As I type this I am sitting on my bed with a limited New Belgium Founder’s Ale in one hand and tissues shoved in the other. Yes, and I am still typing. As I’m battling a nasal drip head cold, the feelings of January leave me here sitting feeling rather happy with how the first month of 2012 ended.
50 Bike Shops in January 2012
Yes, I visited 50+ bike shops in January. That doesn’t include the ones that I simply “stopped by” with out a specific reason or for business reasons, or the ones I have visited multiple times in January. I’m still catching up on all the paper work for these shop visits, including notes and goals for as many as I can handle. It is a lot of ideas, goals and hopes to swallow but it was a great first month on the road. I saw many shops in SC, TN, and NC from Knoxville, TN to Charleston, SC. I’ve met many new people that I can already call friends, and looking forward to watching them grow over 2012. You’ll see many of these shops featured over the next few months here on Bike Shop Girl.
I don’t like to cover much stuff that you get to see at every other cycling site out there. The new SRAM Red is out, it is fantastic looking and hopefully you have a group on order. I spent a good amount of Wednesday and Thursday taking orders from dealers as my mothership QBP will have some of the first groups available. It was exciting, still is, I hope to get to ride a group soon but it leaves me longing for something I can’t even purchase right now. When I do get a ride on it – I will let you all know if it is as amazing as SRAM’s marketing department was able to make it seem.
Big Plans for February
February will start off slowly this week, mostly paperwork and house keeping. Next week the “boss” comes to town and I will show him off in SC and NC. Or is it I show off NC & SC to him? Visiting between 3-5 shops a day Monday – Thursday with the hopes to get in bike rides in there as well. From there I’m in Minneapolis for Quality’s big Frostbike trade show. I hope to cover some of the event, along with featuring some seminars after the show shuts down. From Minneapolis is Georgia. Southern X cyclocross endurance event, Southeast Bike Expo, Foundry Cycles launch parties, trips with my Lazer manager and continuing to learn more shops in the Southeast area.
Things that Matter a Bunch to me and nothing to you
I finally got a hold of a centerlock rear rotor today at First Flight Bikes. I paid retail and I’m okay with it – I wanted to ride my bike today. I also paid retail for these amazing socks. I have a feeling I’m going to wear them out.