Gravel Grinder News: Andy’s Bike Shop – Riding Gravel Partner Up

Gravel Grinder News: Andy’s Bike Shop – Riding Gravel Partner Up – by Guitar Ted

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Cedar Falls, Iowa: Today Riding Gravel announces its new “technical support” partner in Andy’s Bike Shop, located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Riding Gravel’s Guitar Ted and Andy’s Bike Shop’s Andy Tetmeyer will be working together to help with logistics and technical aspects regarding the review work, merchandising, and some social media aspects of the website.

One of those social media aspects is to get a more consistent podcast schedule effected so that big gaps between episodes of the “Riding Gravel Radio Ranch” don’t happen anymore. “The plan“, says Guitar Ted, “is to get a system and process in place with the help of Andy’s which will make doing the podcast a lot easier.” This partnership may also lead to a Riding Gravel YouTube channel, but that is in the future. “Right now the goal is to work at getting a consistency in the podcast production and then we’ll look at the other stuff on our plate “, Guitar Ted explained. Andy’s Bike shop already has a YouTube channel and Guitar Ted will also be helping out with some of the production of that for the bike shop as well.

Readers may remember Guitar Ted was a mechanic at a bike shop. That situation has also changed so that he is now working with Andy’s Bike Shop as a mechanic. “It just made sense since the old shop was going out of business and I needed to have a technical partner for Riding Gravel. Andy needed a mechanic, so…..” , mused Guitar Ted.

Another aspect of the partnership will be merchandising. Guitar Ted said that plans are to integrate Riding Gravel merchandise in with Andy’s Bike Shop’s e-commerce site. “I’m hoping we can get that up and working so that we can help offset some of the costs of doing Riding Gravel”, said Guitar Ted. “We don’t have a ton of ads on our site, like other sites might have, and we’d like to keep it that way as much as possible. Funding our work through the selling of merchandise will help with that, I think.” The hope is to have a selection of t-shirts and sticker packs along with other branded merchandise on down the road for sale through the site.


Author: Guitar Ted

Guitar Ted hails from Iowa. Home of over 70,000 miles of gravel and back roads. An inaugural member of the Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame and Co-creator of Trans Iowa in late 2004- Guitar Ted has been at the forefront of the growth of gravel events and riding since then. Creator of Gravel Grinder News in 2008, he produced the premier calendar of gravel and back road events. GT joined forces with Riding Gravel in late 2014.

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6 thoughts on “Gravel Grinder News: Andy’s Bike Shop – Riding Gravel Partner Up

  1. I am glad to hear that things are already coming into place. Podcasts are popular with consumers and advertisers, so regular podcasts should be a fruitful effort.

      1. Will the podcast go up the same way they have been on Mountain Bike Radio? I usually use iTunes, and they would show up here along with JRA, The Path, etc….

  2. @DT – The plan is to get a stand-alone feed for Riding Gravel. Ben is going to set that up and this freshly recorded podcast will be there. Archived RGRR podcasts will be populated into that feed eventually, but that may take time to migrate all of those to their own feed.

    Thanks for the interest!

  3. Great news! I really look forward to more frequent podcasts. Good move on the separate channel for the Riding Gravel pod. Here’s to a great 2020 in gravel!

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