Spring is upon us!
First and foremost, I'm surprised by the feed back by all you of you've who has read the blog and has given in persona feed back- I was not sure if this would get any traction at all.
So as I write this, the sun is out, the birds are chirping and the grass is green. It's spring, at least it should be. Its been a mixture of spring like days and a wintery mix lately but we are almost out of fake spring number 1, 2, and 3, and we're heading into real spring. That effectively means that business is going to pick up and we are going to be getting flooded with bikes soon.
This is our first spring in our new location so bare with us as we adjust to our new volume of business. I want to assure all of you that I intend to stay with my business model of quality work done in a timely manner. It is my ultimate goal to have your bike in the shop for less than a week, in even our busiest of seasons. Right now, the supply chain of chains (pun intended) is manageable and our biggest issue with parts shortages are components themselves, and tires. Wear items such as chains, cassettes, cables and brake pads seem to be okay. Hopefully this trend continues to normalize as the spring turns into summer.
Once again, I beg of you, get your bikes in earlier than later because when it gets busy it gets really busy in the bike business and when the Iron Man races start I will have a flood of race bikes in which are extremely time consuming to work on.
Large Bob and I have recently gotten certified as bike fitters by Paul Swift of Cycle Point, and formerly Bike Fit (tm). We can assist you with all of your bike fitting needs. If you are a more complex case, we have a master bike fitter on staff, Mike Irwin, who is a Occupational Therapist and a bike fitter with over 10 years of experience who can take over if your bike fit demands someone with a bit more experience or medical expertise. Please call us to schedule your bike fit, because we like to pre-screen you before we schedule your fit.
We have a new face around the shop also, Seth Pento. He is my apprentice and will be learning to be a bike mechanic under my supervision. Dont be worried if he ends up being the one taking your bike in for a tune up, he is being trained to have the same painstaking attention to detail and being taught the vast amount of knowledge it requires to be a qualified mechanic. Every bike that leaves the shop is double checked to ensure quality work is done, every. single. time.
We've got several bikes coming through the shop for sale, some on consignment, some that we own outright. If you're looking for a quality used bike, pop in and see what we've got. If you're looking for something in particular, let us know and we can keep an eye out for you. If you want to sell a bike on consignment, let us know and we can work something out.
As we grow and expand, its becoming apparent that we will need to carry a bit more inventory, let us know what in particular you would like to see more of. Ive just ordered some new chain lube and some multitools and tire sealant. Just realize that small business take a gamble when they bring in new inventory because we buy it outright, not on credit like the big chains do so we dont like to buy a bunch of items that sit on shelves. We make QBP orders regularly, so if there is a one off item you want, let us know so we can order it for you.
Until next time everyone!