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Old 11-22-08, 09:41 PM   #1
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Dream a Little Dream

Just a few blocks from downtown there is this nice little building that was in the process of being turned into a restaurant but I guess the folks who wanted to do that changed their mind...



It's pretty spacious and as you can see, it came with a pool table...



And a pretty girl...



It's a bit of a mess right now...



I was thinking of putting the bike stand up front by the window where the light is natural and where I can watch the world go by when I am turning wrenches...



And we are going to have to put some better bars on those windows and the door... it's not the best neighbourhood in the city and tools and bikes are pretty good bait.



My partner is getting this corner of the building... he runs Kranq's Courier for whom I work for... for now.



And here is one pretty happy guy who has been thinking that the shop's name should be "Fred's"...

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Thanks for sharing your 'deam' in progress

seriously, that is so cool, 65r. pls keep us posted with pics and updates.

I would LOVE to own or even have a steady gig in a bike shop. I just don't have what it takes to do either. But I totally love to see other nice folks doing it. Go, man go!!

I like the placement of the stand....lots of nice natural light coming in the shop. "Fred's" is a great idea too....maybe have some awful clothes displayed on a fat mannequin in the window
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Old 11-22-08, 09:53 PM   #3
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I plan to run the repair shop on a seasonal basis and cater to downtown commuters and the people who's bikes I have been working on for years.

The shop will be close enough that people can drop off their bikes in the am and pick them up after work and unless someone else jumps on the same idea, I'll have the only bike shop in close proximity to downtown.

To the north and east it is all residential and the building is on an extremely busy street so our frontage will be put to good use.
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That's very much the type of shop my wife and were fantasizing about starting up. I was excited to read about the shop Lance Armstrong was starting in TX along those lines (albeit on a more posh scale) It's a great idea and the world needs more bike shops geared towards the real utilitarian needs of everyday riders.

More riders = better world, period
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Old 11-22-08, 09:59 PM   #5
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That's awesome and I truly wish you all the luck in the world!
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Looks like a cool space Sixty!

Do you get the upstairs space too?
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awww, 65'r, that's so awesome!!
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You might also have a "storage" for folks to just drop off their bikes in the morning and pick 'em up before commuting home.
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The Lance shop supposedly has showers, coffee, etc etc but even without his deep pockets, ideas along those lines, like bike parking, are neat.


I go over the 59th street bridge everyday to work and a bike shop just opened at the Queens end last year...oddly there hadn't been one anywhere there, even though you've got riders zooming through there from all over. I can't tell you how great it is to have them there where commuters can get to a shop so conveniently. I think your shop is going to do well!
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Looks like a cool space Sixty!

Do you get the upstairs space too?
There is an apartment upstairs but the long term plan is to move the courier office upstairs and then the whole main floor will be a bike shop.

But one has to start small.

I plan to put my signs up in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and perhaps Italian since we are just outside Chinatown and just a few minutes from little Italy and the best delis and restaurants in the city.

This neighbourhood has been undergoing a good number of improvements over the past few years...old homes are being bought and renovated and many new businesses have started up.

It will be nice to be a part of this re-newed community and what is a community without a bike shop ?

One of the best parts is that not so long ago I would have been met with scorn and derision (in the form of my ex) and now I have this wonderful woman in my life who is, besides many things, my muse.

And she's not the beautiful girl in the picture... that is one of my best friends who is among other things... a pretty decent mechanic.
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Lots of potential there.

Good luck with it. Shifting that pool table will be a PITA though.

"Freds" has a nice ring but "Sixty's Commuter Clinic" would be better.

So what are you going to do in the off season?
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better and better 65r - supportive SO, good eats to keep you fueled. I'm liking your chances here.
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gnome - I have a good messenger gig for the off season and plan on building a lot of custom wheels.

My rent is also so ridiculously low that I can cover that with a day's shop work.
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Sixty...you are one badassed human being.

I shouldn't even have to say I wish you nothing but success in this venture. If you ever want to talk shop...you know where to find me.
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Old 11-23-08, 12:57 AM   #16
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WB - I will put you on speed dial...once we get the phones in.
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dope. best of luck to you
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This is so awesome - congrats!!
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That's great, Sixty. One of my dreams is to open a shop (though not bike ). Let us know how it goes!

Also, not sure if it was your intention, but I love the song... "Dream a little dream of me"...
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in edmonton? next time im in town, i'll shoot you a PM, and i'll bring coffee/donuts and oogle your bike stuff...
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