Some bike shop love...

Ritte Van Vlaanderen is a cool brand of bikes I've mentioned before. Maybe this spring when we have some cash flow a bike or two from them will show up in the shop.
In the meantime, they have a great blog post from time to time...

Giving a little love to the IBD (independent bike dealer).  Obviously, it was some stuff I could relate to.  Even though the cast of characters listed don't match our shop exactly.

Black Friday Ride...

Despite the lousy weather on Friday, we still managed to assemble a crew and get a good ride in.

I think we had 14 people show up to our re-located location of the South Foothills.  Unfortunately, we lost 2 almost immediately due to a bum knee and a bum foot.  However, both those individuals rallied and met us after at La Cumbre, which no doubt helped them to recover from their injuries.

We even had a Black Friday type super special giveaway of a fancy new Bikeworks water bottle for anybody that showed up and wanted one. And fortunately, despite the excitement of a once in a lifetime opportunity for a free Bikeworks water bottle, nobody got overly excited and pepper sprayed anybody else.

So we got on with our roundabout loops in the South Foothills, thoroughly enjoying ourselves through the sporadic weather.  Then a few went off to La Cumbre for a beer or three.

The beer was perfection, as always.  Also, I enjoyed a burger from the burger truck that is often found parked in front of La Cumbre.  If you haven't had one yet, I strongly encourage you to.  I can't remember the last time I ate a burger that delicious.

It was a good day.  Thanks to everybody that showed up to ride with us, and once again thanks to all our customers for keeping our store open for four years.

Lastly, it looks like we will be getting out for another night ride this Friday (Dec. 2nd) after work.  Call us later in the week if you would like to join, and we'll have exact time and place figured.

Ride moved!

We have moved the shop ride for today due to mud in the east mountains. We will be meeting at the Indian School trailhead. Still meeting at noon. Hope to see you there.

Thanksgiving Hours and Anniversary Ride!

Firstly, we have decided to take some time off, so...

We will be closed Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Returning to work Monday November 28th at 10am like normal. 

Well, mostly like normal, but fatter.

With that out of the way..
the plan for our great big celebratory everybody is welcome 4th Anniversary Bikeworks Ride on Friday is to meet at Otero Canyon trailhead at noon.  We will play it by ear a little as far as route and duration goes, depending on who all shows up. But as I said before, everybody is invited, this doesn't need to be a hammer fest, so if you are at all intrigued, please show up.
Basically, I'm thinking a couple-few hours around Otero Canyon, the new Gnast and Tio Juanito trails, Rambo, and maybe a little 3 Bottles and Turkey Trot depending on how ambitious we are feeling.  I will of course be open to suggestions as well.

And if the weather takes a nasty turn on Wednesday or Thursday, check in here or the facebooks as we may have to re-locate to the foothills, but I haven't heard there is much weather expected.

In other news, for the first time ever we have our very own water bottles!

I know, it's amazing! Like, what bike shop has their own water bottles, right! Anyhow, we only got 200, and we got them in 2 days ago, so there are only about 190 bottles left, so hurry on in while supplies last.  We are selling them for $5, because that what it seems like a bike bottle should cost.

Lastly, any spelling or grammatical errors are courtesy of Donovan, who so kindly gifted us with a new flavor of tequila yesterday...


The "Espolon" on the right is what he gave us. I'm enjoying it currently. It's a tequila I haven't had before, and it is quite tasty.
 The Don Julio 70th anniversary was a present from Charlie a couple weeks ago, and was fantastic as well.  And if you look closely in the background... ahh yes, that would be a bottle of "Dark Eyes" vodka, probably the most depressing liquor name ever.  The bottles are starting to pile up, it must be the holidays!

Happy turkey day everybody!  May your Thanksgiving pass in a haze of gluttony shared with loved ones. 

A good old fashioned bike shop wedding!

There are a lot of bike shops in Albuquerque. Some of them are pretty cool.  But of course, they aren't "I wanna get married in that shop" cool...

Booya! We had a wedding in our shop!
On Friday November 11th, shortly after closing time, Dan Morgan and Manda Lo exchanged vows, and became officially married for-realsies in Bikeworks!  There was a Marriage Certificate and everything!

Dan explained to us that our shop was the first place that he and Manda visited after moving to Albuquerque that they thought didn't totally suck, and maybe made them feel like they were going to be okay living here.  I take that as a pretty awesome compliment, because Dan and Manda are awesome people.  They moved here from Minneapolis, and are total bike nerds.  Minneapolis has an amazing bike culture/scene, as well as a ton of really cool shops. So if our shop makes them feel at home, I am again very complimented.

So, they were married by this guy:

and he was also awesome! He is an ordained minister of Dudeism.  You know, as in The Dude from The Big Lebowski. The vows were loving, thoughtful, and hilarious, and included yelling at each other about having a rashes on their asses so bad that they cant even sit down (I'm assuming you've seen the movie).  Then Dan and Manda exchanged giant candy rings. 

(pic of Dan, mid vow, shaking his hands angrily and yelling about the rash on his ass)

Then the marriage certificate was signed:

While the marriage certificate was being filled out, Mike chimed in and suggested that the location of the marriage should be listed as : Albuquerque (Bikeworks).  And that seemed like a good idea to everybody, and so it was.

Then we all celebrated with White Russians, and fun was had by all.
I poured beers for the merry wedding goers until the keg ran dry.

And I wasn't completely hammered when that pic was taken. I believe my eyes are just bloodshot from the tears of joy. Joy and beer and White Russians.

And people hung out and enjoyed themselves, and Mike climbed around taking pics that I think make the shop look really good:

And then Danny got upset that there wasn't any dancing. So he was all "screw it, I'll just dance with my bike!" And then Dan saw Danny dancing with his bike all lonely, and said "ah hell nah, there ain't going to be no lonely dancing at my wedding!" So he went over to Danny, and busted a move, and it was beautiful:
At least that's what I like to imagine is going on in this photo.

But due to our ill-preparedness, the keg did run dry after a short time, so the wedding moved along over to La Cumbre, where there was no worry of running out of beer. 

It was a great time, and we are so flattered that Dan and Manda wanted to get married in our shop.

So thank you Dan and Manda, it was an honor and a blast, and we wish you the best in your future life together.

Fourth Anniversary Ride?

You may find this shocking, but on November 14th Bikeworks Albuquerque will have been in business for four years.  It doesn't seem like 4 years could possibly go by so fast, but I know it's been 4 years because the bottom of our socks say "Est. 2007".  See, you were wondering back in 2008 why we were bragging about having been "established" for a whole year. But now, the genius of our design pays off. Score one for Bikeworks!

Anyway, we are thinking that a celebratory mountain biking ride with many people would be a pleasing way to celebrate our business being old enough to enroll in "Pre-K".  And we are thinking that the day after Thanksgiving, Friday November 25th would be a good day for  that.

I know some of you will be caught up in the events of what I believe is referred to as "Beige Friday", but we choose not to participate in "Beige Friday", and find it a great day to close the shop and goof off.
And besides, if you are a true "Beige Friday" follower, your shopping orgy will be finished by 3:15am, leaving you plenty of time to go home, unload your 3 washing machines and 700 inch flatscreen TV, shower (important because you spend the past 4 days camping out in front of Best Buy), and make it to our ride, which will probably start at about noon.

If Otero is not under mud/snow by then, I think that will be our ride location of choice. If that's out, then I think a trans-foothills extravaganza will be the plan.  I would like as many people as possible to show up. I'm not thinking "sufferfest" or "epic" need to come into play here. 

Then I'm hoping many people will want to join us for a few (more) adult beverages at La Cumbre after the ride.  Or skip the ride and just meet us for beers. Or do the first 20 minutes of the ride, and go get the bar seats warmed up for us at La Cumbre. We won't judge.

Soo, that's about the extent of my idea.  Please feel free to offer any ideas that might make the day more awesome.  Such as a "leftover turkey" competition in which the person who rides with, and consumes, the most leftover turkey during the ride wins something fantastic.  Perhaps a beer prize? Perhaps a new bike? Or perhaps... more turkey?

Details will be laid out as they are figured out.

Thanks for playing, and thanks for all your amazing loyalty and devotion to the shop these past four years.  You've allowed a couple of hopeless bike junkies live the dream.