OK before I include a link I want to tell a story and have the context of a quote better explained. When in the bike shop we cater to all likes of folks. $300 hybrids and up. This is the way it is and I have no issues with helping people pick out there new bike that will hopefully allow them to enjoy cycling on the weekends. Every now and then someone comes in and does not know or care that we as a shop are very into bicycles and make it our job to know the most we can. The interweb has allowed lots of people to find lots of information.
Never been a big fan of the idea of giving bicycles a model short of it being a mountain bike, cross bike or a road bicycle. Then of course you field questions about your bikes and you discover that there could be a few separations in the bicycles that would help people get what it is you are trying to do. I am trying to make the best bicycles I can always with that end user in mind. Not everyone will want/need the same "model".
Looking into the future everyone has a plan. What is your 5 year plan? Mine has a few changes. One of the big changes is to move to only offering titanium bicycles. I will be offering steel bicycles to all repeat customers. New however the goal is to remove the option of steel bicycles.
I have been horrible about posting to the blog! I have on the other hand embraced Facebook for how easy it is to use. The blog suffered but if anyone is connected (via the social network) they see I have been doing updates. It has been mostly titanium which makes me really happy.
Well sorry in advance for not updating the blog during the weeks approaching NAHBS. It was a hectic month and everything barely got done in time. It all did and I was rather proud of all the work that was there. Not much in the bells and whistles department but all good clean fabricating with a lot of hidden little touches. It was nice to get the titanium bikes in the media and get the word out.
Man, where does the time fly?? I have been working and working and still feel like I will be going nuts up til the moment the van pulls out for Denver and I board a plane the next day to head to NAHBS.
So this past weekend the folks at Lone Wolf Cycling (a start up clothing company) had an event that proved to be a rather large happening. I received a call early last week from a buddy asking if he could borrow my bike. I figured since I am lame and barely have time to ride no better way to become part of the action than lending a bike!
I also received a few ride reports from others and felt a need to blog about them. It is nothing short of a cut and paste but here are two reports and some photos to match:
I am having an open house December 14th (that is a Friday). The plan is to have people start showing up around 4:30pm and then stay til I feel the need to ask all to go home (quietly). All joking aside I would love to get an idea of who is interested in coming so I have a rough head count.
If all goes well we will have a keg of Eric Morgan's home brew (which is always worth having) and some pizza and other snack like items. The bulk of the shop is heated but there are also non heated areas so if the weather gets nasty please be prepared to keep your jacket on.
After many hours of thinking, drawing, talking, computing, calling and who knows what else the new drop out is finally here. These are the steel version which were sent so I can proof them and see if there are any issues before getting a run of titanium ones made. Big huge props to both Peter Verdone and Ricky at Cantabridgian Mechanics. Peter did a killer job with the design work and Ricky and the folks in his shop did a great job with the machine work. OK enough talking here they are.
October 2012 will go down as the worst month in my 40 years on this planet. November 2012 needed to be way better to offset how crappy October was. That prompted the start of the scheduled renovation. 500 sq. ft. of space added and tons of moving stuff around and organizing the shop to have a better flow.