Thursday, January 31, 2008

Bikes are on the way!

The season is soon to kick in. Even though its only 9° today, it really is right around the corner! Anyone who's native to, or has lived in the midwest knows this. This time of year things change pretty fast. As Guitar Ted has so wisely pointed out though, winter does seem to be endless. Especially this year. Seems like the temps been in the single to below zero temps more often than not. Then there's the fact that he just got hit with ANOTHER spat of weather to extend his "vortex of suck".

So where am I going with this? Well, with warmer weather comes people wanting to actually ride their bikes! And a happy by product of people wanting to ride - is people wanting to BUY bikes.

I am very happy to announce that I am an official JAMIS dealer. Why Jamis you ask? Jamis though has been a charm to deal with so far. They are truly excited to start up another dealer in the midwest, a territory that they could grow in.

Jamis' line up is, I think, pretty damned impressive. I like the way the bikes LOOK. They're all clean graphically, with subtle graphics and colors. They don't shout at you (ala Specailized/Cannondale). The price points are all well covered with exceptional deals. Take the Zenith Comp:

Full carbon, 18½ pounds, $1800 retail. Love it! And I'm not a carbon kinda guy.

On the mountain side, there's the Exile SS:

Nice frame, good parts, and comes ready to run as a geary if you want to make the swap.

The bike I'm most impressed with though, is something I think everyone should have in their garage. Yeah, its probably the 'cool' bike to have now, but commuter bikes just make too much sense. In these days of $50 fill ups at the gas station, this will pay itself off rather quickly. I'll be pushing them, thats for sure!

The Commuter 3 has an internal 8 speed hub for no fuss gearing and shifting. Single ring simplicity and looks. Fenders, swept back, comfy bars and a nice seat(not my personal fav - but that's me!)

Anyways - sorry to make this sound like an ad - but I'm stoked to have a line of bikes coming in that I'm excited to sell. I hope to have another line soon too. I'll update as soon as I find out!

Listening to: Finally! I have speakers for the 'puter! The Current outta the MPLS yo. Been good listening today!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Busy busy busy

On Tuesday last, the 15th of January, Lisa and I went to the bank and signed off on the Line of Credit that I was so graciously approved for. Since then I've been busy as a beaver at the shop. Cutting wood left and right, making as much as I can. The work bench is done - well mostly done. Still have to get some plywood for the shelves, mount the counter top and fasten it to the stub wall there - but you get the idea! Its big. Working height of 41½"(I am 6'5" afterall), length of just under 10'. Should provide plenty of space to get messy! I do have to give HUGE props to Deke at Oneota River Cycles over in Decorah, IA. He graciously donated the counter tops that will be used for the workbench top, and the checkout counter. He certainly didn't have to do that for a 'competitor', but that's just the kind of stand-up guy he is. Thanks man! And if you're reading this Rich - heal well!

The other thing bogging this whole operation down is signing up for distributor accounts. With a tempremental fax machine that I haven't figured out yet. That's on the chore list for today - get those things outta here! - so off I am. Busy as a beaver!

Listening to: CMT tv - the coffee shop next door has a HUGE tv placed 'just right' . Gotta get some speakers for the 'puter!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Welp. Guess its time to put up or shut up.

Got word yesterday that my loan request has been approved! Yay!

This means that next week, my life will officailly take its next turn. Things will certainly be more busy. Gotta move accounts. Start accounts. Sign leases. Get ahold of reps. Make things. Lots of things.

And I plan to open March 1.

Oh boy. Best get at it!

Of course I'll post pics of the progress.