, running his shop.
His love for bikes is clear, with his already excited tone picking up when he discusses biking in the region. Buck has been a professional bike mechanic for five years, with an official certification received two years ago. While he thoroughly enjoys repairing bikes, sharing the biking experience with others is where he has found his calling. In his welcoming store in the beautiful and welcoming community of Seabrook, Buck’s Bikes stands out.
“With beach cruisers, mountain and road bikes, surf boards, wetsuits and skim boards, even paddle boards for rent, we offer it all,” explained Buck. “That is why we like to use #MoreThanJustBikes to describe the business. We are constantly striving to make sure that guests have the gear needed for a great day.”
Buck is also an avid surfer, giving information and advice to those hoping to stand on the waves off forest-clad beaches. He even makes sure to help out other local business owners, like Stephanie Terrell, who for a small fee, provides access and guided trips to Point Greville, said to be the best surfing on the Washington Coast.
“Surfing out here is the feeling of further being in touch with nature. You can see and experience the raw force and power of nature,” Buck beamed. “Returning to water is natural and calming. Out here, we are lucky to have great experiences. Whenever I go surfing, I don’t think my trip is done until I see a seal popping its head up close by.”
While Buck’s passion is with his store and sharing his backyard with tourists and locals, even his days off have him exploring the region, connecting with the beauty and wildness of the region.
“My perfect day in the area starts with a ride, grabbing lunch in Seabrook, playing on the beach with family, doing some skim boarding and probably capping it all off with a nice evening stroll at one of the state parks or on the beach”, Buck shared. “I would probably even include a drive up to Lake Quinault and just sit on the river.”
And, that perfect day would likely include his wife, Carly, whose support has helped Buck make his dream a reality. “Through all the stress of starting a business she has been a constant support, full of love and patience. She was the encouragement I needed to act on my dream,” he shares.
Growing up riding along the Humptulips and exploring the Quinault, Buck is one of the leaders of the younger generation of Harbor residents, working hard to reignite a love for the region which they call home. After decades of struggling for an identity after the logging industry’s slow demise, recreation and experiencing the natural wonders of Grays Harbor is something that many are sharing.
Buck’s Bikes, thanks to the passion of Buck Giles, is a perfect example of what happens when locals decide to follow their passions and work to bring joy to their community.
30 Front St., Pacific Beach