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Monthly Archives: September 2007

Breaking Ground

This week at Wandertec:
1. Watched the new shop construction begin.
2. Shopped for a multi website platform.
3. Listed Ortlieb Pannier Accessories on the Bike Trailer Shop.

After months of making arrangements and waiting around, the Wandertec shop expansion is finally underway. I’m hoping to have it closed in and the heating system operational before the snows begin to swirl.

Sales have begin dropping off as expected this time of year as fall and winter cycling approach. Now that I’m not packing boxes and answer calls and emails all day there will be some time to forge ahead on some new projects. I began looking into a variety of shopping cart systems. For the I’ve been using the free Oscommerce. This has worked well for getting started in Ecommerce however as I look to ad other niche bicycling sites, its capabilities are becoming somewhat limiting.

My interest is to find a shopping cart system that supports multiple websites and that is well integrated into my accounting program, Quickbooks. I came across the website Zoovy and spoke to their sales department. It appears to be a very well rounded system that supports everything that I’m interested in. They charge around $3500 to get you setup and then 1.5-2% of your sales.

So far I’ve read some mixed reviews on them but apparently they’ve recently had some major revamping which may have lead to improvements. Before diving in, I will be looking for some more opinions from tech based web review sites and really grilling them on what shopping cart features they offer and how they support it.

Converting Bike Trailers to Hand Trolleys

It can be convenient to have a bicycle cargo trailer that converts into a trailer that is easily pushed around by hand. This can be useful for wheeling your gear down to the beach while leaving your bike parked. Or pushing your trailer through the grocery store. It is a useful mode if you have to push your trailer through an apartment building or to the office.

The Wandertec BONGO bike cargo trailer has been built with the ability to transform into a handy unit for walking by the good folks at Wandertec. The hitch arm of the BONGO can be quickly rotated 90 degrees into a position that is suitable for walking by loosening the two quick releases on the hitch arm bracket, turning the hitch arm and tightening the quick releases. An extension to the handle that makes it a more ergonomic for handling is due to be released sometime in 2010.

CELLOing to EuroBike

This Past Few Weeks at Wandertec:
1. Added loads of info and options into the Bike Cargo Trailers at the
2. Purchased a Toyota Corolla for the business.
3. Sent Joe and John of VooDoo Cycles off with some demo CELLOs on their trip to EuroBike.
4. Ordered a bunch of 20″ tires and bike trailer tubes to expand my offerings of Bike Trailer tires and tubes.

I’ve been expecting orders to slow down at the with the end of summer approaching so I could get to work on some other projects. Rather than that the last few weeks have been busy as ever. I definitely can’t complain though. Sales are a good thing. I just might have hired someone sooner if I had knows things would continue on at this pace. I know it has got to slow down a bit more in Sept. & Oct. though.

I took the new Corolla up to Zion canyon for Labor Day Weekend. I was amazed when I first checked the mileage and calculated it at 45 mpg. I’ve been working on keeping the speed below 70 and slowing my accelerations to improve my mileage. With my Corolla on the highway and bikes and bike cargo trailers around town I’m definitely getting better gas mileage then I would with just using a hybrid. I’m still a fan of the Plug-In-Hybrid concept however and plan on jumping into one as soon as they are available.