The shop schedule for March is as follows:
Sundays – March 5, 12, and 26 – Shop open noon to 4 PM (Closed March 19)
Tuesdays – March 7, 14, 21, and 28 – Shop open 5 PM to 8 PM
Thursdays – March 9, 23, and 30 – Shop open 5 PM to 8 PM (Closed March 16)
Warmer temperatures mean that the shop gets busy. This past month’s record warmth resulted in lots of you coming in to buy parts to complete your projects, to get your bicycles tuned up for spring, or to shop for a new (to you) bicycle! The place has been jumping! What’s ahead for March? Well, we just got back from the last swap of our season, which was in LaCrosse, WI, and we sold a bunch of stuff, along with two bicycles. March is already off to a great start financially. Our wait list is still short, but we anticipate that our phone will start ringing off the hook with requests, plus we have plenty of bicycles to repair for the U of M ReUse Program, so we have plenty to do. If you like fixing bicycles, stop by the shop any time that we are open and we will set you up at one of our repair stations. No appointment is needed. If you are not a mechanic and still want to help out, we have a lot of parts to sort. For those who want to really make a difference, we can use someone to keep the carpet swept and the bathroom clean. It isn’t glamorous work, but greatly needed. Finally, we want to train someone to work the front desk. This will take a special person – you must be social, good with numbers (you will write up sales receipts and collect money) and be able to manage the flow of customers. It is an important job. We want you to master this job so that you can run the front desk when we are gone. You don’t need to know a lot about bicycles, but knowledge of retail and customer service background is helpful. If you have what it takes, stop by the shop and we can discuss this. All jobs at the shop are volunteer, but we do pay out in chocolate, beer (malt or root), and all the laughs you can stand. We will even pick on you if you like. We are gearing up (pun intended) for our biggest year ever, so come be a part of it, either as a customer or as a volunteer. See you soon at the most fun bike shop in town, Mr. Michael Recycles Bicycles!