HEY!

Hey! We're going to ride tonight (Monday). Of course it kind of looks like it's going to snow, but we're going either way. Come to the shop before close (6pm) for a pre-ride IPA, or meet us up at the Elena Gallegos trailhead (top of Montgomery) at about 6:45 ish.
Dang.

Every Monday it Snows

Well, since I invented the "Monday Night Bikeworks Shop Ride" it has snowed 100% of the time during our scheduled ride.
Last Monday Tony and I toughed it out, as it wasn't a legitimate snowfall.
But today was as legitimate a snowfall as we see in Albuquerque, except of course the storm that rolled through on Dec 29th two years ago, when it dumped over a foot all over town, which also happened to be my wedding day, which made things interesting.
So basically when I plan things, it snows. Lucky for us I'm not big into planning things, or we'd never get to ride our bikes.
Anyway, we elected to opt-out of the ride tonight. I'm assuming/hoping that those who had expressed interest also bailed as well, because it didn't seem like a good night to be up in the hills.

Not surprisingly on such a stormy day, things were slow at the shop. I had a chance to build a couple of bikes, such as the long awaited Rocky Mountain Hammer, a 29er singlespeed made of Reynolds 725 tubing, and very very good looking.


It looks better in person than this stock photo does. I didn't expect to like the baby blue / orange paint scheme as much as I do, but now I'm trying to come up with an excuse to own two steel singlespeed twentyniners.
This bike goes for $1600, is well spec'd and trail worthy out of the box, and a great way to get into 29er, or singlespeeding, or best yet, singlespeeding on 29ers, which I've recently learned is oh so fun.

We also got in a Giant TCX 01, that I ordered impulsively and which may or may not be my size.


We've been hearing rumors of a second 'Cross series being organized in Abq. If this does happen, and this beauty of a bike is still in the shop, I'm afraid I might just have to take it out and show it a good time. You know, because I really need another bike.
Much like the Rocky, this bike is better looking in person than this photo makes it seem. The tubing is impressively shaped throughout the bike, and the paint job and color scheme just do it for me. Also, with a 105 drivetrain, weighing just over 20lbs out of the box, and at $1400 retail, this bike is a screaming deal.

Bueno bye.

Riding

After last weeks whine-fest about how I've not been riding, I've been doing quite a bit better this week.
Sunday was a north and south foothills singlespeed day with Marc. As usual when riding with Marc, it was fast and painful, and probably the first of many such rides to come as we try to develop some fitness before Old Pueblo.
The highlight of the ride was having simultaneous double quad cramps, leaving me lock-legged, straddling the bike in the middle of the trail, whimpering for mercy from my traitorous muscles. Appearently, I need to hydrate better, and beer doesn't count. Then in the middle of my agony, an lovely lady informed me that I was in the trail, as she easily rode around me since the trail was very wide and actually took a couple of routes at that spot. Just one of three interactions I had on that Sunday that made me dislike other people. It was a beautiful day though, I couldn't believe how warm it got.

Then on Monday we had our innagural Monday night shop ride. After spending the day watching it rain from inside the shop, with the mountains totally socked in clouds, it was promising. I had to nearly pull Tony's teeth to get him to go, as it was looking pretty grim weather wise at 6 when we left the shop. But as we drove east, the weather just kept getting better and better.
We had a few different people say they might meet us, but I think the rain scared them all away. So it was just Tony and I for this one. We parked at the gate to the Embudito trailhead, and did the standard (to me at least) north foothills loop that does a big counter clockwise circle, leaving off the last out and back that takes you to the water tower. We forgot to charge Tony's light until about 4pm, which we found out wasn't enough time. So very quickly his light got so dim that he opted just to ride without. Fortunately it was kind of a bright night, and between that and Tony's mad skillz, it didn't slow him down that much. It was fun for me, as I savored what will likely be the one and only time that I kicked Tony's ass on a downhill. It wasn't close to being a fair fight, but I'll take my shots any way I can get them.
We'll be doing it again next week, 6 at the shop of 6:30 at Embudito trial head (top of Montgomery). Hopefully it won't be raining and a few of you will come out to join. If you don't like driving, I will have a few spaces in the battle wagon to drive people up with us. Then I'll be driving home after, I live near the shop so I can drop off any where around there, or maybe just back at the shop.

Last night was my big riding adventure, as I finally made it out to the BMX track for practice night. Danny made it to. As promised, it was a good time. Most of the people there were really just practicing their gate starts, and I quickly learned why. It is really hard to track stand on a little twitchy BMX bike up against one of those gates, while trying to watch the timing light. About half the time I would loose my balance right before the light turned green, and I'd have a foot on the ground when the gate dropped. This isn't the way to get the hole shot.
The track itself was nice because you can roll everything, which I did. Had there been any mandatory doubles to jump on the track, I probably wouldn't have shown up at all.
I was, however, starting to flirt with the idea of jumping one of the easier tables. I'm pretty sure I have the skill, as usual for me it's just a matter of sacking up and going for it.
I did several laps on Tony's 4x bike (26" mtn bike with gears), a Formula Cruiser (thanks Vince) and a Formula 20". After a couple of laps with the 20", I actually liked it the best, much to my surprise. Despite being much twitchier, I liked the acceleration of the small wheels, and the shorter wheelbase made it easier to keep the bike on the ground through the rollers and rhythm section, which was good since I was quite intent on staying on the ground.
The track is reportedly getting torn down next week and rebuilt, for I believe the first time since it was built. This will be cool to see. I'm glad I made it out on the old one before it was gone. Definitely planning on making it out again. As usual, I was nervous to try something new, and then once I got there, had a blast. If anybody feels like joining, practice is usually on wednesday nights at 6pm, and they have loaner bikes and helmets at the track. Just show up wearing long pants and long sleeves. The track will be closed for the next couple of weeks for construction though.

So I'm doing a little better at actaully riding bikes this week. I'm spending the weekend up in Santa Fe with my family, and I'll get some sort of a ride in there, depending on trail conditions. So if anybody wants to pedal around Santa Fe on Sunday morning (hopefully in the dirt) let me know.

Redefining "standard"

So it used to be that bikes had 68mm or 73mm wide bottom bracket shells. I know there were other standard before that, and Italian threaded bb's rear their ugly head from time to time, but for the most part, there were two "standard" sizes.
In the past couple years though, things have gotten a little stupid. With the proprietorizing of components that the big manufacturers seem so fond of these days, us lucky wrenches get to deal with the following ridiculousness soon:

Here is a quick guide to a number of these new standards:


BB30, or 30 X 68 and 30 X 73mm bottom brackets, come in either 68mm or 73mm shell widths for road or mountain bikes. The spindle diameter is 30mm, and the 41mm-diameter bearings press straight into the BB shell and are held in place by snaprings. In addition to Cannondale (who named the system) and Specialized (which doesn’t call its system BB30), FSA and SRAM (TruVativ) make BB30 cranksets; Shimano does not, and Campagnolo makes press-in adaptor cups to fit its Ultra-Torque (and Fulcrum Racing-Torq) cranks to a BB30 shell.

Scott and Shimano came up with BB83/BB86, often called the “Shimano system,” but not by Shimano. It accepts a standard 24 X 90mm road or 24 X 95mm MTB crank spindle. The shell is 86.5mm wide with a 41mm ID. The bearing has a 37mm OD and is pressed into a nylon insert with a 41mm OD that presses into the frame . Each insert’s shoulder is 1.75mm wide, creating the 90mm width and hence the BB90 name. Shimano, FSA and SRAM offer BBs to fit this shell; Campagnolo makes press-in adaptor cups to fit its Ultra-Torque (and Fulcrum Racing-Torq) cranks to BB83/BB86 shells.

BB92 is the MTB version of the BB83/BB86 with a 91.5mm wide shell for MTB triple cranks. Again, the 3.5mm of the two shoulders add width to 95mm.

BB90 is Trek’s Campy- (and Shimano-, SRAM-, FSA-) compatible Madone system. The BB shell is 90mm wide by 37mm ID. The 37mm OD bearings (the same bearings as inside an external-bearing cup) insert directly into the carbon frame and accept integrated-spindle cranks.

BB95 is the MTB version of BB90 with a 95mm wide shell on the new Trek Top Fuel and Fuel EX carbon.


Wilier’s new system has a 94mm wide BB into which a Campagnolo Ultra-Torque (or Fulcrum Racing-Torq) crankset fits directly without cups or retaining clip.


Lifted entirely from Velonews, courtesy of Lennard Zinn. Isn't that nice and straight forward for you. Odd of any old shop having the bearings/bb you need for the proprietary setup on your new Madone when you are on a road trip? Probably not too good.
I came across this just now, and hadn't realized how ridiculous this had gotten. How many of these new systems do you think will be around in ten years? Gonna be easy to replace that crank?
I better be careful, I'm going to start approaching "crusty old bike mechanic" status.

Bikeworks Shop Ride

After extensive market research and some heavy duty polling of the public, we've made the decision to try out Monday night for our weekly shop ride.
So, for this Monday, lets go with 6:30 at the top of Montgomery (Embudito Trailhead) or if you're like us and enjoy a pre-ride beer, before 6:00 at the shop.
Here's my question; is the actual trail head parking lot closed after dark? If so, shall we park at the shopping center at Montgomery and Tramway?

We decided against Tuesday nights for a reason I can't currently remember. We decided Wednesdays were out because that's gate practice night at the BMX track, so that would have excluded a handful of guys who would otherwise join in, and that way I can continue my empty threats to "make it out there one of these nights and see what this BMX track is all about." Then starting in January is the Thursday night trainer class at Concrete Systems, which we are planning on attending again this year since it is the best training you're likely to get done in Janruary, and it's free. So that got us to Friday night, which had votes against it and quite honestly is the night I can see myself flaking out on the easiest.
So Monday it is. It can be your recovery ride from Sunday if your one of the many who get their biggest miles in on Sunday. Or it can make up for not riding on Sunday, if your one of the many who makes awesome plans for rides your going to do on Sunday and then end up going to Home Depot and then to a 2 year olds b-day party and then cleaning house instead and never touch the bike but thats okay because your wife doesn't hate you anymore. And it can be a nice little distraction during work on Monday.

So come on out. I think for this week we will just do the standard issue counter-clockwise north foothills loop out to the tram-tower and back. We'll keep it mellow, this isn't training or a chance to show off how fast you are, but mostly a way to help make sure we get out on the bike at least one evening a week.

Hope to see you.

Bikeworks Weekly Group Ride

So we've been talking for a little while now about starting up a weekly open invite mountain group ride, to take place in the evening as quickly as we can close up shop and get to the trail head.
Obviously through the winter the foothills will be the regular spot, perhaps with an occasional White Mesa or Bosque ride thrown in. Then when things thaw again, we'll head out to the East Mountains more regularly.
I'm thinking a pretty casual ride, not a training ride, because we don't train.
We have been unable to decide which day of the week is best. So if you have any inclination to ever join us, and have an opinion about which evening is best (other standing weekly group rides? you don't ride Friday nights because you actually have a social life? can't possibly be out on whatever night of the week Next Top Model comes on?) leave a comment and let us know.
I'd like to get it started next week, on whichever night we choose. I think 6:30 is a good time for us to start. Obviously that means that you're going to need a light to join, and if you need a light, come on by and we will get you styled out at an awesome discount just because we're so flattered that you want to come ride with us.
Awesome, hope somebody want to come ride with us.

I don't ride enough.

I don't ride enough. The past couple of weeks have been particularly bad. Starting last Monday, I learned what it means to "throw your back out." That just isn't fun at all, no wonder people complain about it. I personally think I'm too young to be experiencing thrown out backs, but I am also incredibly inflexible, so that might have something to do with.
Then after a nice couple days off for Turkey consumption, I come down with the crud that seems to be going around. Not too sick, just enough to keep me off the bike, right about the time my back is coming around.
Of course, those are simply excuses. If I'd been 100% the past couple weeks, I still wouldn't have ridden my bike nearly enough.
It has been far far too long since I've worn out a pair of mtn. tires. Tires on my bike go for a year at least before I'm even close to being justified in replacing them, and even then many guys would keep running them, I'm just picky.
It occurred to me last night that I don't want to give up the few hours a day I spend with my wife and baby in order to ride more, so the only logical solution is to work less, and spend those hours not working on a bike. Fortunately it's the winter, so that might actually be possible. I'll get all nice and fit through the winter, so that I'm in top shape come spring when the racing starts and I get too busy to ride again.
I've been thinking about riding the SS into the shop (my new Spot 29er SS, which I haven't put nearly enough miles on yet), then at the end of the day ride it down to Montgomery and hop on a bus. Take the bus up to tramway, hop out and then do a north foothills loop, ride south and do a south loop, then ride down Constitution back home. It would be a nice big SS night ride that wouldn't require driving my car or riding the SS up to the foothills, which I find quite boring. So somebody should decide they want to join me, then we'll make plans, then I'll actually do it because somebody is planning on meeting me, otherwise I'll just keep talking and never actually ride.
Danny is talking about doing around the mountain on Sunday, almost certainly the last one of the year. Thinking I might be able to join, it would be a good way to break in my new Giant TCR Composite which I've had for three weeks now and have yet to go ride.
Danny and I signed up for duo team at the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo, which is part of my anxiety to ride more. I put in some good lap times last year, but if memory serves, I was riding more last winter.
Thats it, I'm just whining because I'm lazy and I don't ride enough, and I spend my days fixing bikes of those who actually do ride. I'm also killing a few minutes waiting to be picked up because it's cold out and I don't want to ride home because I'm a wimp and I have the sniffles, and you know that 2 mile ride home would just be terrible when you have the sniffles.

Super Crazy Ceiling Hoist Blowout Extravaganza Insanity!


So if you've ever been in our shop, you probably noticed a plethora of ceiling hoists hanging above your head.
Well, no longer. We've re-structured our bike storage system, and as a result, have said plethora of hoist on super crazy blowout extravaganza insanity sale.

These normally go for about $30 online, we've got them in perfectly good but slightly used condition for $10.
So, if you have high ceilings and bikes in need of storing, come on by.

In related news, the shops looking pretty good these days, if I do say so myself. There is a distinct lack of ropes hanging all over everything, and we have doubled our ceiling bike storage, which will help us increase our complete bike inventory. Dang.

Holiday Hours

Just so you know....
We will be closed on Thanksgiving day, and Friday as well.
Closed on the biggest shopping day of the year? Yeah, we're that crazy (or is it lazy?).

We'll be back open as normal Saturday morning at 10:00.

Word to mama bird.

Drilling In Moab?

Just had this sent to us:

Famous Moab Trails Put at Risk by Drilling Leases
Action Alert
For Immediate Release
10-12-08
Contact: Mark Eller, IMBA Communications Director
markeller@imba.com
303-545-9011

IMBA urges mountain bikers to help preserve some of Moab's most famous trails. A new Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plan would lease land parcels for oil and gas extraction near iconic trails such as Porcupine Rim, Amasa Back, Barlett Wash and Tusher Canyon, turning sections of trail into heavily used access roads. IMBA respects the need for domestic energy production, but believes Moab is better served by protecting its world-class recreational assets.

If these parcels are leased and put into production, the BLM will be required to provide adequate access in the form of roads capable of accommodating trucks and other large vehicles. Parts of these roads would be located on or near some of Moab's most famous mountain biking trails.

IMBA believes the BLM should balance the need for energy production with the benefits of recreation and tourism. Please tell BLM officials to protect mountain biking and Moab's sustainable recreation economy by withdrawing parcels near Porcupine Rim, Amasa Back, Barlett Wash and Tusher Canyon. The deadline for comments is Dec. 3.

Use the following official protest letter to file your comments. This form must be used for correspondence with the BLM regarding this issue and cannot be emailed. It must be mailed or faxed. The address is attached and the fax number is 801-539-4237. Due to the high volume of faxes received by the BLM on protest deadline days, we encourage you to send you comments well in advance of the deadline.

Remember, too, that IMBA's Legal Advocacy Fund provides vital resources for protecting mountain bike access.

--- November XX, 2009 [BLM MUST RECEIVE PROTEST BY DEC. 3, 2008]

Bureau of Land Management
Utah State Office
PO Box 45155
Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0155 FAX 801.539.4237

Re: December 19, 2008 Lease Parcels: 180, 181,182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 196, 197 200, 217, 218, 219, 221, 222, 223, 224, and 225

Pursuant to 43 C.F.R. 3120.1-3, please accept this letter of protest regarding the proposed lease sale of the above noted parcels. I respectfully request that these parcels be withdrawn from the December 19, 2008 sale, for the following reasons:

I am a resident of ____________, ________. I have been to Moab/am planning to visit Moab, and have specific concerns about BLM's upcoming oil and gas lease sale in Utah.

Moab's Recreation Economy Part A: I understand that the recently released Moab Resource Management Plan (RMP) includes specific reference to the Colorado Riverway Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA) which includes both the Porcupine Rim Trail and the Amasa Back Trail. The existence of this SRMA requires that the following parcels be defered as access to these parcels will violate the Visual Resource Management Objectives set forth in the RMP. Further, the loss of these two trails would greatly reduce my desire to visit Moab. Parcel numbers: 200, 217, 218, 219, 221, and 223

Moab's Recreation Economy Part B: Tusher Canyon and Barlett Wash are both designated Mountain Bike Areas within the BLM Resource Management Plan and are closed to motorized travel except on designated routes. Oil and gas activity in this area will greatly detract from the desirability of these trails. The RMP does not include a site-specific analysis that addresses the impacts of oil and gas development included in these lease sale parcels. The BLM must conduct site-specific analysis before making these areas available for oil and gas leasing. Parcel numbers: 180, 181,182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 196, and 197

Moab Water Quality: I am concerned about the health and safety of both residents and visitors to Moab if drilling is allowed within the Moab Aquifer. The RMP specifically states that there will be no exceptions for oil and gas development within an aquifer. Parcel numbers: 224, 225

Parcels contiguous to Arches National Park: Due to the physical constraints of Moab's unique topography the only access to these parcels would be through Arches National Park. Therefore, I request that these parcels be deferred. Parcel numbers: 217, 218

BLM acknowledges that the potential for oil and gas production is low in these areas, so why allow permanent scars of access roads and development to tarnish the landscape that provide a high quality of life to residents of Grand County and that visitors from around the world come to enjoy? A large portion of the Moab economy will be at risk if these parcels are not deferred. The BLM has discretionary authority to approve or disapprove mineral leasing of public lands. We request that the above listed parcels be withdrawn from the December 19, 2008, lease sale, and that these parcels not be re-offered in future lease sales.

Sincerely,

NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER




Sounds great, eh? Lets f-up a bunch of internationally known, world class mtb trails so that we might get enough oil out of the ground to keep us running for what, and extra day or less?
Please everybody copy the form down and send it in, mail or fax, as the instructions say.

Assorted News

I come across a myriad of very useful information during my nightly interweb bike news searching.

Firstly, there appears to be a miracle in progress in Richarounds office:


Yup, that is what you think it is... an acoustic tile water stain in the form of JC himself. Richaround wanted to keep this on the downlow, as he's concerned the masses rushing to his office to see this site may interrupt his work, but I clearly have no respect for the wishes of others, so if you want to go bug Richaround at work and get your worship on, give me a ring and I'll give you directions.

Secondly, The Great Trek Bicycle Making Company (as Bikesnob NYC puts it) has decided to claim belt drives for themselves:

Link to CNN article on Trek's undeniable amazingness

I find it a little amusing. We got our first belt driven Spot in the shop several months ago. I believe Trek is using the same belts and cogs as Spot, so it's not like they did a whole lot of work to get the system up and running. And the article generally makes it sound like they are responsible for the whole belt drive being developed, when I believe Spot is really the driving force behind it. Anyhow, just thought it was a little funny.

And last but not least, Fox's already completely 40 RC2 fork is being usurped by an even perfecter limited edition Atherton tuned 40 RC2 fork:

Link to Velonews article about most perfectest suspension bits ever produced, ever

There are a few details about this that concern me, particularly statements like
"The World Cup tune provides performance characteristics designed specifically for the highest level of competition."
and
“The harder these products are ridden, the more rewarding the ride becomes,”

I'm not sure how many videos of World Cup DH runs you've watched, but those guys (and gals) ride hard. Really really really hard, and fast, and aggro. I'm curious how many people will be disappointed with the performance of the fork and shock simply because they aren't capable of putting the energy required into the dampers to make them perform the way they are supposed to.
I would however, very much like to get one of the 200 available, so one of you local DH guys should let me know you want one, and I'll start pestering the fine folks at Fox.

Lastly, we got some more new Giants in the shop today. I held off of ordering the Anthem X on our initial order, as 4" cross country bikes aren't our forte. But after incredibly positive feedback during our demo day, I went ahead and got a few Anthem X2's in. Check out Marc's review of his ride on one here:
www.bikefix.net

We also got a Reign X0 in, a 2008 model on closeout. I initially held off on this bike because I thought it was more of a freeride rig than all mountain. Then I was informed that the X0 weighed 32 lbs out of the box, very impressivly light for something with nearly 7 inches rear wheel travel and a 36 RC2 fork. So we got one, and sure enough it weighed in at 31lbs 15oz. And the geometry is more aggro all mountain than freeride, with a 67 headtube angle and full length top tubes. And you know it's going to pedal awesome because it has Maestro linkage. So basically, we'll see how long before this bike becomes a demo, because I'm anxious to get on it.

And lastly, we are stocking a small selection of kids bikes, youth bmx, and rad tricycles from Giant for the Christmas season. So come on in and get your holiday shopping insanity on, because kids love bikes, and they are way way cheaper than video games these days.

A successful day in the foothills.

Sunday turned out to be a very fun and successful and tiring day.

Our morning started out by building a few demo bikes that were still in boxes, and had been driven to town the night before by our wonderful rep Cindy. Our bike building was severly hindered by the fact that Tony was playing his newest dvd, Nitro Circus 5, which proved to be the single hardest thing to ignore that has ever been put on a TV.
So we got to the foothills about 10:30, a little later than we had thought, but it didn't appear that anybody was too upset about it.

We then proceeded to set up the pop-ups and the flags, and then just watched the people come rolling in.



We got very busy for most of the day, with about 25 or 30 bikes being sent out for test rides during the course of the day. Not bad considering we had about 10 demo bikes.

Lucky for us Tony's parents, Tony Sr. and Rosemary, were on hand to make sure everybody was fed and happy.


Tony Sr. is a grilling machine. He basically had that thing loaded from noon till 5:30 or so when it got dark and we packed up.

The weather was perfect, unbelievably good luck for an outdoor event scheduled for the middle of November. I'm starting to think we might just go ahead and skip winter this year, and just hold onto fall until spring arrives.

Eventually the sun started to get low, the temperature began to drop (surprisingly quickly), and the crowd started to thin. We had a wonderful sunset to pack up with, and before I knew it, everything was loaded up and the day was over.


It was a fantastic day. It was really satisfying for us to have so many of our friends, family, and customers come out to congratulate us on getting through the first year of a new business.
At one point during the day Cindy told me that it was really cool how much family there was hanging out. I said something like "yeah, those are my parents over here, and Tony's parents over there..." and she said "no, I mean everybody. All these people love you guys, they're all like family." I thought that was pretty cool.

Thanks everybody for coming out and helping us celebrate.

keep buggering on... foothills party tomorrow!

hey people, against some odds and all evens (much respect to phil collins yeah i said it) bikeworks has been in business for a year to the day... we done did it, hoooo ahh!!!! kbo was a favorite catch phrase of winston churchill in case you were wondering and i thought it applied nicely to us today, anywho what i'm really supposed to be talking about is the time and exact location of our party-slash-giant brand bicycle demo this sunday the 16th of november. realistically we should be up and rolling by ten a.m. at the top of simms park road (elena gallegos picnic grounds). Simms park road is off of tramway just north of academy and we'll be there til the sun goes down. there will be food and beverages as well as bikes to ride, so come by and let us say thanks for letting us live the dream... later skaters, and thanks again for the support

More Europe Pics: Day 4

I was just remembering the week of riding in France and Switzerland I did a couple of months ago. Mmmm, sunshine and the alps.



After riding up the most ridiculously steep dirt road I have ever seen, for what seemed an eternity, we were rewarded with views.


Views and unbelievable singletrack that snaked along the ridge for quite a ways. If you look closely in this pic, you can see some of the other riders on one of the ridges.



You just won't find anything like this in New Mexico.



You probably won't find anything quite like this either. This was just a small section of the many incredibly rooted trails we would ride during the week. Fortunately for me it was generally dry, because coming from the desert, wet roots like this would have destroyed me.


At the bottom of all that singletrack was a picturesque valley, with a refuge and a fantastic restaurant in it. I ate the biggest, heaviest, cheesiest, hammiest plate they had, along with some beer, against my better judgment, as I knew it was all up from there.


I wish every epic day had a gourmet meal and a grassy nap in the middle of it. The locals didn't even really ride with food, because if you got hungry there was always a little village and a restaurant close by.


When its time to climb in the Alps though, its really time to climb. This is the typical view from one of our many several thousand vertical foot slogs of the week.


This was a seriously steep road, the third major climb of such magnitude for the day if I remember correctly. At least there was plenty of scenery to keep my mind off my legs.

Thanks for reading.

Some random pics.

Sometimes you just have to take a hammer drill to some XTR cranks and show them who's boss.


Tony is too sexy for his hair.


My new cruiser is hotter than your new cruiser. '84 Stumpjumper with custom paint job and the baddest tires ever. It rides smooooth.

Get Your .000000003%

Been hearing about this for a little while now:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/outdoors/2008270252_nwwbikesubsidy16.html


It's really not much, at all, but it's a step in the right direction.

$20 is 0.000000003% of the bailout money, if my math is correct.


Party Flyer

Hot Hot trike!

There was a request for pics of Julian's 'Lil Giant Trike that he just got. So here:




Unfortunately for him, he had to put it together himself first:


don't you just love daylight savings?

honestly we're all getting up in the dark to go to work anyway, right? why take away what little nighttime fun we can muster with a clock change.... is the man really trying to squash the collective joe six-pack spirit that much? sigh, this candle in the wind will be aided by some serious l.e.d. wattage come december i'll tell you that much hombres... anywho, republicrat or demoblican bikeworks strongly urges all listeners to exercise their right to vote tomorrow and to use any extra time off work to visit us, complain about voter lines, and buy a bike, heh later skaters

One Year in Business: Suck that Economy!

We officially opened for business on November 15th, 2007. I believe that first day we sold one pair of knee warmers, or maybe some booties, and they might have been returned a couple days later.

But anyways, the fact remains, we've been open nearly a year, and everybody knows that the first year of a new business is extremely difficult, particularly when the world's economic foundations seem to be crumbling under our feet. So, we feel we deserve a celebration, which is planned as follows:

Date: November 16th
Time: From reasonably late in the morning, til the sun goes down
Where: Elena Gallegos Picnic Ground, group shelter
What: Pure amazingness, what else?

Here's the plan, we've rented the group shelter at the Elena Gallegos Picnic ground. We plan on occupying that shelter for the majority of the day. We plan on having copious amounts of food and beverage. Maybe a couch, maybe even a big screen to watch football on, if we can scrounge up a generator. Maybe some big propane heaters if its a cold day. Maybe a 20 piece mariachi band and a line of chorus girls, and a blimp flying overhead with a Bikeworks banner, and some circus elephants giving rides around the parking lot. Definitely free food and drinks though.

Furthermore, our lovely new Giant rep will be present with her demo fleet of 2009 Giants, for the people to enjoy. So you can cruise up, hop on a shiny new bike of your liking, take it for a spin of your preference, come back, and chillax with us, and start thinking about how you are going to trick your wife into letting you buy yet another bike.

So basically, you would be foolish not to come.

In other Giant Demo bike related news, we've got some Giant demo bikes in the shop these days. I've been meaning to put up a post all week with lots of fun pictures of all our new Giants that arrived, both for sale and demo, but it just doesn't seem to have happened. But they are there, pictures or not, and they are glorious.

Tomorrow, Tony will be riding the backside DH trails on our new Giant Glory DH demo. This bike is, how do you say, ah yes, bad to the bone, and I suggest you ride it. I know this may be short notice, as it's Saturday night, and he'll be up there starting Sunday morning, but maybe this can be a lesson to you that it's always a good idea to check this website each night before you go to bed, because sometimes really seriously awesome things go on that you need to know about.

Also, my lovely wife would like you to know that we scored some rad baby shoes at Savers today for $3.99, and basically, things are good. But don't go getting all greedy and buying up all the baby shoes at Savers, because that wouldn't be nice for the rest of us.

Our other Giant demos for the shop include a Large Reign 0, which is a 6" travel model, and soon we'll have a Med Trance X1, which is a 5" travel model, and Julian said if you ask nicely he will let you try out his Lil' Giant, which is the dopest tricycle you have ever seen.

Now I got to go. Stay cool.

More Bikes for Sale! and other babbling too.

More bikes on sale.
All our Swobo Bikes are now 25% off. We have the following:

57cm Del Norte -- was $739 now $555
57cm Sanchez -- was $599 now $449
53cm Novak -- was $729 now $545
22" Dixon -- was $949 now $712 (22" isn't as big as it sounds, it fits a 6 footer well)
Large Folsom -- was $449 now $338 SOLD!

For details on the bikes, go to
http://www.swobo.com/bikes/collection/

We also have a couple of 2008 Rocky Mountains left, all marked at 25% to 30% off.

Just noticed its been over a week since I've put anything up. I actually have somewhat of an excuse this time though. My very old and trusty home computer tried to mutiny on me last week. The trouble started when I finally let it do one of those automatic windows updates it's always complaining about. Now I'm convinced those things do more harm than good. Everything was working fine before that. Maybe it is Microsoft's way of hunting down everybody with seven year old computers, and making them shell out some more cash.

Luckily, I have a friend, whose name I won't mention for his protection, who is one of those uber computer guys, and I'm back and babbling.

Things are finally starting to slow down around the shop, which we are actually a little excited about, as now we will finally have time to get to some of those longer term projects we havent been able to touch all summer. Our main focus at the moment is figuring out how to get more bikes into the shop, while simultaneously making it look nicer. We're going to reconfigure the way the bikes hang from the ceiling (more bikes, less ropes), hopefully do something about our hideous HVAC system to free up some vertical space, and maybe, just maybe, we'll get a contractor to build us a little loft storage area in the back (any contractors who need a bike reading this?)

Last Monday I got out for my first night ride of the year. Baby mama had a bunch of ladies over, doing a book club thing, which was my cue to get the hell out of the house. So I grabbed a single speed, and headed for the foothills. Rode up to the south foothills, which I haven't done in quite a while. I think it seems like it takes longer than it does (I live near Lomas and San Mateo).
There was a lightning storm working its way over from the backside, and rain clouds moving in from the north, and it made for an exciting ride. I managed to miss the rain until the last 10 minutes or so on my way back home.

Then I took Thursday off to ride in Gallup with Charlie, Mike, and Sihu (it was like a little Europe trip reunion). In case anybody is wondering how we decide when we take days off at the shop, all being owners and everything, here's a little example of how it usually goes down:

Normal day at the shop, Dan, Dan and Tony just working away (more or less). Charlie walks in the door:
Charlie: HEY! BLAH BLAH BLAH! BIKES BIKES BIKES! STOMP STOMP STOMP!

Charlie walks to the back of the shop, hands us $200 of exotic beer to drink, farts on Danny, throws me across the shop just for the hell of it, and then eats half of whatever candy we have around that day in 10 seconds flat.

Charlie: Hey guys, I'm doing a one day trip to Gallup to ride on Thursday, who wants to go?

Dan: Dibs
Danny: Dibs
Tony: Dibs

And thats pretty much how it goes. See, I said "Dibs" before Danny or Tony, therefore I got the day off. It is that level of professionalism and planning that makes Bikeworks the superior shop in town.

So thursday I rode in Gallup. We did the High Desert race course first, which I hadn't ridden since I did the Dawn til Dusk race about 6 years ago. It is such a fun loop. It got us all excited to come out and do Dawn til Dusk this year.
Then we went into town, got a little advice from the guys at High Mesa, and headed north. Since I'm lazy, I haven't researched the name of the area that we rode at, or anything like that, but I'm pretty sure we did trails called Quaking Aspen, and Quasimoto, and that should be enough info for anybody familiar with the area to know what I'm talking about.

It was some fun riding. All the trails seemed to be bike specific, and were just twisty, swoopy, flowy and fun. There appeared to be quite a bit more singletrack that we didn't ride as well, but the sun was getting low and we were all wearing down from the long miles of the day, so we decided not to push it.
I would love to get back out there, and just ride that area for an entire day, and see how many miles of singletrack we could get in. I have a feeling it would be substantial.

I even managed to get out for a couple of hours on Sunday on the road bike, which was covered in a deep layer of dust when I pulled it down off my wall. Just headed North on the bike path, not sure what I was going to do, and quickly ran into Danny and a few of his usual suspects. Then we got tangled up in the Day of the Tread course. Looks like that even was a success based on the huge number of cyclists we saw.

Last night, I had planned on getting out for another book club-avoiding foothills night ride. But by the time the last of the riff raff wandered out of the shop, shortly after our keg was killed, I had lost motivation. So instead, I decided to build up my new track bike frame, a Soma Rush that I acquired from our friend Dean (thanks Dean!). I basically swapped all my parts off the Surly, except for the new 1" King I put on the Soma. I'm pretty excited about the bike, on first impression, it has a smoother ride than the Surly, and it has more track geometry, and handles very quickly. I'm excited to ride it to work today. Maybe I'll take a long route to work so I can get a better feel of the bike than my normal 3 mile commute would allow.

And with that, I'm out.

Get your philanthropy on!

So I've got this cousin, see, and he's always like doing good things for the kids and stuff, you know, the kids that don't normally get to do much cool stuff, and stuff. And like, it's cool, you know.

The cousins name is Phil Lucero, and he's getting geared up to do some bike touring next summer, with a program hes involved with named Two Wheel View. Check it out:
Link to Two Wheel View's Website for your convenience.

That main picture on the home page, that is Phil on the bike, which used to be my bike, so now it's like you already know him.
The reason I bring all this up is because they are planning trips and there are some spots for interested parties. I know they have room on the adult trip to Argentina in June, which is fun for the adults and also serves as a fundraiser for the kid trips. I believe its around two weeks of riding, not particularly strenuous though. I've heard nothing but good things, Phil has done the same tour 3 times now I believe, and he's still excited to go back and do it again.
If this is something you think you might be interested in, drop us a line, or ask me about it while your in the shop, and I can put you in contact with him.

Also, donations are always welcome, especially in the old-bike-you-don't-want-anymore form. The best bikes for the job tend to be early nineties mountain bikes, without suspension, and 7 or 8 speed drivetrains, of all sizes. And it doesn't have to be in perfect working order, that's where Bikeworks steps in. And as it's a non-profit, tax deductible receipts are available, so it's probably a better deal than selling it for $10 at a garage sale.

I met a bunch of the kids that went on the trip to Argentina last year. It was pretty cool, the were mostly local Albuquerque kids, only a couple even owned bikes of their own, and they were all super excited to go on the trip, or even just to go to another country. It was definitely an opportunity many of them weren't going to have otherwise.

So if you have some time off this summer, and like riding bikes, get your philanthropy on!

Gigantic!

I have been putting off saying anything about this for a while, waiting for it all to be "official" and stuff, but I got an email this morning that looks like it is so....

We are picking up Giant Bikes for the shop. It was quite a big decision for us, as Giant is definitely one of the "big boys" in the bike industry, and that's a big departure from the brands we deal with currently, which with the exception of Rocky Mtn, are some of the smallest companies around.
But, Giant was shopping around for new representation in Albuquerque, and they actually originally approached us, which, quite honestly, we were flattered by. We were surprised that we didn't have to buy 5,000 bikes to get opened up as a dealer, and we were very impressed with the value and quality of their line across the board when we got to put our hands on them at Interbike.
Check out their website:

http://www.giant-bicycles.com


They have some of the best looking commuter and townie bikes I've seen, like the Transend Series, the Seek Series, and the more casual Suede Series. All those bike have some really nice style and design points, and generally beat out the competition on value for the dollar, something everybody can appreciate these days.

Of course we're also excited about their full suss mountain line, which is primarily based around their proven Maestro suspension linkage. They have a very complete line available, from ultra light carbon race machine to world cup worthy downhill race machine. I'm not saying that I'll be selling off my Maverick or anything, but you can never have too many bikes.

So that's our big news of the day. And for those of you who are thinking that we're gonna be taken over by this new brand and transformed into just another shop like every other one in town, don't worry, its not going to happen. Giant isn't like some of those other big brands that tells its dealers what they can carry, what they have to look like, and what image their shop has to have. If it was anything like that, we wouldn't have gone for it, because quite honestly, Danny Tony and I aren't very good at being told what to do.

I should have some new bikes in the shop in the very near future. So stop by, have a beer, and have a look at our new toys.

Thanks

When it rains it pours.

So we hadn't had the keg filled in a couple of weeks due to logistical errors. We did our best to make up for that with extreme beer deliveries via Charlie and numerous afternoon 12pack runs, but it just wasn't the same.
So yesterday we finally picked up our Cornelius from Il Vici, filled to the brim with IPA (what else). Then not ten minutes later, our friend The Jesus called and asked if we might be willing to help with a full, full-size keg left over from a party, this one filled with Marble IPA.
Being the good Samaritans that we are, we said yes, bring it on over, even though we definitely don't have the space in the fridge to keep two kegs cold.
So basically, if you are of proper drinkin' age, and fancy yourself a hoppy beer from time to time, I strongly recommend coming on by in the next couple of days.

In other quasi-news, I've decided that a one year birthday party for Bikeworks in on order. On Novermber 15th it will have been one year since we officially opened for business (take that economy!).
I've been shooting ideas around amongst my cohorts. One is to rent the group shelter up at Elena Gallegos, bring lots of food and beverage (early Thanksgiving?) and probably some fire wood and propane heaters (depending on the weather) and have ourselves and early winter bike and eating fest. Ideally we would be able to line up a bike demo and get one of our bigger brands out there with us with a fleet of test bikes, but we'll see.

Another idea would be to just throw something like a party at the shop. I'm not sure that it would be a whole lot different than any other day, other than hopefully there would be more poeple in there, we would not be fixing any bikes, there would be more food than usual, and we'd probably start drinking earlier (AM Ale anybody)? We'd probably have to give some stuff away, and maybe incorporate a booze cruise to one or more of our local watering holes to wrap things up.

If anybody has any suggestions or ideas, let us know, I'm kind of fishing here.

So on Sunday I got to ride my bike, for several hours, and it was glorious. In honor or Rich-around's b-day, a small group of us headed up to Tunnel bright and squirrely for a full day of sweet Otero action. We basically did all the singletrack that is legal that we could think of. In the end we had about 23 miles. Thanks to the rains on Saturday, we spend the majority of those miles with huge cakes of mud on our tires, so we were really earning it.
I really like Otero. It's amazing to have that many miles of good tight singletrack 20 minutes from the city. And if you get bored, you can just hop across the street and start checking out Cedro, which has a completely different terrain.
This was the first ride I had done on the ML8 since I returned from the Europe trip. I like my bike. Other things I like are my new Shimano AM 50 shoes, the bottle of Perpetuem I brought with which kept blood sugar level for all 6 hours, my new pair of Endura Singletrack baggies, and riding with friends on a Sunday.

The past few evenings, while chillaxing at home (dang, spellcheck doesn't even know what to think of "chillaxing", it's all like "what, I don't even know that word, it must be correct") I've been reading the new Mountain Flyer mag from cover to cover. It is by far the best bike magazine out there. The only one that makes me want to put down the magazine and get on my bike every time I read it (most other magazines seem only to want you to put down the mag and go shopping for bike junk you don't need).
If you haven't seen this magazine, you should pick up a copy next time you are in the shop. It comes out 4 times a year, and is a pretty new venture, as they are on issue ten right now. We have a little stock of #9 as well, so if you come get the new one, I'll give you the last one as well.

Well, it's time to be off to the shop. It's raining, so I'm going to go ahead and drive, because I'm from New Mexico and that's how I am. Didn't manage to eat any breakfast this morning, all this babbling on got in the way. Hmmm, I hope Danny's feelin' the breakfast burrito this morning, since he can't stand to get himself one without buying one for me as well. Yayyyy Danny!

We're Famous!

bikeworks will be on koat channel seven tonight sometime between ten thirty and eleven. so tune in and watch the wild and wacky antics of the bikeworks crew captured in a totally natural setting. i mean watch them crack into a million pieces live on camera... later skaters

Cross Season is on like Donkey Kong

Isn't it fun to say that things are "on like Donkey Kong"? I find it sickly satisfying, perhaps because I know it's bothering somebody out there to no end.

I also like doing the double-post. I won't put a single new thing up for a week at a time, so when I actually sit down and start typing, I make it worth my while and get in a two-for-one.

Anyways, the New Mexico cyclocross race series started today. Just had a look through the results and saw that there was a pretty good turnout. Check it out for yourself:
www.nmcross.com

I've definitely got the hankering for a cross bike lately, since I sold my previous one over the summer.

Well, that's about it. Mostly, I just wanted to plug the nmcross site, since I recently noticed that it is one of our top referring sites, and thanks to Mike for putting us on there (I think we earned our spot yesterday with Danny doing some last minute bike surgery to Mikes cross bike). Everybody should try and make it out to one (or several). It's definitely good old fashioned low key local bike racing fun. Don't worry if you don't have a cross bike, any old mountain bike will get the job done.

Stupid good-for-nothing rain.

I know we live in the desert, and we're supposed to be all happy when it rains, but seriously, when you put in a 6 day work week, and then it rains on your day off, it's kind of lame. My plans of a Otero / Cedro combo loop were squashed, and I pouted, for hours.

Did manage to get a couple quick hours in the south foothills today, which was quite fun because there was unbelievable traction. Riding the singlespeed by myself with headphones on, pushing my luck and testing my tires around every turn.

Ran into Painter Paul, who was breaking in his new ti Voodoo 29er singlespeed, which we sold him on Saturday. He was excited, to say the least. I predict that bike is going to have very, very many miles put on it in the near future.

Hopefully next weekend will satiate my riding needs for a little while, as we're planning a short but sweet trip to Durango to hit up Hermosa Creek. If weather doesn't permit, our backup plan is Gallup. Either way, I'm gonna get some miles in on some sweet out of town singletrack. Maybe we'll be able to hook up with the Turgeons, and then proceed to get our asses handed to us.

Things at the shop have been unbelievably busy still. I thought Septemeber would taper off, and it didn't. The first few days of October have been slammed too, with a selection of custom builds being picked up last week and more scheduled for the week to come.

Tony has expanded his riding resume the past couple weeks by attending the BMX races. I'm not sure which category he's racing in (or even how they categorize BMX) other than he's riding a cruiser, but I do know that he took home a sweet 2nd place trophy last week, and I think he might have scored another today. So if you come in the shop, look for the trophies sitting on top of the glass display case, make a giant scene along the lines of "DUDE! YOU GOT SECOND PLACE! SIIIIICK!" and I'll get you a beer for your hard work.
Beers can also be earned by asking Tony if you can pet his hair, or by saying "hey, how 'bout a beer."

Okay, that's it for tonight. I'm sitting here eating some kind of spicy cilantro something flavored hummus, drinking pretty cheap wine, and I'm starting to wonder if that combination was a bad idea.

More Europe Pics: Day 3 in Chamonix


Here's some more photos from our Euro trip. Funny, it seems like that trip was a lifetime ago, but I've been asked numerous times the past couple days how it went, and then I realize it was only a few weeks ago, and I haven't seen said person in a month.

Day three we took the hour or so drive to Chamonix. We were very excited to have a sunny forecast after our first two days being rather overcast and wet.

The drive gave some awesome views of Mont Blanc peaking out behind the clouds every little while.



We drove to a little area just outside of the town of Chamonix, which I forget the name of. From there, we hopped a gondola, then a chairlift, and made our way to the top of a mountain.



The views from the top were, how do you say, ah yes, very nice.



The biking was also very nice, as they say. The trails consisted of singletrack, the type dreams are made of, that generally pointed downward with a nice gradient, for thousands of feet at a time. Of course the whole time there were views of small towns, Mont Blanc, and a glacier to keep you distracted.


Although the trails were some of the most fun I have ridden in my life, we couldn't simply just rip down the mountain. The views were too overwhelming, and forced us all to stop regularly for photo ops.



We rode up the gondola and ski lift three times that day. Each time at the top there was a fairly mild climb to get you to the singletrack. We went down the face of the mountain which the lifts went up twice. The trail was fantastic and flowly, and ended with the most unbelievably fun set of switchbacks I have ever been on. We did that trail twice, and I think I became a better mountain biker because of it.

We also went up and over the back of the peak once. That gave us another unbelievably fun descent on a slightly off camber singletrack with views of a glacier, then dumped us into some steep and very techy stuff which led us all the way out into a valley. We had a short road ride back to the nearest town, and then hopped on a train and returned back to our starting point.
The train only technically allowed 4 passengers at a time, and there were seven of us. When the lady came by to give us trouble, Gareth our fearless guide explained to her, in French, that there were just five of us, and two were actually quite small, so it was okay. That was good enough for her. Then we didn't have to pay for the train ride some how, and that, my friend, is the benefit of hiring a tour guide.

We finished the day by riding back to Chamonix along a rolling, rooty, rocky cross country trail that followed a small river. The trail was a blast, with no shortage of things to jump over and off of. There were a couple of very loose and techy, steep climbs along that trail. Gareth was leading, with all four of us following on our Mavericks. At the top of each techy climb, I noticed Gareth looking back, and seeming a bit surprised to see us all there with him. He later told me that most people don't usually make those climbs, and that he was beginning to think that maybe there was something to these Mavericks after all (the guides were all Maverick skeptical when we arrived). To that I replied "yes, the bikes are, how do you say, ah yes, very nice."

We were all very thoroughly excited, and eventually agreed it was one of, if not the single best day of mountain biking we had ever had.
Such an occasion of course called for a beer.



We found a Canadian themed microbrew in Chamonix, and I was able to drink the closest thing to an IPA I was to find the entire trip. We then had nachos, and for nachos in France at a Canadian themed restraunt, I was quite impressed. The copious amounts of paprika was a bit odd, but I was starving and it didn't phase me one bit.

From there, we had more beers, and then an extremely loud drive back, overpowered with drunk and excited political conversations by the drunk Americans in the back, while our gracious guides undoubtedly wished they had brought ear plugs.

It was, how do you say, ah yes, bad to the bone.

Survived another Interbike

Well, we made it to Vegas and back, our whirlwind 48 hour trip went pretty well.
Flying out at 7am Weds morning, got in last night at about 1am.
Did a little partying for our one night there, no need to go into details though.
Actually, we're all pretty tame and lame. Went to the Hofbrauhaus for dinner, which remains my single favorite thing to do in Vegas. It's really nice that Interbike coincides with Oktoberfest. It is not nice, however, for the ol' liver.
We also made it to the New World Disorder premier. I don't remember which # they are up to, but it's pretty high. The movie was really good, the premier party and the club at which it was located left something to be desired, but we had a good time.

The show seemed to be pretty productive. Our experience was quite a bit different than last year, when Danny and I wandered around trying to get brands, getting generally ignored and blown off, mostly because we didn't actually have a shop yet.
This year, we're getting courted by reps from different brands, and people actually seem to care about meeting with us, you know, because, I don't know if y'all have heard, but, we're kind of a big deal around here.

I think the coolest bike I saw at the show was the 11th anniversary limited edition Surly 1x1.
The bike had 24" Large Marge rims (same width as the found on the Pugsley, I believe) with 3-something inch wide slicks on it. I don't know why, but I saw that bike, and instantly wanted to own it. Not many other bikes at the show had that effect on me.

Back at the shop this morning, all three of us operating at about 60%. I think we were all hoping for a nice and slow day, but that wasn't to be. We pretty much had everybody we know who rides bikes drop by to say hi at one point or another. It's really nice to be so busy, I just wish sometimes I could be in charge of what days we are busy, and what days are slow.
And as Danny's lovely special lady friend would say, "do you want me to call the wambulance?"

A lot of guys were getting ready to head up to Pajarito tomorrow for their last hoorah of the summer, which is reportedly going to include a collection of breweries, bands, and of course some lift assisted mountain biking.
Tony will be there, doing what Tony does best. If Danny and I weren't working, we'd be there to, and if you're not working, I'd strongly suggest that's were you get to.
It's going to be a good time.

That's about all I'm good for. Hasta la taco.

Burner Pics, as Promised


Okay, so I promised pics from the burner, and I have a few. These are a small selection of the photos taken by our friend Long, who was at the race taking amazing pics like a fiend.
You can see all the pics by following the following link

http://picasaweb.google.com/bikeworksABQ/BurnerPics#

I asked Long for his info, as he has a website started and such, since he is an aspiring photographer and I wanted to give him a plug since I think he takes some awesome pics. So he kindly wrote down all the pertinent info, which I left at work, possibly never to be seen again. But I'll get his info up here eventually, because it's not easy to take good action shots of biking, and he does it very well.

I'm also experimenting with posting whole lots of pics on the picasa web albums, which seems to be something Google has thrown together recently. It seems to be smooth and easy to put tons of pics up there, so hopefully I'll be sharing more in the near future.

Buenobye

Robble Robble Robble

Okay, first, reminder that we are closed tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday so that we can attend Interbike, the big ol' bike trade show in Vegas, and by all means have no fun whatsoever.

We will be back at it, bright eyed and bushy tailed on Friday at the crack of 10am.

Thank you for your patience with our weird hours, and rest assured, we'll miss you just as much as you will miss us. But don't worry, it's just 48 hours, and it'll go by real fast, we promise.

Secondly, I've been delinquent in my lack of talking about a cool new site, nmfreeride.com
It is a labor of love recently started by a friend and customer of our, David. He's got some great ideas and plans for the site, such as for sale sections, and tech sections, and the forums are already up and running. I think it will be a great place for the loose knit group of the regions freeriders and downhillers, who all seem to be acquaintances, to be able to communicate and help develop the local scene.
I think the forums can also be a good place for things like "hey, who's down to shuttle Sandia next Sunday," which currently seems to be organized by everybody calling Tonys cell and then he connects the dots.
So, check out the site and sign up.

Okay thats all. I should be getting off to bed since they guys are picking me up at the airport at 5:45 tomorrow morning.
Do you think Southwest serves booze at 7am?

Bikeworks Wins Team Category @ The Burner

So Tony, Vince and Scott won the team category of the Burner Saturday, completing 29 laps in 12 hours.
They beat the BTI team, who got 2nd in team, by a whole lap.
Our friend Chris Boice took second, getting beat by a mere 31 seconds by privateer Waylon Smith. Boice reportedly had the lead for the first 28 or so laps, but lost time once the sun went down. I bet next year he'll show up with some serious lighting strapped to his helmet and bike.

I'm impressed that after 12 hours things were that close. I know that's how the 24 hour cross country races often turn out as well, but in a DH race, I just didn't expect guys to be able to keep it that together for so many runs. I can't imagine what their arms and hands felt like that night.

Danny kept things together for our racers out there, which clearly made all the difference between the guys finishing first and last.

I haven't been given any photos of our own from the race yet, but our friend Long was there, and I hear he was taking photos like a fiend, so I'll post them when I get them.
In the mean time, I have a few links:

official results

a small selection of photos

forum link for ridemonkey.com

Good job guys.

Shop News

Reminder, the Red Bull Burner is this Saturday, from 9am to 9pm. Danny and Tony will be there, Tony racing on a team with Vince and Scott, and Danny most likely will be frantically repairing bikes in between runs.

Info on the Red Bull Burner

Then next week, Wednesday the 24th and Thursday the 25th, to be exact, the shop will be closed. All four of us are headed to Vegas to attend Interbike, the annual huge bike convention that inexplicably takes place in Vegas, quite possibly the least bike friendly city any of us have ever been to.
We will be there to check out what new stuff our brands are coming out with, what new stuff other brands are coming out with, and to generally get all dorky about bikes for a couple of days. Tony will undoubtedly return with an entire bag full of free shirts, hats, bike parts, etc, as he is undoubtedly the kind of schwag. I intend to follow him around the entire time and try to figure out how he does what he does, because Tony doing his thing at Interbike is the epitome of Tony doing what he does, and he does it well.

Okay, now I fix bikes.


More Trip Pics

Day two had us starting out at Avoriaz, an interesting little pre-planned ski community nestled up above Morzine against some cliffs. We drove the van up there to avoid having to climb the road for hours on our bikes. It was an overcast day from the start, with expected large amounts of rain in the afternoon. Even overcast, the views were impressive.



There happened to be a waterfall, which was awesome looking.



We rode up a trail, and at the top there were...amazing views!
On the left side of this picture, you can see the village of Avoriaz tucked up against the hill. I guess it was designed to blend in, and it really is not very noticable from Morzine.






There was some sweet singletrack to be found.

In the afternoon it started raining, but we still went out for two more trips up the gondola from Morzine. One time down we did an exploratory cross country ride that included a couple of long climbs, and some very wet and very slippery descents.
Second time down we rode the Pleney Downhill Course. I don't know what the history of this course is, if its ever been raced in a world cup or anything, but it sure was fun. It was a fully marked DH course with padded trees around every turn. It wasn't particularly technical, or steep, or difficult, just really swoopy and turney and fun. Didn't take any pictures of it, but there are tons of videos on you tube if youre interested:
Pleney DH You Tube

After that we had some lunch, and it started raining harder. Then it continued to rain, then rain, and then a little more rain, basically until bed time. Our afternoon looked like this:

The rainy afternoon was a bit of a bummer, but the next day completely made up for it.
We'll get to that soon.

Rocky Mountain Sale!

Summer winding down, the weather is perfect for riding in our part of the country, but it's time to put some stuff on sale.

We will start with 25% off all our Rocky Mountain mountain bikes and frames in stock.
The inventory and prices are as follows:

'08 ETSX 70 Frame 19"
MSRP: $2,000
Sale Price: $1500


'08 Slayer Team Frame 19"
MSRP: $2099
Sale Price: $1575


'08 Element 70 Frame 18"
MSRP: $1700
Sale Price: $1275


'08 Element LO 15"
MSRP: $2500
Sale Price: $1875


'08 Element 70 21"
MSRP: $3400
Sale Price: $2550


'08 ETXS 70 18"
MSRP: $3500
Sale Price: $2625
SOLD!


'08 ETSX 50 16.5"
MSRP: $2900
Sale Price: $2175

That's what I got so far. I'm planning on getting more things on sale and posted up here shortly. Give the shop a call (505-884-0341) or stop on by if your interested in anything.

Fixed Gear Scaryness

I might be cramping Bike Snob NYC's style pretty hard here, but I can't let this one go:

http://albuquerque.craigslist.org/bik/840717747.html


The link above is to a local Albuquerque craigslist post from today. I'm a habitual craigslist checker, mostly just the bike section, as many people are. There's an awesome vintage mountain bike to be picked up on rare occasions, but usually it's just crap mongooses, junky old hardtails that people want way too much for, and a plethora of low end beat up car racks.

The list linked above is for a very cheap old road bike that has been very cheaply converted to a fixie, which is an increasingly common phenomenon. Although I find these bikes irritating, I've never been motivated to write something about it on our site, until tonight. The following phrase made my teeth cringe:

"16 tooth cog permanently attached with red loctite"

I'm afraid red loctite is not an adequate substitute for a proper track hub with a lockring. Anybody stronger than a three year old will be able to back pedal that cog off of the hub if all that is holding it on is red loctite. And then instead of slowing down, the rider will just go sailing through that red light and into the intersection at the bottom of the hill, and there will be nothing he or she can do about it, because of course the bike has no brakes.

That bike is unsafe at best.

Speaking of fixed gears, Danny went out last weekend to the latest alleycat. This one was advertised as being extra long and difficult. As a result of the extra distance, Danny won by somewhere around half an hour, instead of the usual 15 minutes.

That's all I got.

Some Trip Pics

Okay, finally got the pictures off my camera and onto my computer. I know, it's a very difficult thing to do and I'm very impressive because it only took me three days.
I still haven't seen Charlie's photos, or gone through the photos that Sian from Endless Ride took while she was riding with us, so I'll probably be putting up tons of pics in the near future.

Although my story of our adventure starts with the airport, my pictures don't start until we reach Morzine, because honestly, who takes pictures in airports? I would actually be kind of scared to take pictures in an airport in the US, as I bet it would get me into some security black book and result in full cavity search next time through security.


So here is a pic of Morzine. The little town kind of sat on two sides of a valley, so here is one side of the town. It was quite rainy and overcast when we arrived, which was a little disappointing because we had seen forecasts that called for seven days straight of rain.

Here we are at Bar Robinson, all of us have been awake for over 24 hours, and we're just trying to stay up to force ourselves into local time. We're enjoying several full pints of Mutzig, a mistake we wouldn't make again.

After a few pints of curiously strong beer and an unreasonable amount of time without sleep, really stupid stuff becomes hilarious:

"Hehehehe, hey Dan, it looks like that dried meat is wearing panties, hehehehe."

"Hehehehe hey, it looks like that carving has a giant schlong, and I'm touching it. Do we have any more beer?"

Our first night concluded with an awesome dinner and too much wine and beer with a bunch of Brits whose names I never really learned.

The next morning started out with foggy skies and foggy heads, and we hopped in the nearest Pleney gondola, or "telecabine" and headed to the top of the mountain.

I think they scratched plexi glass adds a nice touch to this pic. This is looking down on Morzine. Our chalet was just a 2 minute bike ride from the base of this lift.

I call this one "blue steel".

From the top of the mountain, there was an view of....more mountains! I hope you enjoy pictures of people looking at mountains, because that's going to be a big part of this blog for the next little while.

On the other side of the mountain was... another quaint little mountain village! This is looking down at Les Gets.

The Portes du Soleil region, where we spent most our time riding, is something like 124 lifts spread out amongst a bunch of towns, which are all accessable from one another. Basically the mountains are just covered in chair lifts and gondolas going in every direction, with little villages in nearly every valley. The place gets absolutely slammed for the winter months, as you can imagine.
The bike tourist season only lasts for about eight weeks. We were there at the very tail end of it, so the majority of the regular lifts were running for just the first 2 days we were there, and the town was basically clearing out and shutting down by the end of our trip, everybody doing repairs and shops chainging over for the winter.

It seemed the majority of the biking tourists were doing more DH type riding. There were some awesome looking trails everywhere, like this one. Unfortunately it had been raining severly before we arrived, so a lot of things were very swampy the first couple of days.

We took advantage of riding the lifts quite a bit the first day, and basically just did various little trails, circling around the Morzine and Les Gets area.

We started to understand that riding in the area meant steep descents:

and long, grinding climbs on double track or dirt roads:

There was not much singletrack that was climbable, and mostly it was all either up or down. Occasionally, we'd have an "undulation", which according to Gareth our guide, would be anything from a 100 yard vertical grunter to a 20 minute slog.

Here's a pic of Sian showing the boys how its done, getting up a ridiculously loose, steep, and rocky "undulation" that none of the rest of us would.
This would be just one of dozens of times that she schooled us.

Our days inevitably ended with bike washing sessions to get ready for the next day. I quickly got over my fear of hosing my bike down, as it was quite necessary there to keep things running smooth.
I still haven't unpacked my bike from its box, which I'm sure is going to need quite a bit of bearing love to get back up and running after 6 days in the Alps.

And that was our first 2 days. Many more riding pics to come.