I rarely post about store stuff on this blog. Mostly trying to keep it personal but thats so hard to do as the store is about 75% of my entire life. You can just imagine the time I spend here. It beats working for a living but there are times where I wonder if I spend maybe too much time in this building. Like I said yesterday I’m going to try and take lunch out of the store everyday. If not a ride then something else.
So lets take a look at a day in the life. Yesterday in fact.
So I arrived to the store at about 830am. The first thing I noticed was the pic above. Those two wanted in real bad. Not sure why and never have seen that before. But its got to be a the selling season when two ducks show up at your door. They sat there and quacked a few times and then walked away.
I get here usually between 8 and 9, open at ten. I try to get some paperwork done in that time uninterrupted. But I end up writing this blog and perusing Facebook instead. I should be checking things in too. This time of year a ton of stuff just shows up. Like many stores I take advantage of venders pre orders. They give us a small percentage off stuff to order early. I just pre ordered my fall\winter clothing. So UPS shows up with a ton of stuff I ordered last October and forgot about. But knew it was coming someday.
Heres my office this morn. What a mess. Those boxes are full of bike trinkets. Thats one days deliveries. If I don’t get thru that by noon then what comes today just adds to it. Im the only one who checks in stuff so I need to stay on top. All that stuff will be hanging on the walls and shelves for the weekend.
All between that work I of course wait on the customers. And I do that myself during the week. My tech guy, who is also knee deep in tune ups backs me up on the sales floor during the week. On the weekends I have help on Saturday, we don’t open Sundays until after Memorial Day.
So if I don’t get my paperwork or check in product done by the time we open I usually do not have it done at the end of the day. And then it compounds the next day. Then, I stay late to get it done, but not all the time. I do like to get home at least a few hours a day.
This scenario is not all the time. Just this time of year. But you have to make hay when the sun shines or it will be a long winter. I mean next winter, remember, we here in retail work 6 months ahead.
The service center spikes this time of year too. I have one main tech guy but have two other part timers that can come in and help get the bikes back to the owners. Most of the time its just a once over, clean and maybe some brake pads and a cable or two. But sometimes we get to work on some cool stuff too. Thats way more fun.
Here we have an old tandem we get to restore. The owner does not care about cost, or I should say he understands the cost. This was his wifes bike as a kid and he’s restoring it for a birthday gift. How cool. The bike came from her parents house in CA. She has no idea its in WI now. How cool is that. We get to have the frame sandblasted and re painted. The whole nine yards as they say. Before and after pics are taken.
This is the fun stuff that keeps the tech guys from getting too bored.
So today, the store opens in 15 min and it all starts over again. Every day starts from zero and you take it as far as you can, if its a good day or a not so good day at least you get to start from zero again the next day and give it a try.
I better go. Work to be done. Fun to be had. And as I mentioned yesterday, I have a cool bike to build my self. Of course you will see it as soon as all the parts and pieces show up.
Small pieces of that puzzle show up everyday. Soon it will be go time for that build and thats a post for another day.
Another day in the bike store.