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Why I didn’t buy my mountain bike from Milltown Cycles

Robbie Wigley with her new Trek 7300 WSD from Milltown Cycles, somewhere on the Sakatah TrailRobbie bought her new hybrid bike (Trek 7300 WSD) at Milltown Cycles a month ago and was pleased with the advice/treatment she got from owner Ben Witt and manager Curtis Ness. The day she purchased the bike, we couldn’t wait for them to assemble it as we were due to meet some friends at the Cow.  No problemo. Curtis delivered it to our table.)

So after I spent a weekend at the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival trying out mountain bikes, I spent an hour with Ben at my morning office at the Blue Monday, talking pros and cons of all the possible variations of which mountain bike to buy, given my price range, riding ability, planned use, etc.  His recommendation: a 29er hardtail, the Gary Fisher X Caliber.  I told him to order it and promptly tweeted the news.

A couple hours later, I got an email from Ben (he also uses Google Talk/IM which I found to be very helpful):

I hate to say it, but I can’t get that bike for you.  They are sold out for the year, and they don’t list an estimated time of arrival for the new 2012 models. 

He then recommended that I get the bike from a competitor which did have one in stock in my frame size:

I’m sorry to have that as the only option I can offer.  There are not many bikes that are similar to that to offer as alternatives.  I think you’d be very happy on that bike, and we can easily get the tires, pedals and other accessories here for you.

Ben Witt and Griff Wigley with a Gary Fisher X Caliber at Milltown Cycles in Faribault, MNBen Witt and Griff Wigley with a Gary Fisher X Caliber at Milltown Cycles in Faribault, MNWhaaaa?  Couldn’t he could sell me another bike in that price range with similar features? I wanted to buy a bike from him.

He was adamant. The X Caliber was the bike that was best for me and it made no sense to wail till fall to get one.  He was confident I’d be a long-term customer of Milltown Cycles and that he’d make a fair profit from whatever accessories, parts, and service I’d need.

I got my bike later that day.  And a few days later, he outfitted it with Eggbeaters and tubeless tires. Watch out, Hans Rey.

Northfielders in the 300 block of Central Ave. in downtown Faribault

John Metzke and Maggie O'Dell the Cheese Cave in downtown Faribault the Cheese Cave in downtown Faribault
Every time Robbie and I pay a visit to the Cheese Cave in downtown Faribault, we run into Northfielders. Last Saturday, it was John Metzke and Maggie O’Dell, shopping the retail section of the store and having wine with dinner, just like us.

Ryan Heinritz, Executive Director of the Paradise Center for the Arts Paradise Center for the Arts Paradise Center for the Arts
Stepping outside, there was Northfielder Ryan Heinritz, Executive Director of the Paradise Center for the Arts, (follow them on their blog, on Facebook and Twitter) welcoming patrons for the evening’s comedy show. Tomorrow, Saturday May 7th, is their Second Annual, Big Hats and Big Hearts Annual Auction for the Arts and Kentucky Derby Party.

Milltown Cycles, Faribault Ben Witt
Then we made our way a few doors from the Paradise to Milltown Cycles, owned by Northfielder Ben Witt, where we dropped off our daughter’s recumbent bicycle (a tricked out Rans Rocket) for a tune-up.

The Cheese Cave and The Coffee House: two of my faves in downtown Faribault

As long as I’m wearing a PR hat for the Faribault Chamber of Commerce this morning, allow me to mention two of my favorite dining venues in downtown Faribault:

Beth Mathewson and Jodie Chappuis, proprietors of The Coffee House in downtown Faribault The Coffee House in downtown Faribault The Coffee House in downtown Faribault The Coffee House in downtown Faribault
Beth Mathewson and Jodie Chappuis are the proprietors of the recently-opened The Coffee House (Facebook page), formerly Java Live, located right next door to the Paradise Center for the Arts. See this Feb. Faribault Daily News article, Coffee lovers: The bean is back.

Rob Schanilec, Felicia Crosby, Robbie Wigley, Griff Wigley IMG_6262 Cheese Cave manager Laura Paquette and Rob Schanilec 
Across the street is The Cheese Cave, where Robbie and I had dinner with Rob Schanilec and Felicia Crosby a month ago before we attended the Willow Brae concert at the Paradise. Laura Paquette is the manager who served us. See this June 2009 Faribault Daily News article on the opening of the Cheese Cave.

Faribault’s Paradise Center for the Arts: sometimes a music venue for Northfielders

Ryan Heinritz, the new Executive Director of the Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault, stopped by my table at GBM yesterday and asked if I was attending Meredith Fierke’s concert on Friday at the Paradise. Yah.

Dan Freeman, Chip DeMann, Laura MacKenzie, Ryan Heinritz, But this reminded me that I hadn’t put up my photos from a month ago when Robbie and I and more than a few other Northfielders attended the Willow Brae concert at the Paradise, featuring former Northfielder Laura MacKenzie and Andrea Stern.

See my album of 13 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

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