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The Pros Closet - Bigger than you think

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Owners Nick (left) and Pete pose in their "lobby"

Seven years ago, while living in a Volkswagen Van and training to make it as a professional mountain bike racer, Nick Martin planted a seed. A seed that today
has grown into the world’s largest online used bike store. Nick combined his deep knowledge of auction science with his industry contacts and started down a path that has expanded beyond the simple life inside that old Volkswagen Van. While Nick was successfully selling for his mountain bike peers he met Pro Roadie, Pete Lopinto. Pete and Nick combined forces and brought their road and mountain bike contacts together to form The Pros Closet. Within a week Nick’s one bedroom Boulder apartment has filled with teammates old kits and used parts. At that point they knew this was a business model that was going to work.

The Pros Closet is a bike shop unlike any you have seen before. Their knowledge of auction science and eBay’s market place has allowed them to turn over 60% of their inventory every 7 days. By opening your auctions up to a worldwide marketplace and using their proven auction strategies, they can put more money in your pocket than you can selling your own gear. Their deep inventory comes from bike shops, companies, professional athletes, industry reps, and riders like you.


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How they operate

Here is how they work.

  • STEP 1: Bring in the contents of your garage and dresser drawers
  • STEP 2: Watch the action. Once your item(s) are listed, they e-mail you a link to
    your online account so you can view the action as your auctions unfold. They also
    assign account manager to your account to answer any questions you may have
    throughout the process.
  • STEP 3: Get Paid: After your auction ends, the collect payment and professionally
    ship your item(s) to the winning bidder

Boulder Junior Cycling Development MTB Team Kick off Party

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What: Join past, current and future members of the Boulder Junior Cycling Development

Mountain Bike Team to learn what the team will be doing in 2011. This is open to athletes,
parents and friends.

+ The Development Team is open to riders ages 10/11-18 who are interested in racing
mountain bikes and having fun, but are not ready for a full year of high level cross country
racing.

When: Thursday, February 3rd

Where: The Trek Store on Broadway and Baseline in the Basemar shopping center.

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

There will be a presentation by a coach and parent volunteer. There will also be jersey’s
available to try on for those joining the team.

+ Please be prepared to sign up and have payment ready. You can find the sign-up forms
on boulderjuniorcycling.org

The fee for the Development team is $625 per year. Rides go from April 5th - August 11th on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
We will start at 4:00 p.m. during the school year and switch to 9:00 a.m. during the summers.

Each junior gets one Jersey with the fee. You can purchase further kits if you would like and we get enough demand.

+ For more information on Boulder Junior Cycling Development Team check out:

2011 Colorado Bike Summit

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This Febuary 7th & 8th Bicycle Colorado is hosting Colorado's first Bike Summit geared towards tightening the loosely knitted community we are in. This summit gives us a change to bring cyclist together with industry experts with state and local representatives with the goal of finding more ways to make cycling fun and safe for all in Colorado. This two day summit will include keynote presentations by Tim Blumenthal of Bikes Belong, John Burke, President of Trek Bicycle Corporation and Randy Neufeld of SRAM Cycling Fund. In addition to the speeches there will be break out sessions on Developing Complete Streets and the Benefits to Communities, The Power of Mountain Biking in Your Community, or Next Steps for Safe Routes to School. If you are a strong cycling advocate then this is your chance to get with local and state representatives as many will be there. I will be there both days with goals to network and focus on Safe Routes to Schools (something that is dear to me) so say hi if you are there too, I'm the bald guy with camera gear and a big smile as I will be with all of my people. Learn more about the 2011 Colorado Bike Summit

Registration here

Agenda

Colorado Bike Friendly Businesses

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BikeDenver has for awhile a "Bike Friendly" business award and now Boulder's Community Cycles is joining in on this concept. Recently they awarded the list of "Bike Friendly businesses for Winter 2011"

Boulder List (below) and Denver list here

Platinum Level

* Full Cycle Bikes
* Bikes Belong
* Pedal To Properties
* UCAR/NCAR
* Belt Collins West Ltd.

Gold Level

New Colorado Cycling Bills in 2011

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Bicycle Colorado is working with other legislators to get 2 new bills into progress at the state capitol.


Open Roads Act Keeps Freedom to Travel


State Representative Andy Kerr announced plans to introduce the Open Roads Act as the Colorado General Assembly begins work next week. The goal of the bill is to provide Colorado citizens and visitors the ability to travel to jobs, schools, stores and attractions by bicycle or electric-assist bicycle without restriction from using public streets.

"Banning bicycle travel on every street in a community penalizes people that choose healthy, affordable, pollution-free transportation." says bill sponsor Representative Kerr.

2nd Annual Winter Cycling Bash

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Last year's Winter Bike Bash at the Boulder Brewery was fun and now it's returning again, Monday January 31 at 7pm...or feel free to come earlier and just hang around until the crowds roll in, or come later and arrive while the rage is in full motion.

This is party was a little of who's who in cycling from the Colorado hay day along with many of my current players. The invite list was so impressive that if I could interview just half of those I could write a book on Colorado Cycling History!

Theme? American Flyers 25th Anniversary. Got something to share? We've got some special prizes and giveaways you'll definitely want to try and win. Know a rider who played a part in the movie? Invite them! And if you send me their contact/email, I'd like to have it for some future AF activity being considered.

Special Guests? During the party, check out the US Cycling Monument table where you can help support a sculpture to be built in North Boulder Park, an important venue for both the Red Zinger and Coors International Bicycle Classic. The aluminum and stone work of art entitled Momentum will soar above a sandstone plaza, built from pavers that can be inscribed with your name for $100. More information is available at www.uscyclingmonument.com/.

Become a Trips for Kids Ride Leader

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Volunteer for 5 rides during 2011 or serve the
equivalent amount of time assisting organization
in other areas (25 hours).

TFKD/B will provide volunteers:
- Special volunteer training opportunities
- Primal - "Ride Leader" jersey

Ride Leader Program Details:
Program Goal: develop a core group of regular volunteers committed to assisting with five or more rides over the next 12 months.

TFKD/B has always relied on volunteers to power our youth mountain biking and after school bike club programs. As with most pursuits, as volunteers gain experience they undoubtedly become more valuable in supporting the ride logistics and are better equipped to coach and interact with our youth participants. In 2011 we are making a commitment to provide a better volunteer experience for both one-time and regular volunteers. Volunteers who sign up for the “Ride Leader” program may elect to attend pre-ride volunteer training workshops and will receive a TFK “Ride Leader” jersey.

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