Italy, where else

by: Guri Randhawa @The_PRW
June 18th, 2015

Where do you go to test bikes from the oldest brands in the world? Italy. When Wilier invited me back I didn’t have to give it a second thought. These occasions don’t come along all to often so you take them when they are presented. There is no ideal time in the world to leave the shop for a week, well January perhaps, but not much in the world of bike launches happens then anyways. That being said bike shop owners need to rekindle that “why do I do this?” fire every once and awhile. This is a dream scenario and makes up for all those days where the customers are out riding and I’m stuck in the shop gluing tubulars. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and I knew what I was getting into when I chose this path! If I wanted to ride my bike more I would of opened a ski shop so my summers were free. I love bikes and I love everything that goes with them, the design, innovations and continuous push to make them better but also love the culture that surrounds cycling. This culture and the history it is built upon is what sustains future development.

This year Wilier’s invite takes me to Cortina d’Ampezzo, an area filled with fabled climbs. Wilier has also arranged a private visit to Campagnolo again whom I visited for the first time last year. My head practically popped off last time as I entered into full bike nerd mode. This time around I should hopefully be a bit calmer, paying attention to what is going on and how components are made. Again, I’m honored to have a behind the scenes look into Campagnolo and I thank Wilier for making this happen.

In my absence Rob, Adam, John, Scott and Chantell will hold down the shop. Treat them with the same respect you treat me with, which also means baked goods, anything with chocolate. They are more than capable of taking care of your wants and needs. I will be checking e-mail while I am away so if it is a question that only I can answer drop me an e-mail, and I will do my best to answer in a timely fashion. If we can’t take care of it in my absence I will deal with it upon my return. In the end it’s bikes and a bike “emergency” is pretty minor and I am sure we can figure something out. Thank you as always for supporting the shop and for providing me with such opportunities, I truly have one of the best jobs in the world.

I will be gone June 22nd and will return to work July 2nd after Canada Day.




Wilier, Campagnolo

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