Thoughts and Adventures From Greenlite Heavy Industries

Sunday, March 17, 2013

New Boots

I've been out looking for a good compliment to the new double-knee cotton twill everyday pants that you can wear on a bicycle pants that I introduced at the Seattle Bike Expo last weekend and I think I've found the fit.

I've been digging the crepe-soled moc toed work boot for decades.  Back in the eighties I had a pair when I worked construction - I think I got them at Montgomery Wards - I gave them to my roommate after the county required us to wear steel-toed boots.  I try to buy American whenever possible and nearly everyone knows that Red Wing makes a super sweet version of this style, but at $225 I had a hard time jumping in.

Thankfully I just found Thorogood Boots.  At $140 the cost of entry isn't too crazy.  I found mine at Whistle Workwear, I had to get EE's in order to walk out of the store with a shoe box in hand, they are a little wide but that's the price you pay for impatience.

The boots are comfortable and sturdy and I think that they are going to break in well.  I think that they might work well for dry weather hunting, perhaps the crepe sole will be a little quieter than the clunky logger boots that I traditionally wear out in the field.  The Thorogood's go well a pant with a little wider cuff.  My double knee twill pants (watch for the DK Pant) have an eight inch cuff and that seems to work perfectly.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

2013 Bike Expo

Spent the weekend at the Seattle Bike Expo, this was my first experience actually getting out there and selling product.  I really worked hard on making a nice booth; something that showed I’m willing to go the extra mile.  I think that the work paid off.

My buddy Joe came down to help me man the booth, I was on my own for a little while Sunday afternoon and I’m telling you it sure is good having a friendly face to talk to and to have someone manning the battle stations while you rush off to the bathroom – once again too much coffee.  Joe is a great salesman and I learned a lot just watching how he interacted with the customers.  He was cool, enthusiastic and confident without being pushy.
Saturday was a long day: 9-6; we arrived at 7:30 and so Joe and I were on our feet for eleven plus hours.  Sunday was 10-4, given that we’d sprung forward the night before I was happy for the late start.  By the time four o-clock rolled around I was done – physically and mentally.

My son helped out Sunday afternoon and he was awesome.  I certainly wouldn’t have been out there talking to customers when I was fifteen.  I would have been hiding out somewhere no doubt about that.
All in all it was a great experience: made some sales, got some awesome feedback, meet some extremely cool people.  This doing your own business thing is a real rollercoaster: one minute you’re totally stoked that you did the right thing, the next minute you’re head in hand asking “what the hell was I thinking?”  Right now I’m in the totally stoked mode.