Friday, February 29, 2008

Ahhh. The DAY is Nigh!

I owe some of you some pictures. I've been um, a bit too busy to play with a post of late. I'm sure y'all understand. Anyways.

Lots of midnight nights preceded by 14 hours in the shop has led to this day. To tomorrow. To doing something I've been wanting to do for years. Time and opportunity have finally presented themselves. I'm gonna take this, and I'm gonna run with it, and dammit, I'm going to enjoy it. While I've been building the shop, I've maintained an open door policy, welcoming any snoopers inside, and showing them around. Telling them what I've got going, and what riding opportunities we have here. People are at one both excited to have me open, and surprised to hear of the variety of riding opportunities that I/we have here in the Prairie du Chien area. I can't wait to start building the community.

Along the way, many people have helped out. My parents, and specifically my dad, have put a TON into this, helping me bring it to fruition.

Ryan and Seth for helping build bikes and drink beer.
Count the bottles.
Jamie and Sherri at Citizen's Bank for believing in the concept. The Art Circle for the creative support. The Courier Press for article in the paper. All the friends (and strangers too) for reading this here blog and leaving comments and ideas. And most of all, my family. My wife and kids for their enthusiastic and energizing support. Enough can't be said about Lisa. Thanks.

All right, this is too 'oscars' like.

Enough of that. Onto the pics.

First off, for Capt. Bob; the mess.

Its not all hard work at the shop. There's always time for a game of foot-hockey.

Start 'em early. She'll be building wheels before you know it!

Did someone say beer?

And now, the cleanest this place is likely to be for a long time. The Prairie Peddler as she'll open tomorrow morning, at 9 am.

I'm very happy to say that I've made all the fixtures in the store - except for the bike racks that is. It was fun to do that.

So that's it. It's time to slow down on the creatin', and ramp up on the sellin' See ya in there, eh?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

the mess. THE MESS!

I mean really. Who knew that building up a shop would be so damned messy? From cutting all that wood for racks and benches and forts and stuff - to an obscene amount of cardboard and packing materials from the bikes and the Rudy Racks. I'm over flowing here man. And this doesn't even include my rather - um large ( like 22 tracking numbers large) QBP order that should be coming in today. Or the small batch of Redlines that should be coming tomorrow.

Really this could be filed under things I DON'T like. For such a clean industry - we sure do create a large mess. I know most, if not all of these materials can be recycled, but do we really, no really have use this much packing material in the first place? Yeah, we need to protect our precious goods from the shipping monkeys, I know that. Where am I going with this? Oh, I don't know. Just a bit of a rant is all.

Anyways. Anyone catch the Lunar eclipse last night? Pretty awesome. We had cold clear sky's here that made viewing a pleasure. Pretty neat stuff!

As I move on closer to my opening date, March 1 (!), I'm going to have to figure out where this blog is headed. I will have a proper website for the shop sometime, and I would like to keep this somewhat active. I need to keep my gracious readers up on whats goin' down on the West Coast of WI afterall! Riding, of course! Sales? Probably announcements of such - we'll see if locals start reading. Rumors? I'm full of them right now. Good stuff down the pipe in 29er land! Same with 650b too! Opinions. Yup, we'll have some of that too. I'm due for another 'Things I like' episode. I'll work on that for ya.

Welp - speaking of opening a shop - I better git ta work. I'll post some pics of the mess as it gets even worse! It really is BAD!

Listening to: Computer hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Furnace working overtime. Go away cold! I mean really. Its -5° again this morn.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Bikes are in!

From The Prairie P...

Twenty eight on the first shipment. Oh so close to that 'magic' 29! As luck would have it, the first bike to take the honored place at the work bench is in fact a 29" Exile SS. Pertty nice looking little rig. Nice details abound.

If you'll notice as well, the completed front counter. Pretty proud of it. Has one of the donated counter tops from Deke, plus found materials in the basement make up the rest. Key is the 17" wide heart wood 'paneling' I had planed down. Looked pretty ugly before that, but Nice wood.

Anyways - off to build. My Dads coming in tonight to help out with a few builds, and a couple locals guys may stop by too. See ya!

Listening to: iTunes radio; Bootliquour Radio on SOMA FM. Americana Roots music for Cowhands, Cowpokes and Cowtippers.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Family > Bikes > Culture > Art

That's the new tag line that Lisa and I came up with. I really like it. Seems to confer what we're/I'm trying to do here. This lets people know, in a kind of obtuse way, that we'll also be dealing in art. We'll be hitting up local artist friends and selling stuff via consignment. This is Lisa's baby, and she's really, really excited for it. I like that it gives the shop another angle to draw folks in with. Should go good with the coffee shop next door.

I wish I had more to put here today - but not really. If you visit regularly, you'll notice that some small changes have occurred to the layout here. My actual logo in the header(at least the font), and a bunch of new stuff on the banner to the right. Changed my About me to something more shop focused. Added a bunch of bike Jamis bike reviews I found on the web. Added a slide show from the building of the shop. And a local riding link. That part is a bit sparse for now - but it'll change! I've been making a habit of taking the GPS out on rides, so I have a few ready to post up. I'll just need to find a way to put them up in the interweb so they're viewable.

As far as the shop goes, things are clicking along. Really, I shouldn't be doing this right now - but I kinda want a break from filling out forms and faxing. uhg.

I've been approved for QBP, so look for my wife and I to be attending Frostbike next weekend. Shit. That's next weekend already. SBS is on the table too. Why SBS? Weird for a midwest shop to go with them, innit? Well, there's a reason. Redline bikes! Yep, we'll be carrying the Redline banner here too. I've picked them mostly for the BMX line up. But it so happens they make pretty kick but deals for mountain bikes too! BTI should be happening soon too.

Sorry for no pics this time - but things are messy! Gimme a chance to clean up a bit, then more images will pop up!

Listening to: Pandora : stations; a mix of Arcade Fire and Ryan Adams.