Today I resigned from my job at a local bike shop to...
PURCHASE MY OWN BIKE STORE !!!
HEAVIEST WW PROJECT YET
It's about 50km away, so it'll be a bit of a ride or drive everyday - but it'll be MY OWN SHOP!
I've worked in retail for a long time, and have managed and worked in small audiophile HiFi shops, large home electronics stores, computer franchises and, of course, a bike shop. So, sales and management wise - all is good.
Best of all, a passion for cycling and getting people out to ENJOY riding. Not neccesarily competitive, fast or technical - but just to get people out there on bikes.
If they enjoy building a sub 6kg bike - mate, I'll be happy to help! But, if they are after some hard to get vintage part for a restoration project I'll be equally intruiged...
the store logo will be -
I take that shop over on the 19th February 2007, and have plenty of things to sort out in the next few weeks!
Here it is -
It's in a regional Western Australian town called Collie - mainly Coal Mining, Power Stations (Electricity Generation) and Alumina Bauxite refinery. 50km inland from the coast about 200km south of Perth.
Plenty of MTBing around, and was the centre for road and track cycling in the state up until about 30 years ago.
Anyway, enough of my ramblings. I hope the moderators don't lock this thread - I just want to share my happiness and excitement!!
Shamus wrote:Do you ship to Finland?...
I was going to write in the original message that Australia isn't the cheapest place to buy parts from wholesalers... just due to the fact that Australia is quite a small market (globally) for some companies. There are a few multinationals that have quite a level global market, most notably Giant and Shimano, where the price is similar everywhere (except Shimano on ProBikeKit... I'm sure they must be loosing money when they sell some of their Shimano Groupsets...).
I'm still a believer in supporting your local bike shop if you expect them to support you when you're in dire need of mechanical assistance or emergency spare parts - plus, of course, continued advice on any bike related issue.
If you're after the cheapest price, it's hard for bike stores to compete because of the overheads in having a store - with bills from rent, electricity, advertising, holding a full range of stock (rather than just what's on special from suppliers that particular week) etc. etc.
Don't get me wrong, i've bought plenty of stuff from the net - but only when it really isn't available locally, or it's just too good a deal to pass up.
Having said that I'm happy to help out WW's anytime they need help.
Too true about prices in OZ. I think shipping is also a factor for you folks there as well, so I get what you're saying when it comes to your cost of goods before mark up... Shame as that place is so bike mad.
Wondering based on some prices I see if there isn't an fair large import tax as well? I know Austrailia isn't exactly easy to move to and get a job as protectionism there is pretty high. Maybe the same for import goods as import people...
I've been asked to consult on a new bike shop in Toronto. They will be carrying only high-end frames and clothing.
What are you doing to distinguish your shop from others? We're planning a cafe with weekly rides and as many live races on a big plasma TV as we can find.
What are you doing to distinguish your shop from others?
I think just being open and available in the area he's at is probably distiguishing... But something to spruce and reinvigorate is always a great idea.
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