Bike Washing Help!

We get newsletter emails from the guys over at The Hive, makers of Chub Hubs, importers of Formula Brakes, etc.

This month, there was a nice little chunk of info about bike washing techniques and strategy, which I will copy and paste now.  Happy New Year!

Tech Tip
So it is winter, and where we are, that means mud. That might mean worse weather where you are, in either case if you are riding through the winter (you are riding through the winter right?) you are going to need to know how to keep your bike clean. While the standard garden hose seems like your best bet, think again. Hosing you bike after every ride isn't really the best thing for your bike, specifically the bearings. So what to do when your sweet ride is covered in a weeks worth of mud and horse crap? A couple tips can help you from wrecking those ever important bearings:

Our man Joe at Santa Cruz bikes says:
"Stop washing your bike so much. We did some experiments with bikes that were washed a lot but ridden infrequently, bikes that were ridden a lot but washed infrequently, and bikes that were both washed and ridden a lot. Guess what? Your bike hates only being washed and not being ridden. This test group had the worst results. They became creaky and not much fun to be around, much like the people who own bikes like that. Don't get all angry (you know who you are), you can still wash your bike from time to time - and there are those times where it has to be done after every ride. Everything needs more attention during those times. BUT, maybe you should examine your priorities. It's a mountain bike. You can get dirt on it. It's OK."
Joe knows his stuff and as the head engineer of Santa Cruz bikes he seems to know more about bicycles than he does about fine scotch.

So...

  • If your bike it just a little dirty clean it with a rag. Knock all the big chunks of dirt off first then go over the frame with some Pledge furniture cleaner. Not only will your bike be shiny, but it will also smell lemony fresh. Just be careful not to get any on your disc brakes.
  • Grease those bearings. Use a high quality grease and change it occasionally, this will keep bearing debris and wear to a minimum. Also inspect the bearing seals and make sure that they are in good condition. On the Fifteen.g bottom bracket, try putting a layer of grease under the outer non-contact shield. This will help keep any water that does make it around the seal from getting to the bearing.
  • If your bike is covered in filth, it is ok to bust out the hose. But do it PRO style, spend more time brushing and less time spraying. Take your wheels off and clean the separately. Warm water helps.
  • Don't point the hose at your headset, hubs or BB. Pressure washing is a definite no-no. "But the pros pressure wash their bikes after every stage of the tour", yeah we know, the pros also have a team of mechanics repacking their bearings once a week. You don't need to wrap those parts in stretch wrap, but avoiding a direct blast will help avoid forcing water into those parts.
  • If you must wash your bike know the risks. Bikes that get hosed off will need a bit more love to stay happy. Washing your bike isn't the worst thing in the world, but realize that you will need to service your bearings more frequently. So from time to time, bust out the grease and spend some time cleaning the inside of your bike.

Euro Trip Memories

Playing around with GPS mapping options, came across this:

http://www.mtbguru.com/trip/show_static/7197-chamonixsept08



Man that was good times.

Here's a bunch more photos:

http://s930.photobucket.com/albums/ad146/bikeworksabq/Europe%202008/

Good memories as I sit here at work on a snowy December day.

Trail Conditions Report: Placitas

Just rode out in Placitas today with Charlie.
The trails are primarily covered in snow, but it's dry and grippy snow, and completely ride-able.
It was a fantastic ride.  I finally took out the Salsa Big Mama demo bike.  First impressions were very positive.

Unless it warms up a whole bunch, Placitas should remain good for a while.

Holiday Boozy Treats!



Based on the quality and quantity of the gifts we have received this week, I am feeling reassured that we are doing our jobs well!

Thanks everybody! We definitely have the best customers ever!

2010 Lynskey Pro 29

Have you seen the new Lynskey Pro 29? They redesigned it from last year, and we just got one in.

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


The frame is light, 3.6lbs for the medium, on our scale, with the sliding dropouts and everything.

The tubes, they are so twisty:


It is hard to imagine how they actually make these tubes, there is so much going on.

We got the frame in yesterday, and so far every person who has seen it can't help but put their hands on it. The shaping on the tubes is far more dramatic than we expected, it's quite hard to capture on a picture.

I can't wait to build it up. This one is going to be a very light singlespeed build, for a good Doctor friend of ours.

This will be the third Lynskey we have built up, the others were a Cross frame, and the Ridgeline 29er. So far, we have been nothing short of completely impressed. Beautiful welds, perfectly straight frames, great attention to detail, good looking, and at prices that are surprisingly affordable for a hand made in the U.S. titanium frame of this quality.

Check them out:

http://www.lynskeyperformance.com

You can't see it in the picture, but their seatpost is wicked sweet as well, and matches the frame oh so nicely.

It's Christmas Eve-Eve, it's snowing outside, and it's slow here in the shop.

We just got "The Best of Earthed" DVD, it's pretty cool, we've got it playing right now.

Come by and say hi. We've got a beverage for you.

Super Secret Sunday Hours!

HEY!
We will be open tomorrow, Sunday the 20th, for a few hours, from 8am to 12pm, or so.
In addition to our regular awesome inventory, Tony's special lady friend will be here with a plethora of gift-tastic homemade artsy goods. If you didn't know, Tony's special lady friend has the skills to pay the bills when it comes to making artsy stuff, like light switch covers with pin-up girls on them, rad jewelery pieces of all sorts, etc.
Furthermore, there will be other handmade items from local artisan friends.

If you have ever felt inclined to bring the wife / girlfriend, this would be the day!

Salsa Big Mama Demo!



Salsa has graciously lent us a Big Mama, for our demo amusement. Interested?

http://www.salsacycles.com/bigmamaComp08.html

It's a 4" travel full suspension 29er. It's the only full suspension 29er that we have access to that I'm interested in, and I'd like to get some feedback from our customers.

So, if you think you might like to check it out, swing by and pick it up for a ride or two. It's a size large, and it will be available first come first serve. I'll have it until January 8th. There will be no fee for demoing it.

Tony's New Ride


Tony is going to huck his meat on this mad mammajamma!

Holiday Hours

We're going to be closed for a few around the Christmas, as you might have guessed.
Basically, closing early Christmas eve, then closed Christmas through Monday. Open again Tuesday, Weds, Thurs as usual, and closed again on New Years day, as you might have guessed.

Thanks

New Troy Lee D3 Helmets are here!

We got the new D3 in. And boy does it go well with our jersey:





Any chance our design caught Troy Lee's eye last year when we had them make Jerseys for us?
Hard to say, but I'm going to go ahead and assume yes.

Anyway, the helmet sure does look good with our Jersey.

The new D3 is chock full of new features, worth checking out. We have every color in stock now (except the black carbon, which is proving hard to get).

Soft Goods Sale! Canari, Endura, Giro, Mavic, Vaude and more!

(Tony has skills none of knew about.)

We've got a bunch of clothes we're sick of looking at, so we're blowing it all out at 40% off.

Sizes and selection are random, but we have a rack full of clothes from Canari, Endura, Mavic and more. There are a couple Endura jackets, some Craft base layers, and all sorts of baggy and lycra shorts from Mavic and Canari.


We also have quite a few mid to large size packs from Vaude. Been finding that your hydration pack doesn't have room for all your clothes as the ride warms up and you shed layers? Booya! We got something for you at 40% off.

Also, a good size pile of Giro helmets, mostly '08 models with discontinued colors, at 40% off.


Last but not least, we have way more Giro Sunglasses than we need in the shop. So.. those are 40% off too. We've got a very nice selection of frame models and colors. Some of the best cycling sunglasses available, now for an awesome price.

Playing With GPS Maps

So, I've been thinking that a whole set of GPS maps of our favorite rides and routes would be a fun thing to have compiled and available for our customers.
It was brought to my attention that Bicycling Magazine has a pretty comprehensive website set up for GPS map hosting, and so I've been checking that out today.
I've set up a Bikeworks Albuquerque user group, under which we can post all our routes. The GPS maps can be uploaded onto your personal GPS unit, or you can print out maps of the ride and descriptions to accompany.
So far I've just put up one of our favorite Cedro-Otero loops. The map is rather un-detailed, but future versions will be more detailed. Check it out:

Bicycling Magazine Bikeworks ABQ GPS User Group Link



My goal is to have a place to point customers, out of towners, etc. when they come in asking for directions for rides. The books and maps covering our local mountain biking are pretty lacking, and I've felt for a long time that something like this could be really useful.

So, if this sort of thing interests you, let me know what you think. Does it work? Can you load it up on your GPS? I know there's a few different sites that have similar functionality, do you have a site that you like better and recommend?

Word to mama bird. Back to fixing bikes.

Been off so long, can't remember what day it is.

Chatting with Danny yesterday, he mentioned that he had managed to forget what day of the week it was, and that made him happy. I think that is a good sign of a successful vacation. And a well needed one at that, since it only took a few days to get there.
"Hello brain, I won't be needing you for a few days, so I'm just going to go ahead and leave you at the shop on my work bench."

It's been a nice little break for the three of us. Thanks to all our understanding customers for putting up with our unconventional business hours (or lack thereof).

I did manage to get a couple of rides in during my time off, inbetween serious sessions of eating, drinking, and slouching like a teenager in front of the T.V. (I was at my parents place most the time). One ride in La Tierra (Santa Fe) with my Pops, on singlespeeds, for a couple of hours. And then again today (monday) in the foothills with Charlie.

Charlie and I rode some of the "far north" foothills, the connector from the Tram House to the La Luz road, and then some trails in the hills north of there. We rode for a few hours, in the foothills, primarily on trails that I had never done before. And they were good, and legal, and in the foothills. It was sweet. These "new" miles will come in handy this winter when the east mountains are snowed in and I'm putting in way too many days in on the foothills.

There were scenic views:


I rode Charlie's O.G. Maverick, his 10 year old ML7. That bike still rocks.


There were even some pucker moments on the trail:




And the weather was as good as you could possibly ask for:

I really like living in Albuquerque.

Bikeworks Holiday Hours

Never one to pass up an opportunity to not work.....

We will be closed:

Thanksgiving (Thursday) November 26

Friday November 27

Saturday November 28

and Sunday / Monday, the 29th & 30th (as usual).

That would be five days off in a row, HA!

I will be checking email periodically while we are closed, in an attempt to be somewhat helpful to our customers while slacking for 5 days.

We will return on Tuesday December 1st for normal hours, all full of vim and vigor.

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for being our customers!

Roller Races are Go!

Thanks to our friend Elliot, we are up and running at the shop with the roller races. The requisite computer knowledge to make it all go was miles above our heads, so we outsourced with great results.
Saturday was pretty much derailed due to our distraction from the races.
I just spent a few minutes looking through YouTube trying to find a cool video of some roller racing, as I didn't take any pics or anything on Saturday. I have come to the conclusion that roller races are a blast to participate in, and absolutely horrible to watch on video.
You will just have to come by the shop and see how fun it is for yourself. We are using the fork mounts for the rollers, so there really isn't any skill involved, therefore nobody has an excuse to keep from playing.
After a little more time getting the whole "system" sorted with the hardware and the computer and the bikes and all, we'll start working on booking the shenanigans at a brewery or bar.

Cross bikes, mtn bikes, computers and beer...

Did another cross race last weekend, and there's plenty more to come this weekend:


The Tijeras Night Cross race is supposed to be one of the best of the year around here, according to some reliable sources.

Played hooky yesterday and did a fantastic Otero / Cedro all day Mtb. ride. It was very good times. Except for a few short muddy sections, the trails were dry and generally in fantastic shape.



I did manage to get a little too excited at one point, and thoroughly slap myself onto the ground. It appeared as though a smaller rock dislodged under my tire, resulting in the highest speed endo I can ever remember having. Fortunately I landed in-between rocky sections and on relatively soft dirt. Had the wind knocked out of me, seems that I hit my head (sunglasses came off), but only minor scratches really. I think I got lucky. Strangely, I remember thinking shortly before I wrecked "who was it that just told me about wrecking on this trail?..... wow, I'm going fast, I sure am glad Charlie had a helmet to loan me.. WHAM!". I guess I should have been thinking about where I was going.

I have no choice but to entirely blame Charlie for this crash:



Once again, I found that I completely love my Maverick ML8. It has enough travel to get you into trouble, but it also will get you out of trouble when you get in over your head (usually). Sometimes though, better judgement takes over no matter the bike you are on, and you decide just to stay on the ground:



In the end, I think we did about 25 miles, and it was fantastic. I've been hearing there might be some weather rolling in, so there's a good chance that was my last ride in the east mountains until the spring. So glad we made it out, I definitely didn't ride out there enough this year.
Every time I go ride in the Sandias or in the East Mountains, I get so happy that I live in Albuquerque. We have so many miles of unbelievable singletrack within 20 minutes of the city, it's just ridiculous (don't tell anybody, the lack of trail traffic is a blessing too).

In shop news, our Roller Sprints electronic hardware and rollers arrived today. Unfortunately, the software that accompanies the electronics we bought is proving to be a little over Danny and my heads, as far as all that is required to get the thing wired up and talking to the computer.

You see, my level of computer sophistication has me very comfortable with software that requires you to click one button to download, then a second button to install and run. On occasion there is a little box that must be checked saying you agree to something or rather, and maybe the option to choose "standard" or "custom" installs (always go with "standard", duh).
This software, however, had us downloading all sorts of different files, pieces of code, strange code editing software, and all other sorts of shenanigans from different places. I was uncomfortably remembering things I kind of learned in college 8 years ago when I took that one programming class that was required:

"hmmm, 'putty', 'Linux', thats sounds familiar. I think we're looking at the actual program code. This isn't good Danny, maybe we should wait 'til tomorrow and just call the guy."

The sparse instructions quickly left us hanging, and with the distinct impression that whoever wrote the instructions severely overestimated our level of computer-dork speak. We're gonna get on the phone tomorrow, and hopefully force somebody to walk us through it slowly and painfully one step at a time.
And if that works out, we will be up and pedaling our asses off while going nowhere by the end of the day.
If it doesn't work, I will be calling out to all our computer savvy friends and customers to come by and make it go for us. We fix bikes, you fix computers, that's the way it should be.

Once it's up and running, we plan to set about getting a schedule of venues at which to hold roller racing events. All venues will be place where alcohol is served, hopefully. There has been a lot of excitement from everybody we've talked to so far. We'll keep you posted.

Hmmm, it's 10pm. Is that too late for one more beer?




We got out for a long ride yesterday. I thought I'd share a few pictures for you. Some of you folks in the colder parts of the country might get jealous about our weather- and you should. Move here and enjoy it with us. By the way Dan wrecked in grand fashion. He said he was OK and finished the ride strong, but the next day he was a bit sore along the entire length of his right side. Be nice to him.

Almost Happy Birthday to us!

Next week, it will have been two years since we opened. Yayyy for us.
I came across these photos yesterday. I believe they were taken a day or two before our "grand" opening:



Things look a little different now. These pics help remind me of just how much work we've put into this place.

So, as a two year anniversary present to ourselves, it looks like we're going to be picking up a Roller-racing setup:

http://store.opensprints.org/

It's gonna look like this:


In case you don't know, the setup is basically stationary bike racing, on rollers, hooked up to a computer / television display, so you can keep track of time, speed, and who wins, etc.
I'm picturing these set up in the shop, at the Anodyne, at Marble Brewery, with copious amounts of drinking, lots of heckling, and maybe a little betting thrown in for the fun.
Good times.

We're also starting conversations about a 2 year anniversary party. It will most likely take place a little after the actual date, but that will just give us more time to make it that much more awesome-er. Stay tuned.

Yesterday I continued this months trend of building badass hardtails;



A titanium Cove Hummer, 140mm travel fork, hugely oversized shaped tubeset, a solid XT build kit, this bike is sweet. It was built as a special order, and has already left the shop unfortunately. But before it left, we bounced around the parking lot on it. It was one of those bikes you could immediately tell was going to ride really really nice on the trail, very light, springy and lively feeling.

And Tony continued the trend of building Evil's:



The Evil Revolt, their full on DH race rig. This is the first one we've actually built, with more coming soon (we've got two more frames in the shop, with at least a dozen guys drooling on them).
This bike has a suspension design by Dave Weigel (of DW Link fame), featuring his newest acronym, DELTA : Dave's Extra Legitimate Travel Apparatus. Rad.

Tony also wants me to let it be known that we now have Freelap Timing systems in stock:

http://www.freelap-usa.com/products.html

This is basically a watch and timing pole setup that can give you very accurate lap times, a must have for anybody trying to get faster on a bike on a given course. For example, you're not sure if it's faster to jump or manual a section on the BMX track? Dang, problem solved. Trying to figure out the hot line down one of our DH courses? Booya, it's done.

Okay, time to start pretending to fix bikes.

I can type a lot!


This weekend turned out to be a good one for getting some riding in.
We are taking full advantage of the busy summer months being behind us, and sneaking out of the shop for some extra riding whenever possible.

Sunday there was a cross race at the Bosque School, a private high school down in the Busque near Montano. So Saturday Danny and I played hookey for the first couple hours of work while we rode down to check out the terrain and get some miles in on the cross bikes. It was a great time, we managed to ride on dirt ditch paths pretty much the whole way from Menaul and Edith, all the way to the school. I wasn't aware of any of the paths we took, and they were a great way to get across town on a cyclocross bike.

We poked around the school grounds for a little while, generally just checking out the place. The course wasn't marked yet, so we couldn't practice or anything, but it let me get a little better idea about gearing choice, as my cross bike is set up single speed at the moment.
Then from the school, we crossed Montano at the river, and rode some great Bosque style singletrack north all the way to Paseo del Norte. Then we hopped back on to the bike path, and took the Northern Diversion Channel all the way back south to the shop.
It turned out to be a great little morning cross ride, with a very surprising amount of dirt miles achieved without getting out of the city at all. Nothing that would have been too thrilling on a proper mountain bike, but perfect for cross bike tomfoolery.

Then Sunday was the cross race down at the previously mentioned Bosque School. This was apparently #4 of the New Mexico Cyclocross Series. Race #5 of the series will be at the UNM North Golf Course. I'm excited.
We managed to get Charlie out to partake in his first cross race, as well as Marc, who, despite having a totally rad titanium Raleigh singlespeed cross bike, hadn't done a cross race in "something like ten years." That didn't stop him from thoroughly dropping me halfway through the 3's race though. Charlie told me the next day that he couldn't remember the last time he breathed that hard, and was optimistic that all his post race phlegm hacking might have somewhat increased his lung capacity. Seems logical to me. I think Charlie is hooked, as he was talking about racing next weekend almost as soon as this race was finished.
The race was a blast, a very fun course through some very scenic terrain. The kids going to that high school are lucky, it is absolutely beautiful down there.

(this is where, if I were smart, I'd insert a few awesome pics from the cross race that my lovely wife could have theoretically take while spectating the event, you know, if I had thought to bring the camera along)

Sunday evening had me laying around the house, realizing that cross racing is a little abusive on the ol' body. I was feeling the familiar hip soreness that I get after my bi-annual running excursions, as well as some knee pain (that I'm thinking is due to a too low saddle height), and some odd foot bruising and swelling, most likely from my less-than-graceful cross dismounts in my should-have-been-retired-long-ago Sidi's from 2002. But, despite my better judgment and a slightly swollen knee, I made plans with Charlie to go play on our new bikes in the foothills on Monday.

I knew my knee was going to bother me, but I had been staring at my new bike (see previous post) all week, and it hadn't seen dirt yet, and it was starting to make me a little anxious. So we met at the top of Montgomery for a good old fashioned north foothills loop.
I wondered as I drove north along Tramway, from I40 to Montgomery, how many hundreds of times I had made that drive to do this ride. It also occurred to me that going northbound on Tramway used to be much quicker. It seems as though the lights used to be timed, and you could pretty much just cruise at 50mph all the way. Now it seems that you catch the first 4 red lights absolutely no matter what. It's like they are intentionally timed to make sure you can't hit any greens. Is it just me, or did this not use to be the case?

Anyways, the ride was fantastic. I quickly figured out that gearing choice on a two-speed Hammerschmidt setup is tricky, With a 160% difference between the two gears up front, you either have a 24 or a 38 tooth chainring, effectively. This is a big difference. I built my bike with an 18t cog on back, and the result put me in no-mans land nearly the entire ride. I didn't have the "gusto" that day to turn over the big gear, but dropping down to the easier gear was almost always too easy. It's going to take some experimentation to get it just right. I'm thinking a 20t or even 21t in back will be the way to go.

I noticed a few other things during the ride. I have 30" wide handlebars on my bike, which is significantly wider than anything I've ever ridden before. The trend in the DH world is definitely to run wider bars, but most those guys are running 29" wide bars, with a few guys picking up the 30's. I liked the bars, and figured I'd just trim them down eventually. Much to my surprise, once I got through the trail-head gate, I completely forgot about how absurdly wide my bars were for the entire ride. I did however, feel very confident on all the technical section, and was motivated to get "all trials-y" a couple of times. I think this was in part due to the nature of my new bike, but now I'm curious to see what some of my other bikes would feel like with these huge bars.
The awesome chainring clearance provided by the Hammerschmidt was also noticed, especially on one technical step up, and another time when I was getting "all trials-y". There was that moment when you brace for the inevitable grinding of chainring on rock, and then... nothing, you were up and over without damage.
I had a blast pushing the limits of the bike through corners as well. There's just something satisfying about the way you can corner on a hardtail, really controlling the rear tire with the pedals. I've never ridden a long-travel hardtail before, and the combination of the control a hardtail provides with the slack front end geometry, and huge tires, is really cool. Oh, and a 150mm travel Rock Shox Revelation U-Turn Air, is a hell of a fork.
I'm excited.

Charlie likes his bike too:





So, lastly, if anybody is still reading, we're going to start back up with our weekly night rides from the shop. So next tuesday, come on out and join us. We'll try to get out of the shop as close to 6pm as possible, usually on the bikes in the foothills at around 7. We now have a handfull of demo/loaner lights for people as well, after gearing up for the Burner:



So those of you without lights can give it a shot, and then get hooked, and then buy some badass lights from us. Yeah, we're employing drug dealer tactics, so what?


Dang, that was a lot of words to type. I haven't written this much at once since college. And once again, my lap is melting from this lava-hot laptop. Time to go.

New Evils

Here's what I did at work today:





The black one is mine, the white one is Charlies. My bikes is an XL, with a Rock Shox Revalation, DT Swiss 240's on 819 rims, the new Sunline 762 (mm wide) flat bar, some shiny bits here and there, and of course the Hammerschmidt cranks.

The white one is Charlies. It's a large, with a fox 150 Talas, Industry Nine wheels, shiny bits here and there, and of course the Hammerschmidt cranks.

The jury is out on the gearing, front is 24t and 38t equivalent, I've got an 18 tooth cog on back, Charlie has a 20 tooth, so we'll see what works out better.

That's about it. Big silly adventures, here we come.

Also, it snowed today, a whole lot, for about 20 minutes:



Waisting time online:

Came across this tonight:

Lance Armstrong Doping History

It's an interesting read, kind of puts all the different little tales you hear about Armstrong in one place. Actually, come to think of it, there's some stuff left out in there that pops up in conversations about him rather frequently.
I'm not necessarily a L.A. hater, but I think it would be interesting to see a list of all the confirmed dopers that he beat the pants off of, while claiming to be completely clean the whole time.
The best part is that this very anti-Lance little article is flanked by advertisements featuring who? Lance Armstrong, of course. Good times.

And while I'm being kind of a sourpuss, how about this:

http://www.bustedcarbon.com/

I can't remember if I've linked this blog before or not, but I get some sick satisfaction from it. My buddy Richaround recently brought a post from last week to my attention:

http://www.bustedcarbon.com/2009/10/no-carbon-wednesday-titanium.html



hmm, what brand of bars are those?

That goes out to Dr. Dave, who until recently was riding a similar bar, and took our advice to switch to something a little more... reputable.

In personal bike collection news, I have project "stupid bike" in the stand right now, hopefully to be finished up tomorrow morning.
What is the "stupid bike" you ask? Well, clearly I needed a 5" travel hardtail in my fleet (or "hardcore hardtail" if you will. Perhaps I've been reading too many British bike mags lately, they can't get enough of the "hardcore hardtail" over there). I have also wanted to own a Hammerschmidt crankset since the first time I put my hands on one. And as soon as I heard about the Hammerschmidt, I thought that it would mate up well with a single cog, giving you a 2 speed bike.
So, project stupid bike is an Evil Soveirgn frame, with a Hammerschmidt crank, single cog in back, and inevitably, some ridiculously large tires, silly wide bars, and shiny bits here and there. It will be the go-to bike for those rides that I'm just a little too scared to bring the singlespeed on, and we'll see if those Brits know what they're talking about.
I'll put up a pick tomorrow when I finish it.

I just saw this link:

Evil Sect 140mm trail bike

Yeah, Tony, Vince and I were in that suite and got to fondle and squish on that bike. I'm excited. They wouldn't let us take any pictures though. They basically dubbed it a "trail bike for the downhiller", which we're excited about, as we have plenty of downhillers around that inevitably will come on a trail ride with me some day, and then get hooked. It's got relatively slack angles, and looks like it will appreciate aggressive riding styles.

Speaking of that suite, it was the coolest thing I've seen at Interbike. The Evil guys basically said they decided to take the 40k they would have blown on a booth and instead hire somebody for a year, and then invite dealers up to a suite to show off the product. The result was a much more personal and productive atmosphere, with big comfy couches which my hungover self much appreciated, and of course a bathtub full of adult beverages, which I also appreciated. It was rad, except that it did smell a little bit like a bunch of hungover dudes hanging in a hotel room, but what can you expect from a bike trade show? Lovely smelling women? Only if they've been paid to stand on a pedestal and hand out literature.

Well, the battery on this here computer is starting to get a little low, and it's getting uncomfortably warm on my lap. The computer says it's 145 deg F inside of itself, and something is spinning at 1995rpm. That all seems a little hot and dangerous to me. What if something melts and then the little spinning thing goes flying around and chops my legs off?

A windy 100 miles.

At the last minute, Danny and I decided we would go participate in the Day of the Tread charity fundraiser century. It's a really well put together event, with rides of several different lengths, getting up to a full 100 miler (or maybe 96 miles), and a few different running walking events as well.
Benefits were for the Cary Tingley Hospital, and Casa Esperanza, so you know, it's for the kids.
It was really well organized, what seemed to be a huge turnout, the feed stations along the ride were awesomely well stocked, and there was a buffet and beer tent at the finish, free for participants. All pretty impressive.
Danny, J.F., and I decided we would do the 100 miler, and quickly worked our way to a front group of racer types, carrying a very nice tempo. I had assumed most of these guys were headed out to do the century as well, but when we reached Bernalillo, and the route went right for the 80 miler, and straight for the 100, basically everybody but us turned right.
I was a little surprised, but in hind sight, it seems as though they knew something I didn't; the century route on 550 out to San Ysidro had a gnarly head wind the whole way.
We weren't quite out of Bernalillo, when J.F. supposedly saw a few people way out in front of us. I didn't see anything, and I personally think he actually smelled them, or just sensed them with some crazy extra sensory racer skill he has. Anyhow, he decided those people must be caught, and his head went down, and I was promptly dropped (Danny managed to hang on). They waited for me at the top of a hill, I caught on, and was promptly dropped again.
So I was out alone for the long haul out to San Ysidro, hating the wind.
I eventually got swallowed up by a decent sized group, and then three of us headed off from the turn-around and finished the remainder of the ride together.
It was good times. That was pretty much an off the couch century for me, as the last ride I had done on the road bike was "Danny's Last Ride" last month. It hurt. I was totally cooked for the rest of the day. Ended up finishing the ride in just over 5 hours. Danny and J.F. eventually made contact with the mysterious riders out in the distance, who turned out to be some friends, one tandem and another guy. They grouped up and finished the ride in about 4 and a half hours.

Again, no pictures, not that I would have anything interesting had I brought a camera along. Lots of pictures of empty road.
Instead, here's a few pics that our boy Long took at tall Scott's pre-haloween kegger the other day:



Customer Love!

Our keg ran out of a couple of days ago. I think our customers could feel something was wrong among the global beer consciousness, as in the first couple of hours today we were hooked up:


Two full cases of Marble, a six pack of Full Sail, and an extra special bomber of some sort for Danny.

Yayyy Beer!

Bruised feet and big rides.

Ahh yes, it's now mid October and the temps have been hovering in the high 70's all week, if not higher. While this is most likely bad news for the polar bears and those with beach front property, cyclists in Albuquerque are loving life right now.

My weekend was nothing short of cycling awesomeness.

I got out for my first foray into the world of cyclocross on Saturday, racing in the NM Cross Series #3 This is a 7 race series, and #4 will be this Saturday, although I've heard location isn't quite finalized yet.
The racing was fun, despite a course that contained significant amounts of sand. I raced the Cat 4, and the Cat 3/4 races, faired pretty well in each, then hauled off to finish the day at the shop. Nothing like starting you work day with a little bike racing to put you in a good mood.

My feet hurt now, from all the running in my shoes with no insoles. I have nice little bruises on the bottom of each foot exactly where the cleat is. I managed to flip over the bars once, while trying to muscle my way through one of the mini sand dunes that dotted the course. I believe I stuffed the handle bar into my upper-inner-thigh region at that point, which explains the bruise. And of course there are several bruises on both thighs resulting from my far less than smooth attempts at flying re-mounts, like I've seen real cross racers do.

Good times, good times. Now I understand what all the excitement is about every fall.

Then yesterday we had another fantastic day playing in the Sandias. For those that are familiar with the area, our ride was from the 10K trail head, north to the Ellis trail, then back south to the top of King of The mountain, down King to where it intersects 10K, and down 10K to Tree Spring and ending at Doc Long, where we had wisely left a couple vehicles for shuttling purposes.
We hardly ever use cars for shuttling on our rides, but for some reason I thought of it this time, and everybody was happy I did. It's just so fun to descend around 10K, Oso, and Tree Spring, but it is so unbelievably hard to go up that stuff.

For those of you who have know idea what any of those trails are, you'll just have to take my word for it; they are some of the most technical, demanding, and fun trails that you will find anywhere.

There was a serious amount of leaves on the trail, which made for beautiful scenery and moments of terror when you had no idea what was under your tires.

Unfortunately, I have no photographic evidence for any of this, as I have been a habitual camera forgetter of late. Hopefully though, Charlie and / or Richaround will email a couple of pics from Sundays ride soon that I can post up.

As usual, it was nearly an all-Maverick ride, with 5 of the 6 of us on Mavericks (one guy was riding a Santa Cruz, and so far he refuses to even try a Maverick, probably because he's going to have to buy one once he rides one, like the rest of us). And as usual, I was absolutely in love with my bike as I repeatedly got in over my head, pushed the limits of my handling skills, and repeatedly came out alive thanks to some serious ass-saving suspension performance.
Yayyy squishy bikes!

In shop news, we're just cruising right along. I just placed our big 2010 order with Giant, and I'm pretty excited for those to start rolling in, especially the new DH bikes and the carbon Trance X Advanced that we ordered (for Charlie... in my size. Bwah ha ha ha, I can't believe I convinced him to get a large again!).

One of our big new plans for 2010 is to have some high end rentals available, particularly in the Downhill variety. So we will have a couple of Giant Glory's, a couple of Commencal Supreme's, and maybe a few others (Transition and Evil come to mind).
We are also putting in a big effort for trail-bike demo bikes, and will have small, medium, and large demos of the Maverick Durance and the Giant Trance X1. We will also have medium and large Tomac Snypers, and I believe a Commencal Meta 5.5 as well (possibly even a carbon Meta 5.5, if we're feeling sassy).
I'm excited about all this, because I think it's silly to buy a full suspension bike without really testing it first, and also because demo bikes keep me from having to try very hard to sell bikes; just put people on the bikes and let them choose for themselves. Much easier for everybody.

Okay, that's enough words, and no pictures to go with. Lame, I know, I'll try harder to get some more interactive media going for next time.


We have been very busy at the shop recently and Dan hasn't had the time to write a new post in two weeks, so I thought I would put one up.

Props to Tony and his extended crew that took top honors at the red Bull endurance downhill event in Angel Fire this last weekend. I wasn't there but I am told they won the 4man team, the Duo class, and we helped the solo winner too. Tony said that Dan did a great job as the pit mechanic, actually he said "you should have seen Lucero, he kicked ass" but I assume that meant he did a great job.

Interbike was smaller this year than before with many companies deciding to skip because a booth costs so much and times are tough. Still there were some good things at the show: The SRAM XX is cool and is now starting to trickle into stores; American classic has a new set of wheels that are tubeless compatable and available in 29" or 26" abd are very light, but thaey don't yet have them on their website; new tires from WTB (some are in the store) are cool; DT has some insane new wheels and forks- one set of wheels are tubeless and they have two new carbon mountain wheels, one set of which are very wide All-Mountain wheels that come in at 1550 grams, and they cost as much as some cars. There was more but that is the main bit.

If you haven't seen the new tires from Geax take a browse online- we have a good selection in the store and they are light, effective, and priced well.

The local trails are all in good shape. South Boundry (via Elliot Barker) last Sunday was also terrific, although windy. If you haven't done it this year, get up there and do it quickly before it snows over. I'll finish my post by adding a picture of some ride we did somewhere.

-Charlie

Grey Matter

I forgot about this:



Oh yeah, 1am Denny's run before the SSWC, and Paul ordered the steak and eggs (or rather, I ordered it for him). And it was the nastiest piece of meat I have ever seen, grey and bloody, through and through.
Oh yeah, he ate every last bite.