Nov 30, 2009

New Directions!

Hey All!

Well, the time has come for me to do something I have been dreaming and thinking about since my first days as a young teen in my local bike store back in Etobicoke ON - I am opening my own shop here in Calgary.

About a year ago, I was struck by what I like to call an "entrepreneurial seizure" and it was right then that I decided that the time had come for me to make the leap into small business ownership. There are many reasons why this "seizure" happened, not the least of which is a desire to make a positive impact in my community - but importantly, I feel that Calgary has an unmet demand for a bike store that is a little different, very accessible to non-cyclists, passionate, and professional.

BikeBike's focus will be to provide products, services, and advice to people who are looking to make bicycles a bigger part of their daily life. We will have bikes for families, bikes for commuting, bikes for exploring and shopping - everyday bicycles. We will also be working really hard to offer Calgarians a bikeshop experience that is fresh, modern, and professional.

As a result of this new direction I will be not be posting here too too often. I am hoping to setup a blog of some sort on our store webpage so if you are looking for my rants and opinions it might be best to check the store website in the future.

If you would like to support our new store, feel free to follow our progress on Twitter or if you are the Facebook sort, you can find our BikeBike FanPage here. You can also click on the title of this post and that will direct you to our website. The website does not have much on it for now but will be updated as we approach the opening date - sometime in February 2010 is the projected opening.

If you like, you can also email me and i can add you to our email list. We promise not to spam you!

Make sure you come visit us soon!

Happy Trails!


Cyrus said...

Awesome news!

John said...

congratulations Sean thats awesome news
Good luck i can't wait to visit.


Cold Bike said...

I have been saying for years that Calgary needs this type of shop. I was thinking it even more this year when I witnessed a congregation of bike shop employees mocking a potential customer because he was trying a non-mountain bike and wearing office clothes.
Maybe you would like to carry studded tires in 20 inch for my CETMA and your Madsen?

BikeBike said...

@ Coldbike - i have heard that same story about the "commuter" customer many times before and, indeed, this is one of the reasons i have decided to open the shop.

Thanks for the comment!

Cold Bike said...

I think it is really great that you are opening a bike shop for regular folks. I can't help but see the irony in the fact that some of your biggest customers will be folks like me who are in fact hardcore cyclists but have just chosen to incorporate cycling into real life.
I am looking forward to seeing your shop.