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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Burley Trailer Blowout Sale

I’m not sure if ‘blowout’ is the correct term, but I thought it sounded exciting to have a ‘blowout’ sale on my favorite bike trailers by Burley. With the holidays in full swing, it’s nice to have 10% off that trailer you’ve had your eye on, but didn’t want to blow too much dough on. Now’s your chance to grab a high quality touring work horse, commuting companion, or kid-mobile at a nice discount now through December 26th!

For the Burley Cargo Trailer line up…

The Hub says “Happy Holidays” with Sales on the Good Stuff!

It’s that time of year again. The holidays have been creeping up on us, and now it’s Turkey Day, with December poking around the corner, rearing it’s yuletide joy and gift giving spirit. Keeping with the holiday cheer, the Bike Shop Hub is launching multiple sales on bike trailers, bike bags, and bike child accessories so that you can enjoy your holiday gluttony, guilt free.

burley-dlite-trailer-green-side-cropTo start, Burley Child Trailers and Burley Cargo Trailers are on sale for 10% off. These high-quality trailers need no introduction, as the name says it all. Buzz around town with the paltry Travoy for $259.00, carry large bundles in the Flatbed for $225.00, or plan a tour with the go-everywhere Nomad at only $315.00. The Burley Child Trailers make a great addition to the family on the move. The Burley Solo is for 1 young-un and only $475.00. For larger families, two-child trailers like the Burley Encore at $359.00 and the luxurious D’Lite at $529.00, are an optimal choice for commuting your children around in style. Get yourself a gift, and pick one up at a discounted price through December 26th!

karakorum-pannier-anthracite-black-mounted-cropFor the pannier crowd, the German-made Vaude bags are on sale. With deep discounts up to 35% off, you can fully outfit your ride for a fraction of the price. Grab a full Vaude Aqua touring set up with front panniers, rear panniers, and a handlebar bag. Waterproof, weatherproof, bombproof – Vaude’s well engineered touring bags will take you anywhere you need to go. We didn’t leave out the daily commuter. Shopping panniers and seat bags are also discounted so you can add some flare to that dusty cruiser you haven’t used in a while. (Sale on going while supplies last!)

Strider_Riders_Hills_cropHere at the Bike Shop Hub, we encourage sharing our biking experience with upcoming generations. We decided to put all of the child biking accessories on sale for 10% off. When tiny tots are interested in biking, but not quite ready for their own bike, balance bikes offer a great middle ground to start building balance skills, and riding on two wheels. We carry Skuut, Strider and Ybike balance bikes which all offer two-wheeled, pedal-less balance bikes, each with different caveats of style, indicative of the brand. You can also decide to bring your little one along for the ride with our variety of bike child seats by Kettler, iBert, Topeak, and CoPilot. Don’t forget the most important biking habit to pass on, a bike helmet. We have Bell and Giro helmets for all kids, from toddler to teen, all on sale now through Dec. th, just in time for the holidays.

Happy holidays from everyone here at the Bike Shop Hub! We hope to make it easier to bike year round with bikelicious sales on high quality bike gear.
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The New Wheel of San Francisco Delivers Bikes by Wandertec BONGO Trailer

We were very excited when The New Wheel Electric Bike Shop of San Francisco contacted us here at the BikeTrailerShop.com looking for a solution for delivering brand spanking new electric bikes to their clients. It sounded like a job for the Wandertec BONGO bike trailer, a trailer that we make here in our shop. The Wandertec BONGO is an open platform that makes it ideal for a variety of custom applications.

2010 Croozer 737 – Closeout! Only $319

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I thought it would be worthy of a quick post to mention that we just posted a closeout of the 2010 Croozer 737 Bike Child Trailer! This is an amazing deal, priced to move, at $319 (normally $449)! This one child trailer, comes with everything you need for cycling, jogging and strolling. Croozer offer high quality products at a great price and now the price is even better. Get them while they are hot, because they won’t be around for long!

Ortlieb Water Bag 4L – Zinger & Quick Review

ortlieb-waterbag-blue-4-liter-stockOrtlieb’s 4 Liter water bag is the Zinger of the day. It is marked down from $22.99 down to $17.99 thru November 27th! These water bags are great for adding extra water capacity while bike touring. They fit very nicely in your panniers and also come in 2L and 10L sizes. Use them for all your outdoor activities. These water bags are tough and can hold up to all sorts of use and abuse. Check out the Ortlieb shower nozzle accessory for trail-side freshness!

BikeBagShop.com Stocking Stuffer Specials

Do you have a cyclist in your family? We’ve got a great special going on all of our bike bags and bike cargo racks valued over $80. For our broad selection of bike racks and bags, we are offering up a free stocking stuffer sized cycling accessory!

planet-bike-super-flash-front-small-cropCycling bags are a well appreciated gift by cyclists. As active cyclists ourselves, we’ve found that having a range of bike bags is useful for accomplishing a variety of tasks by bike, so it is hard to go wrong in gifting someone a bike bag. Racks can be a great gift too, but are a bit more specific to the bicycle, so you may want to do a little investigation before ordering.

lezyne-sv-5-multi-tool-side-smallThe list of stocking stuffers includes the Planet Bike SuperFlash, normally $24.99, the Greenfield Kickstand (normally $15.99) a Sportswear Balaclava (normally $19.99), a Leyzyne SV-5 Multi-Tool ($22.99) or a 24oz Polar Waterbottle ($8.99). Our stocking stuffers are both sized right to fit in the stocking and better yet are great little extra gifts that are useful to any cyclist.

We’ve also added in some product specific specialty items as stocking stuffers. For example, the Ortleib Ultimate 5 Handlebar Bags have MapCases and extra Mounting Kits as options. Ortlieb Plus Panniers offer up Ortlieb Security Cables to go with them.

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Rick Croozer Trailering with his Dog

Rick sent us these shots of his Croozer Dog Trailer:

State of the Hub: 2010 Group Photo!

bike-shop-hub-group-shot-2010-smallIt’s been 3 long, busy weeks since the last State of the Hub, so I’ve got a few things to catch up on. At the same time, we’re quite busy with getting ready for the Christmas push as well as some other projects, so from that perspective, I’ll be keeping it brief.

Our main push at the moment is preparing for the Christmas sales surge. We are preparing for a variety of promotions that we will be partially pushing out through CommuteByBike.com.

In preparing for the sales push, I’ve been focusing on ramping up our Google Adwords program. This has been quite an intensive multi-part project involving the following:

  1. Inputting all of our new BikeBagShop.com and BikeKidShop.com such as Chrome, Mission Workshop, Strider and Bell Helmets into Google AdWords.
  2. Applying a variety of updates and new strategies throughout our Adwords.
  3. Relaunching our campaign with new shipping sale discounts into Australia and New Zealand
  4. Duplicating our Adwords account into the Bing/Yahoo PPC advertising network.
  5. Creating new Adwords Accounts to manage Network marketing.

At the moment, I’m most of the way through the 2nd step. I expect to have the 3rd step along with our shipping deals to Australia and New Zealand by the end of this week. The 4th step may be only a day or 2 and configuring the Network marketing will take at least another week beyond that.

ortlieb=on-white-rimThis week in the Stuff Department:

  1. Our demo area drywall and lighting was completed with lighting installed a few weeks ago. Last week it got painted and the slat wall started getting installed. We just have to finish getting the slatwall installed, get the staircase up to it built and set out out product displays.
  2. Our photo area is still not ready, but Robin should have the photo tent constructed and be ready to start shooting photos soon.

and in Programming:

  1. Frank has successfully moved CommuteByBike.com onto our server. The hacks have been cleaned out and we’ve been testing and optimizing the whole site.
  2. Frank’s been working with Megan on improving some of our accounting processes by pulling our PayPal and QuickBooks data into a Open Office spreadsheet for reconciliation.
  3. Frank’s also been introducing special shipping modules to offer targeted discount rates internationally

and in Manufacturing:

  1. Stu’s mainly focusing on getting the retail area setup. Once the inside section is all put together, he’ll be moving into getting the front awning, bike racks and sign built.
  2. Stu break area is all built out with a solid railing system.
  3. Our finished Load Beds showed up looking quite nice.

and in Shipping & Customer Service:

  1. We’ve building some spread sheet tools in open office to help with our lean inventory philosophy. The tool allows for us to get good visibility on our current and ordered inventory numbers and compares this to our sale/week to help us calculate the right numbers.
  2. We are currently putting together a spread sheet that better alerts us when items are running low and groups the items together so we know when to order more.

tire-walland in Internet Marketing and SEO Strategies:

  1. We are continuing to focus in on getting in rhythm with administration and daily publishing at CommuteByBike.com.
  2. As mentioned above we are focusing on PPC advertising
  3. Getting all of our marketing set up for the holidays is at the center of our efforts.

The Super-Duper Deals:

Christmas Bike Cargo Trailer Specials

With Christmas creeping up on us, I wanted to do the American thing and advertise. Behold our Christmas bike cargo trailer specials.

As purveyors of fine bicycle accessories, we’ve generally found that bike cargo trailers are not necessarily hot items around Christmas time. Our thinking is that they are both a bit too expensive and perhaps a little bit too much of a personal choice to be easily chosen for someone else as a gift. With that being said, we’ve decided to start our bike trailer Christmas sales a bit earlier this year. The hope is that this might give gift shoppers a little longer to find out if their friends or family might be excited about the notion of a bike cargo trailer.

New RideKick Trailer Video Review

Our friend Court Rye of Electric Vehicle Authority put together the above review of the new RideKick electric bike trailer. This thorough video review goes through all of the features of the product, interviews the CEO of RideKick an shows some excellent footage of the trailer in use.

We are quite excited to see this trailer coming onto the market and plan on offering through the BikeTrailerShop.com. We did a video review of it ourselves at Interbike. Also check out Court Rye’s video of the Extrawheel Voyager bike trailer.