Final Sale Days – Come And Get It

Hi Folks – 

This is it, the final weekend of our Clearance/Liquidation Sale.  It’s time to wind this thing down, and there is still a good amount of inventory left in the store that needs go away.  I’ve done the best I can with marking things down; everything in here is available for well less than I paid for it.  My loss is your gain, I guess, and I do want to get rid of as much stuff as I can.  

So don’t be shy.  Get in here.  Sooner rather than later, too!  Please know that I have quite a bit of bike repair parts and such in the back of the store – Please be sure to ask if you need something specific.  Also, I am selling off fixtures, tools, and other supplies.  Let me know.

I need to say it once again, THANK YOU.  Many of you have stopped in, given me a pep talk, communicated to me your support, given me a hug, bought me a beer or gift basket…  The outpouring of support has been really, really cool and much appreciated.  It’s great to live in a small town where you know folks, they know you, and you know you belong, regardless of the circumstances.  I feel very lucky indeed!

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Here I am again, writing another blog post.  This one is different, though.  It’s different because it will probably be that last one I write for No Boundaries.

If you’re reading this, you probably already know that I have come to the decision to close the doors on No Boundaries here in Boyne City.  It was a tough decision, not one I made lightly, believe me.  It took a lot of soul-searching and some in-depth discussions with my wife to come to the realization that it was time to move on.

Many people upon hearing the news were quick to point out  “But you guys just moved!”.  This is very true; I moved the business to a new location with the very best intentions.  At the time, I felt as though the location closer to the water and adjacent to the new bike path would be a real plus for the business and for its ability to serve the customers.  I still believe that.

Unfortunately, I just didn’t feel I had the 100% commitment and focus I needed in order to bring my “A” game each and every day.  Like any story, there are always plots going on behind the scenes.  My situation is no different.  I took over full ownership of the business at a time when the business had some big hurdles to overcome.  It wouldn’t have been impossible, but it would have required a huge gamble and monumental effort.  Right now, at this time in my life, I just wasn’t able to make that commitment.  Some things are more important to me.  Really good things, actually!

I will be in the process of winding down the business for a while.  I need to get my arms around just how to do that best; how to liquidate inventory, reconcile some obligations to vendors and suppliers, clear out fixtures, tools and supplies, etc.  It will be a while before we leave the scene for good.  I will try to keep folks posted on where things are – I will probably do that via our Facebook page, through email blasts, here on the blog site, or on the store website.  Stay tuned.

It’s important that I say THANK YOU to each and every person who has made the effort to be part of No Boundaries, either as a friend and supporter, a team member or employee, or as a valued customer.  All of you have made this a truly rewarding experience for me and my family.  We have made and solidified lifelong friendships for which we are extremely grateful.  I have no doubt that these relationships will continue!

By leaving the business community, I realize there may be a number of loyal customers who will be bummed.  The list of great people who relied on us for quality bike service is long indeed, and I’m sorry I won’t be there to provide you with service any longer.  For those looking to become familiar with another great shop, please look up the folks at Latitude 45 in Petoskey.  I know that there are plenty of choices out there, but Christian and his crew have been great to work with in the past; great supporters of cycling and racing here in Northern Michigan.  I thought it was really cool when he told me “I would be honored to have you recommend us and I will promise that we will treat your customers with the same high level of respect and customer service that you have provided them.”.  Good stuff right there!  You can find out more about them by heading over to their website, http://latitude45.com/

Many have asked what I plan to do next.  Honestly, I’m not entirely certain.  Because I gave myself up to the concept of No Boundaries completely, I never really had a plan for an exit strategy.  It’s hard to look forward when there is so much to do in the present.  That being said, I will begin to look to the future – I’m sure that there will be an opportunity somewhere for me.  I can tell you a few things:

  • I’ll be spending a lot of time with my wife and kids!  We’re looking forward to spring and summer and all that those amazing seasons have to offer.

  • I will continue to work on behalf of Challenge Mountain and its Board of Directors.  It is a truly amazing organization, with so many wonderful, compassionate people.  There are a lot of plans in place to enhance what is already an incredible organization!  I am excited to be a part of that process.

  • I will continue to be involved with the community and local events.

  • I will continue to have an active role in the school system, as an involved parent of three kids.  

  • I will play a role in the development of a Youth Wrestling Program here in Boyne City, and I will continue to help coach the high school wrestling team.

  • I will continue to operate Human Powered Adventures, the race/event business I started in order to raise funds and awareness for Challenge Mountain, and specifically, the Adaptive Bike Program.  I will also add some services and features to the business.  You can keep up to speed with those developments by going to our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/humanpoweredadventures?fref=ts, or by going to the website, http://www.humanpoweredadventures.com/.

  • I will ride a ton more than I have in the last few years…

Things are going to work out, folks.  Change is good, something we should all embrace – because it’s going to happen whether we want it or not.  I am at peace with where I am, where I have been, and where I am going.  It’s all good!

 

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April 2, 2013 · 5:28 pm

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Pardon Me…

Pardon me while I get a bit nostalgic.  I was just walking through the store, and as I did I was looking at all of the cool photos hanging here.  If you hadn’t noticed already, I dig taking photos.  And sharing them.  I absolutely love capturing a moment.  And we’ve had quite a few cool “moments” here at No Boundaries.  There have been (and continue to be!) lots of really neat people who have joined us in our mission to enjoy the outdoors and hopefully inspire others in the process.

 

We have had a ton of fun together, the No Boundaries “Family”.  There have been a lot of rides, races, events, parties, fundraisers, and get-togethers over the past few years.  I am very lucky to have had the acquaintance of a such cool, passionate, and caring group of people.  There have been a lot of folks who have supported me, my family, and this store.  And for that I am extremely grateful.

 

I’m looking forward to the future and to the new adventures that await.  Care to join me in making some memories?!?

 

Bob


 

 

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March 21, 2013 · 6:49 pm

The Gravel Grunt – Big Success!! Thanks!!

The 2013 Gravel Grunt at Challenge Mountain is in the books!!

 

I wanted to personally thank everyone who came out to participate, support, spectate, or volunteer at this first-year event.  What a fun time we had!!

 

I think it’s safe to say that despite the cold weather and snow (or maybe because of it?), that everyone had a truly memorable experience.  The course turned out to be hard packed and fast for the most part, and everything was rideable.  As I saw each of the participants at the various checkpoints, I was happy to see smiling faces roll by!

 

One of the coolest aspects of the race was the fact that so many racers from the various local teams took part.  Ryan and John trekked over from the Traverse City area to represent for Einstein Racing.  We had members of the Twisted Stone/Latitude 45 team, riders from the Derailled/NCCS team, and of course several members of the No Boundaries team.  In addition, we had LOTS of folks from outside the area who made a significant journey to get to the event.  And did you know there was an Olympian in our list of racers on Saturday?!?  Thanks for making the trip, Michael!

 

At the end of the day, I was extremely proud that we were able to raise significant funds for Challenge Mountain and the Adaptive Bike Program.  As we continue to hold these “grassroots” events and races, we inch closer and closer to bringing the program to fruition.  And while the racers, spectators, and their families are important to our efforts, so too are the efforts of our volunteers and sponsors.  

 

A special “Thank You” needs to go out to:

  • Finch’s Beer Company and Jonathan Cole for helping us acquire their fine beer for sale, giveaway stuff, and for Jonathan Cole’s help before and during the event.

  • Red Mesa Grill of Boyne City for generously donating money for each Finch’s beer and menu special ordered last Friday night.

  • Boyne Country Provisions/Wine Emporium of Boyne City for continuing to donate $1 for each pack of Finch’s beer sold for the remainder of the month AND for their donation of fine soup.

  • Nico’s Pizza of Boyne Falls for their delicious pizzas.

  • Kristen and Nathan Bates.

  • Bill Aten for his nearly limitless enthusiasm and generosity (Thansk aslo to his better half, Maxine!)

  • All of the CM staff and volunteers who tirelessly work to improve the lives of others through their kindness and service.

  • All of you who “liked” and “shared” the event on your Facebook accounts…  Social media can do wonders!

 

There were so many good vibes for this event that it was evident we did something right.  Thank you to EVERYONE for being a part.  I look forward to seeing you all again soon!


Bob

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It’s All About Service!!

It’s All About Service…

So I’ve been doing this No Boundaries “thing” for a few years now. It’s been a fun ride; a bit nerve-wracking at times, but all in all, a ton of fun. I’ve been forced to “course-correct”, take risks, eat a little crow, and generally roll with the punches. I feel lucky to have been able to be on this journey, because ultimately it has taught me a lot. I’ve made many new friendships, solidified others, and found out what really matters.

One of the central aspects of my business has always been service. I know it’s cliche, but it’s absolutely true – customer service is what people remember, much more so than what kind of “deal” they received. I have always strived to treat each customer the same; with the best customer service I can provide. Not only is it the right thing to do, it also makes for a soft pillow at night.

I’ve been performing bicycle service for almost 15 years. I feel I learned the craft from the best, and went on to elevate my skill set within every shop I ever worked. I treat every bike as if it were my own, which is to say, I sweat the details and do what needs to be done in order for the bike to be safe and function at its best. I have trained and mentored quite a few mechanics in my time, bringing them from “someone who works on bikes” to a trained, professional bike mechanic. These folks have, as a result, become lifelong friends. Pretty gratifying!!

I’m not at all saying that I have the market cornered on quality bike service. There are more than a few folks out there who know what they’re doing. And I know that people have choices…

But when you bring your bike to No Boundaries, I can promise you this: I will make sure that the work performed on your bike is expertly performed, only work which is necessary or requested will be performed, and it will be completed with the utmost professionalism and care. I want you to be completely satisfied with what you are provided. And I want to know that I did my best for you…

I’m launching a Service Initiative here at No Boundaries, which will give people the opportunity to see what we’re all about…

  • 25% OFF your first bike tune-up with No Boundaries. That will also include 10% OFF any parts or accessories at the time of the tune-up.
  • A Service Club Card – This is a yearly service membership… $130 gets you free service for the calendar year. It also gets you the 10% OFF parts and accessories. Have more than a couple of bikes at home? Are you one who puts a ton of miles on their bike(s) for training or racing? Tend to get a lot of flats and don’t care to change them yourself? This is probably the deal for you…
  • Pickup and Delivery Service. For a few bucks more (enough to cover gas!), I’d be happy to come get your bike(s), do the service, then bring them back tp you. OR, I could set up an appointment and do the service right there at your place.
  • Private Service Clinics. I’ll teach you some valuable stuff. We’ll work on your bike together, I’ll show you what you can do, what special tools you may need to continue your service ability, and all in a private setting with me (more than likely involving some old-school, alt-country playing in the background, along with a cold beverage). Just call me and we’ll work this out.

I hope I’ve given you reasons to stop in the shop and see what it’s all about here at No Boundaries. We’re on this ride together, after all… Let’s make the most of it! I hope to see you soon!!

Bob

No Boundaries
500 N. Lake St. Unit E
Boyne City, MI 49712
231-582-3200

http://www.noboundariesmi.com/

http://www.facebook.com/noboundariesmi?fref=ts

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The Gravel Grunt Is Approaching!!

The Gravel Grunt – March 16th at Challenge Mountain

The date of the Gravel Grunt is quickly approaching! This first-year race is another in a series of events put on by Human Powered Adventures in order to raise funds and awareness for the Adaptive Bike Program at Challenge Mountain.

What is “adaptive biking”, you may ask? Simply put, it is a means to provide the excitement and freedom of the cycling experience to those with special needs or disabilities. Challenge Mountain had been providing adaptive recreation opportunities for its clients for nearly 30 years, with a focus on adaptive skiing. Since its inception, CM has provided, free of charge, a chance for its clients to enjoy the outdoors and participate in an active lifestyle. The Adaptive Biking Program is just another extension of the goal to enrich and improve the lives of the mentally and physically challenged through outdoor recreation.

The Gravel Grunt is a 22-mile race that will start and end at the Challenge Mountain Lodge. The course will consist primarily of gravel and dirt roads, with a significant portion on pavement. A mountain bike or cyclocross bike will be perfect for this event, however, the likelihood of seeing a “fat bike” (or several!) out on the course is high! While the event will have a “race” feel, it is intended first and foremost as a fun time for all; a means to break up the early-Spring “blahs”, and get folks outdoors on their bikes. Following the conclusion of the race, there will be food and drinks at the lodge.

The cost for the event is low – Just $30. It’s great to know that all of the proceeds will go directly to the Adaptive Bike Program and that some real good can be generated by people riding their bikes!

Please join us if you can, either as a participant or as a spectator! For more information, please visit the following sites:

http://www.humanpoweredadventures.com/

https://www.bikereg.com/Net/18399

http://www.cmski.org/

Or find more information on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/events/153600211459039/?fref=ts

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Challenge-Mountain/155374191182558?fref=ts

http://www.facebook.com/humanpoweredadventures?fref=ts

Or you can call the store, No Boundaries, and we would be happy to help… 231-582-3200.Gravel Grunt Poster

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No Boundaries is Changing Locations

GREAT news!  It’s now official – No Boundaries is moving to a new location in Boyne City.  We’re excited to take our offerings to a new space, one that will afford us the opportunity to be right off the shores of Lake Charlevoix and directly on the new bike path (construction to begin next year…  Read more about the details here.
 
Don’t worry – We’ll still have the same caliber and depth of products we’ve always tried to provide; and even a few new brands will be added to the mix!  
 
We need to extend a huge “Thank You” to all of our friends and customers who have been stopping in the last few weeks.  Your positive words and attitudes have solidified our belief that we’re doing the right thing and that Boyne City is where No Boundaries belongs!  
 
In order to get things moved, No Boundaries closed at the end of the day on Wednesday, November 21st.  We will then re-open in our new location on December 1st.  You will find us at:
 
Lake Street Plaza
500 N. Lake Street
Unit E
Boyne City, MI
 
(We’ll be right next to Little Caesars’, Northern Pet Salon, and Lake Street Veterinary)
 
We will re-open with new inventory for the holiday and winter season! Stay tuned for more details, everyone.  And as always, thanks for your support!!
 
 

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