Monday, March 29, 2010

*This was supposed to go up at the beginning of the month, but i/it got sidetracked. It still applies, so here it is- Brandon.


Ugh...So February was a rough month for me.

My dad has cancer and started chemo two days before his 60 birthday. It's a sad thing. The docs say he's going to fine, and the chemo is mild, but it still makes him sick.

My grandmother had a stroke and lost feeling on her left side. My mom is having to come to terms with putting her in a nursing home and it's really hard on her.

I spent most of last month back in Michigan with my family doing what I could to help out- whether it was driving my dad to his chemo appointments, or sitting up late listing to my mom.

When I had time I was building Bates Crates, trying to stock up for this spring and summer.

It was also the worst month we've ever had in sales since we started four years ago. I'm not sure if it's the recession, or because of all the other companies out there doing bicycle shirts now, or if it's just that our shirts are not what people want anymore.

On the upside, our traffic hasn't slowed down one bit thanks to our reviews. So here's to the companies that helped keep us going even when the chips are down. They're to your right.

I'm also sad my second job of being a pedicab manager has come to end. I loved being out in the city all summer long, getting some great exercise and meeting great people. It was always alot of work, but it felt good.

I'm sad to see it go, but it will give me more time to concentrate on One Less Car and Bates Crates.

We’ve come up with a couple new designs and will have more soon, and we're working on getting stickers back in stock! We also know that reviews have slowed down a bit, but they'll be picking back up again soon as the new season begins!

If you ordered during the sale, your shirts may take a little longer because of all the time i was gone, but i will get them out to you very, very soon. (I'm pretty sure their all out now! -B)

I just want to say thanks to all of you who have helped us get this far and here's to the beginning of a new season!



Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A new review!

Hey all-

It's been a slow winter here as far as reviews go- and even though we've had a lot going on (more on that tomorrow), we're working on getting some great stuff for review!

I recently got a package from Mission Workshop and Feedback, and one on the way from Chrome! Before that I got a nice little package from Peace Coffee that I have to tell you about (next week! my bad if I already said that on a previous date...). We've got a bike coming from Raleigh, and Cole got a huge box of food from Uptons Naturals too!

And we're working on some other things to keep you in the know!

I got an email from Dahon recently- They just came out with 3 different carrying/storing/stashing bags for their folding bikes. When you're ready to ride they fold up and stash under the seat!

Here's Cole's Review- Come back tomorrow to hear about what's been going on, wanna gossip about us, or whatever. It's all good.


Nau Rebound jacket

If you follow our reviews, you may have read my claim of Chrome's jacket being the best jacket I ever had. Well that was until Nau sent me a Rebound jacket. Not taking anything away from the Chrome jacket- its still worn regularly. The Rebound jacket is really something amazing. I don’t think this jacket is designed for bicyclists specific- I believe made more for hiking, but to me it's just about as perfect as a cycling jacket.

The first thing I noticed when I put it on is that it lets no wind through. I mean NONE. The very first day I got it it was 13 degrees outside. I put it on over my wool base layer, a t-shirt, and wool jersey, and I was pretty warm, and didn’t have that chill that I sometimes get as I ride. The collar also comes up high so you don’t get any wind down the neck. Sometimes this high collar bothers me, but when its cold its great. Read more...

Monday, March 22, 2010

Caps for a cause!

Walz Caps is pleased to introduce our new line of cycling caps: Caps For A Cause. Each unique cycling cap in our Caps For A Cause line will highlight and support a worthwhile cause or nonprofit. Walz Caps will donate $10 from the sale of each cap to the chosen cause. Each quarter a new, limited edition cycling cap will be offered exclusively through our website.

This quarter we are supporting the people of Haiti in their struggle to fight back from the devastating earthquake in January. Donations will go to Save the Children- a nonprofit organization that is providing emergency relief to more than half a million children and families in Haiti.

Available for a limited time exclusively from