I’m going to try and keep this post short, which isn’t my strong suit as y’all likely know. I’ve reached one of those ‘everything is changing’ moments in my life, and that means there’s some changes coming to Southern Wheelworks. This summer my wife and I found out we were expecting our first kid, a little girl due at the end of March. We’re beyond excited, mildly terrified, now busy making plans for the future. With the addition to the family I’m returning to engineering full time, and Southern Wheelworks is going back to part time. While business has been good, my income hasn’t matched where it was when doing engineering full time.
Later this week I’m starting a new job with a local engineering consulting firm and I’m really excited to join the team there. They’re a small but well respected firm, have been around a long time, have a low turn-over rate, and I think it’ll be a great place to work and learn some new skills. As a bonus – they’re only 2.5 miles from the shop, and home is in between the two, and a flexible work schedule will allow me to keep SWW open on a part-time basis.
But, with less time available in the shop I’m making some changes. These changes are designed to maximize the value of my time. When the little one gets here time will be my most scarce resource, so if I’m trading shop time for playing-with-the-baby time, shop time has to be worth it!
Going forward I’m going to focus exclusively on building wheels – no more general bike service, repairs, tune-ups, etc.
With the wheels, I’m going to focus on higher end builds using only American made hubs.
I am also going to stop doing repairs/service on wheels I didn’t build. Those repairs always take longer than expected because there’s generally multiple issues to sort out.
My time in the shop will be a bit sporadic, early mornings, evenings, some Fridays. So if you need to stop by, it’s by appointment only.
I will of course continue to provide service for all the wheels I’ve already built – no one is getting left out on their own!
I will also still be hosting the Middle GA Epic, and I’m adding a new gravel race this year called the Thomasville Classic. In fact, the Thomasville Classic will likely be my first time getting out of the house after the baby is born!
The last five years have been a blast, I’ve learned so much, grown as a person, and met and worked with so many great people. It’s been a true pleasure building wheels for all of you, and I’m grateful for your trust to do so. I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my life, and thankful to be bringing Southern Wheelworks with me!