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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Red Shows True Colors

Yes I'm sure by now some of you are getting tired of me ranting about Republican motivations....But here I go again.  Now truth be told there's plenty of blame to be spread on both sides of the isle in regards to our current fiscal crisis, but even given that truth there is something to be said for compromise.  Given the amount of bantering about the left seems willing to give up some concessions if the right will just yield a tad on taxes.
Yes, there I said it, an ugly word.  But lets face it, in order to live in a secure capitalist nation, you gotta have taxes.  Yes, there could be a little more frugality in the way it's spent's needed.
Now I gotta give props to the man elect for his shrewd turn of phrases!  I've been in sales for years and he REALLY knows how to serve up an assumptive close while tossing the ball CLEARLY into the others court.  When he stood at his first press conference after being re-elected and stated (and I paraphrase) that he was ready to extend relief to the working middle class by extending the tax breaks of the "Bush-era" to the 98% of Americans making less then $250,00.00 a year.  That he had his pen ready to sign it into law.
Now the Republicans ONCE AGAIN are stymieing the process by dragging their heels saying they are ready to deal but only if the democrats take tax hikes off the table. Instead they want to remove the tax loop holes which allow for so many rich folks to get such breaks on their taxes (think Romney's 13% tax bracket) which is not a bad idea, but they also want to make deep cut in entitlement programs such as Medicaid, Medicare and food stamps.
Uhn hunh!
So in effect DON'T make the uber wealthy pay an additional 3% but instead take health care and food away from the poor and elderly?!
So OK,
That may seem like the Republican way of doing things but does anyone else see any moral dilemma with this idea?
And honestly if you are on the right side of the camp, do YOU benefit from a paycheck in excess of a quarter of a mill? and if so why are you reading a blog about used bikes?
It all boils down to this, as of January first 2013, if these matters are not settled we ALL loose any tax breaks we have and the average American will be looking at paying at least an extra $2000.00 next year come tax time!  I'm sorry but as much as I believe we should all be able to keep as much as we can out of what we work so hard to earn , those 2% can pony up a little extra to help a limping economy flourish again. It's not like they won't be able to get it all back once things get on a more even keel.
Thanks to the folks coming in and helping us in their own way with our fiscal cliff.  Sold the Schwinn cruiser to a discerning gent today and had many more a looky loo checking us out.  As always thanks for the repairs coming in, our true bread and butter.  And I must say we still have many more gems for you to peruse through and could really use the sales!  So come on down and we'll wheel and deal!
Speaking of new gems!  Check out the two latest below!  A gorgeous racing tire Trek 720 commuter, and a FULLY refurbed scrap truck find in the way of a Giant Sedona!
So we'll see y'all on the 'morrow!
ONLY $135.00!!

TREK 720
ONLY $125.00!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Missed It....By That Much!

Maxwell Smarts historical quip has to be the soundtrack for my luck!
In a long list of missed opportunities today was quite a disappointment.  First, years ago I missed out on the chance to crash the Tampa filming of the Punisher by having to work, then recently I missed watching the tenth anniversary of "Firefly" but today I stood helpless when I heard a blurb on traffic conditions on the Gandy Bridge, mere minutes (ok...about 30) from the shop that there would be rolling closers of the bridge as BBC was in town from nine to three filming...
Yes. my newest obsession, in my town (OK...roundaboutly) And more then likely at least two of the presenters would have been in attendance. Sod it all!  I would have love to have seen them rocketing back and forth across the bridge but ever the dutiful shop keeper I remained at my post!  Probably wouldn't have been able to get close....
Keep telling yourself and maybe it won't sting as much!
Today was relatively quite about the ol' storefront so I putzed. Also put out a REAL sweet 1972 Paris Sport that has been converted into a single/fixed flip hub track racer.  Light weight frame on a classic ride!  Also have a kewl Trek 720 commuter on my rack that'll be hitting the floor first thing tomorrow, just gotta cable it up and she's good to go.
Y'all need to come by and check out the goodies tomorrow!
See ya then!
ONLY $180.00!!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Post Holiday Confusion

OK.  Does this happen to you or am I alone in this?  You're use to a set schedule of where you're suppose to be each day of the week then they throw in an extra day off in the middle of your week and it's like Friday becomes Monday then Monday feels like Friday?  I'm not complaining for the added excuse to over eat, but it throws me WAY off!
And what's with all the added unofficial "Spending" Holidays this year?  First it's Black Friday (which is now more like Black Thursday and a half!) then we got "Small Business Saturday" (ok...I can get behind that one) Then we have "Internet Monday" and now "Charity Tuesday"?  Look folks, bad enough we empty our purses for Christmas and Valentines day, and I grant you the "Spending Holidays" are just a part of Christmas but do we really need all the added incentive for spending our hard earned cash?
Being the grumpy old curmudgeon I am (I always watch A Christmas Carol in reverse so it has a happy ending.  An over joyous annoying grandfather type is shown an alternate outlook on life and becoming depressed at the depravity of man cripples a young boy and becomes a penny pinching old grump! YAY capitalism!) over the last couple of years I developed a new family tradition on thanksgiving.  After we've all stuffed ourselves we sit the kiddos down and ask them what two gifts they want for Christmas (I'm not cheap...It's just that I'm tired of spending all that time and money to fill up under the tree only to have the majority end up broken and discarded by the end of the morning)  and thankfully they are all pretty realistic with their wishes, so once done I excuse myself, call up Amazon and place my orders.
Christmas shopping done!
No malls, no crowds, no long lines, no annoying trailer park refugees crawling the isles!  20 minutes and a laptop and I'm back to watching cartoons with the kiddos!
(or Google!)
Yes, one of those moods today.  I'm sure I'll get more in the spirit as we get closer to the day but for now...allow me to wallow.
So today was a whole lot a fun!  OH yes!  Once again keeping myself occupied, aside from the two bikes I put together (get to those in a sec) spent time once again updating the stock and purging.  Seems I did that WAY to often!  Whenever we get in a bike for parts I always swear I'm gonna keep the parts organized...but.... They end up just being shoved away until finally I can't move and have to do something about it.  And today was wheels!  So needless to say Terry, our scrap guy loved us today!
Well at least now I can find the good wheels! out today
Tum...dum....dA!  A real sweet 26" Motiv MTB, 21 speed!  Extra clean bod on this one with some right meaty tires!  And fresh off a scrap truck from this morning I think I broke a record in prep time on this one!  Gorgeous (now) vintage Western Flyer ladies cruiser just oozing chrome!  LOVE the detailed fin style chrome chain guard!  She was broke down to frame cleaned and rusticated, frame repainted and reassembled in under three hours!  SWEET!  Check 'em out below folks!
Well that's it fer now folks, hope to see you all tomorrow!
(just come in 15 minute's a small shop!)
ONLY $90.00!!

ONLY $95.00!!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Hmmm? Who Knew?

Well it seems that American manufacture goods are alive and well after all!  And they sell like hot cakes, even when their sale prices are higher then similar goods made in China!  And you'll never guess where they sell the best!
Yes folks, you read that right!  When American manufacturers have trouble hawking their goods here they get smart and send them to China!  Where recently an extensive consumer survey was completed and discovered that 68% of Chinese shoppers would rather purchase American made goods, even though they are more expensive because, and I quote "American goods are by far more durable and of higher over all quality"
No there's a shocker!
But have no fear good people because pretty soon we here in America may actually get the opportunity to purchase these finely crafted wares here in America where they are America.
Yes, experts predict that given the steady increase in over all wages of manufacturing labor in China (remember..that's why we shipped all the business over there in the first place) that within the next decade the cost of labor there coupled with the expense of shipping our goods....back to us (?) over here...will make it more cost effective to make our stuff there...over we can buy it here...
Hold on...'Gotta stop my head from spinning.
So it seems that perhaps in the near future Wal-Mart can break out those "Made in USA" tags that they used to put on Chinese made goods so as to fool us that we were actually buying American made goods on real American made goods!
Either that or they'll ship the whole she-bang back to Mexico.
Seems some of the Black Friday shoppers decided to pay us a visit today and a gent came in to pick up the Mongoose BMX first thing.  Then the cool flip hub Trek found it's owner right quick after.  Had several folks visit with their re-pairs as well (thank you so much) and truth be told that's what I did most of the day (in between brakes trying to over come my self inflicted food coma from yesterday!)  and at the very end of the day the sweet Nishiki we got Wednesday evening made it's way to it's new owner as well!  Truth be told it hung out a lot longer then I thought given all the calls I got about it.
Which of course begs the moral of the fable, if you see something you like here don't wait and "come in in a couple day's to check it out"
Famous last words!
So with that, it's chill time!
Tomorrow is "Small Business Saturday!"
Come pay us a visit!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Nazi's Have Landed!

So in the end, remember if your looking for accurate news....don't look here!
A lot of folks use alternative media to get their news.  John Stewart, Steve Cobert, Rush Limbaugh (although  have no reason why on that one!) But I am definitely not one to look to!
It is with that pre-qualification I must update previous entries.  Seems that Hostess is indeed out of business. The negotiation with the unions bore no fruit so the Bankruptcy court has approved their filing and they are entering negotiations to sell off their assets. So within time some of their properties  may be back on the market but it will never be the same.,  So my original assessment stands true.
OK!  Scary little tidbit of a story here. Ever have one of those morning that you wake up and you're not sure where you are, or what you're doing or even worse who you are?
Yes.  That was this morning for me.  And what's worse was the baby was involved!
See, in our house the morning feeding is my domain. As Miranda is still on her special formula, that has no proteins, she has to eat every two hours so the three am feeding is still on.  Well this morning all I could remember was standing in the middle of the living room and had put Miranda down on the changing table and I couldn't think of what I was there for,  then couldn't remember which baby she was or what I was suppose to be doing.  Thank God I eventually came too and gave her the right bottle!
So yea...that's been my day!
Thanks to Kaleb who opened up the shop so I could imbibed enough coffee to  function.
The day did get better as we had a busy pre-Holiday day.  Managed to put out a whole bunch a new goodies as well!  Some real sweet ones to boot!  A gorgeous Trek 3700 MTB we fully re-furbed, a slick Schwinn 7 speed cruiser, a few bangers, a nice light weight aluminum BMX, another aluminum men's cruiser and a real gem of a find that needs to be filed under "the silly things people do!"  Gent came in with a 2012 Nishiki Colorado MTB.  He bought it two months ago online, and when he received it paid some guy to assemble it.  Seems the guy put the pedals on the wrong side and instead of realizing it forced it all the way in!  BOTH SIDES!  Totally stripping out both cranks.  Then, instead of replacing the crank, used duct tape to try and make it work.  At this point the poor owner was quite disgusted and instead of having it fixed just stuck it in the garage, frustrated.  After two months he heard about us and that we buy and came in and sold it.  Cheap.  So this $522.00 bike is now fixed up and ready to go!
SO the other day, further proof that we love the barter system, had a gent come in who needed some parts for the bike he's rebuilding and having little cash offered to trade us some home made model planes he hand built.  We checked them out, they were cool so we did the deal.  Check 'em out below.
So in the end, y'all have a good turkey day and be sure to come see us on Friday!
ONLY $55.00!!


ONLY $175.00!!!

TREK 220
ONLY $75.00!!!

ONLY $55.00!!

ONLY $55.00!!!

ONLY $95.00!!!

ONLY $175.00!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

um....never mind and Pissing Contest In The Sandbox.

Well I fell victim to the early hype but not as bad as some folks.  Seems I may have been a tad bit premature (wouldn't be the first time! nyuck, nyuck, nyuck!) in my proclaiming the demise of Hostess.  Apparently the unions have had a bit of a change of heart and are trying to work out some agreements to keep the company solvent.  In the hoopla seems Ebay has gone ablaze with folks auctioning off boxes of the beloved treats and are selling in excess of $90.00 a box.
So now I don't feel some dumb.
Look, plain and simple yes the Twinkies have a shelf life of a quarter of a million years but that doesn't make the collectible!
As I have been perking my ears to the news of late I came to a stark conclusion.  In my 45 years here on Earth I have been hearing over and over the rhetoric coming out of the middle east (Palestine and Israel to be precise) about the ongoing debates over "peace in the middle east" and trying to ferret through all the opinions, and approaches and mandates can make ones head spin, bringing you to the undeniable conclusion that these folks are never going to pull it together and take their heads out of their ass.
I have broken the entire ordeal down into an easy to understand parable.
In the middle of a multicultural park sits a large sand box.
Joe Palestine sits playing in the sandbox.
Bobby Israel is at other end playing as well.
Before you know it Uncle Sam, the playground supervisor hears a tussle.
He comes over to investigate and finds the two boys tussling in the sand, both have bruises on them and in unison exclaim "he threw a rock at me first!"
after much debate and conversation both reluctantly agree to a truce but if only the other one drops the rock first.  Finally Uncle Sam gets them to both drop the rock but as he walks away they pick the rocks up again.
The end.
I think it's about time the other players involved in this eternal squabble should just say "look. You two schmucks need to settle your differences, so we're taking our toys and going home. Call us when you grow up!"
That's my take.
Thanks to the early Christmas shoppers for coming into visit us. And to all the folks getting ready for the riding season!  Keep the repairs a-comin!
And because of all those blessed repairs didn't get any newbies finished today, but real close with a sweet men's Schwinn 7 speed cruiser!
So keep an eye out for that one and more tomorrow!
I'm out!

Sunday, November 18, 2012


Although the headlines are emblazoned with CIA and Military sex scandals and impending war (again) on the Gaza strip the pale in comparison to a true tragedy!  One of global importance that shakes the very foundation of American life as we know it!!!
Best that you sit down, grasp your knees and prepare yourself...

Yes. It is sadly true.  The creators of this confectionery dream, Hostess have been experiencing serious financial problems and filed for Bankruptcy in March.  And to add insult to injury two of the Unions working for the company went out on strike.  The head honcho's let them know that they were going to have to take a cut in pay and benefits or they were going to have to close their doors.  The truckers union agreed but the bakers union said no way.  So while the picketers carried the placards and sipped coffee the plants closed their doors...for good.  Much to the shock of the 18,500. workers now out on the street.
Yes Twinkies and Greed.  Two American classics!
Although personally I'll miss the Ding Dong's more.
Thanks to all the folks coming into visit on Saturday!  WOW!  What an outcome!  Sent six rides to new homes!  And managed to get three new ones out as well!  Although two sold quicker then I could blink!  The sweet looking Hyper BMX went to a sweet kid who traded in an older Mongoose BMX.  As he was buying that had another gent looking for another BMX to replace the one he drove over with his truck.  He ended up buying the other trade in (after I fixed it up) and traded in the one he ran over, which I have refurbed in exchange.
Friday night was the premiere night of the latest in the Twilight movies.  The last in the Twilight movies! Of course Momma was to be there front and center buying our tickets way in advance.  We got there an hour and a half early to become front of the line getting prime viewing seats!  A good thing as the theatre was sold out.  I have to admit, this was by far the best in the run.  Being as it had minimum of sappy "laying in a field of flowers staring into each others eyes" love stuff. The head character Bella, after becoming a vampire at the end of the last movie was a bad ass.  And (CAUTION: SPOILER ALERT) at the onset of the intense fight scene the director and screen writer slipped in some section that DID NOT appear in the book.  Several key characters met with their demise which sent Momma and MANY other Twihards in the audience into angry spasms of "THAT wasn't in the book!!!!"
As it turns out the characters did not die.  Alice, the member of the Cullen clan who's "vampires gift" is the ability to see the future, shows the leader of the Voltari, Aro (there the head honchos of vampire society) who has the ability to read ones mind through touch, what will happen if they go to war.  It was a real sly move on the directors part that he pulled off REAL well!
So at least now I get the right to go see the latest James Bond Flick!
And once again, proving just how much of a late bloomer I am..Very recently I became addicted to "Angry Birds" the crack of online games!  And I must say I love my wife dearly for her supporting my habit by finding the latest and COOLEST of Angry Bird games...
Angry Bird, Star Wars!!!
Oh yes!  Little bird Lukes, and Han's, Artoo-Deeto, Cee Threepios!  You name it!
She loves me!  She really loves me!
Alright, y'all have a great night and we'll chat later!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Guilty Pleasures

Just to show I'm not the Ultra left wing, tree hugging, granola crunching pinko so  many may assume I have a confession to make. In the spirit of equality and to prove both side of the ecological aspects of the life we all share have something to contribute I must admit I get a great deal of pleasure out of a little British show called....
Top Gear.
For those of you not acquainted it is a program dedicated to an unfaltering love for all things automotive.  A magazine show, talk show, informative look at all the latest and greatest and a smattering of what once was.  The three gents in control of the show are everything I and my ilk should despise.  Sometimes sexist, homophobic with a general nose up at everything non-British (unless it is a begrudgingly cool "foreign" car) and definitely, venomously opposed to bikes, buses, trains, boats, and planes.  They take great pride at laughing at those who protest for the environment, lambasting their (and other) governmental intrusions, yuppies and metrosexuals in coffee bars (did I mention they definitely dislike bicycles?) and for some unknown reason they REALLY don't like Meatloaf!  That's the singer not the entree. BUT, through it all is a real tongue-in-cheek dry British humor that makes the whole ordeal very entertaining.  Although I cringe at times to their reference of men with pony tails and facial hair, I get a real kick out of their shenanigans.  Whether it be setting the worlds record for the amount of car flips, setting a camper ablaze with the rear of a jet car, or trying to outrun a British tank that is shelling them it's all in good fun!  And to top it off if Miranda is feeling a little cranky we just hit Netflix for the next episode and she sits transfixed to the screen.
Yes, as much as I may dislike the impact the bloody things have on our environment it is hard to argue with the craftsman appeal of some of the marvelous works of engineering they feature.
Now if they only could make an equalling appealing solar car....
Today for some unforeseen reason we were dead.  I mean D...E...A...D. DEAD!  Barely a soul in the whole plaza!  Have no idea what was going on,  and even though we did get visits from a few of the reg's (hi Mike!) and a few new looky loo's was just real slow.  It did however give me much opportunity to put out a few new goodies!  Check 'em out below!  I really like the sweet condition Schwinn Skyliner!  ALWAYS a smooth ride!
So please, please, PLEASE give me some reason to come out of the Dungeon tomorrow!  I mean you know you want to buy a bike for the oncoming gorgeous weekend we're gonna have.  Yea, you know it!  Come on...
All the COOL kids are doin' it!
Night y'all!
ONLY $115.00!!

ONLY $70.00!!!

ONLY $70.00!!!

ONLY $65.00!!

Monday, November 12, 2012


Ever had a job you really didn't want to do and found every way you could think of to get around doing it? Well, I ran out of excuses today.
Gritted my teeth, strengthening my resolve and taking a long haggard breath I strode into the back of the Dungeon.....
And started prepping parts stock!
Even after the purge we did back in July of more then 3000 pounds of excess parts we still have an enormous amounts of...well....stuff I'd forgotten we even had.  And as I progress through each tote I slowly came to the realization that I should have done this a LONG time ago.  Several dozen times I came across a part that made my exclaim "Jeeze!  I really could have used this the other day!"  But at least I'm finally managing to get the parts display bins up front filled!  Also found some real sweet vintage Suntour components.  Don't know how much I'll get done on it tomorrow though as we had a huge influx of repairs come in (thank you kindly for every and all referral bringing them to our door!) that will need my immediate attention first thing in the am!
The Gorgeous Peugeot Success Road bike did not last to long and I'd like to thank the young lady who bought it for her patience and persistence in coming back to us (again and again) until she found just the right road bike for her!  Glad we could finally hook you up!  Also shout out to Mike for bringing in the umpteenth BMX for us to sharpen up for him!  This time he brought another two. One for repaint (thank HEAVEN his son got away from the whole "Hot Pink" paint concept! *WHEW!*) and another 24" BMX, this one a Redline.  This man changes BMX's more often then I change underpants!
OK....yea...that ain't saying much.
SO no new goodies today however by some strange twist of technological glitch the pics I tried to send to my computer on Saturday that I thought didn't send....arrived this evening.  So here ya go!
Y'all have a great night!
ONLY $140.00!!


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Whoops! Where'd The Week Go?

Went back on my word there for a few days!
Sorry, I mean to keep y'all updated but just been engrossed in work all week.
So lets recap.
First off, family news!  Any of you (few) folks who tune in regularly you'll remember that a couple weeks ago we were given the startling news that our first grader Rozlynd was being considered for the "gifted students" program (and no that does not refer to the politically acceptable reference to the students that go to school in the "short" bus) but rather to those performing far and above the norm.  Well they tested her last week and she scored in the highest percentile!  She is currently reading at a fourth grade level.  Yes I know, compared to all other nations our schools have a hell of a Bell curve, but impressive by American standards none the less! And doubly surprising as this is a girl who can't even pick up her dirty towels and forgets to dry off before leaving the bathroom! Now she goes on to level 2!  Whatever that means.
 We have put out many new goodies the last few days, alas due to one of our now regular SNAFU's, the pics will once again not download to our computer.  Don't ask me, I'm clueless!  I just wait a couple a days, pray to the God's of microchips and Viola! it starts working again.
Yay technology!
So what we have left from the latest pack are SEVERAL kiddo bikes, a real sweet Peugeot Limestone, 21 speed commuter classic cromoly frame, a couple bangers, a real cute Dahon classic folding bike with a big ol' puffy seat and....crud! I know there's more, but you can check 'em out when you come in next week!
Once again we took Saturday to get the shop reorganized and started puttin' out some more spare parts.  Again, flabbergasted at some of the stuff hidden back there!
Alright!  On to  "current events"
First off, now that the election is behind us and the right guy got voted back in (as I said before Florida of course couldn't get there act together again this election cycle and didn't declare Obama the winner until Friday....sheesh!) And of course all the Corporate supported Right wing "speaking point" mouth pieces have been bad mouthin' the whole outcome.  Lord!  Look, suck it up!  The American population has spoken LOUDLY! Two more states legalizing same sex marriages?  Two states legalizing recreational Marijuana? the world it is a chagin'!  So take note the republicans and moral majority (or is that minority?) need to make some "in-house" changes.  For the most part your concept for smaller government, lower taxes (for the 99%)  and less spending (done fiscally wise) are all good ideas but you get WAY to hung up on trying to force your morality down every ones throat. Stick to practical matters and let the real majority figure everything else out.
Oh and it is with no small sense of hysterically giggling pleasure that I and millions of others bore witness to the utter disgrace and downfall of Carl Rove.  PLEASE let this be the last time this man is EVER allowed out in public again!
So that should be enough for me!  Y'all have a good weekend and we'll see ya tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Stayed up WAY to late last night watching the frivolity at the Democratic compound.  Turned in around 3 am only to be awoken by Miranda 15 minutes later.  Of course she was in a playful mood and by the time I hit the sheets Elijah was getting up for school.
Real short tonight.
And to all the right wing talking heads on the corporate news...
......well, hard to type that visual.
But I will say in passing I have to commend Mr. Romney.  Even though the campaign got downright nasty, and he told some out and out lies, he ended very gracefully and dignified.  A true statesman.
quiet today, but managed to put out a real sweet "Big Boy" hybrid.  A Del Sol we got out of a scrap truck and brought back to life.  And it took a bit.  So check her out and I'm sure I'll be more talkative tomorrow.
ONLY $145.00!!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012





Pins And Needles....

I promised i wouldn't talk about it.
So I'm not.
.....but if I was....
I'm glued to the freakin' election live screen on line!
are you happy?
I have NO idea what happened to me but I'm slipping back into my old obsessive, current event devouring, news junkie I once was!
At this point Obama is trailing but coming up quick and most of the states that haven't chimed in a reported to be Obama heavy.
So here's hoping!
Angi is just shaking her head in disbelief and dismay that I'm getting sucked back in, but God forgive me I am  stonin' on the whole vibe, man!  Getting swept up in the 'citement!
Had to take a cab today to run some errands and the cabby and I were yakkin' on the whole thing the whole time.
Seems every one's got an opinion.
Love seeing all you folks today and it was another jammin fine day!  Shout out to the gents from my native New England!  YEP!  I can spot a Boston accent from a mile away!  GOD I miss that town!  Just does my old soul good to hear that dropped "r"!  Or should I say "ah"!  They came in to check us out because in their words "several folks have been saying good things about you" NEVER get tired of hearing that! And sir, If your reading this, about an hour after you left got a real (or soon will be) sweet Del' Sol hybrid in and will have her up and running tomorrow.  Already in my rack and on it's way!
And speaking of SAH-WEET!  Got in a FLAWLESS Peugeot Success road bike! Ah man!  I mean FLAWLESS!  27 speed, integrated shifters, lightweight frame.  And man does she FLY!
Also, thanks to my compatriot Bullet over at Hands-On for hooking us up with another of his discards.  A real "diamond in the rough" Ladies Schwinn MTB.  Nice curves on this frame.  Also picked up a couple of nice condition banger bikes, and already put out one (pic on that tomorrow as my bloody phone dumped the one I took!).
Also had a "man-I-got-to-get-these-kids-bikes-out-of-the-way" buildOfest today!  Put out 6 new kiddo rides from 12"-20" frames.  Especially the little 16" Spiderman bike.  Real cute!
(ARRGH! just peaked. Obama down by 6.....crap!)
Thanks to the compulsive buyer!  Brought his son into have a tube replaced, saw the Sun Cycle three wheeler and was floored by just how cheap it was and snagged it right up!
God bless Capitalism!
Seems he owns several retirement trailer parks and wants me to sell him as many three wheelers as I can get my hands on.
It's like winning the lottery!
And of course as always thanks ever so much for all the trust you folks put in us with your repair needs!  Hope we never fail you!
I'm going through withdrawals!  Gonna git back to the live stream!
Peace out!
And hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with good news!
ONLY $290.00!!!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Yea, Yea...I Know...I Promised....but...

Yes, on Saturday I posted I was done talking about the election, and I'm really not going to get into it other then to say I'd like to apologize as a citizen of Florida for all the crap that is about to go down tomorrow.  That will inevitably go on for several day's....or week's before we actually find out who the next president will be.
Think election 2000.
That's all I'm gonna say.
I would like to graciously (and gratuitously) thank all the folks for making today a killer day!  Started out slow with the usual repairs trickling in first thing (thank you for that too!) But at around four pm we got slammed and quickly the ladies purple MTB sold to a wonderful couple catching us on line.  Another gent came in and picked up one of the girls Mongoose BMX'ers for his lady. Then a mom and her VERY tall 14 year old son (have NO idea what they are putting in the water these days) caught the Giant Rincon on line and swooped in to grab it up!  And last but not least a returning couple came in (unfortunately the two other bikes they bought from us got pilfered from their porch) and picked up the his and hers Pacific's we had.
And of course we had several folks coming in to peruse  our plethora of pristine pedal powered parts!
Thanks to my lovely Angela as she came in to help (and hopefully slowly working her way back to the front desk.  We'll see.
Well, through it all managed to put out two new gems.  The first is a 20" Mongoose Modem 180 BMX.  And this one is BRAND NEW!  Gent we picked it up from had it less then a month when he decided he wanted a MTB instead!  And the other is a freakin' gorgeous Miyata commuter!  Gorgeous lug work and cable pass through's!
So check us out tomorrow as I'll be pounding out some more!
Just gotta figure out what that "more" will be!
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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Grasping the strings of youth

Just when did it happen?
Is it the same for everyone, as in some cultures through ceremony at a prescribe age you achieve the mantle of "man"? Or is it a gradual ascension that passes so slowly as to go unnoticed until one day as you reach middle age you step back in stunned disbelief.
I'm not sure of the authors name but I once heard a line that quite aptly sums it up "I looked in the mirror and saw a little boy looking back asking me "what happened?"
Today, after our Sunday chores I succumbed to my younger once incessant needling and took them out for a bike ride.  With Izzy perched in the rear of our latest three wheeler Rozy and Owen took point and we headed off in no particular direction.  Of course as we rode Rozy, the ever concerned would occasionally question as to whether or not I knew where we were,and if we would ever find our way home.
I reassured her and just became lost in the bantering back and forth between them.  Innocence is refreshing.  Only a few blocks from our house and to hear them talk you'd think we were worlds away.  Everything was of intense fascination and wonderment.  We eventually went off the road a neighborhood away as we saw a small water retention pond someone had installed a fountain in.   You would have thought they found a mystic waterfall as they carried on.
I love being a father, but more often then not have no time to "be" a father so moments like this are to be cherished.  And as cliche' and pandering to sappy sentimentality as it may sound, I lament the unseen moment in my life that I was forced to relinquish the abandon of youth for the more trite confines of adulthood.  When I slowly crept into the gray shades of responsibility.  Toiling and sacrificing  rendering upon Caesar what is due Caesar. (granted I think they were talking of his "just dues")
Perhaps that is the true joy of having children, and why we kept having them.
I'm not up to facing that little boy in the mirror.
I have no idea what to tell him.
Peace and Love folks!
See you all tomorrow!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Soon To Be Free Of It!

Well speaking as someone from a "Battleground State" I can say I won't miss the campaign ads!  Not that I have had to suffer to many.  As we don't have cable and rely solely on Net Flix and down loads we are mostly immune.  Although I self impose it upon myself through news at least I'm not having to listen directly to unfettered non "fact check" rhetoric (a fancy word for repetitive lies!)
Now as we all prepare to hit the polls I just want you all to consider a few simple truths.
Tax breaks and welfare for the rich,  unregulated corporate greed, unnecessary military spending.
Steady sensible economic improvement, social programs designed to elevate from poverty, sensible investment in our energy sector, a realistic approach to global weather changes.
I could list more but you get my point.
Now as far as lies goes I'm not sure that this applies....completely, but in a recent Romney stump speech he promised unequivocally that his administration would add 12 million new jobs in the next four years.
And just how can you make such a statement.
Well leave it to the smart economic folk to quickly pick up a calculator and run through some quick numbers.  As it turns out all economical models have shown that through natural job growth through the simple mechanisms of standard growth it appears that if we do absolutely nothing else then allow things to go as they normally would go in an improving economy recovering from a recession it appears that job growth is roughly 3 million new jobs per year.
So Romney is in fact telling the truth.  He's going to do absolutely nothing for the common working man and things will just work themselves out.
Well. I guess it pays to be apathetic about the middle class and the 47% after all!!
That will be the last time I mention this race (until the day after the final results are in and lets pray I have something good to comment about!)
Having another Boob in the White House is a plethora of material for the sarcastically inclined!
So the last couple days have been a bluster of work.  Thanks to all the kind folks for trusting us with all their repairs! And Oh the wonderful comments!  You make us blush! Not to mention all the referrals we are getting!  WOW!  Seems like a lot of folks are having good things to say and telling their friends.  Some even going out of the way to let perfect strangers know about us.  COOL!
Have put out several new goodies as well.  Of course many have sold, but hey!  That's the point!  Check out the beauts we have still!  And one ladies classic Trek I finished today and sold 5 minuets after completion!
So have a peek and come see us!
For Now, I gotta get some snooze time!
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