The weather has really taken it out of me this week. I have had NO motivation. I like this time of year, spending late hours in the shop building wheels, cleaning the shop up and what not, though it becomes really difficult to get out and ride.
Good luck to my posse of Veloshop racers who are heading up to Steilacom park this Sunday. I’m skipping it, both my bikes are in Rhode Island. I thought about singlespeeding it but, I’m going to use this chance to catch up on shop work. Maybe a long mountain bike ride this Sunday is in order.
Not a whole lot to report today. Makes me wonder what I will have to write about for the next few months when there is no racing going on. “did 3 hours today. did 3 hours yesterday. gonna do 3 hours tomorrow. it is raining…” Maybe I’ll use the down time to launch my critique of the capitalist undercurrent inherent in bicycle racing. Or not.
Speaking of capitalism. I get a lot of shit about my bikeshop. I get, “Eww, this place is too high-end” from the punks and “Eww, this place does not have anything nice” from the yuppies. Veloshop kinda occupies this awkward place in the bikeshop hierarchy. Just 2 seconds ago this guy came in “just a repair shop huh?” as I point out all the bikes for sale in front of him. And just before him the guy who, “don’t you guys sell any used parts?” as I point to the case of used parts in front of him. Seems like I can’t please everybody!
Had a really good chat with Ira Ryan about the dynamics of my shop and the reputation it has. The fine line of being affordable enough that people without alot of money can get bike work done and charging enough so that the shop is sustainable and you can afford the life you want to live. (my 50ft yacht) I certainly feel like we are worth a lot more than we end up charging and, it would be nice to have rent on time once in a while.