Journal: The Time Comes To Deal with an Epidemic or Getting Off the Planet or Whatever

January 21, 2013

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S&S coupling on a SevenMonday location:  Seven  |  7:20 am9:15 pm

  • Time Marker:  Patria L. put together another amazing group tour of Seven Cycles.  Thanks to Karl B. and John L. for making the twenty-five people feel at home in the factory.  We had five kids on the tour; it’s always cool when kids hang in for the entire tour.  Sometimes they actually enjoy it.
  • Prep for Trip:  Heading out tomorrow for a week of Belgium and the U.K.  Not sure how it’s all going to come together.
  • Business Thinking:  Had a conversation with a framebuilder – who’s name I will protect by not sharing it here.  We talked about how his clientele is changing; how he went from from building for excited friends and supports to now building for demanding customers he doesn’t know and doesn’t know how to make happy.   Similar conversation that I had a couple weeks ago with another builder.  This builder is looking at ways of adapting his customer base rather than him adapting to his customers interests:  lugs vs. T.I.G. welding; custom vs. production.  It’s a difficult transition.  Impossible for most.

  • Business Development:  Had a record Honey bike weekend.  And the first rides happened on the new Race bikes.  Excellent feedback.  It looks like it’s going to be a good year.  Now to update the website with all the new products.
  • Project Management:  Working on a Hup project that’s way too big.  Chip Baker is helping, a lot.

Post title:  “Neanderthals might think differently than we do. We know that they had a larger cranial size. They could even be more intelligent than us. When the time comes to deal with an epidemic or getting off the planet or whatever, it’s conceivable that their way of thinking could be beneficial.”  –  George Chruch, Der Spiegel

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