Archive for March, 2012

Yardwork and riding….and brand differences.

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Are you ready for an awesome post.

Because if you are…this may or may not be the place.
So lets talk about bicycles….

Because its so unseasonably warm, there has been a lot of talk about bicycles and what to buy. I’d like to go out on the proverbial “limb” here and define a few things here.
What I call a boutique bike is a bicycle that is made to have its tolerances in terms of frame straightness, travel and overall quality at a higher level than is set as a (good) “standard” by larger companies….whose bikes are still wonderful, ride well and provide the rider with enjoyment. Its that simple. A Turner frame is $2700 because 100 Turner frames are straigher than 100 Treks. Yes, I know Cannondale is a “high value” bicycle, but is not an Ibis…and if getting the best performing bike that you can is how you “value” your time, buy the Ibis….and put Enve wheels on it.

And your Niner, most certainly is not…a boutique brand.

Speaking of ENVE wheels, let me give you a piece of a little email I received….just in case you say “who the fuck spends $3000 on a carbon set of wheels”?
Man, those Enve wheels are awesome. I really put them to the test, bombing down stuff on Little Creek & Gooseberry, & rode some stuff that I hadn’t made before. It’s amazing how solid, sure-footed & planted the bike feels. I was a little dubious that I’d really be able to feel much difference, but you really can. Especially quick, short bursts. Checked them this evening when I got back, they’re the straightest wheels I’ve ever had. Even after a weekend of pounding through the rocks on Little Creek & Gooseberry, you have to get so close to the rim that the decals rub when checking for trueness. No pinging or spoke unwinding sounds at all.
I couldn’t agree more. I build wheels for a living, and the feel of the carbon rim is straight up goodness.
The flowers are up in Santa Clara…

And MRSDRE was moving earth

She stayed safe, mostly because the instructions for the bobcat told her what not to do…

I think some of the stickers is missing…the part where you drink 13 beers to think that standing on the bucket is a really good idea…but who knows?
Me, I rode a little…

Alright, off to work I go…

True Grit, Bobcats and warm weather.

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

It was nice to see the town…or rather the patients in the dental chair….happy on Monday. It snowed short, sweet and deep Sunday night and the results were taken advantage of Monday morning….even by me….for an hour….and really, thats all my legs could handle.
Flagstaff got a bunch of snow…

As well as the brotherly red rocks of Sedona…

Anyway, its nice to see the town really excited about spring and cycling again. Its fun being a 100% cycling year round shop in a ski town, where you only get 80 frost free days a year and its (usually) ski season 6 months out of the year…..I never tire of the looks I get from more novice bike people when they hear I sell bikes in the dead of winter…I’m sure I give them some strange looks to because for me, its as right as rain.

In philosophical news, MRSDREVIL and I were hanging around at our lovely shop in Santa Clara with no sign and no customers around, drinking wine like the world was about to end when we realized this…

So sad because we both bought pedigreed educations with our parents money when we could have simply thought up ideas like this…

And silly me, I’ve got the real thing inked in…..who knew?

On to cycling type events…
Least importantly, “Hollywood” Jeff T is making the Evil “Team” or “Dance Squad” look good by riding around in 100 mile intervals all over Palm Springs and such….he looks like this when seen from the back with his “Boyfriends”…

Jeffrey gives lots of good advice…like this.


In Pro Cycling news, I’m so very excited that the classics are almost upon us. Its the time of year that I’m actually glad to have a TiVo and cable TV.

Its a time to see action in the peloton…

We’ll conclude with local race news. In MN news, the Slick 50 happened and Hurl got drunk…..that is all I know….I can’t really decipher the phone messages except for the words “fuck” and “fuck”. There may also be an “I love you” in there.

In St. George, the True Grit Happened. And it was fun. Dharma Wheels Rallied to provide an “aid” station that was exactly 1/4 mile from our shop front door….loved it.

Most of the racers appreciated us being there….especially the guy who’s bike I put in the stand and who’s fading tubeless setup we saved. We had one guy pissed at us because we did not have any water…just beer and whiskey….I don’t think he’ll be buying a custom Moots from the shop anyway…he was on a cheap ass carbon 29er hardtail that was creaking and groaning like a WWII battleship.
The weather held off nicely. Last year its basically rained all day for this event and it was nice to see temps cool, a little windy..but 100% dry.

The big downer to the event was the fact that in the middle of the night, some course markers were moved to confuse racers and send them down the wrong trail….effectively ruining their race. There were many upset riders who were shorted 20 or 40 miles out of the 50 or 100. I’m all for a good natured prank or sarcastic comment, but please, who messes with other people’s couple hundred dollar race trip as a joke? Its like vandalism….I really don’t get it. But the conclusion of the race saw happy faces and satisfied riders, and in racing, you have to be prepared for anything. I believe people who prerode the course or had it locked into their GPS’s stayed on course.

This weekend looks exceptionally nice down south. 75 and sunny all weekend. We’ll be around….just listen for a bobcat wheeling around the parking area of the shop….we’ve got a little more landscaping to do and shop will be good for a while….and by that I mean until the next weekend, which will be the 1 year anniversary of DWC South.

The final winter storm?

Monday, March 19th, 2012

After a lovely weekend down south, MRSDRE and I returned to a small snow storm in the northern utah area. So, rather than post a post, I”m going skiing….because its awesome.

Sunshine

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

The weather is awfully nice out there. Maybe you’ll do a little dance…

In funny news, I”d like to show you the video that BL made that showcases my “secret” loop…the Top of the World Loop in Laguna Beach….right in back of my In Laws house….its nice.

Pretty sweet huh? I must say its really a nice little loop.

In light bike news, because I sell RSL’s, this bike exists…
http://antranik.org/worlds-lightest-road-bike-at-2-7kg/

Nutty, huh? How fast do you think I could snap that twig in half going down Wolf Creek pass at 70 MPH. Pretty fucking fast I say.

In custom framebuilder news, Ventana has a new webtypesite…and you should see it.

Speaking of websites, let me direct all of my potential bicycle buyers to the Kona website…because Kona and The Dharma Wheels Cyclery have just linked forces to destroy the universe. Yes, at long last, and after mighty thought, we have decided to pick up a brand that can bring the pleasure of riding to the masses….kids bikes, road, mtn, all mtn, DH, Cross, Commuter, Touring…all without having to plunk down a ton of cash, or feel like one of the herd riding a Trek/Specialized/Cannondale/et al.
Plus my buddy Barry rides for them…

Have fun out there..and don’t be scared.

No Title

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

I can’t think of one…and the post will have no real direction anyway.

Here is a great picture folks….I call it “The Righty”

In Politial news, super tuesday happened…and I have no idea the outcome…


Life can be so confusing sometimes…I’m glad somebody brought it into perspective.

Its enough to drive you to the nudie store.

Don’t be afraid to take a stand out there.

For something awesome.

I’ll conclude with this.

Back from a weekend of goodness.

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Before I go into todays post, let me give you a funny story from the VA hospital in FLA:
Plantation, Florida:
Last week police were called to investigate an attempted armed robbery: The 71-year-old retired Marine who opened fire on two robbers at a Plantation, Florida, Subway shop late Wednesday, killing one and critically wounding the other, is described as John Lovell, a former helicopter pilot for two presidents. He doesn’t drink, he doesn’t smoke, and he works out every day. Mr. Lovell was a man of action Wednesday night.
According to Plantation police, two masked gunmen came into the Subway at 1949 N. Pine Rd. just after 11 p.m. There was a lone diner, Mr. Lovell, who was finishing his meal. After robbing the cashier, the two men attempted to shove Mr. Lovell into a bathroom and rob him as well. They got his money, but then Mr. Lovell pulled his handgun and opened fire. He shot one of the thieves in the head and chest and the other in the head.
When police arrived, they found one of the men in the shop, K-9 Units found the other in the bushes of a nearby business. They also found cash strewn around the front of the sandwich shop according to Detective Robert Rettig of the Plantation Police Department.
Both men were taken to the Broward General Medical Center , where one, Donicio Arrindell, 22, of North Lauderdale died. The other, 21-year-old Frederick Gadson of Fort Lauderdale is in critical but stable condition.
Mr. Lovell was a pilot in the Marine Corps, flying former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He later worked as a pilot for Pan Am and Delta Airlines.
He is not expected to be charged authorities said. ”He was in fear for his life,” Detective Rettig said, “These criminals ought to realize that most men in their 70′s have military backgrounds and aren’t intimidated by idiots.”
Something tells me this old Marine wasn’t ‘in fear for his life’, even though his life was definitely at risk. The only thing he could be charged with is participating in an unfair fight. One 71- year young Marine against two punks. Two head shots and one center body mass shot.
My favorite bumper sticker for the Marine Corps is “To error is human, to forgive is devine, neither is the policy of the USMC”. Semper Fi.
Jesus, I can’t believe I’m old and sappy enough to write Semper Fi.
Lets talk about the bike weekend. The forecast looked a little bit cold and sketchy for this weekend. That didn’t stop us. It was an absolute pleasure to stop off in Hurricane on our way into town and see Quentin and DJ. In good karma news, when we stopped by the washing machine repair place, they told us that our $200 motor was not needed…that there was just a busted wire in the machine. Then I got the grand tour of Red Rock Bicycles from Fixie Dave along with some urban riding before dinner.
Saturday saw temps only reaching 60, but that was perfect for the Zen trail. I headed out to the racecourse to see the Desert Rampage folks doing their race things and then met up with Woodie to hit Zen.

Then Bear Claw to Stucki to Santa Clara…

Then it was back to the shop for unwinding.

Big thanks to MRSDRE for working on the backyard all day while I rode around and fixed one bike.

In breaking bicycle news, Crank Brothers has introduced to me their new dropper seatpost. As many of you know, I really dig Crank Brothers…but do not care for the Joplin. This post is suppose to be the cats meow.

Thats all I got….when the hangovers fade away from the Handbuilt bike show I”ll post about it. Until then, here is Erik and Don.