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Sew–I needed a new bike

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

My 50th birthday present to myself is a women only Adventure Tour in Oregon (Introduction to Road Touring) this coming July.  I booked the tour in March and started dreaming.

Then, I had a sudden, rude awakening!¬† It had not occurred to me that my current bike wouldn’t work for this new adventure.¬† Silly girl, I am. Well, of course I would need a new bike!¬† A carbon racing bike (my Maddie) is NOT a touring bike and definitely not what I need for self contained touring. Self contained touring means I’ll be carrying my own tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, clothing, food, cooking gear, etc. ON my bike…sometimes climbing mountains carrying all that stuff.¬† Maddie is wonderful, but she just can’t handle that type of work.

Hmmmm.

Sew…I spent several weeks researching what bike to get. I narrowed it down to 2 choices, then set out to test ride and make my decision.¬† Finally, I decided on the Surly Long Haul Disc Trucker .

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Sew…now let me tell you about Two Wheel Drive Bike Shop and why buying a bicycle from a GOOD shop will always be 1000 times better than buying from a “cheap” shop.

I ordered my Surly Long Haul Trucker touring bicycle from Two Wheel Drive in Albuquerque last Friday (May 8th) with the understanding it would be 1-2 weeks for the bike to arrive.  I received the call on Friday, May 15th that my bike was in and built for me.

Sew…I went to pick it up and we discovered the size ordered is still too big for me. Even worse, the smaller size is NOT AVAILABLE in the disc version. WTF…ARGGGH!!! What to do, what to do?!!! Well dang…Charlie solved the problem. He ordered just the smaller bike frame (the frame only WAS available in my size) and they will build out my dream touring bike for me.

My mind is blown. My heart is blessed. While I’m disappointed I didn’t get my bike yesterday, I’m 1000 times MORE thankful that Charlie was willing to make sure I get the RIGHT bike for me (over just making a sale!).

BOTTOM LINE: Quality and service are at least 1000 times more important than CHEAP. Support your local bike shop if they support you. If you happen to be in the Albuquerque Metro Area, go see Charlie and his staff at Two Wheel Drive and tell him I sent you.

Pepper’s HotFLASH Quilt & Sew Parade!

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

With 2015, comes exciting changes to SewThankful!¬† I’m so excited to tell you that I have changed the name of the SewThankful eNews to Pepper’s HotFLASH Quilt & Sew Parade.

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Although, to be honest…I may occasionally refer to it as the “eNews” for short.¬† Just because I take shortcuts sometimes.¬† I’m spicy like that.

In case you haven’t guessed already, I am Pepper.¬† My name is¬† Tracy Chapman and I will turn 50 years old in May 2015 (could there be a reference to HotFLASH here? hmm…). “Pepper” has been my unofficial (family) nick name for several years. This is the BEST time of my life and the name change reflects my decision for forward progress (emphasizing FUN) in this amazing adventure we call life.

Why is Pepper my nickname?¬† Well, mainly because I love just about everything about peppers…the colors, the shapes, the flavors, all the different varieties.¬† AND because their colors, shapes and flavors can all change (either subtly or dramatically as they grow).¬† They can be sweet, spicy or flaming hot.¬† They can be purple or yellow or green or orange or red (and many colors in between, including mult-color). They can be slender or plump…oh my!¬† Just like me.

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What’s the HotFLASH Quilt & Sew Parade all about?¬†

The HotFLASH Quilt & Sew Parade is the email “publication” in which I am your friendly guide to fresh, new ideas (some golden oldies too), new products, and HOT SAVINGS on sewing/quilting products, patterns & threads at SewThankful.¬† Of course, it will be thoroughly seasoned with inspiration, encouragement and occasional views of ever sew spicy New Mexico, the SewThankful Crew and my Tumbleweed Adventures.

Are you a subscriber? (Why not? It’s FREE and you may easily unsub yourself at any time).

If you are already subscribed to the SewThankful eNews, you don’t need to do anything, your subscription settings remain the same through the name change.

If you are not already subscribed, there are two super easy ways to subscribe now:

(1) On your cell phone, simply Text the word    SEWTHANKFUL
to 22828 and you’ll be added to our weekly email list. This option is currently only available to USA subscribers.

(2) Visit this page: http://www.sewthankful.com/SewThankfuleNewsSignUp.html to choose the list you want to join.

Thanks so much for reading today.¬† I hope you’ll join the parade!¬† It’s all about living a good life that is flavor-FULL and FUN!

CHILE

 

October Blog Drawing Winner

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Congratulations to Jan Turner!  Jan was the winner of our October Question of the Month Blog Drawing.  She won a $50.00 eGift Certificate to SewThankful.com.

Jan has been notified and her eGift Certificate has been sent!  Happy shopping Jan.

If you’d like to receive notice of future blog contests and drawings, please make sure to sign up for the FREE SewThankful eNews.

SewThankful eNews

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Are you a subscriber to the SewThankful eNews?

Our eNews is the main place I make new product and special sales announcements, provide special eCoupon codes, share ideas (or sometimes recipes), offer encouragement, etc.¬† If¬† you’re not a current subscriber you can take a look at what your missing this week…just click here.

If you’d like to subscribe, click here.

Sew Thankful now has a Facebook page

Friday, May 7th, 2010

If you partake in the pleasures of Facebook, I welcome you to look us up.

Click the image below to take a quick look at our page: