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!

Thanksgiving Hours

As usual, we will be closed on the day after Thanksgiving, I believe people call it "black Friday" or something like that.
I would like to point out that we have never been open on black Friday. So now its getting trendy for retailers to be closed, REI in particular has done a lot to promote that, which is pretty awesome.  But we have been doing it for 9 years now, so we will go ahead and take credit for being trend setters. So you are welcome.
We thoroughly encourage everybody to skip the shopping on Friday, and go play outside.
Or, if you are inclined to shop, you might check out what Patagonia has on offer that day. They are running a campaign and donating 100% of sales from Friday to grassroots environmental non-profits, which is pretty amazing.

Speaking of playing outside, we have done a fair amount of it this summer, none of which I documented on this here neglected website.  So, for your enjoyment, I will now share a bunch of pics from this years 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest, which I never got around to writing about. We sponsored the bacon station as usual, but this year we not only donated all the bacon, we brought a grill and ran the station ourselves (previously volunteers ran it).  We had a phenomenal time, but it was exhausting.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Yeti Tribe 2016: Uncompahgre Plateau

Hi, this is Lucille speaking...

We rolled up to the Yeti Tribe gathering. There was a little check in table, a waiver to sign, a T shirt to be gotten, etc.  And a personalized sticker for your bike, a nice memento and a way to keep everybody's bikes straight (it can get complicated when there are hundreds of Yetis laying around).  This was my first trip to the Tribe, but I had seen these stickers on customers bikes, and was looking forward to getting one of my own.
The check in table was being ran by children, girls in the 10 to 12 year old range if I had to guess.  We already had these girls a little flustered, because there were four of us talking over each other, and asking them questions they weren't there to answer.
"So what's your name"
"Dan Lucero"
"Hmm, I don't see that sticker here. Do you have a nick name?"
"Errr, no."
"There's a Lucille sticker, is that you?"
"No, thats not me."
Then the girl proceeds to look through all the stickers, looking for Dan, or Lucero, with no luck.
"Are you sure its not Lucille"
 The oldest girl at the table jumps in, asks my name again, cross references a different list, and shouts out "Dan Lucero- yeah, Lucille is his sticker"

Thats when I remember that Swinton signed me up. Well played sir. I believe he had been watching a bit of Arrested Development at the time. Is he saying I'm a grumpy alcoholic matriarch?

Charlie also discovered that he was signed up as Chuck Fresh, but that makes sense, because that is his actual name.*

(*not his actual name)

The Tribe Gathering is basically a big bike riding weekend party that Yeti has been throwing for 15 years. Reportedly it started impromptu, with 10 people the first year. Last year they had 350. This year was a little down, at 250, presumably due to the remote location of the Uncompahgre Plateau, outside of Montrose CO.  Everyone is invited, as long as you ride Yeti.  They put it on as an appreciation event.  This was the first year of our crew going, although we had a number of customers and friends there that are regulars.


The drive to Montrose takes about six hours. It is both a beautiful and boring drive, at times.  If you have never been on the passes between Durango and Silverton and Ouray, you should check it out, unless you find tight and twisty roads with no guard rails and sheer cliffs scary, in which case you should maybe avoid it.  It is a little surprising to have such a seemingly dangerous stretch of road open to the public in America, the lawyers and safety police haven't taken all the fun away yet.  But I doubt it will be long before somebody goes sailing off the cliff while texting, and somebody will declare the road unsafe.

The Tribe gathering was another 30 minutes or so outside of Montrose up on the Uncompahgre plateau.  So by the time Dave, Charlie, my Dad (aka Lee), and I pulled up to the party we were a little road weary and excited.  After we were finished making the poor 10 year old volunteers stressed out, we found a nice little spot to camp.

The setting was beautiful forest up on the plateau, with the big tent headquarters in a big clearing and dispersed camping all around it.

The event was catered, and the food was amazing. The beer was supplied by Oscar Blues, and there was enough on hand to kill every last attendee with alcohol poisoning.

Friday was pretty mellow, as there was a big day of riding ahead on Saturday. We didn't have enough time to ride Friday, but lots of people had been out exploring the area that day.

So if you happen to own a school bus, you should totally build a deck on the roof, and then get a 3 man water balloon launcher, because it is hilarious.

You can really take some people by surprise when you hit them with a water balloon from 100 yards away.

Saturdays ride was dubbed "The Whole Uncalada", the local equivalent to Moabs Whole Enchilada.  It was 27 miles, with a shuttle at both ends, and way way more descending than climbing.  
Loading up 3 moving trucks and two school busses with riders was an impressive sight.

And the stretch of bikes laying along the side of the road at the start of the ride was awesome. It was a seriously impressive collection of nice bikes.

It was a great ride. We didn't stop for too many photo ops, we were having too much fun pedaling.

But feeling thoroughly jazzed on the bus ride home (with a couple quick beers in me), there was plenty of time for photos.

We got back and stuffed ourselves on an amazing dinner.

Danny doesn't appear to trust his meal.

And once everyone was thoroughly fed and beered up, Yeti started their traditional stupid human tricks.

Mini bike racing...

Mini bike tossing...

 And foot down....

There was some talking on the mike, a little video to watch, and eventually a booze fueled dance party broke out.  I may or may not boogie down when the right number of beers have been drank and the music is good.

We did another ride on Sunday morning before heading out of town. It was a beautiful ride through the trees on really nice loamy soil, undulating along the plateau, with a few great views thrown in.
Then we packed it up and hauled tail back to 'Burque. A quick 12 hours at home and here I was opening shop Monday morning, bleary eyed and smiling.  I can definitely think of worse ways to spend 72 hours.

We will definitely go again next year. I hope we can bring even more friends with us then. If you're lucky, you'll get to watch me dance (and maybe even get an "I love you man" hug from me).

Thanks for reading.

Enchanted Forest, Bacon, and Mondays

Hi Everybody!

We have a few important pieces of info that need sharing.

Firstly, as of right.....NOW!....we will be open for bizness on Mondays. We will do our normal weekday hours of 10 to 6.  Our reasoning for this is two fold:
Fold 1) It will allow us to make even more money than we already are, I mean, we are getting pretty rich, but my wealth hasn't exceeded my wildest dreams yet, which is precisely what I was promised would happen when opening my own bike shop.  And..
Fold 2) This will give us more time to crank out the repairs, because it is riding season, you know,  and everybody would like their bike done yesterday, thanks.  And we get it, and while I'm fairly sure our turn around is the fastest in town (and our work is the best, but you already knew that), we want to keep it that way all through the summer.

So there is that.

Secondly, The 24 Hours of Enchanted forest is this weekend, June 18th and 19th. So we will be closed for the weekend, so HA! No bike repairs for you!

As per always, the infamous Bikeworks Bacon Station will be serving up gross amounts of cooked pig flesh.  It is always a good time, and this year promises to be better than ever. Why you ask? Because normally we just provide all the provisions for the Bacon Station, and the awesome volunteers run it. But this year we will be bringing home the bacon, and cooking the bacon, and heckling the racers about eating the bacon, and drinking the beer from the keg which we may or may not bring, and we will be partying and not racing and its going to be awesome.
That along with a new course which sounds amazing, and perfect weather (I haven't checked the forecast, but I'm just going to declare it), this should be the bestest Enchanted Forest ever.

So... if you didn't sign up to race but don't want to miss the fun, come on out and camp with us (we will be camping down a random dirt road, in the trees, where the race course passes by, so I'm told).  Get a hold of us at the shop, and we will give you directions.  And maybe bring an extra pound of bacon, because we normally go through 40 or 50 pounds of it, but normally I'm not there drunkenly eating it the whole time.  And I'm bringing my kids, and the little one can seriously put away some bacon.

Thats about it. To summarize:
1) Bikeworks ABQ, now 100% more open on Mondays
2) Bikeworks ABQ, 100% less open this Saturday than normal.
3) Bikes, Beer, Bacon (in whichever order you prefer).


Who's going to Santa Fe?

So what has everybody got planned for the weekend? Have you heard about the Bike & Brew fest in Santa Fe? Its got like, bikes, and beer, and music, and food, and stuff.  Seems like you could definitely find a worse way to kill some time.

Here's a random picture of my two dogs, nicely stacked, because I like to put a picture near the top of each post.

I checked it out last year, it was a  pretty cool scene. Unfortunately last year it was really cold and rainy during the event. Hopefully this year will be nicer weather. Also they moved it from the Railyard area over to Fort Marcy park, which is an awesome park. So I think the vibe will be more festival-y.

There are numerous organized rides that you can sign up for, so if there are trails in the area you haven't done before, this might be a good way to learn them.

There is also the Poker Ride put on by our bro-hams at BTI. You ride around La Tierra and pick up playing cards, and then you can win prizes and get beer. It costs $20 but it's a fund raiser for trail building, so quit being cheap.

I will be most likely toiling away at the Bikeworks sweatshop on Saturday, but perhaps the boss will let me off early enough to catch some of the fun.  Then on Sunday I will be partaking in the Santa Fe Century, with my beautiful and lovely wife on our school bus yellow tandem.

(my wife is short, but the children's stoker cranks are for the kid, not her)

We haven't exactly put many miles in on the bike, so we're going to do the 50 mile option, assuring we all make it home alive and in good spirits.  

Shortly after we acquired this lovely tandem, I hooked up the trail-a-bike to it, and rode with my 8 year old on the back, and my 5 year old in the middle. It was about all I could do to keep upright when my boy started rocking side to side on the trail-a-bike.  That experiment only happened once.

Anyway, also in Santa Fe on Sunday is the Big Mountain Enduro series race at Glorietta Camps.

The BME series is pretty big, and you should expect to see some pro level riders hauling ass, which makes for good spectating.  I plan on cruising over there to do some watching after the century. 
 I raced the Enduro at Glorietta last year (it wasn't part of the BME then) and there was a newly built trail called Chilidog.  That trail had some pretty cool technical spots, with A and B lines, that were a short hike up from the start/finish. So I'm thinking this will be a good place to head to with a backpack full of beers on Sunday afternoon.

(I got so rad at the enduro last year!)

So thats about the gist of it.  If anybody is planning on being up there this weekend, let me know, maybe we can meet up, and high-five, and be all like "hey Bro, we normally high-five in Albuquerque, but now we are in Santa Fe!" And then we will slam our beers and go get another.

And if you pass us during the Century, say Hi! We should be easy enough to spot, the bike is literally (like, literally, you guys) school bus yellow.

'Til next time.