Hump Day Rump Day is back! FREE SPINNING after-hours in the cafe WEDNESDAYS starting at 7:30p!
Got the crappy weather blues? Bring your bikes and trainers and spin and socialize with us! We’ll pump up some jams, and perhaps do some intervals, watch Breaking Away… who knows what the night will hold!
How it works: bring your bicycle (smooth rear tire is best) and trainer (if you have one), arrive a tad early to scope out your spot, set up, spin and SWEAT your way to happiness! All are welcome — spin at your own pace!
*If you need to borrow a trainer or a bicycle, please call ahead so that we can reserve one for you. A donation of $1-10 is suggested for use of our trainers or bikes!*
Attend just one spin session with us and receive 20% off the purchase of any new trainer!
Hello 2014! 2013 was one heck of a year. When we opened in 2009, we were fresh-faced, newly graduated and facing a terrible economy, with not much more than an idea, a dream, and barely “two nickels to scrape together.” We were somehow approved for a $10,000 small business loan (thanks Cooperative Federal!) and well, we squeezed out every penny from that loan and… with a whole lot of hard work, a bunch of used bikes donated by friends, our own bikes to fill up the space, a few accessories and necessities here and there, we opened up shop!
As repairs came in, slowly we added inventory, and became stocking dealers of our first bike brand (Bianchi). Since then, the shop itself has taken on many iterations — tacking on bike racks, shelving, work benches, and how many hooks!? (Someone should count). We added an Adam (our awesome first employee/mechanic) and tore down the storage room, and started our Thursday Night Rides.
We went to many great bike expos, networked and made friends with other bike shop owners across the country (what a great industry to be a part of!) Then in 2011, an opportunity came along for us to pursue the other half of our dream (a bike shop/cafe) and we broke wall into the space next door. Amidst a crazy Summer season, we built up the cafe, adding much needed square footage to the bike shop, as inconsequential it seems now (we needed that space!).
A few have questioned the whole cafe/bike shop, “What’s with the bikes?”, “…a cafe?” Well, to us, it’s simple — they go hand in hand. We’re all about building bicycle culture, and making cycling more accessible. It’s about creating a space comfortable for not only the many different “types” of cyclists, but for the whole community — we’ve found lots of overlap between bicycle and coffee culture.
Since 2011, the cafe itself has seen many spacial iterations: shelving, storage, and how many refrigerators? Our menu has grown over the years, but we’ve always strived to keep it simple, with high quality ingredients — many organic and locally sourced, preparing everything down to our infused oil and vinegar from scratch in our tiny kitchen.
2013 was a great year — we checked off many of our business goals, and also had our set of challenges (would ‘ya guess, mainly spatially?). At this time last year, Sara was at culinary school, earning her Certificate of Professional Cooking from the New England Culinary Institute — so look forward to some new yummy menu additions! What followed was another crazy Summer bike season balanced with a culinary internship at Elderberry Pond Restaurant, where even Steve spent time harvesting produce from the restaurant’s organic farm. We added bicycle delivery, new bicycle brands, new faces to the Mello crew, and organized another successful Syracross race.
Along the way we’ve met so many awesome people — we are so thankful for our customers, and the great people we’ve worked with, many of whom have become great friends. We’re really proud of the network of cyclists that we’ve seen grow through the community the shop has incubated. We started with 2 employees, and have grown to 12 — with that sales have grown as well.
2014 starts a new chapter — but for now we are looking forward to another Winter of maintenance classes and spin sessions, and new fat bike rides! We’re working on even bigger plans for 2014 and hope that we can continue to grow, serve, and be a part of the community. Thank you to all who have stuck with us along the way, we wouldn’t be here without you!
Steve and Sara
Back again by popular demand! The Park Tool School, a bicycle repair and maintenance course designed specifically for the home mechanic, taught by your very own professional mechanics and Mello Velo! The method of instruction is a mixture of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on labs — plus we keep you caffeinated and/or well fed!
We have restructured our a classes a bit and are proud to offer a few new courses and additional session times! So if you’ve always wanted to learn how to fix your own bike — or know someone who does — now’s your chance to learn (or give the perfect gift for the holidays)!
Below are descriptions of our classes and tentative dates, but if there are specific requests, we can tailor a class to your skill level and interests. Just stop by, shoot us an email, or call.
FLAT FIX CLINIC (one 1.5-hour session): $19.99 — Includes 1 cafe drink of your choice + 25% off tools. Make it a Deluxe package for $59.99 and you’ll get a Serfas Seatbag CK-4 Repair Kit (a $50 value) in addition.
Do you want to learn how to fix a flat tire? What causes flats and how to prevent them? Learn the basics of bicycle maintenance as we go over tire and tube service on different types of bikes.
INTRO TO BIKE MAINTENANCE (one 6-hour session -OR- three 2-hour sessions): $95.99 — Includes Park Tool’s Big Book of Bicycle Repair (a $24.99 value) + 25% off tools and either: 1 cafe lunch of your choice + coffee (6-hr session) -OR- 3 cafe drinks of your choice (2-hr sessions). Make it a Deluxe package for $349.99 and you’ll get a Park Tool Shop Apron and the Park Tool AK-37 Tool Kit (a $375 value) in addition.
Get your hands dirty learning critical maintenance tips and more. This class builds upon the basics like bike “anatomy”, tire and tube service, and when and where to lubricate your bike. See demonstrations, discuss and perform brake service, and simple gear adjustments. Areas of the bike that will be discussed:
INTERMEDIATE BIKE MAINTENANCE (two 5-hour sessions): $124.99 — Includes Park Tool’s Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair (a $24.99 value) + 25% off tools, and 2 cafe lunches of your choice. Make it a Deluxe package for $374.99 and you’ll get a Park Tool Shop Apron and the Park Tool AK-37 Tool Kit (a $375 value) in addition.
This class will cover content similar to the basic shop tune-up. This class is a great option for someone who has tried basic repairs. Students should have some familiarity with the topics presented, but not necessarily have experience. Areas of the bike that will be discussed:
BASIC WHEEL TRUING (one 1-2-hour session): $19.99 — Includes 1 cafe drink of your choice + 25% off tools. Take both Basic Wheel Truing and Wheel Building classes for the combo price of $60.
Rims, Hubs, Spokes, Nipples — oh my! Learn the basics of wheel truing and spoke replacement, plus on-the-go tips and tricks.
WHEEL BUILDING (one 2-3-hour session): $49.99 — Includes 1 cafe drink of your choice + 25% off tools. Take both Wheel Building and Basic Wheel Truing classes for the combo price of $60.
This class has been often requested. Dreaming of building your own wheelset? Starting from component selection and calculation, to lacing, tensioning, truing, and dishing — build a wheel hands-on. Students are required to take the Basic Wheel Truing Class, or should otherwise be able to demonstrate proficiency. Wheel deals for those who want to build a pair of wheels to take home.
2014 Course Schedule:
Group Size is limited to 5 per session, REGISTER NOW (email or call 315-307-3104) to reserve your spot!
FLAT FIX CLINIC:
Clinics offered MONDAYS 5:30-7pm, on the following dates:
INTRO TO BIKE MAINTENANCE:
One 6-hour Session: Sunday, January 19, 10am-4pm (or)
Three 2-hour Sessions: TUESDAYS 5:30-7:30pm, on the following dates:
INTERMEDIATE BIKE MAINTENANCE:
Two 5-hour Sessions on SUNDAYS, 10am-3pm, on the following dates:
BASIC WHEEL TRUING:
THURSDAY, February 6, 5:30-7:30pm
THURSDAY, February 13, 5:30-8:30pm