The Magic of Missoula’s Free Cycle over at the Radavist!

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“It’s a long ride from here. 80 miles, and the first 20 are uphill. The train leaves at 5pm, and we have to be there at 4, because we have bicycles. It should be a good day.”

That was when I knew that my new job at was not your ordinary bike shop gig, and never would be. Bob Giordano, the founder of Free Cycles, Missoula’s community bike shop, warmed his hands with his breath as the sun broke over Logan Pass and illuminated Heaven’s Peak, which was in our view as we stopped for morning coffee on Going to the Sun Road. This was a casual employee bonding ride: Missoula to Glacier, over the pass, catch a train to Whitefish and hitchhike back to open the shop on Tuesday. Pathologically optimistic, barely planned, and wonderful. Our plan was as loose as what got us there and without hesitation, we kept on riding. We were unsure of what would happen, but we knew it would be good, and that is the magic of Free Cycles.

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Holy Mountain Work Aprons!!!

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Made in the USA of heavy duty canvas and industrial thread, built to last a lifetime.

Putting to use our years of experience working in bike shops and doing greasy jobs, we’ve designed the classic work apron of our dreams. It’s got three main waist pockets, an upper pocket for small parts and tools with a pen slot, and durable webbing shoulder and waist straps with a leather harness.

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Thanks for the coffee…

Flagstaff Bicycle Revolutions!

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All I could ever ask for…

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See everyone next week!

Nice one Steve!

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The Bicycle Product Supplier Association (BPSA) has honored QBP founder and chairman Steve Flagg with its Lifetime Achievement Award, presented at Interbike in Las Vegas. The annual award is given to one person “whose career has greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of the bicycle industry.”

The factors considered in the award selection process included span and scope of career, lives touched through the individual’s work, awards and honors received, and more. For this year’s award, the BPSA’s small group of board members unanimously agreed on honoring Flagg. They said, “In light of all that he has done for this industry and the legacy he is leaving at QBP, we couldn’t think of a more deserving person than Steve.”

Flagg started out in the industry over 40 years ago. After founding Minneapolis’ first bicycle co-op, he and wife Mary Henrickson created QBP to help independent bike dealers acquire hard-to-find parts and resolve technical problems. In 1981, QBP had just seven customers. Under Flagg’s stewardship, the company is now the largest distributor of bicycle parts and accessories in the industry.

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