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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Quick As "Bob's Yer Uncle!"

What a weird freaking sky this morning!  Looking outside there's what appears to be one enormous gray cloud lumbering over the tropics, but smattered with gaping holes, through which you can see bright blue skies, fluffy white clouds, and occasionally that big bright yellow circle...what was it called again?  My hope is the blue skies prevail!
Yesterday, was nothing but rain, so Elijah and I spent the day getting the shop ready for the changing of the guard!  Making sure all the items on the wall were tagged and priced (we currently have over 150 wheels!  YEESH!) the counter area as close as we could get to Mamma standards, and taking one look at the condition of the bathroom (suited completely for a dirty mechanic and NOT a lady!) and hurriedly invested in a couple bottles of bleach and a LOT of scrubbing!  YUCK!  Once that was done, however, I got to work on finishing up the sweet Dual Shock MTB we have, as well as taking in a couple more newbies!  Another 26" Dual Shock DBS, and an older Fuji Road Bike.  The Fuji is in pretty rough shape, and unfortunately has a QR rear, so no mixie on this one, sad to say.  We'll have to figure out the best way to go with it.  It would definitely need a full repaint, and pretty much everything replaced, so it'll go on the back burner for a bit.
I would like to thank all the well wishers, profusely, who contacted me in regards to the shift.  And PLEASE, I implore you, this is most definitely NOT a step backwards, nor is it the "beginning of the end".  Our plan is that I work as long as necessary to get past debt taken care of, and get back on track, plus, we need a little investment capital to take RE-Cycle to the "Next Level".  Don't let that scare you though, NO we are not becoming "Boutique", just looking for way's to offer folks "cheaper" alternatives.  It will take some time and leg work, so we'll see how that goes.  If my calculations are correct, it will take about fourteen months to get free of things, and be able to refocus all our energies on this shop.  I'm sure many of you out there can contest to the fact, the whole "white knuckle worry" thing gets OLD!  We SOOOOO don't want to go through another year like the last one!
Today has been busy so far, we thank all coming in!  SEE, Floridians DO need bikes, they just wait until there is no bloody rain coming down!  ICK!
S'okay...what's next..
OH YEA!  Couple shout out's to Uncle Chippie!  He hauled my carcass around yesterday for a bit to get a couple things taken care of, so yes, I admit, there is the rare occasion where automotive transportation is helpful!  ALSO!  He finally took the plunge and dove into the Amazon Kindle and published several of his works!  I strongly urge you too check them out (GREAT READS!!) under the name "Chip Haynes".  Help support your local authors!
OH....'sfunny!  y'all might remember the pic I showed you of the sign Chip made us for the "Ten Minute Rule"?  Well, we've had several folks, in fact, ask us about it, which I am gleefully happy to explain.  Lo and behold, this morning a gent came in, looking for a ride, and set his sights on the Mongoose Dual Shock we had.  After a road test, and looking about some more, his eye's lighted on the sign, and asked for an explanation.  I offered it, and he chuckled, somewhat patronizingly, obviously convinced it was nothing more than a sales tactic.  We talked a little bit more about the Mongoose, he said he enjoyed it, fit his needs, but that he had one other place to check out, so he'd "think about it".  I'd say I wished that it was a real clock, but in this case, it didn't matter.  As it turns out the gentleman holding the door for the first one as he was walking out, snagged up the Mongoose moments after he left! 
Never ceases to tickle my "beanie-bo!"
Now, I'd best get at finishing up the other ride, and we'll see y'all soon!

1 comment:

  1. Steven, I had a blast cruising the streets yesterday! (For both of us bicycle-types a day in the truck going ANYWHERE is an adventure!)

    I'm looking forward to seeing the whole family in the shop, as yours is a wonderful crowd!

    As for the Ten Minute Rule sign, do I need to bring my magnifying glass up there and add "NO JOKE" to the bottom? I'll do it. Don't think I won't!

    And for the literates in the crowd, don't forget to do a search on Amazon for Mister Steven Atherton his bad self. Quite the writer, I hear.