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Old 12-10-14, 06:23 PM
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It's serious now

After 4 wonderful years of being an active member in the cycling community, both in a large club and working in the shop that supports it, I no longer work there.

Starting with the new year, I'll be working at the shop I own with my wife.

I'm currently a wreck.
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Old 12-10-14, 06:42 PM
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Congratulations. I think. You do know how to make a small fortune out of a bike shop: start with a large fortune. Good luck.
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Fantastic! Brave! Congrats -- all best wishes in your new endeavor.
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Old 12-10-14, 06:46 PM
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Congratulations. I think. You do know how to make a small fortune out of a bike shop: start with a large fortune. Good luck.
What happens when we start with no fortune?!?
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What happens when we start with no fortune?!?
You end up deep in a hole. But that said... congratulations... I wish you all the steady customers in the world, and all the time to enjoy your passion.
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Old 12-10-14, 08:35 PM
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Best of luck. If you were local, I'd bring you bike I've got that just won't settle on the middle ring.

I hope your reputation proceeds you, and that you do well.
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Old 12-10-14, 09:56 PM
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Don't let him fool you, we are both very excited to begin this new adventure.
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Old 12-10-14, 11:12 PM
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Congrats!
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Old 12-10-14, 11:27 PM
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Congratulations.

I have a friend who started his own shop a few years ago. It's doing well now and he can afford nice bicycle toys. You can do it.
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Old 12-11-14, 08:01 AM
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At least you love your boss.
We hope...

Good luck.
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Old 12-11-14, 09:10 AM
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Where are you located?
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Old 12-11-14, 10:51 AM
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Hey UA - good luck! Only wish the best for you... Just FYI... treat the mechanic right (if its you - know your stuff and let the cycling community know you know - volunteer at rides and events - a good friend very sucessfully owns 3 bike shop - but he out himself out there in the beginning and made a name for himself)... a good wrench makes a shop!
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Old 12-11-14, 11:18 AM
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Where are you located?
We're not quite ready to go public with that, yet but we're on the outskirts of greater Detroit.

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Hey UA - good luck! Only wish the best for you... Just FYI... treat the mechanic right (if its you - know your stuff and let the cycling community know you know - volunteer at rides and events - a good friend very sucessfully owns 3 bike shop - but he out himself out there in the beginning and made a name for himself)... a good wrench makes a shop!
Thanks Pam. I'm the wrench, sales staff, manager, toilet cleaner... I'm already bringing some people in with me from the shop I last worked at due to my wrench skills and my goal is to volunteer time and energy to charity events for now, races later on.
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Congrats to you both! I hope you left your last job on good terms, that should help you regardless of what happens at your own place.
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Old 12-11-14, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
Thanks Pam. I'm the wrench, sales staff, manager, toilet cleaner... I'm already bringing some people in with me from the shop I last worked at due to my wrench skills and my goal is to volunteer time and energy to charity events for now, races later on.
A good wrench is worth his weight in gold... too bad many shop owners don't get that... I've followed mechanics from shop to shop to shop... just get out there, let people know who you are. The time spent will be invaluable. My friend who owns bike shops... I actually met at a century event. He was one of the volunteer mechanics. He also brought a LandShark with him (he is also savvy about marketing products) and I fell in love with the bike. Decided to visit his ship in Santa Maria (which is 4 hrs from my house) and also fell in love with the home spun service he and his small staff provided. He treated me like he would treat a professional cyclist... a Fred type walked in and he was also treated like cycling royalty. Since then I have bought 4 bikes from him, including my Landshark and if travelling in the area will stop in and check out product. I've even dropped off bikes to be tuned etc. And I've preferred people to his shop... what you can offer no one else has is a good wrench and better service.

Again, very cool and congratulations!
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Surely you can't be serious.

Good luck to you two. Did you come up with a clever name for the shop?...something easy to remember?
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congrats and good luck,
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Ccongrats. I would like to buy a shop t shirt!
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Old 12-11-14, 05:45 PM
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Surely you can't be serious.

Good luck to you two. Did you come up with a clever name for the shop?...something easy to remember?
We're keeping that under wraps for just a little while longer, but we think it is meaningful and memorable. Filed our paperwork for the business name today.
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Ccongrats. I would like to buy a shop t shirt!
We'd love to send you one.
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Congrats! This sounds like a heck of an adventure and I hope for every success for you guys!
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Yep, get involved with the community. Join and participate in the bike clubs and advocacy groups, etc.
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Ccongrats. I would like to buy a shop t shirt!
Yeah, definitely post info about these when you get up and running fully.
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