2013 Plans

posted Jan 16, 2013, 10:21 AM by Miki Nishihata

We're still in the midst of planning our major remodel. Some changes have already been made, but the most major updates have yet to come. Each year we have focused on making our community shop more sophisticated with an unwavering commitment to customer service, so expect the experience to continue improving over time. If you have any suggestions or constructive feedback please e-mail us, we'd be glad to hear from you!

New Year Coming

posted Dec 9, 2012, 12:42 PM by Miki Nishihata

And I have some news to share!

We have a NEW shop layout that is already 50% complete including a different display for new bicycles.
We have NEW shop hours for Sunday, which will last until Spring or become permanent if it makes sense.
We will have lots of NEW bicycles for you to see, including the lovely town bike brand Brooklyn Cruiser

That's all for now! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

Electric Bicycles!

posted Oct 4, 2012, 12:04 PM by Miki Nishihata   [ updated Oct 4, 2012, 12:07 PM ]

Hello Bicycle now stocks Evelo Electric Bikes. Introducing electric bikes to our shop welcomes a different kind of bicycle commuter and contributes to the growth of bicycle transportation as a whole. Come test ride one anytime!


Interbike 2012

posted Sep 12, 2012, 7:41 PM by hello bicycle

Hello Bicycle will attend Interbike (a huge bicycle industry convention) and therefore be closed from Tuesday, September 18th until Tuesday, September 25th. That's seven days without Hello Bicycle! We apologize for our unavailability but it seemed to be the best choice for us to stay informed and optimized as a business in the industry. We hope that the knowledge, experience, and some of the cool stuff we bring back with us can be of great use to our customers!

Summer Success

posted Jul 10, 2012, 10:02 AM by hello bicycle

It's terribly hot outside, but wonderfully busy in the bike shop. Thanks to all customers for bringing us more business than ever this summer! Our ice cream machine is due to permanently retire this year as we find ourselves too busy to fiddle with it any longer, so from July 13th thru the 15th we will be giving out heaps of free vegan soft serve ice cream as a honorable discharge of our beloved cold treat robot.

If anyone wants the machine for a reasonable price let us know, it's up for grabs!

Hello Bicycle...and Skate?

posted Feb 27, 2012, 9:12 PM by Sam Lettes   [ updated Feb 27, 2012, 9:16 PM ]

That's right folks, we did it, we added skateboard equipment.  Hello Bicycle has teamed up with Portland based outfit Shrunken Head to bring Beacon Hill it's first skate shop.  Justin from Shrunken Head came up this week and gave the new skate park a thrashing and christened it with a champagne bottle, check out the attached images so some old school skate action.  We now carry decks by Shrunken Head, Coda, and Usurper. Dirty Bearings, Independent trucks, wheels ranging from 51mm-58mm, as well as various pieces of hardware.  If you have a special order come talk to us and we'll get you set up and back in the bowl.

February 2012

posted Feb 6, 2012, 1:09 PM by hello bicycle

So far so good! We have continued to remodel our shop to offer exciting additions to our existing products and services. These include the wall of helmets, Specialized products and displays, and a big screen TV attached to CompuTrainers, which we use to hold indoor race competitions on every Thursday. Call or e-mail us for details.

The interview in Entrepreneur Magazine finally appeared.

Kona bikes are still pending as we finalize our order. I apologize to those of you who have waited patiently, but we are still trying to clear out our old stock to create space. 2011 bikes sales were good, but we need a lot of room in our new arrangement for the bikes to be displayed. We expect to have them coming in soon!

We are looking for volunteers who are both enthusiastic and able to perform basic tasks in a bicycle shop. Compensation is limited due to our small operation, but we have a strong history of volunteers and all of them can attest to a rewarding experience and lots of fun!

Hello 2012

posted Dec 7, 2011, 12:36 PM by hello bicycle   [ updated Feb 6, 2012, 1:01 PM ]

A few important notes on the coming year:

1. We will remain in the same location, and have already begun to remodel to spruce it up.
2. Our first Kona stock order will not arrive until early next year. Special orders are welcome anytime
3. Product lines will expand upward into more high end. For example, we are now authorized to sell and service Chris King!
4. It is planned that we will sponsor a cycling team of some kind. E-mail me with a proposal.
5. A couch will be added to the shop to bring back those early days of a more comfortable lounge area.

The shop is three years old and although we have learned and evolved in many ways we are still growing from infancy. New customers are still needed, so please let us know how we can serve you.

We're running a great bike sale for the rest of the year on all remaining stock. Swing by and see if anything suits you!

Brand Transistion and New Interview

posted Nov 8, 2011, 1:25 PM by hello bicycle   [ updated Nov 8, 2011, 3:06 PM ]

We have been Jamis dealers for most of 2011 and have been pleased with the quality, style, and selling strength of their bikes. Our contract has ended and instead of renew (Jamis is not a friendly and flexible company) we decided to try out a new brand. Kona is the other brand we had planned to carry, and now we will. No new Jamis bikes will be coming into stock, and in early 2012 we will receive our first large order of Kona bikes. Have a preview of what they offer at their website!

Moving along the chain of interviews (regarding business and technology) we also hope to appear briefly in an article that will both in the January 2012 print and website of Entrepreneur Magazine. We will probably be more of a footnote than anything, but to have our shop name appear in any media is certainly encouraging and might be helpful for marketing our business to any local readers that haven't heard much about us yet.

Radio interview, possible relocation, and more!

posted Oct 20, 2011, 1:06 PM by hello bicycle

We were recently interviewed by a reporter for radio that may appear on NPR (details not yet available) regarding small business and technology. I was very surprised that most of the questions were about the bike shop and myself, which I had not prepared for at all. When we find out when and where this will appear it will be announced, however I probably don't sound very smart or clever due to this interview being a surprise to me!

As of today we are doing well in our current location. I enjoy the space, our neighbors, and the comfort of knowing that we have only had one address in our three year history. Our lease expires this year and I have looked at nearby commercial spaces as possible alternatives. I would like to stay where I am, but if I move somewhere I promise it will be in this neighborhood.

Speaking of three year history, Tuesday was Hello Bicycle's third birthday. That makes it three years old, and if the trends of our history can be used to model the future, we will continue to grow into a more stable business while expanding what we offer. As the owner I have currently not made any personal profit from the business (other than the snacks and parts I occasionally "borrow"), but we're in it for the love of bikes, the environment, and especially the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

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