thank you…!

it is with so much gratitude that i am officially announcing my semi-retirement…!

i want to thank everyone who has helped make the broken spoke an absolute success over the past twenty years…it couldn’t have happened without each of you…!

i have been extremely fortunate to have grown my business with the greatest customers possible & i will happily continue to help any of you by appointment only going forward…new customers will be considered on a case by case basis…

just send me an email or call(same number as always) for correspondence…

thank you thank you thank you…!

~ by michael on February 14, 2023.

4 Responses to “thank you…!”

  1. Don’t be too semi retired. 20 years? That time has flown by.

  2. It’s not possible! It’s been 22 years since I moved here and I will be 65 years old this year. I have turned into an old man since you started your bike shop. When users at the bike library would ask for bike shop recommendations. You were always it–of course the other shops were on the maps I designed. The only non-corporate, non-pushy, not afraid of people who would just call themselves bicycle riders (like me) bike shop. You served the interest of the radical idea that riding was not only fun. Starting a 4000 lb plus vehicle to drive 2 and 1/2 mi to a grocery store to buy a gallon of milk, then complaining the gasoline cost as much as a gallon of milk should make less and less sense to people who live in a community like this and yet driving persists! I still fumble and try to make my own repairs, amateur that I am, there are a few things that I do not know how to do and pretty sure I might be too old to learn; building wheels and servicing my Nexus 8 speed internal gear transmission are tasks i need to leave to you, so I hope you will continue to do those things. Things. I am also thinking about making a cold set adjustment to my Schwinn Probe and having a new set of 26-in wheels that might make it possible for me to help out the chain alignment on my bafang conversion. And I think I’ve rolled ball bearings around that gritty race in those Mallard hubs long enough. Maybe this summer we can talk about that.

    I know it’s not easy to run a bike shop like you ran (and Steve ran also) but honesty doesn’t always pay I guess. As someone who has run a small business doing graphic design and talking clients out of things they didn’t need and wouldn’t do them any good, I have first hand knowledge of customers who would only feel good about paying top dollar for everything they bought. Bought. I still don’t understand them but there is always someone there to take their money and I guess at least it recirculates through the community. I have obviously bought some things at the Engulf and Devour shop and still have regrets about that. Hopefully some of the folks I recommended your shop to followed through. Best wishes for a not terribly idle semi retirement!

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