Hi Kids, as per usual, we are pulling the shingle in for the month of February. I will be in for normal shop hours 2/1/2014, but after that, we won't be having any open shop hours till 3/5/2014. I also will not be returning any phone messages. I will, however, try to keep up with email on a weekly basis. Thanks, and see you when the weather is nicer.
Hi Folks!We are closing the shop July 4-8 for the holiday and weekend. Business per usual the following week.
Happy Fourth of July to you!
It's February 1st, time for a girl and a guy to take summer vacation! Open shop hours will be suspended until March. We will be attempting to check the emails, but cold umbrella drinks and a hot beach down south might get in the way of prompt responses. Sorry, them's the breaks. Thanks for a great season, everybody! We'll be back at it in March. Spring will be here soon.
As of Nov.1, we switch over to our Winter Hours schedule:
Mon-Sat: by appointment or call ahead
These hours are applicable Nov.1-Jan.31. The shop will be closed for the month of February. Normal open shop hours resume Mar.1, 2013.
It is starting to get chilly. This is sad for us bike riders, but if this makes you super-sad, then maybe you shouldn't live in New England. Or get some cold-weather gear and ride all winter, snow/ice days excepted. Unless you get some studded tires. Which would be really cool.
Big THANKS out to everyone for a killer 2012 season.
I have posted new tabs (see sidebar) with info regarding Winter Storage and Winter Work - check them out. I believe that we have the most affordable storage in the area, and your bike would much prefer to be warm and in the company of other bikes rather than cold and lonely in a snow drift.
In addition, we are running discounted Labor-Rates again for the Winter: 20% off Labor for service work between Nov.1-Jan.31, 33% off Labor for service work in conjunction with Winter Storage. We view the discounting as an encouragement of off-season work.
This 2012 season was very long; early-start to it way back at the beginning of March. We are looking forward to a bit of a slow-down for the winter, but we like to keep busy, so take us up on the offer for Storage or Work. Email us with any questions.
We will be closing the Shop for the entire month of February for our annual summer-in-winter relaxation and vacation. If your bike is in for storage, it will be safe, secure, and insured -- practically vacationing itself.
a girl and a guy have a wedding to attend this weekend in Syracuse, NY. We are closing the shop for this week. Now where is that pumice soap, we gotta get cleaned up!
I was geeking out on some numbers and thought you might like this one:
In 2011, 59% of the bikes we serviced were scooters, 28% motorcycles, 3% mopeds, 10% eGOs.
In 2012, thus far, scooters are down to 51%, motorcycles up to 42%, mopeds at 2%, eGOs at 5%.
So there you go, a snapshot of the shop. More motorcycles. I surmise the drop in percentage of scooters this year may be due to the easy warm winter we had: bikes weren't in storage for long; less time sitting = haven't seen nearly as many little 50cc scoots with gummed-up carbs. Just thinking. If I take the extra leap into nerd-dom, perhaps I will one day be able to tell you the percentage comparison between 'modern' and 'vintage' bikes that we service.
Hope your summer is NICE.
Well, it's May now. I'm a bit behind in making this post. Spring hit really early in March, we've been super busy (not that we're complaining!), and it left Billy and I with a little unfinished business as far as winter-projects (for example: you will note, or maybe have already noted that I haven't gotten around to making that new scooter design t-shirt yet - never fear, it will get done...soon). Luckily, the major shop rearrangement project was finished in January and it essentially doubled our useable floor space, made it more functional, and we have added a 3rd bay for another motorcycle lift and another mechanic!
With the shop improvements and some additional wrench-spinning, my goal for the 2012 season is to decrease turnaround-time and get you back on your bike as soon as possible. Minor services and major repairs, we are going to do our best our fastest.
The other thing I wanted to mention is that we've been seeing a lot of new bikes and customers this year, and a lot of them are saying they were told about us by YOU, so THANK YOU for the referrals! We are trying hard to keep on doing what we think we're doing well, and it's great to hear that it seems like it's working. [You know, if you keep telling your friends, too, it helps to keep our advertising budget low :)]
In the summer we don't get a lot of beach-time in, so we decided to head south in the winter to get our annual fix of sunshine. The shop will be closed until the 20th of February for this girl and guy to take a break and gear up for the spring. See you soon. Or soon you'll see our suntans.
We are taking this last week in 2011 to spend some time with family. January you will find us back full-time in the shop; we're gonna be doing some rearrangement pushing and shoving in addition to tackling all the winter-work lined up (big turn-out this winter for storage and repairs!). See you soon!
Happy Holidays to you and yours,
-Rachel & Billy
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