volunteers get in for free. duties typically take up 3-6 hrs each day, and involve anything from directing traffic, to picking up trash, to leading/sweeping rides. i did it as a ride leader the one year, and it was fan friggen tastic.
I get this but there is no F'n way that I would do any work of any kind on Vaca..
Unless it is trail building.
oo! just read the site, they changed it to include mandatory trail maintenance. ahem, jdog....
i think i might be responsible for that, as when i volunteered, i decided to voluntarily stick around for a few days and do some tm on the trails that got the worst of it.
summer kids promising them all for 'tomorrow'?
if you want to be an elitist shop, then sure, but what about when someone comes in with a trek 820? or any of the other major manufacturers base model bikes? or any older bike? or a dirty bike? i think it's a bad idea. and it will only lead to conflict. how are you gonna say to some big redneck without insulting him that you don't work on bikes as cheap as the one he bought for his kid? if i was in some shop, looking to buy, and i heard someone get turned away for a repair because of the type of bike, i would walk out. hire some local kids to do the easy repairs, and try to schedule them so that you have time to do them. in the busiest season, up to a two week wait is not unheard of. of course, simple flats get squeezed in, but don't overextend yourself. book a reasonable daily amount of repairs for up to two weeks, then tell people that come in that you are booked for two weeks and really can't take in any more at the moment.
haha. i'll be in philly saturday, sorry. we used to just tell people that, since it's a two week plus wait, we don't really have the storage room, and it would be in their best interest to come back midweek, or call to see when the wait time will be less.
consider it an open invite.
Fred was hanging around so much that I make him work. He writes in repairs and rings people up. I guess you can trust a cop with the register right? They are never corrupt.
He hangs around a lot less now..