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 I’m getting used to the world of Denver, CO I’ve been able to start bike commuting to the shop I’m at, Salvagetti. This is amazing for me as I haven’t had the luxury of being able to bike commute for roughly 3 years. (If you remember, I used to ride daily and didn’t even own a car for a while.)
This week I’ve been able to ride into work on the Cherry Creek Greenway, cut over on a bike lane and arrive at the bike shop with little contact with true street traffic. The full ride is roughly 12-14 miles depending how I get to the greenway and I can easily say I’m in cycling heaven.
A few key things that have helped me navigate:
BikeDenver Bike Map
Google Maps “Bicycle” Function
A patient girlfriend that has been able to ride in with me two of the days for entertainment and quality time
Over the next few months I plan on documenting in better detail my commute, different areas/bike paths and greenways. I even hope to do some bike camping sooner than later. If you are in the area, let me know! I would love to explore with folks.
Within the next few weeks I’ll be finding my way around the city of Denver, calling a new address my home, plotting out new bike routes, meeting new friends, starting a new job and creating a new chapter of daily life with my Emily.
Going Back to Retail
When I visited Denver a couple months ago I fell in love with a bike shop. The vibe, the customer centric approach and the mission of this shop made me feel at home. While I wasn’t planning on going back “into retail” I am happy to write that you’ll be able to find me at Salvagetti. Splitting time between selling, fitting and community events I believe I’ll find my way in Denver pretty quickly with this handpicked family of bike geeks.
Time for Bike Shop Girl
Going back in retail is allowing me to devote more time towards the community of Bike Shop Girl. With a great calendar of content for the upcoming weeks and being able to spend more time with consumers I plan on delivering more content on what is relevant, needed and lacking across the rest of the cycling world. At the end of all of this I want to spread my passion of cycling to more people, that means empowering, educating and motivating you to get on your bike!
Let me know what you are wanting to see, is it product reviews? More tech articles? The Podcast? Add comments below to let me know!
Finding Joy in Love
I realize that I have done a horrible job recently with musings, opinions, rants and those heart felt post that always seem to get a ton of comments. Hopefully having a well planned content calendar, and surrounding myself with passionate cyclists will allow the time and motivation to push the bike industry forward.