November 26, 10:16 p.m
I must say, I've got a great group of people working with me each and everyday at Bikes Plus. This evenings "Extend Your Cycling Season Event " just happened to put an exclamation point on great! First, I sat back and watched Zach talk trainers. Perfect, in every way. Then I watched as Aaron and Adam, chatted lights. 10 out of 10 on that one. Special thanks as well to Melissa, Andrew, and Nicholas for assisting customers, as well as providing them with complimentary Grinders Espresso Bar products and home made ginger bread cake. After that, I kicked in, so you could say things went downhill fast after a very promising start, but once again, I was thrilled with the way my staff did whatever they could to make our attendees both feel special, and provide them with info that will truly help them EXTEND Their Cycling Season. Many thanks once again to all who attended our event, trust us, there will be many more events in 2014 hosted at 1248 Bedford Highway. Stay tuned.
A Very Wise Man Once Said
November 20, 9:44 p.m
A very wise man once said, "The beauty of cycling in the winter, is the beer in your pannier gets colder as you head home, not warmer."
The famous wise man who said this? Go ahead and guess...lol.
Le Grande Orange, I Love You!
November 14, 7:26 p.m
As the new 2014 Giant models roll into the shop, and they're all so great, I've already got my eye on a new commuter . But how do I break the news to Le Grande Orange? I brought, the "potential new bike" up from the basement to show some customers today, and out of the corner of my eye, I'm sure I caught a glimpse of Le Grande Orange looking around the corner at me. Fenton Cunningham picked up his 2014 Propel Advanced 0 today, and I mentioned to him that I could've used a Propel on the way into the shop today. "I just couldn't seem to get it going today Fenton" I said, but I'm sure, somewhere,... someone was listening in on our conversation. Late this afternoon I brought Le Grande Orange in from the deck to do a bit of work on her. This is getting tougher and tougher to do, because of the many years of service the bike has provided me. Most of the once moving parts, are seized solid, and most of the fasteners are rusted and stripped out. So this afternoon, the "fine tuning" on one of the most durable, reliable machines in the world was done with not one, but two hammers. The end result? My ride home this evening in the dark was nothing short of exhilarating! Le Grande Orange, you ripped up the roads, shifted like a Dura Ace equipped bike, and almost brought me top tears when I thought about how our days together were maybe numbered. Can't do it, won't do it, you've been much too good to me. Le Grande Orange...I love you!
Google, Google, On The Wall, "Who's The Fairest Of Them All?"
November 8, 8:22 p.m
If you didn't read my post last night, everything is fine, but if you did, I have to clear up a few things. Last night I wasn't at a crack party with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford , I wasn't hanging out with Peter Duffy at his cottage drinking copius amounts of cognac at the Canadian taxpayers expense, and I wasn't hallucinating or O.D.ing on Garrison IPA. Unfortunately, this morning I found out that my hard work and perseverance hasn't hit the street yet for the masses, and perhaps never will. After being so excited about my Google search result last evening, and asking others to check it out, I realized computers, and Google are much, much smarter than most of us morons that use these tools realize. Warning folks, they are so smart, they show you what you want to see, and tell you what you want to hear. Need proof? Below is a a screen shot of my Google search result for "halifax bike shop" from my computer. Unfortunately, nobody else sees this, just me. Mystified as to why only I see this on my computer at home, but not my cell, and not anywhere else, I typed in the title to this blog, and guess what? Yup, an image of the BMan appeared front and center! It was a very good image of me, I have to admit, but still, is this right? So my apologies for broadcasting a success story that never really happened, but it appears you can't believe what your computer or Google tells you. BMan signing off, the same BMan according to Google, that is still the "Fairest Of Them All."