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January Update and Schedule

The shop schedule for January is as follows:

Sundays – January 7, 14, 21, and 28 – Shop Open Noon to 4 PM

Tuesdays – January 9, 16, 23, and 30 – Shop Open 5 PM to 8 PM

Thursdays – January 11, 18, and 25 – Shop Open 5 PM to 8 PM

Thursdays – January 11, 18, and 25 – Repair Class 8 PM to 9:30 PM

A quick recap of 2017. First, we set a new record for bicycles given away in one year. In 2017 we gave away 869 bicycles!!! Our old record was 842. Second, we set a new income record. In 2017 we took in over $36,000! Our old record was $31,000 set in 2016. Third, we set a new record for individual bicycles repaired to give away. In 2017 we repaired 405 bicycles to give away! We repaired 404 bicycles in 2016. We also did a lot of paid repairs for customers, and a whole bunch of contract repair work for the University of Minnesota Re-Use Center.

This month we continue our repair classes. Our topic for January 11 is bottom brackets and drive trains. We will rebuild a bottom bracket in class. January 18 is our wrap up instruction session where we cover accessories, and any other topic that students want to know about. On January 25, we will have some open shop time for the students who have attended at least two classes can work on their own bicycles in our shop. Discounted parts will be available for that night only.

Swap season is here! On Saturday, January 13, we take our show on the road to Madison, Wisconsin for the Crono-Metro Swap. This event is fun and we usually score a few good deals for ourselves, as well as sell a whole bunch of stuff from the shop. However, you don’t need to go to Madison to shop our full selection. Just come in to the shop. We will also set up shop at the Blaine Velo Swap on February 10, and the LaCrosse Swap in March.

We have so much planned for this year, so watch this space for details. Hope to see you soon at our shop.

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