Outspokin Bicycles Tampa preview event

March 10, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Ah, it’s been one of those weekends. I’ve had four fabulous events within a 48 hour period. Throw in at least twelve hours of debilitating hangover and you are left with very little time to blog about all of the fabulousness. I want to record it all for posterity and for your edification, but I’m going to go out of order because I want everyone to know NOW about the opening of Outspokin Bicycles newest store in south Tampa!

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You can stop by now as they are ready for business, but their Grand Opening celebration starts next weekend. As you can see above, they are going to have lots of great events and PRIZES, so stop by and check it out!

This morning a few of my blogger friends and I were treated to a little preview of the gorgeous new store in Tampa. The boys and I were up and at ‘em and somehow got three bikes loaded into the back of my micro mini-van.

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Over the Gandy Bridge we went and we were at the South Dale Mabry location in about twenty minutes.

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My friend Christie O. (of Average Moms Wear Capes) greeted us and took these family shots for us:

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This store is HUGE and beautiful. The bright, welcoming colors invite you in and make you want to hang out for a while.

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I was kind of mesmerized just by the beautifully stained concrete floors. Seriously, I had to comment on them to J.P., the head guru there just behind Cal’s head.

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I met Val and Stan, the owners of Outspokin Bicycles, and they were so nice. This is Val:

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She told us about how she really wanted the store to be especially welcoming and accessible to women.

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The women’s section of the store did not disappoint with tons of fashionable and functional gear and apparel especially designed for us.

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They also had a great kids’ section.

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Can you see those adorable kids’ singlets hanging up there above? Here’s a closer view:

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and one on my model:

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Probably my favorite part of the shop was the kids’ hang-out area:

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They have Netflix which kept my “big kids” happy, but they also have that little table and a bunch of toys to keep the little guys entertained. Genius. I also let Cal have a sample from the Keurig machine. Yes, I let my eleven year old have coffee occasionally. So sue me.

Of course the men are not left out. This store, a Giant retail partner, has it all.

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I was blown away by their Compu-Trainer room. They have six bike trainers set up in there (and plan to add two more), so you can bring your own bike and set it up on the trainer for a spin class.

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The trainers are all connected to a computer and you can train on any one of numerous famous courses.

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The computer will automatically adjust the resistance on ALL of the bikes to match the course. For example, ever considered doing the Iron Man Lake Placid? Come to Outspokin Tampa and ride the course beforehand.

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They also have this fabulous dynamic bike-fitting machine (sorry I don’t know the technical term), called a Retül Müve.

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With the help of a certified specialist, you get on the machine and they figure out the perfect set up for you ON the machine. Then, based on all of the settings and measurements on the machine, they can recommend the best brand and style of bike for you OR they can get the bike you already own set up to match those ideal settings as closely as possible. I am definitely going to be bringing Specialized Snowflake in to get a proper bike fitting, as I never really did that and I know it’s not set up in the best way for me.

Even the “behind the scenes” areas of this store are beautiful. Even the restrooms. Yes, I’m going to show you pictures of the restrooms because I think they are very important separating an OK bike shop from a fabulous one. Check out the exposed brick:

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Val hand-picked all of the fixtures.

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And remember I mentioned that she stayed focused on what would make WOMEN feel comfortable? A well-appointed restroom is one of those things.

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They also have two showers, one of which is wheelchair accessible.

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Check out the “employees only” full-service kitchen!

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Seriously guys, you know we’ve been looking at houses lately. These restrooms and this kitchen are much nicer than we’ve seen in many, many of the houses we’ve looked at. I think I could pretty happily live here. If we have to do any remodeling I may hire Val as my designer.

The bike techs seemed pretty happy in their workshop beyond the kitchen.

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In addition to learning all about the shop, this preview event was a little Tampa Bay Blogger meet-up and I was psyched to get to hang out with my friends.

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(On the far left is Denise, one of our ride guides for the day. Then the bloggers Jess of Cuban Running Crisis, me, Denise of RunDMT, and Christie of Average Moms Wear Capes)

You know that Jess and I have a special bond…

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after we spent 4 1/2 hours together doing 56+ miles for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Cycle for Life.

The boys, us bloggers, and our guides Kelby and Denise set off for a fun ride through south Tampa.

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We rode through some beautiful neighborhoods.

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Pretty soon we arrived at the waterfront on Bayshore Boulevard.

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It was a gorgeous morning with just a slight chill in the air but sunshine as far as the eye could see.

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We passed tons of walkers, joggers, and other cyclists.

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We stopped right at the end of Bayshore near the turn off to Davis Island.

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Our guides Denise and Kelby:

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The boys were getting tired and with their little BMX bikes, I wasn’t sure if they were up for tackling the bridges over to the island. So Kelby took the lady bloggers on for a spin around the island and Denise headed back to the store with the boys and me.

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Once we were back we enjoyed a great lunch of flatbreads and salads provided by Sea Dog Brewing Company.

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This barbecue and PICKLE pizza was the hit of the morning (photo courtesy of the lovely Christie O.):

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Thanks to all the sponsors of our blogger preview event this morning at Outspokin.

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And thank you so much to Outspokin Bicycles for having us! Mack thanked me multiple times for taking him this morning and Cal’s exact words were, “Mom, thanks for always taking us to such fun events.” We biked over seven miles and they had a blast. Thanks for including my kids!

Be sure to check out the grand opening of the new store this weekend. Also…

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Cya!

{Disclosure – Outspokin Bicycles provided us with welcoming smiles, a tour of the store, a great guided ride through south Tampa, and a goodie bag that I haven’t had a chance to look through yet. Sea Dogs Brewing Company provided us with lunch. All opinions are my own.}