8.29.2012

The Swag Box Has Begun to Fill...

...Thanks to @ClifBar! I tweeted them a picture of my commute and they mailed me this box-o-bike love. I haven't figured out prize distribution yet but it will surely have something to do with showing up and sweating! (In the picture: sweet hat, bike seat covers, crunchy peanut butter bars, coconut chocolate chip bars, tire levers.)

Thanks, Clif Bar!

8.07.2012

Ramping Up, and Announcing the VT Indoor Bike Shop!

Hi everybody!

It's summer. It's hot out. I hope all of you reading this have gotten out for lots of miles and have all sorts of races, rides, and bike adventures planned for the rest of the summer and upcoming fall.

I know I do.

In the midst of all of that, I want you all to know that I still have our next season with Vermont Indoor at the forefront of my mind, or close to it. I have big plans for this next winter season, including a  greater diversity of ride videos, some small prizes for attendance, and hopefully some partnerships with local business to help build the capacity and sustainability of our group.

I started VT Indoor because getting on my bike trainer in the winter was a huge step toward achieving my own personal goals when I got serious about them a few years back. Through that first winter of solitary training, I achieved a level of fitness I had not seen in over a decade. In a way, starting VT Indoor is my small gift back to the world of cycling, a "thank you" for what it has done for me.

None of us are professional cyclists. I've never even ridden a real race. But I love the shape that cycling has gotten me into, and I love the feeling of being able to ride a bike fast, or up a really big climb, or all day over a long distance. VT Indoor helps me have all of that.

Now, as I wrote back in April, there are some things we need that cost money. I want to keep Vermont Indoor going and make it into the truly great program it can be. Like most of you, I don't have a lot of personal funds to give to this cause, only my limited time and energy. If you want to give, the donate button is right over there in the left hand column of this page. ======>

But that isn't enough.

There's another thing I really like about cycling. Something I like almost as much as riding bikes:

Working on bikes. 

I've been working on bikes for over a decade now. I've built a fair set of skills and a pretty decent shop over those years as well. It's time to put those skills to use.

Let's call it 15 bucks an hour for labor, with all proceeds going to VT Indoor. Services include:

  • Cleaning and polishing
  • Tuneups
  • Flat Repair
  • New Parts Installation
  • Wheel Building and Truing
  • Fancy Bar Taping (Diamond Wrap, Cork and Shellac, Leather and Twine)
  • Fixie Conversions (to or from!)
  • Troubleshooting and Bike Problem/Mystery Noise Exorcism (My personal favorite!)

This will be a Bring-Your Own Parts affair. I can't afford to keep stuff in stock beyond cleaning supplies, lube, and tire patches. So if your project requires parts, I'm more than happy to help you source them, and if we have a couple of projects going we can even try to combine orders to get free or cheaper shipping. If I could convince QBP to give me a merchant account, that would be a whole other thing, but we aren't there. Yet.

I'm not set up to service suspension parts or hydraulic stuff, but that's about it. I'm happy to take on projects most shops don't want to touch or don't have the time for. I'm happy to consult with clients, be it getting Old Reliable back on the road after a long hiatus in the barn, or commuterizing an old ATB for townie duty, or getting that high-zoot road bike working like a Swiss watch in time for the next epic ride. Let's talk.

You can contact me through this site, by email, on our Facebook Page, or through Twitter. I keep a regular eye on all of them.  

Ride on, friends, and we'll see you on the other side of Fall!