2009
11.24

(Yes)vember to Remember

All is going very well here at Elite Bicycles – we are on the cusp of some exciting new advancements in production and expansion.  We will keep you all abreast of the changes as they happen, so make sure to check back with us in the near future.

The holidays are soon upon us so now is the time to think about and order your Elite Bicycles gift ideas.

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2009
10.14
Hey Everyone!

Our dear friend and cool cat Tom Kramer is doing something really cool. Here is an email that he sent to me.

In 2010 I am raising funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as a participant in their Team In Training program through the Paris Marathon on April 11, 2010 and the Ironman Lake Placid Triathlon on July 25, 2010 (not a TNT event ). I’m asking folks to help in any way by making a donation to my fundraising campaign. My goal is $10,000.00

As some people know, my wife Pam suffers from Myelofibrosis, a scarring of the bone marrow that is fatal without an eventual bone marrow transplant. Pam is doing well, but we need to find a cure! These funds will help support various clinical trials.

If you like, please use the link in this email to donate online quickly and securely plus learn more about my progress. You will receive a confirmation of your donation by email and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation. Please visit my web site:

http://pages.teamintraining.org/epa/paris10/tkramerry7

Each donation helps accelerate finding a cure for blood cancers, leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. More than 823,000 Americans are battling these blood cancers. I am hoping that my participation in Team In Training will help bring them hope and support.

On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thank you very much for your support. I greatly appreciate your generosity.

If anyone has anything to give, or would like to forward this information to anyone you know who may be able to help, it would be great. Thank you everyone!

Ryan

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2009
10.14

What’s Happenin’?

Hi All

I am writing to inform everyone of the current status here at Elite Bicycles. I am getting wind of a lot of rumors and hearsay, and I want to clear some things up.

Let me start by apologizing to everyone who is awaiting a bicycle. Please bear with us as we are going through a transitional time right now. I promise you that we are working very hard in an effort to get all of your bicycles back as soon as possible. We understand everyone’s eagerness and frustration, and I can assure you that the past few months have been equally (if not more) frustrating for us. That being said, we are turning the corner, and wheels are in motion here at Elite that will change a lot of things for the better.  We are also working on a system to improve upon our communication, both internally, and with you, the client.

I have been struggling with the proper way to make the following announcement, and it is very difficult. Richie Cortez is no longer an employee of Elite Bicycles. He has been an integral part of Elite Bicycles for many years, but the time has come for us to go our separate ways. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors, and we are sure that he will find success by any path he chooses. We do not feel it is appropriate to share the details of this matter, and we hope that you respect our position. Further, we wish to assure everyone that the mechanical capabilities of our shop will not be diminished by this loss. Max and Keith were both personally trained by Richie, and are more than capable of handling any mechanical problem.

There is much going on here that is so positive,  and so progressive, and if I were at the liberty to share all of it with you I would in a heartbeat. We are taking drastic steps to advance this company, and you all will see the results very soon. Unfortunately, at this time, I cannot say anything further. Please remember the years you have shared with us, and the relationships we have built, and have faith in us!

If you have any inquiries please direct them to myself or keith@elitebicycles.com and remember, patience is a virtue! Thank you all for your understanding.

Ryan

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2009
10.07

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Hi everyone!
We have been dealing with a lot of hardships and turbulence over the past several weeks, and last night I decided to attempt a feat which has been a goal of mine for some time.

The goal: Eat a jumbo sized pizza (26″ across) from Lazaro’s, by myself, in one sitting.

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2009
10.01

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Hi!

It has been awhile since we have had a chance to write, and for that you have our apologies. We spent all of last week in Las Vegas for the annual Interbike show. The purpose of the show is to give manufacturer’s an opportunity to showcase their new product to existing and potential dealers, and for everybody to meet up and shake hands and have dinner with friends both old and new. It was a nice trip, and we will be introducing some new options to our line soon, so keep your eyes peeled. A quick google search should lend you a ton of pictures from the show, so definitely check out all of the new stuff for 2010.

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2009
09.18

A Few Changes At Home

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Hi Everyone!

I posted this information on our forum a few months ago (can be seen here: http://elitebicycles.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=121&p=572#p572),  but lately we have come across a few people who seem unfamiliar with this posting. Being that the blog is seeing an increasing number of visitors, I felt it prudent to repost the information here.

Here at Elite, we pride ourselves on being able to provide service to our riders at a rate faster than most, and at a level higher than most. We expect a lot of ourselves, and we don’t like to be disappointed. We will continue to offer our mechanical services well into the foreseeable future, but with a few caveats.

Due to several factors (a few of which will be mentioned below), all tune ups will now include a nominal fee. There will be a couple choices as to the nature of the tune up, and prices will vary as such.

As a small business dedicated to keeping our bikes American made and of the highest quality, we are certainly not unaffected by the current economic climate. This fact, coupled with the increasing number of local Elite owners and the comprehensive nature of our mechanical services, has led us to this decision. We can assure you that were the mechanical services from Elite to change, it would only be for the better.

The costs for the various tune ups are roughly outlined as so: “Race Day” tune ups are free, and will continue to be free. We would never want to exclude someone from receiving the care they deserve for any financial reasons, and we will not penalize people who take good care of their bikes and thus don’t need as much work as others. A “Regular” tune up will run around $50, and will include the same in depth detail and labor that a typical bike shop would charge about double for. A “Full Overhaul” is going to be $120, and includes a level of detail that you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else. A full overhaul is basically your ride being completely dissembled, every component worked on, every nook and cranny cleaned and detailed, and being reassembled as close to “new” condition as humanly possible. This kind of work would typically result in labor charges well over $200 elsewhere, but we are doing our best to keep our prices low!

Feel free to inquire further upon your next visit to our shop, but rest assured that we will do our best to keep the costs as low as possible and the service as extensive as ever.

Ride hard,
Elite

Times are tough for everyone right now, but we are doing our very best to keep everything reasonable.

Thanks for reading.

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