Here’s an update on the progress of my transition from an IT Office to the part time bike shop life. Things are going great at the shop. Things are coming back to me pretty quickly and I’m having a blast learning new things and fixing bikes, getting to know the regulars and all the new technology that has been added to bicycles in the last 15 years. By the end of week 1, I completed the “Trek Ninja” Certification and was given a few nice very gifts from Trek for doing so. I’ll review those soon.
This week was really busy, I managed to finish off the remaining sessions for a “Trek Road Scholar” and “Trek Dirt Scientist” Diplomas and 2 Shimano S-T.E.C. certifications for “Wheel and Hub” and the Electric “S.T.E.P.S. Drivetrain”. I also started working on the “Mountain drivetrain” classes too. after the remaining 170 Shimano modules and the remaining 100 or so Trek modules I’ll start the Specialized, Thule, Ascend, Pearl Izumi, QBP, Saris classes and certifications, the goal being to get as many bike industry related certs under my belt quickly so I can focus on other parts of my “midlife crisis plan“.
I took a ride on the rail trial last week because the temp was a balmy 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it was the maiden voyage for my new Cannondale Caadx 105 Cyclocross bike, it’s really peppy and quick. The trail was wet and dirty so it was a good ride for the bike. I may not need a hard-tail Mountain bike any more (Ha Ha!)
Week 3 is almost over and things are great, I’ve ordered a bunch of tools to restock my tool box and I’ve been drooling over which bike I’ll get with the special Ninja Discount. and shopping for the rims and hubs I’ll be using on the wheels I’m building for my bike.
I’ll be making another update soon. Keep spinning, and Enjoy the ride!