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My last post on the new Surly Ogre commuter rig was my 1,000 post here in BikeShopGirl.com. 1,000 posts since starting this site in July of 2009 and I find it very fitting as I will be going back in to the bike shop life this coming Monday as the general manager of all things management at Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop here in Denver, Colorado.
As you may remember, I worked for a short bit at Salvagetti helping the owner here and there when we first moved to Denver. Salvagetti wasn’t ready for a GM and so I moved on. A quick stint selling spandex at Pearl Izumi and then a longer stint in the advertising agency world brought me back to center. When the owner of Salvagetti and I started talking a month ago on what he was needing, I knew this was the answer we both needed.
I’m very excited to be at the helm of a couple very amazing shops here in Denver and can’t wait to share the experience with all of you! If you are in Denver, give me a shout and come visit.
As you are probably aware, I am an active user and abuser of social media channels. By priority and preference I use Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest to converse with fellow bike nerds and promote this website.
I have been doing my best to Like, Follow and curate all local bike shops on the various platforms. While it is encouraging to see more and more local bike shops harnessing the power of social media, it is disheartening to see the limited updates, the Tweets that are simply Facebook updates with the fb link and the lack of engaging, original, content.
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Many years ago I started this BikeShopGirl.com to empower women in cycling. Empower women to ride bikes, fix bikes and maybe even work in this glorious bike industry. Not to change how we ride, fix or work. I’m happy to see the work of Always, Shelly Sandberg and others taking center stage. I live like a girl because I am a girl and I would never want to change that.
There a notion, that may seem a bit crazy, that a a company or brand may do something solely to spread the love they have for their passions. A great example of this kind of notion is the Banjo Brothers Tiny Bike Shop Concert Series. What does this have to do about bike bags? Not much. Yet, it may have to do with banjos, bike shops and bringing together like minded people, hopefully like minded people on bikes.
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A guest post from Melinda Casey. A mountain biker taking on the Beti Bike Bash TOMORROW with a great cause on the top of her mind as she pushes through every pedal stroke.
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I couldn’t make it to Washington this year for the National Bike Summit but there are great things happening today with the Women’s Summit. Follow along on Twitter with hashtag #womenbike
During the past month of mad scrambles to get presents and my new routine of walking the streets of Boulder, Colorado, past boutique’s and chains I have become jaded.
I believe my feelings changed around the time American Express started pushing “Small Business Saturday” the day after Black Friday several years ago. If you really are a small business owner, there is a chance you don’t even accept American Express because of the raised fee’s the card brings. Small Business Saturday should be sponsored by the US Treasury to promote the exchange of paper bills and metal coins, not plastic that costs the small business more margin (think 3% of the maybe 30% that the merchant may be netting.)
Back to my original thoughts.
I’m a proud gold card carrying Starbucks customer. Daily, I walk past many cute little coffee shops in Boulder, Colorado, on my way to the office in the morning. I have tried three over the past month, a couple of them numerous times, and it has been a 50/50 split of leaving with happiness. Maybe I have high expectations but to me a local business should deliver me an equal, or maybe even better, experience of the chain next store. I’ll happily pay a bit more for this. The coffee should taste equal or better, the atmosphere should be welcoming.
Here have been my experiences at these local coffee shops
- My credit card was accidentally charged twice
- My drink order was forgotten
- The staff treated me like I didn’t belong (no smile, no exchange of pleasantries)
- Twice, I have walked away with an amazing cup of coffee but all other times my Keurig produces equal quality
Get to the point
This venting is not to ridicule the local coffee houses of Boulder but to prove a point that buying local does not mean that you should be settling.
There have been many comments over the years when I link to JensonUSA or any online retailer to buy a product that I’m not showing love for local bike shops. While I have the softest place in my heart saved for local bike shops with out the name “Trek” or “Giant” in their name, I also have a higher level of standards for these shops. Being a local bike shop does not mean you have arrogance about you, your mechanics are too good for hybrids and your bathrooms reek. Being a local shop means you need to be better, work longer hours, and have higher standards. If you can’t deliver that, then I will take my money elsewhere and recommend for others to go somewhere I know they will be treated well like REI or JensonUSA.
As the world of consumerism changes, I don’t believe Amazon is the devil or the end of local businesses. I believe local businesses need to step up the service, the quality and they will be happily rewarded.
A shop in Richmond, VA is taking a stand on safety by pulling on the heart strings of drivers.
Carytown Bicycle currently has a run of jersey’s with the tagline line “I am Someone’s Somebody” for dad’s, mom’s, daughter’s and son’s. The hope is that as we are passed by automobiles the driver’s remember that we are human and an injury or death will matter.
View more or order online at Carytown Bicycle Company.
2013 BRAC Women’s Summit
“2013 – The Year of the Cycling Woman”
October 1, 2013 * 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Prestige Imports and the Colorado Women’s Cycling Project/Naked Women’s Racing
9201 W Colfax Avenue * Lakewood, CO 80215
6:30 Get to know each other / Appetizers / Social time
7:00 Review and Comment – 2013 BRAC Women’s Program
o Women’s Racing Camp
o Women’s Cross Camp
o Senior Women 4 Mentoring Events
o Record Race Participation w/data from road, track and cross season
7:30 Panel discussions with Colorado Women’s Team Leaders and Racing Stakeholders
o Stakeholders tbd.
8:15 Questions for Future
o How do we build on this momentum in the women’s community?
o What can BRAC do to foster a stronger support system for women racers?
o Call for Suggestions: what other women’s programs do you what to see BRAC offer?
9:00 Open Discussion
Does anyone else notice a glaring problem in this ad posted on Bicycle Retailer currently?