Fat tire wheelie courtesy of Chris
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…sional. This weekend, my partner (owner of Loose Nuts Cycles) and I flew to Minneapolis so that he could attend Frostbike 2013–QBP’s annual conference and trade show.  I originally signed up because I have some family in the city and wanted to visit with them, but I was also curious about what went on at bicycle industry gatherings.  I’m in public health, so I’m used to peer-reviewed abstracts, break out sessions, suits, a…

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Frostbike - Feb
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Starting last night through Sunday I am at a tradeshow called Frostbike. Much of my content and typery for the next few days will be wrapped around thoughts, concepts, product and conversations that come out of this tradeshow. Because of this I would like to quickly explain what it is and why it matters to me – which means also why you should continue reading. This is my version of what Frostbike is, I am biased as I am paid by the compan…

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Problem Solvers Frostbike
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  Over the past weekend at Frostbike in Minneapolis I spied some very useful tools for shops and mechanics world wide should know of. Park Tool INF-1 Shop Inflator Dual presta & shrader valve inflator that connects to your shop compressor. Park Tool BX-2 Blue Box Tool Case Do you travel with your tools? Do you want a reason to buy more tools. Here it is. It won’t be cheap, but hell it is big, blue and holds tools. Park Tool VC-1 V…

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Recapping the first 48 hours of Frostbike thus far for myself in some photos… First stop: All you can eat bacon. Thursday (all day long) the brands of QBP walked us through changes, updates, awesomeness that made me very excited. For example the new Macho Man from All City! Apparently we stunk as even the Surly Cycles guys were done with us. Friday I commuted. The VIP dealers had arrived and it’s time for seminars, some meetings with…

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Po Campo Roscoe Crossbody Bag
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…n waiting patiently for Quality Bicycle Products to get them instock. I had hoped they would get them in before Frostbike (industry trade show this week) but unfortunately they did not. Maria from Po Campo braved the snow and traveled to Minneapolis this weekend for Frostbike. She was nice enough to bring along a bag for me to buy!I was able to use the Roscoe over the past couple days to carry around my iPad mini, iPhone and other key items (ID b…

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Social Media for Bike Shops
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…ng overwhelmed by deciding what channels they should be utilizing. After co-hosting two seminars at QBP’s FrostBike this past February I realized that most bike shops are getting too stuck in the tactical side of social media. For example, what time should they be posting, what channels, how often and so on. Very few shops actually understood that the tactical side is something you worry about after you figured out the basics of branding an…

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Founder's Beer
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…th 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 M…

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