The Winds Of Change

It’s been a while since we’ve really communicated with you and thought this would be a good time to let you know what’s going on.

There’s been a lot of changes since we’ve moved to the Perry neighborhood.  A new President, Volunteer Coordinator, shop remodel and more.

But what’s been happening behind the scenes and how does it affect you?

First of all, the move to the Perry location at 16th and Helena has been wonderful.  We like being part of a family neighborhood with better parking and a newly reorganized shop.

But what’s up with the change in shop hours and prices?

Since our inception and days in the residential garage without heat and minimal lighting we’ve hardly increased our prices. Our first “real” shop was the one on Sprague where rent was cheap (-er than it is now) and stand/tool rental started at $5/hr.  Since then we’ve upgrade locations, equipment and personnel.

What changes are you making?

First of all effective Thursday,  March 22nd prices will change.   Shop rates go from $5/hr to $7.50/hr, membership changes to $60/year (from $50).  This won’t be a quick fix and certainly will not cure all our woes, but it’ll certainly help.

Why are the hours changing?

In looking at the use trend, Friday’s have been hideous with few visits and fewer sales.  The survey recently published shows Sundays from noon till 4 was the clear request for an opening.

Is that all you’re going to do?

No!  Personally I plan on eating better and exercising more.  While that won’t generate income I’ll certainly feel better.  On a more P2P note we’re going to push for some more memberships, increase marketing so people know we’re here and have at  least one fund raiser.

On the fund raising note we’re going to do a Flat Tire silent auction in October.  If you have something you can donate (including time) send me an e-mail at

What can I do to help?

Become a member.  Volunteer at events this summer.  Donate to the Flat Tire auction.   Ride your bike and come by the shop and tune it up.

So that’s where we’re at right now. We love the growth and along with it the new bicycle routes we’re paving.

Till later,

Jacque – Out

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