First of all, we are riding this Friday (Feb. 3rd). Say 6:45pm, top of Montgomery, for some good ol' North Foothills night riding fun. I'm really excited to try out my new Exposure lights, which are just too damn nice (I have the Maxx-D and the Diablo en route).
In other news, we built Mean Dean another new bike this week (calling Dean "Mean Dean" is like calling a 400 lb guy "Tiny", btw). This one was really something special. A Colnago Master track frame, some true Italian made awesomeness. It was really fun to get to put together. Mean Dean did it up right too, with a Phil Wood BB and Record track cranks. He re-used the wheels off his last track bike, some Phil Wood hubs laced to Mavic Open Pro CD's. It's fun to build a bike that you know will be just as cool, and ride just as nice, 30 years from now as it does today.
In news of the not-awesome, the above photo shows the surprisingly damaging results of a little inattentiveness. What you are looking at is the bottom bracket and lower linkage on a full suspension Felt. The front derailleur cable was accidentally routed through a cutout in the linkage, rather than around it. It looks like this was done when the bike was bought new, about 3 years ago (not from us). As a result, every time the suspension moved, the shift cable acted like a little saw blade and slowly cut a deep groove, almost completely severing that section of the rocker.
Pretty amazing how the seemingly smooth shift cable can cut through the aluminum rocker, without any visible damage to the cable itself.
Speaking of cutting metal, here is a pic of Mike doing what I suspect is one of his few favorite things in the world... grinding on metal. It has been fun having him around. Every time something needs to be filed, or chiseled, or ground down, Mike is more than happy to jump in and take over. And he does damn fine work too. In this pic he is modifying a large socket wrench for me, removing the beveled edge so that it will grab more securely onto the shallow aluminum top caps of Fox forks. The socket came out perfect. If I had tried something like this, I would have burned all my nostril hair and ended up with half a socket, at best.
This beautiful orange Indy Fabulous Planet X just rolled in the door. It's on consignment, but I don't want to sell it, I want to take it home and make it mine. I've always had inexplicable bike-wood for Indy Fab. It's about a 55cm frame. If you have inexplicable bike-wood for Indy Fab too, come on by, we'll talk turkey, and you can try to get it out of my hands.
Speaking of awesome bikes, many of you have heard by now that Maverick is no longer in business. We really hope this is a temporary situation, and that somebody picks up the design, updates the bikes a little, adds a 29er model, and lets us get back to selling what is undoubtedly one of the best full suspension designs ever.
Charlie, the O.G. Maverick fan, has some fantastic pics of us enjoying our Mavericks over the years up on his blog:
(That's Mike, Charlie, and I, getting all Maverick on Les Gets, France)
Speaking of Charlie, above is a photo of the 2011 Giant Trance X Advanced SL, which is Charlie's co-favorite bike alongside his Maverick Durance. His quote was that if he was trying to keep up with stupid young guys who are faster than him (uphill), on just about any type of terrain, he rides the Trance. On the "epic" days, he rides the Maverick. (Charlie doesn't have to worry about keeping up us fast kids on the "epic" days, because nobody is faster than Charlie at about hour 6 or 7, because Charlie never really slows down, or gets "tired", or "bonks", like us 150lb types do.)
Anyway, I bring up the Giant Trance X Advanced SL because we just ordered up 4 framesets from Giant, on closeout. They are 2011 models. Full carbon, 5" travel, lifetime warranty, phenomenal pedaling efficiency and small bump sensitivity. Light enough to race on, burly enough to handle all our Albuquerque trail riding. We have 2 mediums, 2 large frames coming in next week. However, one of the large frames is going to me.
Like I said, we got these on closeout, I don't know what the price is going to be yet, but it will be good, so come by and check it out if this sounds like your style.
I think many people seriously underestimate just how good this bike is.
That's it for now. I have to get back to my new addiction, Words With Friends. I've got about 4 games going simultaneously, all of which I'm loosing handily.