Holiday Shopping Trend- Ride Globally, Shop Locally

This is the year to shop local!  For a shop whose motto is Ride Globally, Shop Locally; we truly believe that our community becomes stronger and healthier by riding our bikes and supporting our local small businesses.  The Bike Lane is excited about programs like Small Business Saturday that help drive business back to the community.    We also love to see articles like the one below that highlight a variety of great small businesses in our community.  Shop with them all year round but especially during the holidays.  Strong small businesses equal strong communities!

Holiday Shopping Trend

Show support for local businesses.

Andrew Steele of Reston—aka “the gorilla”—and Joe Penano of Fairfax Station—aka “the bunny”—helped lead the parade of cyclists down Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield during The Bike Lane’s Relocation Ride last year. Photo by Bruce Buckley

By Victoria Ross

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Get ready to toss out the candy corn and grab the candy canes. Black Friday—the hottest holiday shopping day of the year—is right around the corner. What’s one of the biggest trends this year? Shopping locally. Below is a list of local “mom and pop” niche stores that make vital contributions to the local economy, generate jobs and offer unique products and stellar personal service. Unlike many big national chains, they know their products, and are able to accommodate special requests. When you call, you are more likely to get a real, live person to help you. Who could ask for a better holiday gift?

via Holiday Shopping Trend.

Employee Highlight- Wayne The Marathon Manimal

The Bike Lane has some incredibly awesome employees!  Todd and I are always amazed at how lucky we are to have such a great crew of employees working for us.  We thought we would take some time to highlight an employee each week so that we can 1. Brag about how awesome each one is and 2. So we can tell you a  little bit more about who we are as a shop and who you might meet when you walk through our door.   We are not highlighting our employees in any particular order, just randomly telling a little something about each one.

Wayne- The Manimal. 

Wayne is a full time Sales Associate who works in our Springfield location.  He started working for us a little less than a year.    Recently retired from the Navy, Wayne has a passion for detail and for making sure every customer is taken care of.  Wayne takes customer service very seriously.  But what most people don’t know is that Wayne runs a marathon almost every weekend. 

He is a member of Marathon Maniacs, as well as, the 50 States Marathon club and he looks to join the 100-Marathon Club early next year.   The Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon this past weekend marked Wayne’s 65th marathon since 9/3/11 and 80th overall!   We think Wayne is a little crazy but he works super hard to reach his goals.  While Wayne runs a lot he also uses his bike for cross training.  So, when he is not pounding the pavement with his feet, he is hitting the trails at Wakefield or Fountainhead Park.  His most recent purchase was a Trek Stache 8.

So whether a customer is riding a bike for the first time or getting ready for a big race weekend, Wayne understands their needs and desire to achieve their goals.  Next time you are in the shop be sure to say “Hi” to Wayne (sometimes he sports a pink goatee) and ask him where he is running to this weekend?

What’s Old is New Again

Mike Nicholson, a good friend and former employee of The Bike Lane, has recently started a hobby of refurbishing antique bikes. Mike just finished restoring Bill’s Schwinn and it looks absolutely amazing.  The Schwinn came from Bill’s Uncle who happened to find it in an old barn he was knocking down on his property.  The bike was his uncle’s as a kid and he had forgotten about it.  When his uncle found the bike it was not in the best condition but he knew Bill would love this bike.  So he sent it to Bill and Bill sent it to Mike to make it new again.  When Mike restores a bike he brings it back to its original condition.    These bikes have such great character, colors, and little details that make them unique.  When you see one it’s like going back in time.  It reminds us that a bike is a simple machine that can be transformed into a work of art.  These bikes make us smile and make us want to just hop on and enjoy the ride.

Mike did such an amazing job that we asked him to bring a couple of these vintage bikes over to The Bike Lane so we could showcase them in the shop.  We hope to have the Schwinn and the Raider in the shop soon.  In the meantime here are some shots of the old bikes he has made new again.