From the Terry website:
Tell us about your favorite bike shop and why it’s successful selling to women. Is it the clothing they carry, the service they provide, the events they host, the store displays and general presentation, or the cute guys with shaved legs? Be sure to include the full name and location of the bike shop. Please limit your story to 100 words or less.
The bike shop voted the top women’s bike shop wins a Terry Symmetry Bicycle and a women’s event night hosted by Terry in their store. The person nominating the top shop also wins a Terry Symmetry Bicycle.
You must be 18+ and a US resident to enter the contest.
Here's something I wrote to get my thoughts down, before I submitted my final entry. You really can't say much with 100 words!
Two years ago a mechanic-in-training, my friend Erin, was working at Sunrise Cyclery. She wanted to learn more about bicycle mechanics, and allow other women access to the tools and knowledge that she had while working at Sunrise. Erin approached the owner, Jamie McDonald, and asked if he would be interested in sponsoring an open shop night for women and transgender folks.
Jamie was not only interested, but worked with Erin and the wonderful staff at Sunrise (including Shayne, who is still involved with the event) to start a shop night immediately. The open shop night was called Grease Rag, and Sunrise Cyclery donated staff time, space, tools and expertise to the event. What started out as a one-time event two years ago has transformed into an event that happens three times a month, is a social space for the women and transgender folks that attend, a seasonal group ride, informative skill shares, and a place where we can hang out and be comfortable in a typically male-dominated space: the bike shop.
Sunrise Cyclery is committed to giving women and transgender folks a place to come together, which means a lot to me, considering I’ve met some of my best friends in Minneapolis through Grease Rag, and I’ve learned a lot about my bike in the last two years.
Sunrise Cyclery is also proud to sponsor Babes in Bikeland, the largest all-female alley cat race in the country, the Cirque du SoGay queer alley cat race, and the Solidago Riders. The Solidago Riders are a group of women that have been generously sponsored by Sunrise Cyclery, in their quest to bike 3,000+ miles around the Great Lakes to raise money for sustainability projects.
You can enter the Terry contest until 10/26.
After the 10/26 VOTE for my entry. =]