Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bayard's Bike Rentals on Galt

                                                                                                                                         Some of us kids from Verdun who didn't have a bike would choose to rent them from time to time,we'd save our nickels & dimes & go see Mr Bayard on Galt & rent a bike ( I forget the amount ,but obviously it wasn't too terrifying)

One of our members asked me about it , so I in turn asked Guy (our resident Verdun Expert) who was good enough to find for us the address of one Fern Bayard bike Repair Shop at 121d Galt Avenue. This place was a neat backyard operation , you entered it through a covered driveway to appear in a courtyard like backyard with several garages & storage was a cool spot, Mr Bayard was a neat character who was always working on a bike ,& always had time to allow you to pick out which bike you wanted for the day.....\

I have not been able to find an old photo of his shop, but I do have the Google Maps link which shows us the covered driveway entrance ,where his sign used to hang over the entrance......long gone (probably so with Mr Bayard himself....

Here are some of the conversation that Guy & I had in trying to find this old Verdun spot.........maybe some of you remember it too.........I know a few of you do,...and Thanks for the initial questionfrom ogibonjovi ,thanks Glen.



Les F said...

Click on this rather long Google link: and you will see the courtyard entrance that many of us kids walked through only to drive out with hopefully a new (er) bike for the afternoon of exploring Montreal,............and Man we went evrywhere including across the Jacques Cartier Bridge,,,,,,,,,,,always an adventure to be had.,-73.548918&spn=0.00006,0.017467&sll=49.891235,-97.15369&sspn=20.127417,35.771484&vpsrc=0&hnear=121+Rue+Galt,+Verdun,+Qu%C3%A9bec+H4G+2P4&t=m&z=15&layer=c&cbll=45.461836,-73.565145&panoid=uRRVnKmmjDewiREA78lm5A&cbp=12,19.67,,1,1.83

Thanks Again to Guy for finding the old address for us, hopefully we will come across some photos too.
Have Fun and Remember Verdun

Les F said...

shgverdun(Guy) wrote on Oct 6Les,
Here is the Lovell listing for year 1964-65:

121d Bayard Fern (bicycle rprs) - 769 2323

This must be near LaSalle blvd.