Vermont Bicycle Shop is raising money to open the most unique bicycle shop you've ever seen.
My name is Darren Ohl, I have over 15 years experience working and managing at some of the countries most successful bicycle shops. I have travelled the world as a professional bicycle racing mechanic. Now I'm ready to bring my experience, skills, and fresh ideas to serve central Vermont.
Your valuable contribution will support:
- A website that offers in store customer pick up.
We have all searched the internet for that small part we need, found it, called the shop to see if it is in stock, asked them to hold it, then rushed to the shop before it ends up back on the shelf.
The Vermont Bicycle Shop website will take this headache away. Buy it online, get a confirmation, come in at your leisure to pick it up. In some instances we will even deliver!
- Comprehensive repair classes.
This class has been taught at the college level for many years and will consist of:
⁃ Five, four hour lessons
⁃ One hour of discussion and explanation
⁃ Three hours of lab time covering brakes, shifting, bearing adjustments, wheel truing and more…
This campaign will help VBS offset the costs of insurance and other expenses related to these classes.
- Community Service based reward programs.
Vermont Bicycle Shop will offer unique ways to become a preferred customer:
⁃ Make purchases at VBS
⁃ Volunteer with participating local groups
⁃ Shopping at select local businesses
As a community based business, VBS is committed to supporting the local economy and wellness.
- Used bicycles with a warranty.
Vermont Bicycle Shop will offer used bicycles with a one year warranty free from defects. All used bicycles will come with itemized receipts detailing what has been done to the bicycle, creating a transparency of value.
- Deliveries in the Barre, VT area.
Delivers will be offered on certain purchases and repairs in the Barre, VT area. This requires a significant investment upfront in the proper vehicle and insurance. VBS has raised the funds to purchase the vehicle. VBS is looking to this campaign to help offset the costs of insurance and other expenses.
There are many other small pieces to the puzzle that this campaign will help address. VBS is looking forward to contributing to the growth of Barre, VT and I am very excited to invite you to become a part of that process.
Vermont Bicycle Shop will always offer professional, licensed bicycle mechanics and staff to help you with your needs. As an internationally licensed UCI mechanic, bicycle service is my profession and I want my dedication to making people happy on their bicycles to be in Central Vermont for many years. Will you to help me make this happen?
Thank you for your consideration,
Risks and challenges
In a new business venture there is no guaranteed success. I have spent the past 18 months living and working in Barre Vt, assessing the prospect of opening Vermont Bicycle Shop. With assistance from the Barre Partnership a solid business plan was developed, I recruited 90% of the needed capital, and now the remaining pieces are moving into place.
My wife often reminds me the only way to fail at this venture is by not pursing my dream of opening this bicycle shop. There are no short cuts to success and I understand there will be many long days ahead.
Challenges that do arise will be growth opportunities, as my heart is in the work I do and Barre is a thriving community excited to support VBS.
- (30 days)