Well, that flew by.
Summer, I mean.
September is here and the weather is gorgeous and the kids are back to school.
Bam, it just goes by so quick!
We’re stocked at the shop with new 2014 bikes. We have mountain bikes, singlespeeds, comfort bikes, road bikes, cyclocross bikes and BMX bikes. We’ve looked at our numbers from the last 6 months, and we sold 100+ bikes (including a bunch of used bikes). ALL of the bikes we’ve sold have been under $1000 (except ONE) and it just seems logical to keep going in that direction, keeping bicycling affordable so EVERYONE can ride.
We built up our first custom BMX bike for a customer. This is a straight up baller design by my talented husband. A Failure Mainiac frame by legendary BMX’er Matt Bischoff who is local in Cincinnati and also an old riding buddy of Dominic’s.
A week from Monday, Dominic and I are heading out to Vegas, for Interbike, the industry trade show. Two days will be spent at the dirt demo in Boulder City, testing out new bikes. The other two days we’ll be on the strip at the indoor convention, finding cool new products to carry at the shop. We’ll be gone Sept 15-20, but don’t worry, John will be taking care of the shop for us while we’re away. Hours will be limited: 12-6 ONLY. Dominic and I will return on Saturday the 21st for normal business hours (10-5).
I am really excited about Interbike. We got married there 3 years ago and had the most fun EVER. We rode bikes in the desert, Dominic crashed a Pugsley on the downhill course and I was just learning about the different mountain bikes so we were both busted up pretty good for the “wedding” (a 4.5 minute ceremony at the Fast Lane Chapel).
September 27th Sister Cycles is hosting a wheel building workshop at Spun, taught by Evi, our awesome summer mechanic. If you are interested in attending, email Nern Ostendorf @ nern @ queencitybike dot org. The class will be limited to 7 females, and you can find out more about the event here.
In October, John heads to Brew Bikes for a frame building class. He’s already an awesome welder, so this is just going to give him ever better expertise at something he already knows which is building bikes and welding cool stuff. We’re pretty lucky to have him at Spun.
And saving the best news for last….
Spun Bicycles was one of ten businesses in Northside selected to receive a sign from CoSign!
“CoSign is designed to enhance economic activity in Greater Cincinnati neighborhood business districts by pairing artists, small businesses, and professional sign fabricators to design and install unique handcrafted signage for local retailers; and in the process, create an infrastructure to train the next generation of local signmakers.”
We applied back in June along with 20 other businesses in the neighborhood. We had 22 designs submitted for our shop from local artists. I picked the best design created by Jason Snell of We Have Become Vikings. The fabricators selected are Dennis Dix and Dana Burton of City Lights Neon. I am super excited about working with all of them to create an amazing sign for our storefront. The signs will be unveiled the day after Thanksgiving and we’re gonna have a big party to celebrate.
So yea, lots to look forward to this fall.