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Sunday, July 31, 2016


Oakaley Doakaley!  This is going to be a relatively quick update as I am on a ROLL in getting through some of the back log here! YAY!  Getting through a lot of stock and don't want to break my stride TOO much!
Yesterday was a far cry better then Friday!  YAY!  Sent four rides too new homes, folks are really getting excited about the NEW Newbies and their genuinely low price deals. SOOOO, if'n you're looking for a good deal...WHY ARE YOU STILL SITTING THERE?! wait, seriously...come back...I aint done talking yet. 
Also banged through the repairs at break neck speed, enabling me to go on to MORE newbies!!  YAHOO!  Put out FIVE in the afternoon!  Only got pics of four though, as one found it's new home straight off the rack!  But check out these gems below!  WOOF!  Two NEW Newbies, and Two AWESOME rebuilds!  They are GORGEOUS!! 
Well, I could regale  you with all the goings on, but truthfully, I am getting back at it! 
Hope to see you all, REAL soon!

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Good Day, Good Day.

Well, yesterday was a hoot!  Twas the kiddos annual "before they go back to school" physicals!  Everyone passed with flying colors, but unfortunately, the doctor informed me that medical science STILL hasn't come up with an anti-annoying medication, and we were just going to have to get used to Owen. 
But...we still love's that.
This time around we opted NOT to deal with the two and a half hour bus sojourn, and called a friend at Uber Cab, Jackie.  She hooked us up, to and fro for almost the same price as it would have cost to take the bus!  We got back to the house early enough, that I could put all the kids to work helping me get it cleaned up.  Summers are ROUGH on your state of cleanliness! Once all was set and done, the place made livable again, I decided to make a special dinner as reward for all our efforts, so opted for slow cooked homemade beef stew. Sadly, trouble was, you have to give that about four to five hours to cook, and started to late!  BUT, gonna have a heck of a tender meal tonight!  Ended up polishing off the "bubble and squeak" instead.
Whilst winding the evening down, we were outside relaxing, and after having rained for a bit earlier, the sunset was AMAZING!!  Also, we discovered as it slowly set, one cloud mass looked strikingly like a lumbering Godzilla.  Of course, the inspiration for movie time became...Godzilla!
Once back inside and with snacks in hand, movie popped in, within a short period of time, even before any of us got to SEE Godzilla, we all promptly passed out on the couch!  WOOF!  Full bellies, and hard work for the day, I guess we were all just too tuckered out!
 Elijah was running the show for the day, but it was basically dead.  Got in a few repairs though, which I will be jumping on shortly! 
Even with the storm outside, today has been a flurry of activity!  I am SOOOOO happy to see that TWO rides have already gone out to folks "GETTING OFF THE OILGARCHY'S TEET!" and using them for commuting!  YAY!  MORE CONVERTS!!   And many, many more looky loo's! 
SO, with that, I REALLY better get a move on, on those repairs!
Hope to see you soon!


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Starting to get back into the swing of things!

Why do AC's pick the HOTTEST days to freeze over? Seriously, isn't ice suppose to happen when it's COLD outside!  UGH!  So yea, kind  warm in here, so until it thaws out...I'm just hanging by the fan!  I get enough of working in the heat at night.  NOT a fan of it!  I m going to have to move eventually though, as we got in several repairs yesterday that need ah doin'!  Kaleb has gone to retrieve a few parts for me, then I hope to bang them out!  Aside from that, we did send  couple more rides to new homes AND put out another four newbies (although one of the ones to FIND a new home had just been put together!).  And OH, I'll tell you, the town of Dunedin needs to start paying me a promotional fee! Had a couple from Sweden come in the other day and it turns out (and I have no idea how folks in other countries even her about us!) that they'd ben reading this blog for the last few years as "entertainment" (I can see that!) and when it came time to plan their next vacation...they choose they could visit US!  WOW!  Color me FLATTERED!!  Their first day hear, unpacked at their vacation rental, had a meal downtown then came in and snatched up two of our bikes!  Lickety Split!  They were doubly happy when I told them about our "Vacation Package"! I'm putting that experience right up there with the Taiwanese Governor and the Real Estate Mogul from Belgium (now THAT was an enlightening conversation!  LOL!)   That makes, too date, 43 countries to "represent" in our little corner of the world!  NICE!!  God Bless the Internet!
Today, as mentioned, got some repairs then I am going to TRY and put out some more goodies!  I have been dragging my carcass out of bed on time the last couple days for just that purpose (regardless of how much I just want to SLEEEEEP!!!) as it is getting "walking sideways" tight in here!!  Plus...Daddy like a FULL room!  Nice to see all these rides here.  Would be nicer if some of them (if not ALL) found room in YOUR garage!  (remember, comfortable bedding, lots of fresh water and put an alarm clock in with it so as to not let it get lonely) Allright!  Now, you oogle the pic's and not that the iceberg finally melted, got the AC back up and running, and I'm gonna try and get some work done!
(and a special tip of the hat to the Hamptons.  Looking very lovely this time of year!)

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Hey..we're getting back into the swing of things!

SO Okay, making a concentrated effort not to overlook the blog as a means of communication!  I got los in the immediate contact afforded through FaceBook, and won't be abandoning it, but this little joint here has been a mainstay for us for over ten years, and don't want to let it wither away into abandonment!
This weekend was less lustrous then it should have been. It was a beautiful day on Sunday, very mild compared to most of last week, but still not many people out.  Weird. We did send home one ride in the early AM, but then it was a day absorbed primarily with new builds!  And a vain attempt at cleaning...very little effort actually.  Managed to get out three more NEW newbies!  Check them out below!  Some SAH-WEET rides! 
I did have one happenstance on Saturday I found rather irksome.  I'll share it with you as a cautionary tale.  Had a gent come in last week, looking at the Raleigh Rebuild we had, the one with all the Gary Fisher parts.  REAL sharp bike, combined with the almost new parts off of a $1000.00 plus Gary Fisher that had a cracked frame.  The bike was flawless and seriously up graded, but because we got the parts bike so cheap, I had it out at only $220.00.'s the thing, I have NO problem with bargaining with people, I understand, it's part of the schtick.  Thing is, our mark up on bike is NOT all that high.  I don't do the whole "Mark it up 50% so you can drop it down 20%.  No, our prices reflect what we put into a ride plus a few bucks profit.  Hey, gotta keep the lights on! BUT, we follow a few rules on negotiating; be respectful of the work, appreciative of the quality, and don't act like your doing me any favors.  Well, this guy broke all three rules.  SOOOO, I wasn't dealing.  And honestly, I really don't have too.  Our bikes are always priced to sell and we never have a problem moving anything.  Well, he points to the one thing that was an issue, a small tear in the otherwise pristine seat (an $85.00 seat mind you) and says, condescendingly "I'll give you $150.00, cash.  That's a great deal, you should take it, you'll never sell this for what you're asking!"  Ugh.  Really.  Um...been doing this for ten years...I think I got a pretty good bead on what I can and cannot get.  Seriously, the wheel set alone was worth twice what I was asking for the whole bike.  I smiled, and said no thank you.  He wasn't giving up, and actually tried to continue to inform me how to do business, and that I should be grateful for such a generous offer.  Again, I declined, and as the bike had just been put out, I informed him we rarely deal for the first 72 hours anyway, as most bikes sell in 48.  He just laughed and said he'd come back in three days and he was sure it would still be here and that then I would take his offer. 
Well....two days later, a couple came in and fell I love with it, knew it was a good deal, and snagged it up, not only for our asking price, but also upgraded the seat and had us put on a couple extras.  Well, oy, here's where it gets interesting. The following day, when I was at my other job, the gent came back into the store assured he was going to get the bike for his offering price, as he had seen it still advertised on Craigslist.  Yes, okay, hadn't pulled it off the listing yet, as the bike was picked up the day before just as I was leaving for my other job, and I just hadn't gotten around to it yet.  Well, it wasn't here and he got PI....well, upset.  He hadn't called to confirm if it was still here, and went off on Logan as to why it wasn't here.  Logan could only tell him "it sold".  The guy then proceeded to start texting me and....well, I won't reveal that sort of language, but suffice to say, he was implying that I was lying and hiding the bike from him, because he really wanted it.  And that was just bad business.
??????? didn't want it at the price we were asking, someone else did.  Don't know how much clearer I can make it than that.  Of penchat for 'killing them with kindness" kicked in, and it didn't make him any happier that what he was trying to imply was not only NOT having an effect, but was actually starting to become entertaining!  I don't think I have ever had to deal with such a ridiculous display of unreasonableness as on that day.  Eventually, just to stop the annoyance from interrupting my work, I had to use the handy dandy "SPAM" feature on my phone to block his number.  It was like, he seemed to think if he bugged me enough, I'd somehow have the buyers return the bike ad sell it to him at HIS asking price.
So, in conclusion; "treat everyone with the respect you would have them afford you, but if you can't...expect to get burnt!"
Now, check out the goodies below...and I am off to work!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Just Cleaning Off The Dust!

OKAY!  WOW!  I really need to dust off the cobwebs in this Blog room!  Definitely collecting from lack of use!  Yes, combination of busy week in the P of M at the other joint, 95 plus degrees each night last week in there and I was DRAINED by the time I got back.  Spent almost every day just sleeping as Logan ran the shop. I am definitely getting old!  But, yesterday and today and into tomorrow I am banging on the bikes hard! SHEESH!  It has gotten WAY FULL in here.  WOOF!!  Got another batch of the NEW NEWBIES in and there are some GEMS!  Check these out below!  Now, as far as updates...enh...this week not so much!  With this heat wave and daily storms, once again we hit the summer crud that keeps all Floridians clinging to their air conditioners.'s things been for you?
Well...jeeze, sorry, I'm just going to do a little cleaning in here then get back to work!
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Good Morning!'s morning for me!  My body has shifted full force into the realm of the third shifter, lo these many months, and now the brain doesn't shut off much before 6.30 am every given day!  UGH!  No longer do I even have the respite of weekend sleeping in.  I must say, though, this summer has so far been a far cry different then last year!  Even though the weather is similar, it as ot seem to impede those whom love the Veloist life style and those intrigued by it's allure to take up the two wheels and hit the streets!  This, of course translates into more folks needing to maintain or replace their rides and we have been kept busy providing these needs!  ALL HAIL THE CYCLISTS!!  We extend our most heartfelt gratitude to all those who keep visiting.  And perhaps, given the current state of American Politics, perhaps many of you are preparing yourself for a European lifestyle, perhaps anticipating a quick exodus to more bicycle friendly countries, abandoning the almost assured doom of the American landscape should a certain person take the highest of offices.  Can't say as I blame you!  Ireland and Iceland are looking pretty good to me!  To that end, we have been quite busy pumping out new rides and will be showing our current selection below. 
Well, so much more goings on, and should the opportunity arise that I am able to sit down and share on these pages, perhaps I will.  For now, though, I have to get myself together and head off to the next gig!  Until then, have a GREAT day and keep riding!
See YA!!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Bringing You All the News That Is Fit To Print!

OKAY!!  Bringing everyone up to speed!
Been a busy week!  So please forgive the long interlude between updates.  Our daily coverage of the goings on has shifted (surprising for me) to our Facebook page "Re-Cycle Bicycles" (Like us for all the updates) as it's just so much less time consuming.  And that is a definite plus given my limited time to devout to the whole thing.  On average, to update all our sites and listings, I was spending about three hours a day and as I only have five hours a day here, Monday thru Thursday that doesn't leave much time for more frivolous building bikes!  Call me provincial, but I think maybe I ought to devout more time to the latter.  And that theology has paid off, as this week we have averaged three newbies a day, and folks have obviously appreciated that, as they have been flying out the door as quick as we can build them! I'll treat you to a few pics below, a couple we have left and some that found new homes.  There were quite a few though that never even got a selfie, because they didn't even make it out of the rack before getting snagged up.  That, in it's self, is an oddity come summertime!  NO, I am NOT complaining!   Usually, we are slower then the warm up match at a snail race, but this year?  WOOF!  It's so awesome to see folks saying "ta heck with the weather" and just getting out and riding! 
Funny Happenings!
On Wednesday we had a couple come in to peruse our stock, looking for a couple of rides.  We didn't have much to look at (see the above statement as to how fast they are leaving) and they asked me where was the next closest "used" bike shop to us.  I SOOO wanted to say "you're not from around here, are you?"  BUT, I minded my snarky remark, and politely informed them that in all of Florida, that we knew of, we were it for a shop that deals exclusively in refurbished bikes. They were, to put it mildly, surprised and a wee but incredulous of my claim.  Well, apparently, the wife took it as a challenge and spent the next few days researching the claims, via Google.  They came back in yesterday and after purchasing the sweet Mixie we had informed me of their findings.  She discovered that there were several shops listed as "used bike shops" but upon calling them, came to discover that only two ACTUALLY sold used bikes, BUT they were only high end trade ins and as it turned out, what few one place even had...were within 20% of retail!  She apparently had even gone so far as to press a few salesman (who were trying to press HER to consider a NEW bike instead...Hmmmmm?  Go Figure!) stating the fact that they had no interest in paying that much and did THEY know anywhere else that just sold used bike.   Well, the interesting common thread she found  I found tremendously interesting AND flattering.  Of all the shops she spoke with, some as far away as Pensacola, one name was repeated (and apparently, in most cases recommended) and that was us!  HAHA!
SO, the one thing we always said, from when we first started this enterprise in our garage "we're not looking to get rich, just popular!" has seem to come to pass!
Of course, we have to give a big shout out to all the folks bringing us in their repairs this week, as that has kept us jumping!  Thank you so much for the trust!
Alrighty!  Now, I best get to it! 
Remember, we are open today until three pm, and will be open tomorrow from 10am-?, if it's slow, we're going to break it down early and go home and barbeque!
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