Post Holidays

Weekend report: Saturdays ride was wet but manageable. I rode the Trucker with full fenders. Only 5 of us. It was pretty wet but kinda warm too. It was a very nice 2 hours despite the weather. Man I wish it was snow and not rain.

Sunday however, I woke up feeling pretty crappy. Flu like stuff. Fever and all around aches. And that has carried into today. I did not leave the house at all yesterday. And I was bummed as the sun was out all day for the first time in forever. Sunny this morn also. Temps have plummeted and tonite may be single digits. About time.

I might miss the nite ride tomorrow if my temp does not go down. Will see.

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Camping equipment?

Its the week between the Holidays. Normally very busy with rentals but the lack of snow has ditched that. As I stated earlier this is the slow time but not without work to do. Its time to spruce up the store, maybe a little painting and cleaning. This off season Im working on out big storage room upstairs. Its pretty much unfinished and the drywall needs to be taped, textured and painted. It also need flooring. Im hiring out for the drywall work but will do the flooring myself. When done I could gain 800 sq feet of floorspace if I need it.

Also, its time to evaluate or re evaluate everything. What’s been on the floor all summer. What do I want to get rid of and what do I need to pre order more of this spring. I have an awesome but expensive point of sale software that pretty much tells me that stuff.

Its also time to think about new product. I think about it all the time. Ive been thinking about camping equipment. Tents and such. That would go along with a bike touring theme for sure but still is quite a niche. Kayaks? Im right on a river. That would make sense I think.

But Im really looking into something completely different. Something that would bring in a non biking person. Some other bike related product would be easy but those people already walk in. I want to bring in another kind of person. Maybe food? I need to diversify.

My original thought for the upstairs room was a spin\yoga studio. That would make some sense. But to invest in spin bikes or something like a computrainer would take too long to recoup the investment.

I have a month to think about it. Not a lot longer.

DLD

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