Not long ago, the second issue of Embrocation hit the newsstands.If you can get your hands on one, do it.Competitive Cyclist is an online source for the
In issue number two Jen Park, a very good friend of mine and
Seven’s, wrote a piece.She talked about all the bikes she's had in her life.She
writes, “Each bicycle represents a certain period in my life.”I’m sure a lot of people can relate.
The November issue of Bicycling magazine just arrived.I have to say that I don’t get as excited
about reading it as I did 20-years ago.However,
I was excited to see the November issue because Zac Daabwrote one of the
articles. Zac used to work at Seven
Cycles and now owns one of our best stores: Cascade Bicycle Studioin Seattle, Washington.
He told me he was working on the article a few months ago and was he was
kind enough to ask for feedback.Because
I know Zac well I knew that I would not be able to offer much—if any—insight.Zac is bright and thoughtful.He and I discussed the article and I knew it
was going to be good.
The article is an overview of the bicycle Studio business
model.He explains the many benefits to
customers working with a studio.It is
definitely worth reading.
Zac also provides a list of bike studios around the country—a helpful
tool.I was glad to see that Seven
Cycles works with eight of the eighteen studios on his list.Not bad.
Additionally, the three customers that Zac highlights as a diverse
cross-section of studio customers are all Seven owners!
Of course, the more popular business model of the independent bicycle retailer
that most customers know of is a great model for many customers and I don’t expect
that to change. As Zac writes in his article:
“Studios tend to coexist with well-established, large-scale
bicycle retailers…The bicycle studio
may not be right for every cyclist.But
it’s also true that the traditional bike shop isn’t best for every cyclist.”
Thanks, Zac, for helping cycling enthusiasts better understand
their ever growing purchasing options; thanks for writing a great succinct article, and
thanks for mentioning Seven.