I think it's more of a practical issue for many smaller shops- the summer bike season is in full swing and it seems counter-intuitive to have a gathering right in the middle of the summer, when people are pretty busy in their own communities. Smaller shops usually have less volunteers as well to handle logistics when some are gone. Best to have it as a celebration to end/start the season when shops are less busy.
Best, Leslie Durham Bike Co-op
On Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 10:07 AM, Ainsley Naylor firstname.lastname@example.org:
Is there a wide-spread issue that shops will have to close and lose a lot of 'business' in order to attend Bike!Bike! ? I know the first year we attended - in Pittsburgh - we ended up closing the shop, but we were only open 2 days a week and thus only missed one day of operating. Now we have enough volunteers and enough resources that 2 or 3 people can leave for the conference and we can continue to operate during their absence.
either way, Bike!Bike! is such an important learning and sharing and growing experience that smaller shops especially should weigh the benefits of attending, even if it means they have to close for a few days.
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