Yesterday was my field trip out of the office for a great ride in the morning and then a product development pow-wow with the guys of B&L Bike Shop. It was a great ride and a great meeting, not to mention incredible bacon and cheddar pancakes from the Beach Grass Cafe. I'm still trying to burn those things off.
We had an excellent session discussing the in-development tri/TT bike. Let's just say it'll be pretty awesome; full carbon, totally aero, disk wheel in the back, carbon rimmed front wheel, 10 different sizes, full Dura Ace 10 spd group, a weight of about 15 pounds and a retail price point of $1,000.00! Nobody else will be able to touch it. I suspect we'll probably sell around 3,500-5,000 of the bikes in the first year. Maybe 10,000 the next year. It should be a great brand builder.
The guys gave me some great feedback and I wrote notes feverishly. I'm sure I might have missed a few things because things went pretty quickly during the discussion, but I walked away with a lot of really good notes. I feel pretty good about our meeting and what could end up coming from it.
Then there was the ride. 4 shop employees, the shop owner and then me. We had a great ride, rolling out along the coast and then heading inland into the undulating hills of the area and some of my favorite roads. As is tradition, the ride turned into a semi-race and an attempt to "Kill The Industry Guy". It's a long-lived and well worn tradition in the industry. I knew it was coming and I suffered through it, taking my lumps as we flew up each and every hill and dove recklessly down the other sides. Keep in mind, I probably haven't ridden more than hour on a ride in a few months and this was more than an hour and pretty darned quick at times. Ultimately, it was a great ride and a whole lot of fun. I don't think I called Dan/Fluffy "skinny bastard" more than 3 or 4 times. Not bad, I'd say.
Thanks again to the B&L guys. You can all thank them too when that new bike rolls out on a sale's floor near you!
(Editor's note; since I am getting so many emails... no, the tri/TT bike will not be $1,000 as listed above. I'm just being my usual smarty-pants.)