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Looking for a bike shop? Great Bike Shops has you covered!

This popped up in my inbox this morning…a handy online search tool that helps us locate bike shops throughout North America:


The site is known as The Bike Shop Directory, and it’s a simple, yet handy, tool to locate a local shop. There are over 6000 listings, and it’s easy to submit shops the site owners may have missed. This search tool is incredibly handy for those who have relocated to a new city or are traveling and want to check out the bike shops at their destinations. Check it out.

I’ve also implored the site owners to come up with a mobile version for smartphone users…forget Angry Birds, I want a bike shop locator app on MY phone!!! Reader Tim Diller Visits “Mellow Johnny’s”

Longtime reader and Austin, TX resident
Tim Diller visited the new Mellow Johnny’s, the commuter-friendly, ultra-hip bike shop/cafe/training center owned by Lance Armstrong and his business partners. Read all about Tim’s visit by checking out his blog.

And, for some truly irreverant coverage of the grand opening of Mellow Johnny’s, check out Bike Snob NYC’s coverage of the gala event:
Part One
Part Two

Walmart cutting down prices…will bicycle retailers do the same?


Wal-Mart announced Tuesday that it will chop prices between 10 to 30% this week on groceries, electronics and other home-related products in an effort to keep its cash-strapped consumers excited about shopping.

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Traditionally winter has always been the slow season for bicycle retailers. You’ll often find that shops are more likely to sell previous year’s models right above cost or sometimes at or below cost just so they can move merchandise. But with the current economic state that we’re in, analysts are predicting that we are heading for a recession. Some even say that we’re in it already.

With that in mind, I’m wondering if some bicycle retailers will adjust their prices in order to attract business during the slow times. If they don’t I’m curious to see if they are more willing to bundle items together to see more of it. For example, if you were to buy a $900 bicycle, would they throw in a free helmet and water bottle? What about giving incentives to customers such as a free tube with any purchase over $40?

But the other side to this dilemma would be that people are going to ride their bikes more often, especially with the higher gas prices, global warming and etc. People are more likely to ride bikes now than they ever have before. The whole bike industry is gearing up for utilitarian style bikes and have the bike commuter in mind when it comes to new products for 2008. I wonder if the surge of bike commuting will help sustain the bicycle retailer during slower times.

Bicycle Bash by the Bay

Well, it has come and gone…the 2nd annual Bicycle Bash by the Bay held today in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. The weather couldn’t have been better — 78 degrees and sunny! was there to provide coverage and to spread the word about bicycle commuting in the Tampa Bay area. Come with me as I walk around the incredible Vinoy Park venue…a tour in pictures, if you will!

First, a satellite view of the venue — that blue stuff to the right of the arrow is Tampa Bay itself. Vinoy Park is located on the north edge of downtown St. Petersburg and is RIGHT ON the water. It’s a great place for a great event!

Satellite view of Vinoy Park partnered up with the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization to distribute flyers, bike route maps, blinkies, “Share the Road” stickers and lots of other great giveaways. I recruited my good friend Terry (a fellow librarian, rocker and all-around good guy) to assist. We both had a blast meeting people and spreading the word.

Jack, spreading the word

On with the tour!

Bikes from every discipline were on hand…from mild to wild. Here are a couple of the highlights:

There was a fantastic vintage BMX collection on display (this is only a fraction of the full collection…I caught the guy right after he started unloading his trailer).

Vintage BMX collection

There were lots of freakbikes here, too. Many were hand-built by chopper-building extraordinaire Robert “Bullet” Ferrin.

Choppers and freakbikes

Here’s the winner of Bullet’s “$100 freakbike challenge”…this machine had the most pristine chrome on any bike I’ve ever seen!

Chrome event winner!

Check out this machine…a Welsh-made Newton trike. This bike’s front wheels are turned with steering rods attached to the fork’s steerer tube. It was, in my opinion, the coolest bike that stopped by the booth!

Welsh-made Newton tricycle

Here’s a shot of “tent city” during the height of the event. It is estimated that somewhere in the neighborhood of 3000 people came to the Bash, making it one of the largest (if not the biggest ever) bicycle-related events in the Tampa Bay area’s history.

Look at all those tents!

In addition to the bike shops, advocacy groups, free massages, bike and component manufacturers and others in attendance, there was also a lot of locally-made food. This tent was serving some BADASS Cajun cuisine…hot and spicy!

Cajun goodness

There were also lots of demos throughout the day…everything from cyclocross to BMX to fixed-gear stylin’. Here, some junior BMX racers from the Profile Racing Team demonstrate the starting gate “holeshot run”:

Profile Racing baddies bashing the starting gate

There was a short, tight grass cyclocross course set up for demonstrations of powerslide turns, run-ups and barrier jumping. On this racer’s first pass, he chose to shoulder his bike and run over the pair of 2ft. high plywood barriers. He did that with no problem. On his second pass, he decided to try to bunnyhop the first barrier and packed it in. I caught him just as he hit the ground:

Cyclocross demo mishap

The rider was OK, but he appeared to have damaged his front wheel…he got some technical assistance from his crew before he resumed the demo.

Meanwhile, out in the parking lot, the small (and growing!) but dedicated local contingent of fixed-gear riders was showing their stuff — barspins, wheelies, reverse circles, hangstills and skids galore. Here’s a rider doing his thang:

Fixed-gear shenanigans

While I was wandering around, collecting freebies from other tables and taking photos, I ran into Julie Bond from Tampa BayCycle. You may recognize Julie from her commuter profile (photographs lost to our hacker) on our very own website! Here she is hobnobbing with some cyclists:

Julie Bond of Tampa BayCycle

Finally, I caught the man behind this event in a quiet moment. Alan Snel is our area’s dedicated champion of all things bicycle, and his hard work, relentless spirit and great personality came together to make this event a success for participants and visitors alike. Alan, take a bow — you deserve your moment in the spotlight!!!

Alan Snel, the driving force behind this event

We’d like to thank Alan for inviting us to this event and getting us a table to use. We’d also like to thank the great folks from Sweetskinz for donating a few sets of tires that we are going to raffle off…those tires created quite the buzz at our booth — everyone who walked by could not resist picking them up, remarking about them and asking questions…good thing we had brochures to distribute! We’d also like to thank our friends at KHS Bicycles, who donated some goodies for us to give away and who support our advocacy efforts in many other ways. Finally, we’d like to thank the gentleman from Tampa Bay Freewheelers (sorry, buddy, I didn’t catch your name) who graciously offered us the use of a tent canopy for the event — we would have gotten a wicked sunburn without you, and we are gratefully for your group’s generosity!