The Next Chapter

Over the last month, I’ve been trying to get caught up with things, take some time to slow down and get back in the groove… and then try to catch everyone up on what’s happening in this crazy life of mine. The last post I published was about the CTS Tour of Utah Bucket List Experience.  I haven’t had time to post anything at all about the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Bucket List trip, or anything else for that matter.  Been really busy getting settled back in from a few months of irregularity and traveling.

I’ll do a full re-cap of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge later, but I will say it was an amazing trip that I’ll never forget.  Got to work with some great athletes and staff, and had a really great time traveling across the state.  I got to drive from Durango to Denver, and everywhere in between, and enjoyed every minute of it… even the 4:30am wake-ups.

After I returned home, I was looking for some sort of consistency again.  I had left my last bike shop job around the first of July, and hadn’t had a steady job since then.  I did have a few leads, and had an interview over the course of those two months, but hadn’t firmed anything up.  I had been doing a little bike work on the side for close friends/former clients, but that wasn’t going to cut it for me.  As one of my former employers told me in the past, I’m a “lifer.”  I love the bike industry, and can’t stay away from it.

So to the big news… as of September 18th, I’m officially employed at Free-Flite Bicycles, a shop that is consistently recognized as a Top 100 bicycle retailer, and one of the biggest cycling operations in the Metro Atlanta area.  They have three stores, and I’m a sales/service associate at their Riverstone Pkwy. location in Canton, GA.  I’m excited to work for Free-Flite and for Dan Thornton, the owner/president.  We’ve had a good relationship over the past seven years, even though I’ve always worked for competing shops.  Dan’s always been a class-act, and I’m excited to be working for him and with the entire Free-Flite family.

Another cool thing about the shop is that I’m back together with my boy, Roofus (Kevin Adams).  We worked together at Out Spokin’ Bicycles for over 5 years, and we have always worked well together.  We know each other’s systems and are really good friends… which is extremely beneficial for a good working environment.  He’s managing the store now, and I’m happy to be there to help him make the Riverstone location grow by leaps and bounds.

It’s going to be a really good fit.  We’ve got a lot of ideas that will make the store unique, and a lot of systems that we’re planning to fine-tune to make the shop run like a well-oiled machine (not that it doesn’t work already… we’re just making it better!)  I’m thrilled about the opportunity, glad to be back in a normal routine, and glad to be back in the industry again.  Not that I really left…

My USA Pro Cycling Challenge re-cap is coming soon, as well as some cool new product info and tests that I’m in the process of doing right now.  I also built a backyard cyclocross course recently, which has gotten some use over the last few days.  Photos, videos, and more posts to follow.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for your continued support.

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