Friday, July 29, 2005

Tour of Hope: Ride with Lance

Lance Armstrong will once again be riding cross country with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope Team in support of cancer research. The team of 24 cyclists will start in San Diego on September 29 and ride nonstop until they reach Washington, D.C. on October 8. During the final ride into DC, cyclists are invited to join the DC Fundraising Ride, lead by Lance.
This year, riders can register for either a 50-mile ride beginning in rural Maryland or a 10-mile ride starting in Glen Echo, MD. Both rides will merge near Glen Echo for the Tour of Hope Grand Finale on the Ellipse, which will feature the triumphant arrival of Lance Armstrong and the Tour of Hope Team, along with special guests, live music, a health fair, and activities for the entire family.

The rides will take place rain or shine Saturday, October 8th. The 50-mile ride, which will be led by Lance, will start at 7 a.m. The 10 mile ride will start approximately at 9 a.m. from Glen Echo area, Glen Echo, MD.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

BikeAID is coming together

Originally uploaded by bikes@vienna.
Over five years ago I began tinkering with a project that is illustrated by the red vending machine on the right. I call it BikeAid. You's first aid for your bike. It's been something that has gotten pushed to the back as other issues arose. Yesterday I bought the vending machine and the credit card reader. About the first of August you'll find the machine in front of the store with tubes, cables, brake pads, and accessories for sale. You'll be able to insert a credit card and make a purchase at 5:00 AM or 10:00 PM. Going for an early morning ride? Don't have a spare tube to carry with you? You'll be able to buy one from BikeAID.

Is it an idea with potential? I think so........I'll let you know how and where its going.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The News Is Out.........Vienna is a wonderful place

The Washington Post had a story yesterday on the front page of the Metro section so I guess I can share the news. About four weeks ago I had a reporter from Money Magazine come to the store. She told me that she was doing a story about Vienna being a wonderful place to live. We talked for a bit which allowed me to tell her that it is the sense of community that I like about Vienna. Later that week a freelance photographer appeared and took pictures at the store for the story.

The story is in the August issue of Money Magazine. The news is that Vienna ranked fourth in the top 25 best places to live. The photographer had told me second, but whether it be second, third, fourth, or fifth. It is a good thing for Vienna. It could be nice for bikes@vienna if a photo of the store appears in the article.

Look for the August issue of Money Magazine.


Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Adjusting what we offer

bikes@vienna is changing. Faced with limited store space and trying to focus on business for which we are a unique alternative, we're going to phase out of selling children's bicycles, trail-a-bikes, and trailers. We will continue to repair children's cycling equipment. We will continue to provide the "Continuing Care" on bikes we've sold. We will not have in the store "for sale" children's bikes in 12", 16", and 20" wheel sizes. We will not have in the store "for sale" trail-a-bikes and trailers.

We plan to have a sale on our existing bikes and trailers on Monday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 19. We'll have a listing of equipment, number of items in each model, and prices posted on the website beginning Thursday, July 14. This is a sale of in stock items.

Please watch the website for more information.