Check out Rev and a a bunch of good friends of ours in the latest Madison Magazine! We discuss winter cycling and all it’s amazing attributes.  Just like I state in the article, fat bikes are not necessary for enjoying cycling in the snow and cold.  It sure adds a level of fun and adventure to any commute or recreational ride, but before I got my Surly Pugsley 3 years ago, I rode all types of bikes and they all worked great!  It’s just a matter of comfort (your position on the bike) and some winter essentials (clothing, studded tires, fenders, etc).

But the true component to winter cycling is the desire and drive to ride to get out there. Just like our friend Chris says in the article “Winter biking is for a person with a healthy internal dialogue that says, ‘I’m not daunted by weather. I don’t need to have someone else script my life.”  Taking control of your fears and breaking societal ‘norms’ can be incredibly empowering.  Still doubt that you can be a winter cyclists?  I hope this article shows that you can because we do it…everyday.  For a shop that specializes in commuting, espeically this time of year, I will tell you it doesn’t matter how physically fit or old/young you are.  You can do it!

A New Revolution Cycles

Our clean up and trip to Maquette MI were both very invigorating.  Now we have come back to a clean shop that is ready for some great improvements. Until we have some new fixtures up, our shop will look very sparse.  No fear, all of our products are neatly tucked away in our basement and are easily accessible.  Our service area is also 100% functional so bring your bike in if it needs anything! But please excuse us during this transition time.  At the moment we have a ton of new bike builds to workon (Surly Pugsleys and Stragglers).  Not bad for mid February!

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Revolution Cycles will be closed Mon Feb 2 – Wed Feb 4. We’ll resume regular hours on Thursday Feb 5. We’re clearing the space to redo our floors and on our return, we’ll start reconfiguring the shop to accommodate our growing business. We’re very excited for all of this so come celebrate with us tomorrow at our Winter Formal! Details on our previous post.

Winter_PartyIt’s time for our annual Winter Formal!  We’ve hosted this for years and it’s a great way to shake off any winter blues.  It’s great to see everyone all dressed up!  Us bike mechanics can clean up quite nicely.  Since we’re in the midst of renovations, the shop will be almost completely empty so they’ll be tons of room for dancing.  Facebook event can be found here.  We’ll provide the beer and the music.  Hope to see you there!

Late night bike build session! We stayed until 2am to get some used bikes wrapped up!

It’s Friday night and all I can think of is being thankful. I feel honored to work for a bike shop where everyone truly believes in what they do. To have pride in their hard work, to make sure that every effort is going into building a stronger and healthy bike shop not only for their fellow employees, but for their customers. On the plus side, we all have become really close friends and truly enjoy each other’s company.

With all the changes at the shop, I’ve realized that in order to open your life to positive change, you have to start now. The task can be daunting, but if you have a pile of boxes to organize, all it takes is going through one box at a time. But it sure goes quicker with the help of others. We wouldn’t be moving this shop forward to new horizons without this great team.

Trust in the people that are close to you, those that give positive meaning into your life. Be thankful for all of them but also make sure you to let them know what they mean to you. But also trust that good things can happen if you work for it.

–Earl

Renovations ahead!

We are excited for all the new changes at the shop! I’ve been using my CAD skills to virtually reconstruct the shop with some much needed renovations. We want to mainly focus on rebuilding our bathroom. It will be ADA accessible as well as incorporate a bike shower. Yup, you heard it. A bike shower. We’ve been wanting one for years and now it’s in our sights! This will help speed up our tune ups and offer up a place where bike(s) can be washed.

Sometime around mid-February we will have a bike washing service. With more people taking up mountain biking and winter cycling, we’re seeing more bikes that can benefit from getting hosed down. There will be a nominal charge but customers won’t have to deal with the mess of doing it at their own place.

We will also take this time to put a new coating on the floor and reconfigure the repair area. With the amazing growth to our business we will need to add another repair bench and change the flow for our mechanics. In addition, there will be a lot of new displays in order to offer a better variety of products.

In short, the shop as you see it now will look very different in the coming weeks. We’ve been planning for months and are very excited for all of this. Again, we wouldn’t have gotten here without our amazing customers. Thank you all so much for your support and continue to buy local!

-Earl

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from Revolution Cycles! We’ll be closed the 24th and the 25th. We have lots on the Rev horizon so updates on all of that soon. But for now, take the time this season to acknowledge how lucky we all are and be thankful for all the good in our lives. Much love to you all and let’s hope for some snow soon!

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