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Pre – Season Stats from Broadway Bicycle

While Broadway Bicycle technically follows the traditional Gregorian Calendar like the \rest of the world, there’s a definite “season” between April and November where bicycle shops get a lot busier.  People start bringing their bikes in for the annual tune-up so we can clean off the winter salt and get it ready for the nice weather, they pull their old bikes out of the basement to figure out whether it’s worth tuning them up, they go searching for a bike to fiiiiiinally start commuting to work with their own pedal power instead of the T or Uber every day.  You know, all the reasons we have these weird wheeled machines that take us places.
All this Start-of-Season bustle is what all of us mechanics buckle up for every year…and it starts tomorrow.  No joke, April 1st really is just a few hours away!
To celebrate this Bicycling new Year, let’s take a look back at the 2016 Season and see what we did.  Over the 2016 Season, the mechanics at Broadway Bicycle:
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Fixed 2,216 flat tires.
60% were rear in the rear, 40% were in the front.
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Did 1023 tune ups.
1 in 10 were single speeds.
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Replaced 2,834 brake pads.
Most were for linear pull V-brakes. Sold 1,417 sets of brake pads
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Overhauled 99 bottom brackets.
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Wrapped 152 handlebars.
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Test rode 3,253 bicycles before they went out the door with you.
What other stats are you curious about?  Comment below, or bring your bike in and ask!  In fact, we prefer that you bring your bike in to the shop, because although we are X-ray-vision wizards, we can’t tell over the phone why it’s making that weird noise.  BUUUT.  If we can see the bike we can give you an estimate of what service your bike needs – at no cost, in about 15 minutes.
We’re looking forward to a productive, rad, and FUN 2017 season with y’all!

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by Broadway Bicycle School
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Broadway Bicycle is HIRING!

About Broadway:

We’re a collectively run and locally owned bicycle shop that has been in operation since 1972. A subset of workers own and democratically manage the business. As a full-service bike shop, we both repair and sell new and used bikes. Our tools and space are also made available for rent, so folks can come in and fix their own bikes by themselves or with one-on-one assistance from a mechanic. In the evenings we offer classes on the topic of bicycle maintenance and repair. Several times throughout the year, we provide on location mechanical services for local business and organizations. Also we are proud to offer a $15 per hour starting wage.

Walking into a bicycle shop for the first time can be an intimidating endeavor for many, which is why Broadway strives to create a welcoming environment for all persons that come through our door.

Job Description:

We are hiring for a bicycle mechanic whose responsibilities also include customer service and sales. This is a full-time (~40) hours per week from February — April 2017 (start dates vary from early Feb to the start of April and full-time does not begin until April) through the end of October 2017 with the expectation to work one and sometimes two weekend days. This is a fast paced work environment that often requires workers to jump back and forth between the roles of mechanic and salesperson many times over the course of a shift. Employees are hired “at-will” but due to the seasonal nature of the business there is a period which usually begins at the start of November when little to no hours will be available.

It is NOT a prerequisite that you have previous shop experience, only that you have a passion for bicycles and working on them. We will provide the necessary training in all aspects of the position. We encourage people of color, LGBTQIA folks and women (including transwomen, nonconforming, and nonbinary folks) to apply.

If you are interested in applying please fill out the 2017 Broadway Bicycle School Application found on our website and drop it by the shop or email it to broadway [ at ] broadwaybicycleschool [ dot ] com.

Posting and application can be found here: http://broadwaybicycleschool.com/news/broadway-is-hiring-2/

Posted on February 18th, 2017 by Broadway Bicycle School
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The Cheetah

Nelson Vails is iconic in not one, but TWO worlds of cycling. In 1984 he became the first African-American to win an Olympic medal for cycling, winning the silver for the sprint He was inducted into the Lehigh Valley Velodrome Cycling Hall of Fame in 2005 and to the US Bicycle Hall of Fame in 2009. Simultaneously, this pro-cyclist was the emblematic New York City bike messenger in the 1986 movie Quicksilver starring Kevin Bacon. Vails was also a legendary NYC bike messenger in real life, BTW.

You can learn more about in Vails in the 2014 documentary Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W65SdbfnwAg

Posted on February 15th, 2017 by Broadway Bicycle School
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Tour Blazers

In 1928, five New Yorkers, Marylou Jackson, Velma Jackson, Ethyl Miller, Leolya Nelson and Constance White, biked from NYC to Washington D.C., over 250 miles in 3 days. When asked why, the riders replied “[for] the love of the great-out-of-doors.” Cycling in the 1920s was mainly viewed as an activity for young white males, an all too familiar story, but these black women and avid cyclists were blazing a tour; biking over 110 miles on just the first day. You can learn more in Marya McQuirter’s article “Women’s (Bike) History: 3 Days, 5 Women, 250 miles

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Posted on February 10th, 2017 by Broadway Bicycle School
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