So what are your thoughts on the subject? Are you a perfect weather biker? Feel free to chime in with your impressions on the subject.
On another note, with the weather starting to turn towards winter temps and the days getting cooler and shorter, my mechanic business has started to wane as well.
(More time for cleaning and organizing my tools and work area.) I am very aware that the biking season is cyclical, and at this point in the cycle the general public has come to realize that the chances of freezing your butt off while cycling has increased. In other words, they don't want to be uncomfortable or gross.
Hey, who am I to change how people think? This extra time gives me the chance to work on other projects, so I consider it a positive change in my work load. I'm looking forward to this free time, but will not ignore my cycling friends and future clients. Plans for improving my repair services in the future are in the works as well. Part of which are this website where locals can get in touch, and hopefully learn some things they didn't know before. And the other part of improving my service is the all important, networking and building relationships with like-minded people and businesses. Speaking of which, this year I made the decision to network with the local used-bike guy. His name is Charlie, and he runs Lumpy Bikes out of his house just a few blocks from me. He's been fixing up and selling used bikes for just five years but has a very loyal following, built on his personal service. We send business to each other, I teach him some stuff about repairs and he teaches me about one-to-one sales. It's a good relationship and I'm glad it exists.
So, back to the weather. If you are braver than I and can deal with the nasty weather I wish you happy cycling. And if you like me, would prefer to tuck under the covers and wait out the storm I am on your side.
Stay tuned for more tips and thoughts from this mechanic eternal.