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Welcome to the official website for Bikeworks Albuquerque!

Here you will find all sorts of useful and entertaining info about our shop.

Basic info on hours and location can be found to the left.  Some info about who we are and what we do is linked to the right.  Scroll down and you will see our hopefully informative and entertaining blog posts, where we talk about hot new stuff in the store, races and rides we've recently done, and whatever else happens to bubble to the top of our distracted minds.

Here are a few photos of our shop, to help give you an idea of what we are all about.  Our shop is small, the pictures show the whole sales floor and repair area, all that you can't see is the bathroom and some backroom storage.






All photos courtesy of the talented Kip Malone.  www.kipmalone.com

Thanks for stopping by!

Race (and Not Race) Review: 12 Hours of Mesa Verde

May has been interesting so far.  We had some racing plans, and then there was weather.

On May 9th we closed up shop so and headed up to Cortez CO to race the 12 Hours of Mesa Verde. This is a very popular race that takes place on the legendary Phil's World trail network. The race has historically sold out of it's approximately 1,000 spots in minutes. It's just that good.

This year the organizers opened registration up in two waves, and Danny managed to get a few of us signed up during the second wave. But, the only categories still open were Solo Singlespeed, and Duo Singlespeed.  Danny and I signed up Solo Singlespeed, Wesleytons and Chuckles made up a Duo Singlespeed team.

We did this race one other time, in 2011, which was the year of my Grover Campaign....
http://www.photoreflect.com/store/Orderpage.aspx?pi=304T00C6730000&po=0&pc=9

The weather forecast for this year was a little iffy, but not terrible. So we packed up and headed out. I brought the whole family; Wife, Kiddos, Parents, even my in-laws came out to see the show.

We set up camp under overcast skies.


Then we headed out to Packet Pickup.  Wesleytons figured it was a special event so he brought the fanny pack.


Packet pickup was a Kokopelli Bike and Board in Cortez, which is a very cool shop.  Particularly cool is their vintage mountain bike collection with all sorts of gems hanging on the walls. My favorite was this Crestone.


I have never seen or heard of a Crestone before, but this thing has giant rubber bands for suspension, it is awesome mountain bike ingenuity from the '90s.  Looks like the Museum of Mountain Bikes "MOMBAT" has one too...  http://www.mombat.org/MOMBAT/Bikes/1994_Crestone_Peak.html

I was woken up during the night from flashes of lightning and the sound of rain hammering the trailer. It was cold and wet outside, and I wasn't exactly excited about it.   Morning came early after a few too many pre-race beers (and/or scotch for some), and it was cold but dry as we prepared.  Then the rain started again just as we were lined up for the Le Mans start.

After a few miles of riding the rain turned to snow.  Then it kind of turned to hail, then a  kind of sleet, some sideways snow, then maybe a little rain again.  Basically it was just cold and wet.  About halfway through the lap the course started getting saturated, the mud was sticking and the trail was getting slippery.

I had a pretty good start, and had managed to avoid the slow bottleneck crowds that can happen on the first lap.  So I finished my first lap in about an hour and a half, and that allowed me to get off the trail before it became unrideable.  But I saw some pics later of riders walking their bikes because of the mud.

I came in from my lap cold and wet and muddy.


After about 30 minutes of trying to clean, change, and warm up my Dad knocked on the door to tell me the race had been postponed until 10:00.  Sounded good to me.  Now I could think about how to deal with my bike...


At 10:00 it was still raining and there was a meeting.  They decided to call off the race.  Fears of people's safety and the well being of the trails were valid.  Best to cut your losses and not destroy these highly valued trails.  It was time to drink beer.

We were planning on camping out for the weekend, so we just stuck around.  It was Oliver's 5th birthday soon, so we took the opportunity for a little birthday celebration with all his Grandparents.



On Sunday morning my Dad took my Mom and Kristi out for a ride and then we moved to a KOA a couple miles down the road for the night.  There were scattered showers the whole day, but nothing serious.  So finally at about 5pm my Dad and I headed out to do a ride in Phil's World again.  We just rode the race course, as it was still taped.  About halfway through a hail storm caught us.  It only rained/hailed for a little while, but it was enough to totally saturate the ground again.

I had just cleaned my bike up, and now it was even muddier than before.


Cold and wet for the second time in 2 days, I was not amused.

And that's about how the weekend went.  Monday morning we woke to clear skies and sunshine while we packed up and headed home. I had quite a pile of muddy stuff to deal with when we got in.


Not the way I had hoped the weekend would play out. But with all my wonderful family there for company we still had a fun time.

Check back soon for my next story about not racing Dawn til Dusk due to snow, and instead racing the Glorieta Enduro, and getting completely muddy!  Thanks for reading!

Race Review: 2015 12 Hours in the Wild West

Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend participating in yet another Zia Rides event, this time the 12 Hours in the Wild West.

By my maths, this is the 4th running of this event, and the 3rd time I have been there to play along. The inaugural event was in 2011, when I participated as part of a 4 man team with Alex, Paul, and Charlie.  In 2012 I went again and raced solo, casually, and I didn't win.  In 2013 I went solo again, bringing a fat bike and food poisoning.  We skipped 2014, I think because 2013 was so much "fun" we had to take a year off.  But this year I've been banging out the 12 Hour races, so I signed up once again and headed out.

There were some last minute changes this year, due to trail conditions it was decided that the course would be ran in reverse (clockwise) direction from all years prior.  This excited me a bit, since it would be different than before, and hopefully that would keep things interesting.

This year I brought my beautiful Wife and kids along, and we used our new-to-us pop up camper for the first time.


Here is Oliver (my 4 year old), Dr. Dave (the Doctor), and Scott (the dog) showing off the new trailer and our custom Bikeworks flag made from a XXXL jersey that we couldn't sell.  It was really fun having our own little camper setup, and definitely made it more enjoyable to hang out all day for the rest of the family while I was racing.

Speaking of kids, Zia Rides did an amazing job keeping the little ones occupied this year during the race.  During packet pickup Friday, they had a local story teller come in, a fire pit with s'mores provided, and they even showed an outdoor kids movie around the fire with a projector.  My kiddos were thrilled.

(Julian, my 7 year old, being totally stoked on campfire and s'mores)

Then there was a kids race during the middle of the day Saturday.  Unfortunately I missed the kids race, but both my boys participated.  The coolest thing was that all the kids who race were given belt buckle trophies, the same ones that the adults were competing for, during the awards ceremony.

(stoked kiddos) 

Belt Buckle!

I was really appreciative of all the effort put into keeping it fun for the family.  

Speaking of podiums, I managed to get 2nd place this year in the Solo Singlespeed category.  Having raced solo singlespeed 12 hours at El Paso in February, and in Silver City in March, I was starting to feel like I knew I was capable of, and actually set some goals for the first time this race.  I managed to keep my pit times down to what felt like a bare minimum, and I rode until I ran out of time.  That ended up meaning 8 laps (at 14 miles each) in about 11 1/2 hours.  

My personal race ended up being a pretty competitive battle with Rich Maines, where I led the race for the first 4 laps, then he passed me in the pits and I chased about 5 minutes behind for laps 5 and 6.  But I totally blew myself up trying to close down those minutes and fell apart on lap 6.  Fortunately my pit crew (my Mom, Dad, and Wife) were there to save me.  I came straggling in and sat down to rest for the first time during the race.  My Mom had just made a big pile of mac and cheese for the kiddos, and I ate what I presume to be all of it.  My Dad fed me some ibuprofen because my neck was killing me, and my Wife gave me a shoulder massage.  

Somehow I got back onto my feet, expecting a stomach ache and planning on just doing one more lap.  Luckily, a few miles in, the mac n cheese was settled nicely, the pain killers were doing there job, and I felt better than I had in hours.  Lap 7 cruised on by somehow, and I knew that I'd be able to crank out an 8th, hoping that would solidly put me into 2nd place.

Lap 8 was uneventful except that Swedish Diesel Daniel Appelo saw me rolling out for my lap and decided that I could use some company.  So he caught up to me and we rode together and talked the entire time.  I felt like we were taking it easy, and he had to wait for me repeatedly, but it ended up being one of my faster laps and the time went by very easily.  Thanks Daniel!

I didn't manage to get a very good podium pic of my own....

(Thats me on the podium, mostly blocked by the guy in the beanie) 

But 1st place finisher Rich Maines got a great pic, which he shared on the Instagrams.

(Julian was still so amped on his belt buckle that he made a second trip up to the podium to accompany me)

After the race we headed to the Valley of Fires state park with my parents, which is just past Carrizozo and only about 30 minutes from the race venue.  It's a really neat campground in the lava flow that I had only just cruised right through every year before.

Lava!

 Lava!!

Lava!!!! (and the sun came out for like 5 minutes!)

It's a very developed park, nice for RV's and trailers, but there are some very nice tent camping spots tucked away quietly at the back of the park away from the road noise.  There is a little 3/4 mile paved "hike" around in the lava flow with informative signage along the way.  It was perfect for the little ones, and the adults found it fun too.

We really lucked out on the nice weather for the race, because all day Sunday and Monday it was overcast, rainy, and howling winds.  So that made exploring the lava flow a little less fun, but it did give us a good excuse to hang out in our new trailer, drink booze, play cards, and generally be happy that we weren't in a tent at the moment.

(it's just a little trailer, but we're a pretty small family)

It was another awesome weekend of racing.  Thanks so much to Lindsay and Seth from Zia Rides for putting on another amazing event!  I can't wait for the next one.

  

News! We are ABQ's Exclusive Yeti Dealer

Anybody who has rolled through the shop these past couple weeks probably noticed that there is a whole lot of Turquoise on display lately.  And it's not because we are gearing up to move to Santa Fe.  We are officially the new exclusive dealer for Yeti in Albuquerque.

For reals! Check it out, we are even on the dealer locator....

http://www.yeticycles.com/#/dealers/dealer_search

(I find seeing our shop on these dealer locaters very satisfying for some reason.)

We have wanted to be a Yeti dealer for many years now, but it previously wasn't possible due to other arrangements they had with shops in town.  But an opportunity came up recently and jumped on it.


It turns out many of our dedicated customers are Yeti fans as well, because as word started spreading all the usual suspects came rolling in placing orders.  The SB5C has been the most sought after so far, closely followed by the ASR C and the completely sold out SB6 C.

We have a couple of SB5C frames on the wall at the moment, just waiting to get built.  And we will have demo bikes available in both medium and large in the very near future (like as soon as we get a minute to build them).


The ASRC is Yeti's 4" race machine.  We have built one so far, with XX1, the Rock Shox RS-1 fork, and some trail worthy carbon wheels.  With reasonable tires, plenty of sealant, and pedals it weighed just a hair over 23 lbs.  


The SB6 C is their big trail bike, "Enduro" if you will.  We haven't had a chance to get our hands on one yet, as Yeti has been completely sold out of these for a while now.  But we have one sold arriving this month, and we will get one or two of our own just as soon as we can.

They have a few other models too, but you can go check out the website for those, because I'm getting tired of typing now and it's time to watch some Archer on Netflix.

So stop on by and drool on our new toys with us!

Thanks for reading.

Race Review: 12 Hours of Old El Paso, 2015 Edition

The forecast had been uninspiring for days. We awoke on Saturday morning in El Paso to find the skies grey and gloomy, moisture in the air, but at least it wasn’t actually raining.  It had rained on us the entire way from Albuquerque to El Paso, but we were defiantly optimistic about race day.  

The race started at 10am. 10am to 10pm, kind of unusual for a 12 hour race, but I enjoy it since early mornings have never been my thing.  The later start meant that we had plenty of time for a nice breakfast. Well, as nice as we could find in that part of El Paso anyway. Despite my best phone searching efforts, our best boiled down to Dennys or Village Inn.  Kind of a toss up, we went for Dennys for the second year in a row.  

(meh)

As our crew milled about my minivan that served as our base camp, pumping tires and carefully choosing gear, the rain started to move in. At about 9:30 it was drizzling.  At 9:45 it was raining properly.  There was a second wave of dressing, everybody scrambling to decide just how wet it was going to be. How dry we needed to stay on that first lap to give ourselves a fighting chance to last 12 hours.  Things got quiet. It’s pretty uninspiring to start a 12 hour race in the rain, in the desert, in January. This is going to be fun, right guys? Right!?

(a very grey start)

As Swinton and I finally rolled away from the car to the start line, we saw that we had missed the start.  The LeMans run was over and everybody was climbing on their bikes.  Oh well, we decided to turn back to the car and go for one more layer of booties/winter shoes. I’m glad we did.
So we started the race in the back.  Less than a mile in we came across a few people on the side of the trail, seems there was some sort of a pileup. One guy was a little banged up, but he would be fine.  Starting late seemed like a decent choice.  

Swinton had chosen to finally test the Lauf fork that our friend Marc had loaned us to check out.  It's basically a modern version of a springer fork, with about two inches of carbon leaf sprung, undamped suspension.  It's a lot like strapping a wiggly pogo stick to the front of your bike. But it's light, and carbon, so that's what matters, right?


(err, yeah)

Swinton completed one lap, slowly, then switched to a Giant Trance 29 with a real fork, and got back up speed for lap 2.

I was riding my Spot Honeybadger.  I have owned a very large number of singlespeed 29ers over the past 7 years (since we opened the shop), and I can't think of any that I liked better than this one.  It is probably the smoothest riding hardtail that I've ever been on, and the handling is grin inducing. Coincidentally, we sell them ;)


The course for 12 Hours of Old El Paso is pretty fun.  The first couple miles are generally flat with constant turns through the cactus shrubs.  Then there are about 3 miles of climbing, generally on road and two track. This is the worst part of the course. But the climbing isn’t bad, there are just a couple of steep grunts, otherwise it’s pretty gradual. Mile marker 6 was always a victory. Although the course was over 11 miles long, it felt like you were home free after mile 6.  There was still a bit of climbing to get through, but the majority of miles 6 through 11 were fast, flowey twisty and fun. They would fly by quickly.  

(somewhere between mile 3 and 5)

Luckily the soil (or lack thereof) had no problem dealing with the moisture.  It had been generally raining for a couple days, but there was no mud, and only a few puddles.  By about noon the rain had backed off for good, and the puddles disappeared shortly after. Leaving just nice packed grippy moist single track that made for some fast lap times.  There was just one short stretch, maybe a couple hundred yards, where there seemed to be some actual soil that had turned to mud.  It was also littered with cow patties.  We were all a little anxious of getting some cow shit on our bottles, but we seem to have made it through unscathed.  

(selfie after lap 3. Finally having faith that the rain is done for the day)


I did this race last year on a geared bike.  Riding together with Doctors Dave and Brad, we finished 6 laps.  I was hoping to do 1 better than that this year, on a singlespeed, and finish 7 laps. Swinton had declared that since he had gears he would have to do at least one more lap than me. After spending the fall and winter just riding cyclocross, and having not put in any long rides in quite a while, we didn’t really know what kind of miles our legs would have in them.  

(the sunset was amazing. Sundown and sunrise laps are always my favorites at 12 and 24hr races)

In the end, Swinton managed 9 laps, and I did 8.  That was good enough to get 3rd and 1st respectively, but I only had one other guy in my field.  The two guys that beat Danny did 12 laps each, which is brutal. And the second place guy finished his last lap 9:59:20, just 40 seconds to spare before the end of the race. Talk about getting your moneys worth.
Anona did 7 laps, which got her 1st in the Womens Solo by a whole lap. Dr. Brad finished 7 laps, completing his goal of 1 more than last year, and Dr. Dave did 6, which was admirable since he felt so lousy that he first tried to skip going, then considered not riding at all that morning, and only got on his bike since we harassed him into it.  


Here I am, climbing off my bike after finishing my last lap.  My back and hands hurt the most. Surprisingly, my legs never really gave up on me.  I got all my calories for the race from drinking Tailwind, about a bottle per lap, and eating a handful of Enduro Bites.  It worked great, but I was very ready for some real food by the time I was finished.


I would definitely recommend checking out this race. It’s an easy drive from Albuquerque, and it’s a great way to kick start the 12 and 24 hour racing for the year.  We drove home getting excited to do the next race in the Zia Rides series, the new and free 10 hour race in Silver City, the Tommynocker, in March.  

Hope to see you there!