Props from Drunkcyclist

I don't know how long Drunkcyclist has been around, but it's been a while.  Both Danny and I have been reading the site for a long time now, I don't think it's been 10 years, but it probably isn't much less than that. After all this time, we've never had any contact or interaction with Big Jonny, the curator of the site, but you read somebody's blog for that long, and you start to feel like you know a person.

Anyway, a couple of days ago we got a call in the morning from a fellow mechanic in town.  "Who do I have to rub-off to get a shout out in Drunkcyclist?" was his question.  We checked out the site, and saw Jonny's post for the day:

Big Jonny had found our site somehow, and got the impression that we are his kind of people (which I believe he is right about).  Anyway, we were jazzed by it, it definitely made my morning.  And of course, the helpful advertising, with a few hundred extra visits than normal to the site that day, is much appreciated.  Then a few people commented to say nice things about us.  Then other people commented a bunch about a bunch of unrelated stuff, which I couldn't follow.  But nobody commented to say that we are actually a bunch of a-holes, which is a good thing.
So thanks Big Jonny. I hope you come to visit us if you find yourself in Albuquerque, and we will drink beer, and be bike nerds, and all that fun stuff.

In other news, our Cross season starts Sunday!

Link to the flyer

The race is at La Cueva High School, which is a course I haven't race personally, but everybody has told me is fast and fun with lots of interesting features.
We strongly encourage anybody who is even remotely interested in trying out a cross race strongly to do so. The race style, and atmosphere are generally phenomenal, and perfect for an introduction to bike racing of any form. And if you already like racing bikes, then I have little doubt that you will enjoy cross very much.

Also, in other other news, Swinton and Dirty Mike, and whole bunch of other people too, are headed to Farmington this weekend to race the Road Apple Ralley on Saturday.  I am most excited about this because it marks Dirty Mike's first bike race in something like 74 years.  I am sure for at least 50 of those years he said things like "blahhh,  I'm never racing my bike again" and I feel partly responsible for convincing him to get back out, so yay for that and stuff.

Okay, loveyoubye.

My new old bike

I was gifted a 2004 Maverick ML7 recently, from a very generous man known as Balls-r-hairy (or Big-silly-hair, if you want to be PG). So I built it up with an XTR 8 spd groupo that I am currently in the process of stealing from Charlie. I also put some carbon DT Swiss XR1350 wheels on it, and an X-Fusion Velvet fork, so that I could try this new uber bargain fork for myself.

I rode the bike for the first time this morning on a little Tunnel-Otero loop. That bike goes uphill like nobody's business. It's amazing how well the original Maverick frame has aged. Not only does it still look great, and the shock works perfectly, and the pivots don't make a squeak, but the bike can hold its own against any suspension design that has come about in the past 8 years since it was built. I'm enthused. And 8 speed XTR with a rapid rise rear der. is just good old fashioned fun. A bunch of stuff I couldn't afford when it was new, is fun to have now to play with.
Oh yeah, the bike weighs under 26lbs with pedals, and tires, and stans in the tires, and a saddle, all those other parts that you need for riding a bike but are typically left out when weighing bikes.

Just came across this blog:

I've only spent a short time reading it, but I'm entertained. I found it from the Ritte Racing blog:

I think Ritte quite possibly had the best looking bike at Interbike this year:

Oh, whats that? They are currently opening dealers? Hmmmm....

We've been hooked on this video lately:

Un-freaking-real. I also dig the song, which is a band I hadn't heard of, probably because I haven't paid any attention to new music since about the day my first boy was born.

Danny and I are excited to go and terrorize the Day of the Tread century on October 16th on the tandem. It was fun last year, and I'm guessing it'll be fun again this year. You should check it out, if you're akin to the skinny tire type of bicycle riding.

Also, please, try to keep it real out there folks.

We're not working some more!

We will be closed this Saturday, September 10th. Swinton and Lucero will be in Red River for the Enchanted Circle Century. Tony will be attending a friends wedding.

Furthermore, we will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, the 14th and 15th of September, while in Las Vegas pretending to work at the Interbike tradeshow.


Not laboring for labor day...

Remember the other day when I said we were open on Mondays now?...
well, not this Monday. We will be closed  Monday September 5th just like everybody else.  I hope everybody finds time to ride a bike this holiday weekend.