And then it was 2019
Nota bene: There are many mixed-up we’s and I’s below. Apologies to English majors, editors, and linguists. Bold font means “Click For Link.”
We see lots of web sites that are current when it comes to merchandise and other stuff, but when you click on their blogs, they haven’t been updated since, like, 2016.
We get it. We’re not much better. This is only our 17th blog post since we opened our doors, and it is, by far, the longest one yet.
I read an interview once with George Thorogood (of George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers) who said —and I paraphrase — the reason that he didn’t write many songs was because, “Chuck Berry wrote them all.”
We feel pretty much the same way when it comes to Grant, Will, and Roman down at Rivendell where blogs are concerned. We read the Blug and the Blahg, and think there’s no way to compete with the writing and bike content there. Maybe some day I’ll start a blog about late-60s early 70s One Hit Wonders, and then, “Look out, world!”
Two-Thousand Nineteen got off to a rocky start. Or should I say a stoney end? I got walloped with a kidney stone 36 hours before we were set to take a 2 week vacation. We spent it at Kaiser instead. Darby is a saint!
As a result, we’ve mostly been open weekends in February while I recuperate from surgery. We hope to get back to more “normal” hours in March.
One of our favorite Portland small businesses, Stumptown Printers, closed their doors at the end of January. After 20 years!
We had the good fortune to collaborate with them on our Pedal Bikes, Shoot Film® poster contest last September. Eric came to us with the idea, wanting to use a press from 1968 that he was expecting to retire. We’re glad he did, and wish Eric, Rebecca, and Brian all the best.
Their announcement here.
When you own a small business, you see the closures of other small businesses through several lenses:
“You don’t know what you got ‘til it’s gone…”
“Damn the Internet.”
“When will it be us?”
We’re thinking of a few events we’d like to host in the coming weeks and months. Now that Mt. Hood Brewing is open next door, we don’t have quite the “free range” parking lot we once did. That means smaller events, held in the shop or maybe going out on a ride (like real bike shops do).
We’ve talked to Randi at Randi Jo Fabrications about doing our annual RJF Trunk Show. It will be our 4th one! Probably April.
It would be fun to get some of the film crew from Rivendell up here for a Pedal Bikes, Shoot Film® Camera Ride.
Maybe leave from the shop, ride and shoot some photos, and then end up at our favorite Portland retail store, Blue Moon Camera and Machine so anyone who wants to drop off their film for developing can do it quick and easy. Any old (film) camera will do. Doesn’t need to be anything fancy. We’ll throw in a roll of film if you sign up. Details to follow. Batteries not included.
Shawn Granton, of the Urban Adventure League, is talking about hosting a Pedalpalooza event at Rivelo in June. A bike touring clinic, I think. Watch our Instagram and Facebook pages for more on that. Or his.
From the Department of Tempus Fugit:
It was four years ago this month that we launched an LLC, started looking for an affordable retail space,
and began meeting some of the cool people who would soon become good friends and regular customers.
We won’t make it 20 years like Stumptown Printers did, but we’ll see you this weekend if you wanna stop by.
Happy-Belated New Year. Thanks for keeping us afloat!
J.A.B. & D.B.B.