Monday, March 28, 2011

Rider Goes Down

I was out with Team Laughing Dog yesterday for a training ride in preparation for the RAAM race this June.  We practiced some exchanges and everything went really well, until we called it quits and started heading back to one of the rider's house to debrief.  Crossing the railroad track on Great Northern, Mel's front wheel slipped into the crack between the road and the track and he went down hard.  A trip to the ER and a few hours waiting came the news that he probably is not going to be able to compete in RAAM this year.

This isn't a post intended to make you go "ahh" and get all sad.  If anyone can bounce back from this, it's Mel.  He has been a driving for Team Laughing Dog's efforts to do RAAM this year.  And he has spearheaded the teams' efforts to raise money and awareness for autism.  All this and he still finds time to promote cycling within our community also.

So, while you are out riding keep Mel in your thoughts and prayers.

Oh, and what kind of race mechanic would I be if I didn't report on the condition of his bike.  Amazingly, Mel took the worst of it in this accident.  I ran through it and the bike is fine and I'm sure he'll be on it soon again.
Please remember to try and take railroad tracks straight on/perpendicular as much as possible.  Go slow and realize that a little moisture can make those steel rails like ice.  This accident could have happened to anyone.  So be safe!
big gap!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thanks to my peeps

So, as I came to the the shop this morning to get ready for the grand opening festivities, I thought I should give some shouts outs.  There have been so many people that have given of their time and/or materials to make the new bike shop happen.  I'm sure none of the following did it for public acknowledgement, but hey I'm gonna do it anyway...

First thing you'll see when you walk in is the impressive oak bar with old pumps, thanks to Mike Murray for all his woodworking.
Then there is the store logo and bike artwork on the walls, Al Lemire let his creative juices flow. 
A friend, that wishes to remain anonymous, spend several weekends helping make the 2 work benches in the repair area.  Glued, screwed and clamped they will be around for a very long time.

Signs, stickers, business cards and the banner were all designed and done by Carl at Kodiak Advertising.  He did an amazing job of bringing my concepts to life.
Jane, the best GF ever, spent a week straight painting and finishing the inside before we started setting up.  Store colors of black and orange continue on the inside.

Jim Marley steeped up big and donated a bike rack for outside and also build a desk to hold all my paperwork.

Lastly, Jake Ostman did a sweet job of setting up our website 

In the end, I feel blessed to have so many people willing to con tribute to this bike shop.  I'm sure I have missed some people, but thanks to all!!  OK, enough mussy, mussy...let's get to working on bikes!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Big News!

So, after days, weeks and months of your wondering.  After fielding countless questions regarding what I am doing next.  After much consideration and thought regarding my sanity.  I have come to a decision regarding my next step in life...

What could it be?

Will it still be in Sandpoint?

Is it bike-related?

...I am trying to build suspense here...

I'm opening my own bike shop!!  Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair is located at 108 N. 3rd Avenue (corner of 3rd and Pine) right in downtown Sandpoint.  As of today, the repair shop is set-up, stocked and ready for bikes. Please bring bikes as I've really missed getting bike grease on my hands.  Orders for the retail area are on their way and the store will be filling up over the next couple weeks.

Want more details, check out our website at or better yet swing on by and see it for yourself.

If you are wondering what this means for the blog, not much.  Still Brian's Bike Buzz and I will continue to write about all things related to biking in Sandpoint...although, you might have to hear a little about the store haps from time to time.