Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Time to Say Goodbye

Dearest Bike Cavers,

This is sad to say, but The Bike Cave will be closed by November 30th, 2013. We had no luck in finding people to take over for us and so we must shut the doors. Hopefully some day there will be another shop that will fill our role, but until then we thank you all for the love and support these last 4 years. It was fun while it lasted. Mike and I still plan on being avid cyclists in town and will do our best to stay in touch with the cycling community. We hope to become more active in other advocacy groups so that we can keep the momentum moving forward for more positive cycling experiences in Wichita.

Love always,

Charli Lauer
The Bike Cave

P.S.- We are selling everything at the shop starting November 21st so stop in one last time and get some awesome deals on bikes, bike parts, and/or tools!


Friday, October 4, 2013

A Moment

I would like to take a moment to address any questions or concerns regarding the involvement of Jarrod Alan Acquistapace with The Bike Cave. As some of you may know, Mr. Acquistapace was arrested last month on suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. This news came as a shock to all of us at The Bike Cave. Jarrod was also one of the founding board members of The Bike Cave.

Jarrod was involved in the initial incorporation process as well as planning phases leading up to the opening of our retail location. He attended board meetings from approximately December of 2011 to May of 2012. While he has remained Marketing Director in name, his level of involvement in The Bike Cave since May of 2012 has been effectively none. Jarrod has never worked in the shop itself and we have had little to no contact with him since May of 2012.

The court of public opinion is a harsh one. There are some who would argue names of those charged should not be made public until after conviction. Many good reputations have been ruined by false accusations. For this reason, we will not speculate on Mr. Acquistapace's guilt or innocence and encourage others to withhold judgement until a court decision is handed down. Our thoughts are with the victim, her family, Jarrod and his. We hope that justice will be quickly and fairly carried out.

I will say that a vote has been called among our remaining board members to remove Mr. Acquistapace officially from our board of directors. This is not intended to condemn or condone his actions but rather to distance ourselves from these proceedings and to publicly reflect his lack of involvement with our organization.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions.

Michael James

Sunday, July 21, 2013

To the Future

Dearest Bike Cavers,

This last year and couple of months have been quite a trip, really more like last two to three years. As many of you know The Bike Cave started about 5 years ago as way to help out our friends and neighbor kids with bicycle maintenance. We tried to keep regular shop hours at our home every Sunday afternoon. Things were pretty wild back then. We decided in 2011 it was time The Bike Cave had a space of its own, so we put together an actual board of directors and held regular meetings. We worked hard to find a space that was big enough, but also within our meager budget. Almost a year after we started working towards opening a real shop our dream and plans came to fruition. We opened at our Pattie street location May 2012. Originally the plan was to have this awesome community space where people could just come and volunteer and learn and hang out and have fun. Its there now, but its taken some time to get there. After the first month we lost most of our board members to busy life schedules, something we knew was a possibility since none of us were getting paid and it was a lot of hard work. I should point out that there are no hard feelings towards any of our former board members. We love you all and thank you for helping us get The Bike Cave to where it was. That being said, Mike and I were left to do all of the work and it was tough, but we felt The Bike Cave was something the cycling community and Wichita needed. Since then we have worked four days a week, six hours a day not getting paid except for the satisfaction of doing a good job. We managed to keep this place going even when the winter months were crushing the bank account. Luckily, Mike and I had a strong relationship before The Bike Cave opened, but this last year was definitely a strain on us. Mike was in his last semester of school and I was working to pay our personal bills. Stress levels were high, so if we seemed rude sometimes we sincerely apologize.

That pretty much brings you up to date. So, here is where I relay some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Mike and I are both working full time now, as well as, preparing for the birth of our first child. We both still love The Bike Cave and want to see it continue to grow and move forward, but at the end of this year we will be stepping down as President and Vice-President(Secretary, Treasurer, and/or Marketing Director). We will be holding elections this November to fill the following board seats: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Marketing Director. We will train the new board in December in how we currently run the shop. In January 2014 the new board will officially take over as the owners and operators of The Bike Cave. That being said, if nobody steps up to take over The Bike Cave we will hold a garage sale in December and donate all proceeds to the Bike/Walk Alliance of Wichita. We really would like to see some of the community step up and take over what we have built, we know its not perfect, but it has a good foundation and can really grow with the right leadership and board.

Until then, we ask that you please be a little flexible with the hours. As I said we are both working full time and can not always be at the shop anymore. We will do our best to maintain the shop hours we have (Thursday-Sunday 12 to 6), but we can no longer guarantee them.

Thank you to everybody that has helped us along the way and to all the community support we have received without you we really could not have done this.

Love Always,

Charli Lauer
The Bike Cave

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Let the classes begin!

We are finally ready to have 6-week courses at The Bike Cave. We have worked hard to put together interesting and intelligent courses for you to learn more about bicycle repair. Classes begin the first week of April. We are offering three different maintenance and repair classes:

In this course you will learn the correct bicycle terms, knowledge of basic hand tools, how to adjust brakes and derailleurs properly, emergency repairs, and routine maintenance. This class is geared towards people with very little to no knowledge of basic bicycle maintenance. Begins April 2nd and ends May 7th. This class is every Tuesday 6:00pm to 7:00pm. $30 for the course plus you will get a patch kit and tire levers. Must be registered by March 21st. This class is limited to 15 people so register early.

In this course you will learn how to remove a drive train, bearing adjustment, wheel truing, how to install cables for brakes and derailleurs. At the end of the course you will be able to give any a tune up. This class begins Wednesday April 3, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This class is $60 for six weeks and you will be receiving a complimentary Park Tools 2nd Edition Big Book of Bike Repair.

In this course you will learn how to remove overhaul bearing systems and index shifters. At the end of the course you will be able to overhaul a bike. This class begins Thursday April 4, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This class is $60 for six weeks and you will be receiving a complimentary tool kit with the completion of the course. 

Also, April 1st will be the very first Wheel Building Class. This class will be offered monthly on the first Monday of every month. 

Please call or stop by for a more detailed description of each class! Space is limited, so register today (316)530-2283

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Tales From The Cave

Dear Bike Cavers,

We did it! We finally have a newsletter! We hope you enjoy!

The Bike Cave