Porky Gulch Bike Shop (Gorham, NH)
In the market for a new bicycle? Need a bike repair? Want to rent a bike for an afternoon of trail riding? Just turn into the parking lot at the Porky Gulch Bike Shop, tucked in behind the White Mountain Café and Bookstore on Gorham’s Main Street, for all your biking needs.
Porky Gulch is owned by three bike-minded friends — Heather Piche, her husband Lincoln Robertson (the couple also owns North Woods Rafting, a NH Grand Certified Grand Adventure), and Benjamin Schott — who saw a need for a community bike shop in the Gorham area and decided to fill it.
Open since April 2012, Porky Gulch sells Jamis road, mountain, youth and comfort cruiser bicycles, and rents bikes by the half or full day. As an added bonus, Appalachian Trail hikers can rent a “townie” bike to make it easy to pedal to the store for supplies.
The shop is fully equipped to service and repair any make of bicycle, sells biking supplies, and the owners are happy to offer tips on the best biking trails in the area. Porky Gulch is also headquarters for two group rides led by the Coos Cycling Club, a mountain bike ride at 5 p.m. each Wednesday, and a Sunday afternoon road ride that begins at 4 o’clock.
And, just where did the catchy Porky Gulch name originate? It seems that porcupines once upon a time ran rampant in Pinkham Notch, so much so that fabled AMC hut manager Joe Dodge and other old timers dubbed the Notch “Porky Gulch.”
Porcupines are still prevalent in Pinkham Notch, but the only ones you’ll find at the Porky Gulch Bike Shop are those that the owners have appropriated for the shop’s clever logo! Stop in and see for yourself.
Phone: (603) 722-0709
Address: 212 Main Street, Gorham, NH 03581