Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bromptons come in many colors!

Fourteen, to be exact, and you can mix and match any two. And then there's the "raw lacquer" option, which you can see on our demo bike.

Today we got this bike ready for a customer who ordered a very striking paint scheme... Hot Pink main frame with Cobalt Blue Extremities. Pretty sharp looking, huh? Lots of other fun combinations to try... and we have the sample chips here so you can see what works for you.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

John Brunow Visits bikes@vienna!

The old gang together again - Tim, John, Al, Bruce and Java
Yesterday afternoon, we had some very special guests - John Brunow, founder of bikes@vienna, his wife Ces, their daughter Sarah (who still lives locally) and Java, everybody's favorite chocolate labrador!

For those of you who don't know, John moved back to Iowa in December to be closer to his parents. He and Ces now make their home in Jefferson, IA, where Ces grew up, and are living in a house built by her grandfather. In a few weeks, John will be opening All Ability Cycles, his new shop right in the heart of Jefferson, convenient to the Raccoon River Valley Trail .

It was great to see everyone. John and Ces both look very happy and healthy, and Java was her usual happy, wiggly, playful self. Show that dog a tennis ball and she's in heaven. After a short visit to the shop they drove on down to Richmond to visit their son and grandson. They'll return Monday, when John and I will work to pack up a few more things he's taking with him. You might stop by to say hi if you're in the area.

A few more photos are here: The Brunows Visit b@v June 24, 2011

I should be able to post more after Monday.  Watch this space!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

A Very Nice Visit From a Happy Customer

Josh here came by just to say hi today... and to tell us how much he has enjoyed owning his Batavus Personal Delivery Bike. That sort of thing is always nice to hear, but what made this visit even better was hearing how Josh has used this bike... it just might surprise you!

Most folks see these bikes and think purely of "utilitarian" uses for it... shopping at the grocery store, or a trip to the farmer's market, maybe even hauling some hardware and materials home from the hardware store. But looking at the bike that way is really limiting... for example, many of you may recall seeing John Brunow carrying his chocolate labrador, Java, around in a big basket on the front of an orange Batavus.

Well, Josh here has done even more wonderful and unexpected things with his PDB. He's ridden it on the C&O Canal, all the way up to Cumberland, MD, 185 miles away... AND back again in the same trip! He said it was perfect for the trip, with its comfortable ride and stability... plus the ability to carry all of his gear securely. It reminded me that years ago, when "10-speeds" were just becoming all the rage, the Washington Post carried an article about cycling the Canal, and recommended a lowly 3-speed over the fancier 10-speeds, because of their comfort and stability over rough surfaces. Josh here has shown that it's still a great option today.

But he didn't stop there... he's even ridden the Batavus on RAGRAI... the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa! Many of you know from John Brunow's tales that this is a week long party on wheels, where thousands of cyclists on all manner of bikes pedal across the great state of Iowa. Well, Josh took his Batavus on that trek, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

And yet that's not really the best part... Josh has found the bike fits into his family life as well. This past weekend, he took his kids on their first overnight bike camping trip, on the C&O Canal and W&OD, including a Potomac crossing at White's Ferry, carrying all of their gear on his trusty Batavus. And today he when he stopped by, he'd just helped his daughter carry gear to a softball game before he came to see us.

It's always fun to hear how folks find ways to make the bikes they have fit into their lives, enriching their lives. It brings a smile to my face when I see how such a simple machine can make such a difference. So come on by and tell us your story when you get a chance.