Steve, Neil, and I just returned from Frostbike this past weekend, and as usual it was a blast. Hosted by Quality Bicycle Products at their headquarters in Bloomington, MN (a ‘burb of Minneapolis), Frostbike is an industry expo tailored to the independent bicycle dealer. It was the third time Steve and I have attended, and each time, there is something new to takeaway. Of course we get to see (and test out) all the awesome innovative new product and bicycles offered by QBP’s brands, but the industry-specific seminars and connections you make are invaluable. Shout out to Topanga Creek Bicycles in Topanga, CA! Also nice to see some familiar faces — Brad from High Peaks Cyclery in Lake Placid, and Kait from Blue Dog Cycles, who we met at the Kona Launch last year.
QBP changed the home-base to a hotel in Minneapolis proper this year, so it was great to be walking distance to lots of points in the city. Between the three of us, we were able to spread out and attend a bunch of different seminars — definitely left inspired with ideas to make Mello Velo better. Pretty pumped about Saris’ new Bones car rack, Lazer’s new dial-fit for urban helmets, the Abus key program (all your bike locks can be outfitted with the same key lock!), Kryptonite’s new pin wheel lock nut, and always exciting to visit Surly’s booth. Check out the World Troller — now we just gotta plan a bike tour in Patagonia!! Who’s joining?
Got to test out the new Surly Instigator and Ice Cream Truck, and enjoy a giant bonfire/fatbike race and live band karaoke, and enjoy some yummy local brews! Not to mention a fun game night complete with moonshine, and a beer scavenger hunt. All in all, a fun time.
Stop in and check out our fleet of SURLY complete bikes! Get this sweet deal:
We’ve got a bunch of great gift ideas for the season, at every budget! We’re happy to help you choose the perfect present, from lightly used kids bikes to a personalized goodie bag for the cyclist who has everything. Stop in now until Christmas Eve for FREE in-store gift wrapping!
Our fave picks:
NEW Mello Velo custom caps ($23.99) shown here in corduroy. GSI Commuter Java Press ($27.99) – ultralight and durable, great for snowy commuter mornings. Mello Velo custom water bottle ($6) – bonus gift idea: stuff the bottle with a sweet pair of socks! Park Tool School Gift Certificate ($97.99-135.99) Got a budding mechanic on your hands? It’s the gift that keeps on giving… bonus disclaimer: “now you can fix my bike!” Forlife Stump Teapot ($29) – pretty tea pots for pretty people — comes with a complimentary sample of one of our bulk loose leaf teas! Portland Designworks Bar-ista ($18) – perfectly sized to keep a cup o’ joe within arm’s reach, on your handlebars. Gimme! Coffee Holiday Blend ($14) Always travel with good coffee, plus it’s a failsafe host/-tess gift. How ’bout a fancy folding multi-tool, the pretty Crank Brothers Pixi ($45). Mello Velo custom bell ($4.99) – ding ding! For the hardcore commuter, you can never have enough: Prolube Extreme chain lube ($10.99), Shimano Special Grease ($14.99) – perfect for protecting cables from salty road grime, Cat Crap ($6.99) – for keeping those snow goggles un-fogged! *Don’t forget the dog: CycleDog collar ($25) – made from recycled bicycle inner tubes! An Outdoor Research merino wool hat ($23.99) is nice and cozy, plus it fits under a helmet. Serfas Commuter light set ($90) – USB rechargeable and super-bright, at 305 lumens. Craft Hybrid weather gloves ($35) have a convenient non-bulky fold-out wind mitt.