As a kid growing up on the East End, Khanh Ngo’s love of bikes was hard to miss: not only did he work at a bike repair shop when he was in middle school, but a hand-painted sign reading “Khanh’s Bike Repair” could be seen in front of the family’s East Hampton home.
Nearly two decades ago, those dreams gave birth to a real store, Khanh Sports and EH Eyewear in East Hampton Village. Now, Mr. Ngo has kept the momentum going by expanding into an additional spot—a new, much bigger location in East Hampton, with even bigger dreams for it.
Sporting enthusiasm that seemed to fill the roughly 1-acre space—which is already home to more than 200 bikes of varying colors, sizes and types—Mr. Ngo, a Vietnamese-American East Hampton native with long black hair, bounced around in neon green sneakers gushing about the new spot in an interview at the site, located on 500 Montauk Highway, last week.
“I love the number 500,” he said. “It just hits you, you know? It’s, like, Indy 500 race car!”
The new location is going to be all about “the experience.” When someone walks in, he said, they’re going to feel the “very Zen” design of the open space, and will be unable to miss the gazebo. They’re going to want to “relax.” But, most important, they’ll be able to have some fun. Mr. Ngo will be offering miniature golf and Ping-Pong on the property, a service he plans to make available for people who want them at parties and events. He will also be carrying new merchandise, such as tents and fishing gear.
The Montauk Highway space, which was formerly occupied by the Spielberg Landscape Associates nursery, will be enough room to give potential customers a trial run of bikes offered at the store—something Mr. Ngo is a fan of doing. During the interview, Mr. Ngo turned to the Press photographer marveling at a beach bike displayed right outside the door, and ordered him to take it for a spin.
“You know what?” Mr. Ngo said. “Leave your camera there. Just take that for a ride right now. It looks heavy, but you’ll see how cool it is.”
His favorite bike, an outdoor elliptical bike made by the company ElliptiGO, also is offered at the new location, as well as many other mountain bikes, road bikes, classic cruisers and children-sized bikes. He carries paddleboards, T-shirts, sunglasses and more.
The new location was open for business as of Saturday, April 27, and Mr. Ngo sold six bikes at the opening.
Mr. Ngo’s love for biking stemmed from being an avid cyclist and a spin instructor. Recalling his middle school love for biking, he said he’s stayed true to his passion.
“So, now I’m 42,” Mr. Ngo said. “Has it changed? No. You see what I mean? So I think that’s going to be the rest of my life … That’s what I’m talking about. It’s like what you do, and if you believe in it …
“Like when I opened up a sunglasses store—people laughed. It’s still there. Everybody’s copying me,” he laughed. “Who doesn’t like sunglasses?”