Today I am dangerous. Well rested, motivated….excited. I was actually laying awake at 6am just waiting for 6:30 to show up so I could start the day….
So, let me first begin with a wrap up of Interbike. As many of you know, I have been in communication with Andy T, who is largely in charge on interbike and lobbying for moving the dates of the venue to after Labor day….and on a personal level, lobbying for it to stay in LV. I’d like to thank QBP and SBS specifically for polling their customers and to Interbike for making a change. I’ll be booking my room at the Tuscany this month.
Read more HERE.
Let me wrap up 2010 interbike by saying this. 2011 is one of those years where many companies have made significant changes in their technologies. 2011 will be a good year to buy a new bike or components. Let me recommend the thousand other websites that have more professional coverage of interbike – they’ve got more time and money than I do. Mag sites, velonews, NBDA, pinkbike….you name it.
Let me say this though. Kim and I spent over 10 hrs in seminars learning about product….like shimano shoes. There were people at the show who didn’t spend 10 hrs being sober.
Take a look at shimano’s $1000 display. Everyone was walking by, pointing and saying “thats cool”. I actually had Dan the Man talk to us for 30 minutes about why shimano shoes rock. They will continue to be the only shoe we carry at the shop in 2011. And thank you Dan.
In 1000 years, when Kim and I pay off the office, we are both buying CoMooters. They retail for about $9500, and are badass.
Maybe I”ll put a basket on the front?
And lastly, I’d like to thank Stevil for picking the Peppermill as a venue….and for posting this flattering pic of me at the peppermill…
So, to recap…..Interbike was fun, we’ve been updated on the 2011 product. Come and pick our brains.
Bathroom break, more coffee, back in the saddle
Lets talk about Moab and Outerbike.
Yes, a glorious day….and a fun after party at the Gonzo Inn.
Outerbike turned out to be a success according to our sources at Ibis and Turner. People paid good money to ride bikes, got to ride both around the venue and on the porcupine rim. Man….what a deal.
Don’t start sharpening knives if you missed it….there will be a 2011 demo tour and a Dealer Camp that the public may attend. Alright, pictures….This is the top of the whole enchilada.
Here is Tom looking very manly at the trailhead.
Isn’t Warner Lake beautiful?
Look at these rockstars at the Hazard Co. trailhead….
And for your education, the col over Andy’s right ear is where we came through.
Take a look at the google earth view.
Well done team, great ride, good times. Thank you Moab.
On to the southern Journey…
So I went on a cycling road trip that started with me driving to Hurricane last Thursday night. The weather was crappy at the start of last week in the west with tornadoes in FLG, hail in Phoenix, and rain in UT. The JEM trail was legendary…tacky and smooth from the rain.
So, then I make the 4 hr drive to Flagstaff, and find Mark, Steve, Barry and Tom all assembling Tom’s brand new Coconino.
I had to get a pic of this…
Here is Steve showing me how frame alignment works….
Then off to the Pay and Take…where I locked up my folding bike. And by the way….there were no parking spots even close to the Monte V (hotel), so I parked blocks away, and shuttled my bags in with said folding bike….that thing is worth its weight in gold.
And here it is in the hotel room.
Speaking of hotel rooms, let me remind you that they are all named for famous people who stayed there. I stayed in the Robert Englund Room.
Allow me to thank Mark, Luke and Annie for a beautiful ride through the pines….it was a little slow since I had the 34lb Chilcotin…but worth it for the downhills.
And of course, the ride ended where the suds were.
It was a pleasure attending the Runyan wedding in Gilbert. A pleasure to make it back to the MV to see Shindagger, a pleasure to see Kim and Joe Murray. A pleasure to see Smiddy. Pleasure to see Benson.
Then, in the morning, you realize that things never change…like hippies working on their cars at 8am outside of the MV..
I paid my bill, and put a nickel with Jimmys Angel.
THen I went to ride the AZ trail on the Kaibab plateau (that would be what makes the grand canyon).
Then, back to Hurricane…where in the morning, I rode Gooseberry Mesa. One word…awesome.
And then a 4.5 hr drive back to PC.
Hows that for a hell of a trip. Anyway thanks to all…hope you enjoy the pics.