Thursday, February 26, 2009

A few Old Pueblo Pics

Marc sent these along to us. You can also check out his review of the race at www.bikefix.net , the bike gear review site that Marc runs.


We had limited space in the RV, as there were six of us and gear. Sacrifices had to be made; extra socks were left behind, the keg came with.


Danny getting ready for his first lap. A little better spirits than last year, as there was no snow on the ground this time.

Getting ready for my first lap out. Taking things extremely serious.

Lucky enough to have lots of shelter to hide in through the race, courtesy of Jen and co.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Wednesday Night Ride

It's freaking nice outside! It's like full blown spring time!
So we're going to make it out tomorrow night, to resume our wedensday night riding hijinks.
According to Tony, we're going to have a couple Commencal Meta 5.5 demos rolling in today, that we can bring up with us to play with.
Did I mention that we are a Commencal dealer now?
Hoping it's still nice and warm tomorrow night. We might have to trade in our riding flasks for a mid ride beer if the weather stays this nice.

Hope you can make it.

Some pics of Old Pueblo

Here's a few pics from Old Pueblo. Still have my fingers crossed at getting some more, as I noticed some of our friends with cameras out a lot more than I did (Marc, I'm looking at you).

We got us a wicked new banner. It's kind of huge. This picture clearly demonstrates how Bikeworks ABQ is now a bigger deal than Kenda.


The start is always a mad house. It's the only time you really get to appreciate just how many people are at the event (it's a lot of people).

Plenty of costumes were to be found.



Here's the first man through the start. Homeboy must have flown through the run. He probably ended up 15 minutes up on people who got tangled in the masses behind him.


This is the one pic I took of my friends from that trip. It's Scott and Ken, keeping it real RV style. These guys, along with Ian and Matt, took such good care of Danny and I. They were the only reason we were able to keep riding through the night. If I had been in charge of feeding myself at 4am, it would have been all over. Thanks again guys.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

This is my first addition to this "website" since it took Lucero that long to sit down and hold my hand on how to do it. First I want to say a hardy Congrats to Dan and Dan- and all the rest of you guys who raced in our corner- great job by everyone. Tony also did well in Nevada but he wouldn't tell me how well, so maybe he actually didn't.

I do want everyone to know that a big contingent of Bikeworks folks will be racing in the Dawn-till-Dusk race in Gallup on April 11. Please come out and race with us, or just come watch. I think we are even going to be a sponser of sorts but that isn't hammered out yet.

In the future, I hope to post about rides we will do and rides we have already done and some pics too. Also if some particularly tasty componants or bikes show up, I will try and help Dan get them posted. Dan has alot to do and he gets very behind. Even the folks at Troy Lee noticed. Poor Dan.
-Charlie

Race Report: 24 Hours in Old Pueblo

Well, we're back, and alive.
A pretty successful weekend for Danny and I, with a 6th place finish in the Male Duo category. We were in 4th place for a good bit of the race, and finally got bumped down to 6th during the last 2 laps. We got a total of 18 laps in, 9 each, with about 145 miles each during the race. That is about three times as many miles as I've ever ridden my singlespeed before, so I'm pretty happy with that.

The race went smooth. We switched off laps every other lap, which we had decided was the faster way to do it (as opposed to double laps) based on previous results. The downside was that meant no sleeping for either one of us.

Luckily our buddy Scott decided to purchase an RV last week, and he took us to the race and supported us with style. I can't imagine we would have done nearly as well, or stayed motivated or awake, without the warm RV and food being cooked for us. Thanks Scott, Matt, Ian and Ken for helping keeping us going during the race.

Only one mechanical during the race, which was a complicated double flat for Danny, combined with a makeshift replacement rim strip, borrowing a tube, running some distance of the course, and a burnt out light, which put about an extra 30 minutes into the lap. Otherwise, everything went perfectly, surprising as this was our first go at a two person team (we've both raced 4 man teams in the past).

We were pretty beat up at the end. Once again, the RV came to the rescue and we slept the entire drive back, in style on big comfy beds. Danny was asleep before we pulled out of the camping spot, woke up for long enough to eat In N Out, and then right back asleep until we were parking the RV.

Some of our camping cohorts, Jen and Marc, placed 7th in the Duo Co-ed class. Like us, they were racing singlespeeds against geared bikes, you know, just because. I'm not sure how much time we actually gave up by racing on singlespeeds, if any, but I do know that it is a very fun course for singlespeeds, and I love my bike and my hot new wheelset.

Speaking of my bike, I can't believe how many strangers stopped me while cruising around the camp to tell me how beautiful my bike is (my Spot). There were a few other Spots out there as well, far more US built customs than Taiwan completes like mine. Sadly, Spot wasn't there with the big rig and copious amounts of free beer. I was really looking forward to chugging a couple of Dales Pale Ales at the end of the race.

Well, that's my quick and dirty race report for now. I've got a few pictures that I'll get up soon, and then I've been promised some pics from some other friends, which I will share. Not surprisingly, once the race started, all thoughts of taking pictures quickly exited my brainium, so the only pics I have are from before the race.

Tony has also promised me pics from his big racing weekend, so if you don't see those posted up in the next few, bug him for me.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Modified Shop Hours

We will be closed Friday Feb. 13 and Saturday Feb. 14. We will re-open for normal business hours Monday Feb. 16th at Noon.
We will be racing the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo (Dan and Dan) and the Mob in Mojave (Tony and Crew).

Hope you have as much fun next weekend as we plan on having. I promise entertaining race reports and pictures when we return.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Words words words

After skipping last week, I'm excited to get out this wednesday. Hope a few people can join us. It's supposed to be unseasonably warm Wednesday, so that should make for some pleasant riding in the evening.

I went out for a little ride on Sunday, after a week of barely touching the bike. It was one of those days where I just didn't have it in me. I met Marc at his place per our usual "singlespeed suffering sunday ride in an attempt to train for Old Pueblo". But it quickly became apparent that neither of us was really into it, as every opportunity to stop and BS was quickly taken. Then I spied Richaround and Mr. Malone (the Malone Pony) and we promptly stopped them and partook in large amounts of BSing. It was seriously like a sewing circle at times, except we were all standing over our bikes instead of behind sewing machines.

I think we are all pretty excited about Old Pueblo,which is rapidly approaching. It is unbelievable how much planning you can put into one weekends worth of racing. Well, I guess I'm not doing all that much planning personally, but more leeching onto friends who are doing lots of planning, and encouraging it, for my own benefit. I think it's better that way for everybody.

At this point we've got Scott seriously considering buying a recreational vehicle of some sort in the next week or so, Marc driving up in a rented Sprinter van, that will be filled to the brim with gear, including a 10' X 20' "pole tent" courtesy of Jen, who will be arriving on wednesday, before the crowds to lay claim to some prime real estate for the whole lot of us. The amount of effort, forethought, planning, and gear going into this is truly impressive, and we're just a few out of hundreds of teams attending. It really is a massive event.

Danny at least got in a respectable ride on Saturday, maybe even enough to make up for my general lameness on Sunday. He was on the road with some of his "usual suspects" and they made it out to Cochiti Dam, which I don't really know how to get to, but I do know it's far and difficult.



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Best story from the ride; at some point they were mixed up in a large group ride. Then the "usual suspects" take off on their own, headed for something undoubtedly more painful than the large group. One unsuspecting individual decides to see what they were up to, and follows along, not really saying anything to anybody. As they get north of Algadones and begin to approach a dirt road, which they were going to ride for a few miles, he finally spoke up with a "where are you guys going?" They told him Cochiti Dam, and he promptly stopped, and turned around, with a long lonely ride ahead of him to get back into town.
Anyways, I found that little tale amusing.

Looks like we are headed for another busy week in the shop. We started things off right today with a couple of custom builds, a Moots MootoXZ with a full blown "you choose the parts, just make sure it's bad ass" kit, and a Lynskey ti cross frame with a Sram Red kit going on it.
We aren't a dealer for either of those brands, but both customers knew where to go to get their dream bikes built properly.
Here I go, getting all braggy.

I spent the majority of last week with the following song in my head:



Not a bad song by any means, in fact I think its my favorite Cake song, but any 3 lines get old after a number of days bouncing around in your brain. So I thought I'd share it, to see if it will get stuck in anybody elses head, or if its just me. Better than what I woke up with this morning, which I remember being an unpleasant Bjork song, but I can't recall which one at the moment.

Well, I'm just about all out of genius for tonight, so I better stop before I write something stupid.