Tuesday, December 16, 2014

This years hottest gift

What is this years must have gift?
The one that every kid wants to find under the tree?
If this were the 1950s it might be a Red Ryder carbine-action, two-hundred shot Range Model air rifle.      
The must have gift of 1977:
Star Wars Action figures
The must have gift of 1983:
The Cabbage Patch Kid
The must have gift of 1986:

The must have gift of 1996:
Tickle Me Elmo
The must have gift of 2006:
Nintendo Wii
The must have gift of 2014:
Anything Frozen related:

But if you want a gift that is more than a fad and that distinguishes you as a person of style.
The real must have gift of 2014 and beyond:
A single speed fixed gear bike from Baseline Bicycles
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

So much to be thankful for!

Thanksgiving.  A day to give thanks for what we are grateful for.  Here’s a small list of some of the things I am thankful for:
I am grateful for…
My friends, who share their dreams and believe in mine.
My family, who support me, encourage me, trust me and love me.

The chance to live an EPIC life;

I am grateful for…
The soldiers who protect and serve this great country
Couchsurfing: which allows me to meet some of the most amazing people on earth.

I am grateful for…
My health- my energy, my passions
My bicycle- the wind in my face.
Opportunity-  this great big world full of tremendous and exciting possibilities.


I am grateful for…
Blue Skies- that inspire me

Music- that moves me

Dance- have fun with it!


I am grateful for…
Challenges- for the feeling that comes when they are overcome
Customers- you matter most.

A positive attitude:

Life isn't always easy, but it is always worth living:

What are you thankful for?

Friday, November 14, 2014

***Special Announcement***

One Year Anniversary!

We are very pleased to announce the one year anniversary of Baseline Bicycles. On November 14th, 2013 baselinebicycles.com went live.

The holiday season was a great time to start a business. Our very first customer told us that the bicycle he purchased would be under the Christmas tree for his newly wedded bride. 

How cool is that?

Who wouldn't want to wake up on Christmas morning to find one of our bicycles under the tree?

This has been such a fantastic year. I get excited each time a bike gets shipped because I know firsthand, and from hearing from our customers, how much joy riding one of our bikes brings. You will understand the passion people have for these bikes from the moment you get your bike out of its box. 

Experience this year has shown that once one of our bikes makes it to a community, wherever that may be, we can expect more sales to come in from the same area. Bikes of such beauty and high quality must be seen to be appreciated. 

As we near Thanksgiving we express gratitude to our first year customers who trusted us to deliver as promised. Thank you! 

To those of you who have yet to order we say trust us: 

You are going to love your Baseline Bicycle.
Special offer: Everyone who orders a bike between now and Christmas will receive a free Baseline Bicycles t-shirt.

Thank you friends and fans of Baseline Bicycles.  And remember:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A most important question

Chicken or peacock?

 I love this question. 
It communicates my personal and company philosophy perfectly.
Watch the video:

This commercial is currently airing in Taiwan. 
A brilliant ad about a beautiful classic: Vespa

Pollo o Pavone?
It is a great question to ask yourself.
What it really is asking is:
What are you going to do today?
Who are you going to be today?
How are you going to live today?

Life truly is beautiful. 
Cherish it. Live it. Don't over complicate it.
I have nothing against chickens. In fact a side venture I am currently pursuing proves that.

Pollo o Pavone? Chicken or Peacock?
 You are beautiful just the way you are. 
Be yourself.
Of course if its Halloween. New rules apply. Have fun!
But at the same time time think about this:
Who would you want to see come trick or treating at your door on Halloween?

Pollo o Pavone?

Set your standards high. Commit to those standards. 
Don't ever allow yourself to stray from the standards you've set for yourself. 
As a company we have set our standards(our baseline) for quality high.
We will not compromise the standards we set or the promises we make.
As a customer you can be assured that you are getting great value on a first-rate bicycle.

That is the Baseline difference. Read more about it here:

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Can the English Language be fixed?

The English language

The most widely spoken, the most influential, and the lingua franca of choice (the common language used between speakers whose native languages are different). 

It is also notoriously difficult to learn. As a native speaker, and being fluent in both Italian and Mandarin Chinese, I am amazed at how so many people manage to speak English as well as they do. I also understand why so many struggle to learn this crazy language that I love. 

Multiple meanings for the same word is just one of the difficulties. Take the word fix. It can mean so many things and be used in so many ways. Here are just a few:

Fix: To mend or repair. 
Ex: "I have a flat tire which I need to get fixed."

Fix: to get ready, prepare.
Ex: "I'm fixing to fix breakfast."
Translation: I'm about to prepare breakfast.

Fix: To castrate or spay (neuter) an animal, usually a pet.
Ex: "I get all of my pets fixed."
Fix: To satisfy an addiction. A thing or activity that gives a person a feeling of euphoria or pleasure that is difficult to do without.
Ex: "Sometimes I really need an In-n-Out burger fix."
Fix: A predicament (a difficult or awkward situation).
Ex: "How on earth did you get into such a fix?"
Fix: To set up. To arrange a date for.
Ex: "I want to fix you up with my cousin. You'll really like her."
Fix: Restore order or tidiness to.
Ex: "He really needs to fix his hair."
Fix: To influence the outcome by illegal or unethical means. 
Ex: "There is no doubt that the election was fixed."

Fix or Fixie: A single speed fixed wheel bicycle.
Ex: "My favorite bikes are fixies."
The above definition is of course my favorite.  On a beautiful day I love to get my exercise fix by jumping on my fixie and hitting the road. There's nothing better.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

International Talk Like a Pirate Day


Pirates aren't usually associated with bicycles.
 ( It would be really hard to pedal with a peg leg or to steer with a hook.)
But this is such a fun holiday I had to blog about it.

Pirates aren't usually associated with donuts either, but Krispy Kreme is into it. 
Arrg You Ready For The Talk Like A Pirate Day Giveaway at Krispy Kreme?Any landlubber who dares to enter a participating Krispy Kreme® US location and talk like a pirate will score one free Original Glazed® doughnut. To the swashbuckler who wears full pirate attire goes a bounty of one FREE dozen Original Glazed doughnuts. Offer good on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, September 19th, only. http://www.krispykreme.com/pirate.

The most popular pirate of all time?

Has to be Captain Jack Sparrow.

How often can you get away with dressing or acting like a pirate?
Halloween? Talk like a pirate day? 
You guys out there can show your pirate side year round by growing a beard. All my cool friends are doing it.
Girls love it!

I didn't blog about it, but World Beard Day was celebrated on September 6th. 
Beards have never been so popular. From Hollywood types like Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Ryan Gosling to fixed-gear bicycle riding twenty somethings. Aye! Beards and fixies are cool!
If you also ride a bike it shows you probably really know your way around a bicycle.

Of course you don't need a beard to look cool on a single speed bike as you can see by this photo of Johnny Depp.
Want to sound cool? Talk like a pirate.
Want to look cool? Grow a beard; ride a fixie; 
or, grow a beard and ride a fixie.