Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

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I just wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation. This past year has been amazing. We’ve thrown the first ever CycloFemme event in Madison, we’ve met a number of awesome people in this wonderful city, and we’ve been a part of some great events such as Choose to Commute and the Wisconsin Bike Summit.

It’s not often that people get to actually go after something they’ve dreamed of doing. Many people think it’s too risky or unlikely that things will turn out well. If anything, this past year has shown that doing something you love or dream of is the best thing you can do for yourself.

I want to thank all of our friends, new and old who have listened to us talk about our future business plans or the website. I want to thank all the awesome bike industry folks who have helped us while taking our small business course through UW-Madison and helping us write our business plan.

Thanks to all the folks who work so hard and advocate for cycling. Cycling has change my life, more so than almost anything else has. I’ve made a career out of it and feel like it’s such a positive thing for people to participate in. Cyclists tend to be really great people and a tight knit community.

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to check out the blog or has attended any of the events we’ve promoted. We’ll be calling on you in the not too distant future to help make our dreams a reality.

Myself and Keri would both really like to create a shop and community space where cyclists new and old can feel comfortable. We want to be a resource for people and harbor a really welcoming space for people to learn about alternative transport and cycling in general. Not going to lie, we want to be very women friendly, but that doesn’t mean we’ll exclude men…just making sure we give a little extra love to our own kind 😉

We want to be active in advocacy and help be the voice for folks who are looking to create safer streets and better ways for people to get to point a to point b. Cycling is fun and somewhere along the line we think shops and the industry has sort of forgotten that. Let’s focus more about making cycling fun again and open to everyone, not just those who count grams on their components.

There’s no shortage of awesome companies, creating great products. Even more so, companies based right here in our own backyard. We want to show them love the most!

2014 is going to be a big year for us. We hope everyone wants to come along for the ride and thank you to everyone who has been supporting us and believing in us every step of the way.

We’re continuing to work out the details of our business plan and getting it ready to present to a few choice individuals as well as some small business associations and banks. We’re starting to look at some retail space around town to get an idea of how much space we can work with and what location would best suite our needs.

Events will be coming around the corner soon. We will be hosting CycloFemme again this year and want to do something really special for it. Some pop up shops may be happening with some awesome sister businesses and we hope to have a presence at the Ride the Drive events this year as well. Heck, you may see us out on the bike path with coffee and treats…we’ll do anything to chat people up about the business!

Thank you all again for your love and support.

-Cassandra

Classy, Made in the USA Bike Storage

Sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have done a lot for the cycling industry in the past couple of years. We’ve seen a lot of really great, innovative products pop up. There’s also some pretty bad ones that end up flopping, but it’s still exciting to see the enthusiasm that folks put into these concepts and that they are trying to improve our quality of life.

Today we discovered a product that makes storing your bikes inside of your home or apartment easy and attractive. BONUS: It’s sourced and manufactured in the USA!

The Statement Bicycle Rack is a wall mounted bike storage solution that uses clean lines and when it’s not in use, it looks like a decorative fixture. The mix of birch hardwood and aluminum looks classy and chic. The part that actually holds the bike folds down with a cradle for your top tube.

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Photos sourced via Kickstarter.
Photos sourced from Kickstarter
Photos sourced via Kickstarter.
Point of Purchase packaging.
Point of Purchase packaging.

The rack would make a great solution for someone who doesn’t want their home looking like a shed or garage space. It saves floor space and you’re not having to worry about tipping over bikes sitting in little stands all over the floor!

The minimalist packaging shows off the product nicely vs. the standard picture on the box route that most manufacturers opt for. I’d even consider using these racks in a retail setting to display some high end road bikes on the wall.

Native Standard Collective is the group behind this project and some more Made in the USA products to come. If this is the type of design work they do, they are definitely headed in the right direction. The installation for the Statement Bicycle Rack only requires two stainless steel screws and the bit needed for installation is included.

If you’d like to be one of the cool kids and get a nice, USA make storage rack for your ride, check out their Kickstarter page and donate!

http://kck.st/ZxVox0 <—-Check out their video on how they manufacture the rack AND how it functions while in use. There’s a place to thread a lock through as well as a helmet holder!

Fix It Sticks- LAST DAY for KICKSTARTER BACKERS!!!

Today is the last day for the Fix It Sticks KICKSTARTER Campaign! If you haven’t heard of this product yet, you should probably start looking up bike blogs because all the cool kids seem to be digging on this product design. We know we are! fixitsticks

The bits of the Fix It Sticks are permanently fixed into place, so you don’t have to worry about loosing the pieces in a jersey pocket or on the road. The Sticks are lightweight and beautifully simple in design and function. Brian Davis, the designer, has spent many hours perfecting everything from materials to color to weight. The best part is, he’s based in Wisconsin and the sticks will be USA made!

We’ve decided to back his project and hope others do too. If you support his campaign, you’ll be one of the first kids on the block with some sweet new bike tools. Expect a full review of the product once it shows up in our mailbox. Other sites have pre-production models, but we want the real deal,  the available to the public, full production model.

To support Brian and the Fix It Sticks campaign, please click HERE. Word is that Brian is working on some other slick bike related goodies. We can’t wait to see what he has in store for the future!

p.s. There’s a little tutorial on how to make a holder for the Fix It Sticks out of a reclaimed bike tube. We got a sneak peak of one at the Brazen Dropouts bike swap…super sweeet.