Thanks everyone for a great send off. We are pretty much out of stuff. So we are closing to the public tonight, December 16.
“It’s been fun…”
It really has.
Since we opened our little space on Selby Ave, Omnium Bike Shop has been a lot of things : our dream realized, our family, our community, our livelihood, our accomplishment and our success. Above all else, it’s been… Amazing.
Omnium Bike Shop has been a labor of love and has connected us to so many great people and the community we live in. Martin and I have always said that if Omnium ever took a backseat to our lives it would risk losing the energy and enthusiasm it is known for. We never wanted that to happen, even if it meant closing the shop to preserve it. Since we first opened a lot of things have changed in our lives. It seems “bike-shop owner” is increasingly taking a second place to things like “father,” “grandfather,” and “husband” for both of us. Rather than let Omnium lose that enthusiasm we cherish, we decided that it’s time to close this chapter in our lives.
As of Dec. 16th of this year, Omnium Bike Shop will be shutting its doors for good. (Yes, it used to say 23rd, but we are out of stuff.)
We’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to, supported and made Omnium something to be proud of. All the employees, family members, customers, vendors, team members, and friends made it great and we really owe it all to you. It really turned into something special. Who knew all we had to do was open our doors and you all would do the rest?
If you have any questions specific to us closing, please feel free to reach out to us.
Daniel Jacobsen and Martin Lacey
Omnium Bike Shop
If you’ve come into the Shop looking for a entry-level road bike, there’s a good chance we’ve steered you towards our KHS Flite 500. For good reason – it’s everything a road bike needs to be. We’ll tell you about it’s Alloy Frame/Carbon Fork. It’s Shimano 105 Drivetrain. It’s tried-and-true rim caliper brakes.
But when you start looking deeper, you’ll see a thought process that goes beyond just making a well equipped bike. It’s bars are a shallow drop – perfect for those looking to get started (or really any rider). The tires are a 25c (but fit up to a 28c, great for commuting or off-road road biking). The extensive tube shaping smooths out the aggressive alloy ride and keeps the lively feel we’re all looking for. It’s obvious that whoever brought this into the world knew what they were doing.
Usually, we’re selling this bad boy for $1,200. The Market Analysts would tell you that a bike over $1K won’t sell to the starter crowd. To the folks just looking to get in. We’ve shown that they’re wrong.
That in mind, it’s time to spread the love. We’re selling this guy for only $900 now. That’s right.
You won’t regret it, that’s for sure.
It’s no secret that every great bike fit starts at the most important point of contact – the foot. Without getting your shoe position down pat, you’re just laying a sandy foundation on which all the rest will crumble. We believe in this so much, we’re going to be discounting our Bont Vaypor Road shoes for the duration of the stock. This means whatever we have left, can be yours for only $150.
With plenty of good riding left this season, come on in and get your feet taken care of. Don’t just enjoy the rest of the season – revel in it.
It’s no secret that we dig on Cyclocross. With July in full swing and August just around the corner, the first race of the season is almost upon us. But Cyclocross isn’t just one season – it’s year round. It’s the dirt paths connecting trails. The River Bottoms. The freedom to jump off of any curb without fear of retribution. It’s a lifestyle.
There’s a few folks who’ve come into our shop looking for a way to dip their toes in the River Cross – but for most it can be daunting. $1,500 or $2,000 on a bike they might not even like (that’s silly, of course they will, it’s a bike – but you get the picture).
Enter the State Bicycle Co. Thunderbird. For only $999, you can jump right in and open up a whole new world of fun. Alloy frame, carbon fork, Avid disc brakes – I mean, it’s got it all. It’s the type of bike you jump on, fall in love with and then pay for hoping the sales person doesn’t check the price. But no! It’s not too good to be true! It exists! And you aren’t getting away with it because we already know!
We’ve got a 55CM in the shop but we’ll have more soon. Because, how could you not?
(Did we mention you can put studded tires on this and rock some Winter too? OH YEAH BECAUSE YOU TOTALLY CAN)
You may have noticed a few (OK – more than a few) times we’ve thrown up a SAINT PAUL BICYCLE WEATHER REPORT on the Twitter and the Facebook. Maybe even the Instagram. It’s all about giving you, the cycling populous, the information you need to get through the day. Riding across our fair city is difficult enough without the sky falling down, so we do what we can.
But folks, we can’t do it alone. We need your help. So if you’re out there, riding your bicycle and pondering the weather take some time to stop and snap a photo. Maybe just a few words on the Twitter. Whatever you do to let your fellow cyclist know what’s going down.
Just tag your photo with #StPBWR (or #SaintPaulBicycleWeatherReport if you’re into that) and we’ll share the ones that we like the best and give you a little shout out for what you do. Maybe even a cool thing for free if it’s informative/funny/non-sequitur enough.
Who has time for weather apps anyway?
We love bike racing and when it shows up in our own backyard, we take notice. This Wednesday evening at 6:15 PM, some of the best will line up and rip up our cobbled and not-so-cobbled streets in Downtown St. Paul. We’re all about that. So this Wednesday at 5 PM, we’ll be lighting up our grill, pouring some drinks and handing out the good vibes. Come 6 PM, we’ll hop on our bicycles, ride down the hill and get ready to watch some racing.
If that sounds good to you, we’ll see you Wednesday evening.
You’re a hard worker. On the bike, off the bike – doesn’t matter – you get stuff done and look good doing it. But sometimes our wardrobe needs a little update. That’s where Craft and ourselves come into the picture.
For the entire month of June, we’re offering a special deal on all Craft apparel in-stock in the store. Simply buy one item and get another of equal or lesser value. That easy.
Need a new baselayer? Why not two?
How about some great bibshorts? Heck, get the jersey too – it’s free.
The entire month of June. All in-stock Craft products.
Come in and buy some today before I rethink typing this post.
It’s no secret that we love our Velodrome. We sell track bikes, race track bikes and just all around dig the culture that exists up in Blaine, MN. It was with a heavy heart that we learned last year our Velodrome was in rough shape and may have already seen it’s last race.
So you can imagine our joy when we walked onto that lovely grass infield this past Thursday evening. Our Velodrome is back and better than ever, thanks to the efforts of a few local folks who raised the funds to keep it going. We always invite our customers up to see a Thursday Night Lights, but now we must insist – it’s too special a thing to miss.
We hope to see you up there this season.
It’s the time of the year to break out the short sleeves and pack away the jackets. We’re working with Podiumwear once again to open up a pre-order for our very own Shop Kit. They make one heck of a product, and we’re stoked to offer it to our good friends and clients.
If you’re interested, the preorder is now open. We’ll also have a small selection at the shop, but if you absolutely need X/Y/Z, probably the pre-order is the way to go.
PREORDER URL : https://www.podiumwear.com/team-storefront/shop-kit-2015/
PREORDER PASSWORD : omnium2015
Pre-order closes May 5th at Midnight!