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Friday, August 30th, 2013

Well it looks like many people enjoyed my last post….and I’m glad. Lets turn it back to bicycle type information.
And I do have a lot of that.
The first link that I’d like to share comes from Hurl.
I enjoy the subject matter because I don’t care much for cell phones. Yes, I do love the navigation feature that gets me around cities and helps me find places, but I also feel that cell phones can be a barrier. Sharing photos with phones is all the rage, but I really feel cheap and awkward when people reach out their phone with a dumb look on their face and say look at this…or watch this CK Louis video – if its that god awful fucking important – send it to me. For performances, I think its really creepy that people video record the event on their phones. For that matter, I boggles my mind that people are disruptive and talk on the phone in cars, buses and planes (I assume subways too). That kind of thing would never fly in polite countries like Japan. I get nervous because I see so many people using phones in cars. Traveling in a bus for 1.5hrs in Washington, I counted 40% of the drivers using their non hands free phones on the highways. Anyway, enough of me bitching….its not going to change anything.

Pathetic, I know.
Well the good news is that there a movie out about my hero, Shane. The bad news, he isn’t around to see it.

Lets move right into some detailed bicycle stuff.
I have been asked quite a bit, especially because the bicycle trade show is around the corner, about carbon components. Take for example, this Campagnolo wheel.

Actually, this is not a Campy wheel. Its a knockoff that a person bought on the internet for $350 and then purchased a $50 sticker set for. Its a fake. Its a knockoff. And it was on their knockoff Pinerallo. I’ve been asked more than once this month if I”m afraid of cheap knockoff brands. Part of me is concerned because they make selling my high quality Foundry Cycles and pricy (by comparison) King Kahuna’s difficult….but they also draw a line in the sand.
If you want a part that you can trust….buy it from your bike shop…..wanna gamble….go online. Pawn Stars shop owner Rick once said….”you wanna avoid buying a fake rolex watch….but it from my store.”
Last week we had the honor of helping out at the Summit Challenge for the National Ability center.

Wanna know who made that sexy tandem……Sherwood Gibson.

We had the pleasure of getting some of the wounded warriors set for their day.

And we’ll be at the Las Vegas Ride 2 Recovery event as well with some adaptive bikes.

I told Jimmy that I’d caption this picture with “Tell me again your excuse for not riding today?” – he laughed and said it should be “Do you have a beard because you think its hip and cool – or is it because your hands got blown off?”. Hoo Rah.
In the bicycle racings news, the Pro Tour happened.

Looks like Steve Smith was there.

Look, a character-tature…

Seemed like a good party….just like SSUSA….which also happened.

Bucketball, or SovBall as I call it happened.

There are many clips out there of Eugene taking a hard fall, but I didn’t feel like posting it here….you wanna see it bad enough – you find it. Anyway, its part of the derby and no harm done.
In bicycle industry news, I have been asked by more than 14 people to comment on the Closing of Serotta Cycles. As more than 14 of you know, there are really two boutique brands that I do not carry at the shop…Seven…..and Serotta. And to be honest, I have no comment on the Serotta shutdown because Ben is a friend of mine and the decisions of my business are private.
In happier frame fabrication news, Don Walker has contracted long time friend and ally Erik Noren to help with the frame fabrication of the DW Cyclocross team.

Lets see what else I have for you…..
Well I also missed the music awards, where some dancing happened.

And hey, the chairlifts are less full because the kiddies are (mostly) back in school.

Hey its a long weekend, why not go to Idaho?

Whatever you do out there, be safe….Deer Valley closes at 5p Monday…..get you some.

Catchup Post 3 of 3, Summer vacation pt 2 of 2: The Kingston Trio Experience

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Summer is always busy…and its always a beautiful time in Park City….but the last week of July is always the culmination of all that is busy in the summer.
The bicycle industry has a trade show in Park City, RAGBRAI – the greatest bike tour in the universe winds its way through Iowa, Chris King puts on the Gourmet Century in Portland, Team Evil/Assclown/Marley may have a PacNW tour planned, QBP has SaddleDrive in Ogden……and I decided to do none of it.
For several years now I’ve wanted to go to Scottsdale and participate in the [sic] Kingston Trio Folk Music Camp or Fantasy Camp as it is known. And its for one simple reason – for the 1/2 of a lifetime that I’ve walked this earth….and ever since I was a child….if you asked me to have to pick one band to play some music with live and in person… would be the Kingston Trio.

There are those out there who will say….”not Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Ramblin’ Jack, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Iggy Pop?”
I love those bands….but picking one means picking one. I ask any of you to pick a favorite and then ask yourself why….its always the same answer.
So plans are made, demo’s sent, arrangements arranged, songs with keys selected…and lo and behold, the last week of July was upon us and it was time to go. By the way, I didn’t take a single picture the entire weekend…so many thanks to those who documented the events and sent their pics to me.
Of course, my ‘vacation’ time started with some official Indian Health Service meetings and running around in Phoenix, but when duty calls – you’ve got to answer. I add that only because I missed the first evening’s dinner and presentation about the Trio.
But after the meeting, many from the group adjourned to the hotel bar. It was here that I was first introduced to the hospitality and warmth that the folk music world offers. Kim and I were sitting at the bar and George Grove comes up and says “hey, there’s a bunch of us hangin’ out over there – would you like to come and join us?”

And so the magic began. The group gathered around the table talked about music and what it meant to them. Many levels were discussed. It was wonderful. Then George brought out the most beautiful D-42 KOA I’ve ever seen….and we played a song each. Here it was….the first night of the camp/festival and I was having the time of my life.
Many of the campers/attendees/Musicians/Producers asked me (the youngest attendee at camp) how I got into folk music. You may be wondering as well. It began with my parents working hard and buying me music lessons at a young age because they value the arts. My music instructor introduced me (a child at the time) to select performers to go along with the formal education of music theory. I took formal music education from age 6-18 and although we focused on interpretation, improvisation and composition in those later years…..Valerie always noticed that American Jazz, Rythem & Blues and Folk music were always the grounding forces in my musical existence- even though I played rock and roll tunes too. And its true, I’d play popular music at school, outside of school, at band jams….but to warm up, I’d do Woodie Guthrie songs, Bob Dylan songs, Kingston Trio covers, The Brothers Four , Peter Paul and Mary Songs….Jerry Jeff Walker songs…Anyway, I stuck with it. The hippie scene of Ann Arbor was kinder to my music preference, and it helped at venues like The Ark where I got to open for and play with Arlo Guthrie in 1993. So, folk music has always been my favorite – and the kind of music I enjoy playing the most.
The next morning was the first real day of the camp. We all met to get direction from Art Faller and worked on a group song.

What a blast. I cannot describe to you how much fun it is to have so many voices singing the songs I love so much. Really, I could do it all day.
Part of the program included being divided up into a trio of your very own to work on songs.
My groups’ trio “The Chilly Winds Trio” is made up of myself along with Debbie Pinkney and Jimmie Scanlin.
It is at this time that I simply must thank Paul RyBolt not just for his tireless work with the camp….but for putting together such great trios….more on that in a bit.
Deb, Jimmie and I had exchanged emails and song ideas before rehearsals, and I got a good feeling from their song selections.
We got to rehearse our songs and work up the arrangements together.

It was an absolute gas to work up the arrangements and trying out the harmonies and melodies with the band. Its been a couple of years since I’ve played music with anybody….or for anybody….so I can’t tell you how nice it was to jam with talented people. By the way, Jimmie has the best sounding banjo I’ve ever heard….just so you know.
After lunch, and more rehearsal time, it was time for a snack….and showtime.
Each evening, there are performances. There is an into, and then Tom DeLisle guides the audience throught the musical journey that is the show.

The performances start with a group song

And then the Kingston Trio takes the stage for a few numbers.
Bob Shane then does a set.

And then we move on to performances by individuals with the Kingston Trio….and then Camper Trios as well.
For my performance with the KT, I did my version of “All of the Hard Days are Gone”….a song that I have long loved, but also has special significance for me because it signifies me selling my Park City dental office and once again focusing my dental efforts on the Indian Reservations.

Let me tell you what an honor it was to work up and perform a song with the Kingston Trio. From start to finish, it was a great experience. Bill Zorn has the voice that I’ve always wanted….its big and beautiful with amazing baritone presence and all around style. Rick Dougherty has the kind of voice that I can pick out in a crowd and enjoy because of its strength of tone and sweetness. I’ve got to say that it was super fun kinda’ bringin my version to the rehearsals- its definitely a little different than the standard arrangement….but hey…thats part of playing music. When you added in the input from George Grove and Paul Gabrielson – I think we ended up with a fun version.

Then, it was time for the Chilly Winds to take over.
What an absolute blast it was to play with my band. Jimmie, besides having the best sounding Banjo in the bunch, can hold a stage like no other.

And Debbie’s voice and stage presence just makes you want to sing along.

The remarkable thing about the camp experience is that the focus was on fun and “the music”. While I am super impressed at the talent in each trio….and the delivery and polish of the performances….what absolute warms the heart is the fun that people had on stage. You may not believe me, but it really doesn’t matter if you sing or play an instrument….you’ll have fun. You could get up there and bomb….you could tell jokes….you could have the band carry you through…you could forget your lyrics….it doesn’t matter….it really is all about the fun and the music…and I’ve never in my life been in such an easy going environment with music.
So the show ends for the first night and the next two days are repeats….eat, rehearse, showtime.
Every night there is a little show by the Trio, Bob Shane, The Campers, The Trios….its a blast.
Not that it should matter, but my favorite performance was Don Harrington’s “Barrett’s Privateers”.

I love story songs – and I was right there….I saw it all…I could feel it happening through the song. Wow….magic. When the DVD comes out of camp…you should all buy it simply for that performance.
The person who had the most fun on stage with their trio has got to be John Bowles.

The second night was as fun as the first. Lying awake in bed, I absolutely could not get the songs to turn off. It was amazing – it was exactly like having a walkman plugged in….the voices and instruments were crystal clear. It was great.
The 3rd night’s shows were fun and magical and more of the same. The songs I love to hear….each camper and trio putting their own spin on their songs, Kingston Trio performances, Bob Shane up there, Group Songs. We all wrapped things up with “Old Friends” and “I’m Going Home” which was fun.
I”ve also got to mention how much fun it was to play with Gaylan Taylor, who has incredible musical sense….and talent.
And speaking of talent, the sound crew (Dave Batti and the entire LA crew) really brought out the best and hid the worst in all of us.
After the show and reception I had the privilege to check out the hospitality suites.
For those unaware, the camp/festival has two components to it. The official KT portion involves rehearsing with the band, getting your group songs together, working with your trio, playing for the main crowd…..and there is a Bloodliner contingency and aspect to the camp/festival as well. The participants in the California Bloodlines group are there to play music, enjoy the concerts, perform on the 2nd stage….and overall have a great time – without having the obligation of playing with the Trio or their Group Trio’s.
Its a nice mix….you can jam all day and all night at the “Hostility” Suites (Hostility is what the pronunciation of Hospitality turns into after too much Hospitality) or you can work with the Kingston Trio and play through the big sound system. Or do some combination of the two.
The music in the suites was an extension of the camp. There were loud/rebellious suites with protest songs; there were Kingston Trio suites; There were John Stewart suites.

With nothing terribly pressing on tomorrows schedule…the music went late into the night….and by late, I mean 5 in the morning late.

But with the talent of Fred Grittner on the Mandolin and Ray Duffy on Resonator…..I could have played another 12 hours.
Once again, I hit the sack with 100 songs winding their way through my head.
The next morning I got to spend a little time with Bob Shane.

He wanted to hear my story, and I learned a lot about Martin Guitars from him.

We got to see Josh’s Band as well as the JSB, which all sounded marvelous.

Then we headed back to Utah.
What a great experience. As far as musical engagements go, this has been the top of the heap. Its one thing to see a great show. Its another thing to play with talented people. Then still another to hear versions of the songs you love that others work up as their own. The Kingston Trio/BL Camp was such a wide reaching a deep musical experience, I’m already working on songs for next year. I hope my wife and cat are ready for the rehearsals.
Its not the greatest recording, but let me leave you with Farewell Captain, performed by the Chilly Winds Trio.

Catchup Post 2 of 3 – Kona Launch and Reunion

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Before I continue with the last week of July, lets dust off the events of last week.

As some of you know, the Interbikes trade show in Las Vegas is a chance for bicycle manufacturers and such to gather at a centrally located trade show to do what you do at trade shows. Many years ago, the larger manufacturers decided that it was cheaper to have their “next years” product launch at a private place and simply invite their dealers.
Kona Bicycles is the house brand at Dharma Wheels Cyclery. For those of you who don’t know, a house brand is a product line that a retailer offers to compliment higher priced selections. I’ll give you a great example…’ve heard of Rolex watches? Their house brand from the Rolex factory is Tudor, and they are perfect for those who want a high end swiss watch without paying for a Rolex.
So, at the Dharma Wheels Cyclery, when we get a person who comes in and says “I just can’t swing $7000 for a Turner/Ibis/Moots/Ventana but I still want to buy a bike from your store because you have an excellent reputation”….we go right to Kona.
Kona is the biggest small international bike manufacturer out there….or perhaps the smallest big bike company out there – depending on how you want to see it.
The company is located mostly in the US and Canada, but also has European offices as well. As far as the structure of the business, there are 2 owners, a team of designers, and also support and warranty personal (I don’t want to get into names to respect peoples privacy) as well as dedicated bicycle reps rather than the “hired guns who don’t know shit” that so many companies use.
My customers come to me for Kona bikes for 2 main reasons….1 is the Kona ride. Kona has been making mountain bikes since 1988 and they have always seemed to have a nice ride. Yes, geometries change with the times, but people have always commented on how their past King Kahuna’s or Dawg’s have ridden when they come in for this years bike. #2 is the durability factor. Kona makes race bikes, but one thing that aligns perfectly with the DWC mentality is the fact that a bike should be durable and you should be able to get more than 2 seasons out of a frame if you so choose. On my soapbox here, it really bums me out to see BMC, Scott, Trek, Cannonsnail, Niner, Etc make bikes that I really can’t see people being on in 3 years….perhaps its part of the marketing plan.
So, when people ask me “Why buy a Kona”, I say….for the ride, for the style, and for the durability…..and the people who make up the company are really nice too.
So lets get down to the product launch.
The event happened this year in Bellingham, Washington….which is near the Ferndale WA USA HQ of Kona. After a short flight to check if Mt. Rainier was still there, I landed at SEA-TAC airport.
Then, after a late night shuttle to Bellingham, my Kona Bicycle Rep Willy Warren called me up to invite me to the conference room for some beer.
The first picture he showed me from his camera/phone was of Steve Smith, who departed the morning of the evening I arrived.

“Wow, he’s got his shoes on” was my first response…..which by the way is the calling card to have a penis drawn on your forehead after you pass out.
Steve and I attended Kona Launch last year as you might Remember, but this year, he attended the first session, and I the second.
Oh well, it was nice to check in, meet some Colorado dealers and have a beer before I turned in.
Thursday morning was full of information. Each of the dealer reps got up and introduced their local dealers – I really like that – it shows that they know their shops. Then, the various individuals who make up Kona such as product designers/managers got up and explained to us about the 2014 line.
The big hit this year for me is the Process line of bicycles…..and here is the story. Kona decided to take what they know about bicycles and expand the Process line to be bicycles that are designed without the constraints of wheel size or rear wheel travel for suspension. The result, 3 bikes for enduro riding that have tremendous capability and that signaure Kona feel.
A person who wants a fast Enduro Bike? Process 111 – yes it has 29 in wheels, but its still an enduro bike.

The bike climbs very well and is quite capable on the descents.
A discerning person will ask, how does that bike compare to the Satori? The Satori is a trail bike, the Process 111 is an Enduro bike….look it up on the interwebs.
The all ’rounder for the Process line is the 134. Its a 650B wheel bike that after the design came through, has 134mm of rear wheel travel. This will be my top selling bike up north and down south for 2014.

A bike that climbs well and really flows down hills – with wheels that float over the chatter.
And the biggest bike would be the Process 153. Meant for crushing it on the downhills while still being able to climb respectably.

For a 1 full suspension bike person, this bike still can get you up hill, and man – it rips on the downhill.
One question I can already hear you asking is why Kona decided to go with Rockshox rear shocks over the precious Fox Float CTD. I asked Chris from Kona that very question and the answer was simple. The bikes were designed from the ground up without constraints like wheel size, travel, or shock spec. Based on the design process, the rockshock was the best shock to get that Kona feel. Not to worry, if you simply must have a Kashima coated rear shock….and you can get a fox shock aftermarket and the bike will still ride well. My advice….and you heard it here first….stay with what the designers did….you are not going to outsmart a bicycle designer/engineer.
There were other highlights that were brought up over coffee that Thursday morning. The redesign of the DH race monster, the Operator!

There was much discussion about the evolution of Kona’s suspension designs into the Rocker, Swinger and Beamer platforms, which made me think of 80′s porn…but thats just me.
There was also celebration in seeing the Rove grow the “Freerange” line. Check out the Sutra with its Rove-esque design and 44mm (my favorite) head tube.

As far as Ti goes….and at Dharma Wheels, we love ti…..there is now a Ti Rove

And 650B Explosif Ti to go along with their Steel beast

One of the areas that I”m particularly excited about is Kona’s road line. For years, customers have been saying – “You make great mountain bikes….make us a great road bike”. So they did. The Zone series is exactly what people should be looking for in a road bike. So many bike companies out there want to cram 100% of racing down your throat…and what do you get….a stiff bike with 23C tires that is fun to ride…but not that fun.
The Zone takes 85% of what makes race bikes great (like Dedacciai tubing and a competative geometry) but blends it with that Kona ride…and some features that make the bike unique.

Want to run 28C tires….you can…Fenders….you can…don’t want to show fender eyelets?….plug them up for that sleek look. Anyway, the Zone series is fast enough for a Cat III race, but comfortable for a Grand Fondo or Century ride no problem.
As far as design highlights go from the information session, those are my main points. Kona impresses me with the thought that they’ve put into their models, and their devotion to producing a high quality product. Customers sometimes complain about how all bikes are made the same in some factory in China or Taiwan. And what I can tell you from multiple fabricator resources is that things are changing. Some of these bike companies, like Kona, have been doing business overseas for almost 20 years….the bicycle fabrication industry is taking on its own identity and we’re starting to see 2nd generation frame builders who do a spectacular job pushing out high quality bikes with pride. These people are taking trips to see Kona in the States and Canada…there is a deep bond that has formed….and its beautiful to hear about.
So then we had lunch and went to Lake Padden for some bicycle riding.
The first machine that I took was the fat Tired Wo…..named for the arch villan from Hawaii 5-0…or renamed for the carpet pisser in the Big Labowski…anyway, it rode great.

Then Willy Warren saddled me up on a Cross Racers dream, the Super Jake.

So we did what my favorite thing is to do on cross bikes…we rode singletrack.

The Super Jake is really a nice cross bike. Obviously, its what the Kona race team uses in their cross crushing pursuits…but in terms of a nice feeling bike….its in there.

So I get back and Barry suggests a ride with one of the owners, Jake…..and the man himself, Dr. Dew.

What an excellent idea….so we all pedal down to Lake Samish.

It was a lovely ride

We told stories, learned about each others histories in the bicycle industry…and in general had a great ride.
After a quick shower, it was time to visit the Kona USA HQ.

Before I show you pictures of the pump track and horseshoe pit…let me remind you that there is a work area where the nuts and bolts of the day to day business get done.
And yes, for Friday afternoons when things might be slow, they have a horseshoe pit and pump track.

After a delicious catered meal, it was time for the evening’s entertainment….the crapper pull.

Head to head competition, single elimination and a blast to boot.
After the champion was crowned, we headed back to the hotel where I decided to call it a night.
The following day was a similar format. The morning session focused on getting input from dealers about what they and their customers want to see from Kona bikes. So when I tell my customers, I”ll take your ideas to my vendors….this is what I mean.
There were some excellent questions asked and points answered. I held mine about the re-release of a Ducati bicycle…

Each dealer met with their rep, the credit dept, warranty, etc….Kona made sure that they took good care of you. Then it was lunch and back to Lake Padden for more riding.
BTW, it was a pleasure to see Kevin LaRoe from the bike shop I appretinced at….Wheels in Motion.

So, off we went for a ride.

Once again, I decided to take the cyclocross bike for a spin on the single tracks.

Where I found 2 co-eds who told me I simply must take a dip in the lake.

And who am I to argue with the future of America? so after a dip it was time to ride with Opie, the Belle of Bellingham.

Who wanted us to compare middle fingers for Captain Dave.
Once again, after a quick shower, the group was bussed to the Bellingham Harbour, where we got to fly kites, play one handed drinking games….and eat delicious food

At around 10, the last bus departed back for the hotel….and a choice became clear….leave on the bus for a restful nights sleep – or go on the bar crawl – into the unknown.
I asked Barry what he thought I should do……”The Bar Crawl” he laughed….

Then I asked Dick “in the wool Kona jersey”…….”Bar Crawl” he replied.

Then I asked the Colorado crew……”Fucking bar crawl!” they replied

Then I asked this guy, who answered with an interpretive move…

Well, Ian has many good ideas (the Rove) being one of them, so we got ready to depart.

The first bar that we went to looked like this…..with Willy at the helm

I struck up a conversation with two attorneys who kept buying me rounds of whisky as a “professional” courtesy.
Lovely people….and it became clear to me that I would get to witness the wheels falling off the proverbial bus in no time flat.
At the next bar, we ordered deep fried food to compensate for the cheap beer and cleaning products we’d been drinking thus far.

Then after one more stop, we closed down the town and wandered home through the moist, Pacific Northwestern Night.

For me, the next morning was spent at the coffee house, catching up on orders, drinking delicious coffees and hoping I didn’t make too much of a fool out of myself the night before. A heartfelt thanks to Kona for including our shop in the Product Launch/Family Reunion. It was a great time, and I feel up to date on the 2014 products that will make my customers very happy.

Catch Up Post 1 of 3….RAGBRAI, SW Tour, ETC

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Busy times here at Dharma HQ…

There is so much good info to share, I”d like to do that even though its a few weeks behind.

Lets start with a quote…

When I ride bikes, I don’t think about problems, or what people think of me or even what I think of myself. I’m just there and that’s pretty alright. A bit of scotch doesn’t hurt either.

We’ll begin with talking about the last full week of July.
That Ladies and Gentlemen can only mean one thing….R.A.G.B.R.A.I
This year, Our very own Chris Haerter flew the colors as he ate and drank his way across Iowa.

The towns were rockin’

And it appears that beverages were consumed.

Looks like a good time indeed.

The usual ragbrai crew did not do ragbrai this year. Team Evil/Marley/Team Assclown went to WA….to tour. Alas, I could not make it…
I give you….the crew.

the clown

JRo rocking the Dharma Wheels Cycling cap.

And some hanging out in Bellingham

I’ll leave you with a pic of BRose.

I’d also like to note that the riding around here was wonderful…Here is a pic of Guy’s Sultan

Isn’t that just beautiful….
Its been brought to my attention that Leadville happened yesterday….Other than seeing friends facebook results, I have no idea how it went…..
Same with The Tour of Utah.

I’ve been in Washington for the past little bit, but you’ll hear about that tomorrow…

Summer Vacation….part 1.

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Well, while you are all thinking about that jersey order, with one day to go (link HERE). Let me tell you what I did at the end of August.
Its a 2 part story….so here is part one.
So I had to go back to Arizona for two reasons….One – I had meetings with the Indian Health Service and I signed on for Kingston Trio Band Camp.
Well, if I have to get from Santa Clara to Phoenix, you might as well go through Flagstaff, where many of you know that I used to live.
So we packed up the queen family truckster on Sunday and headed across the Navajo Nation to Flagtopia.
When in town, I really do like staying at the Hotel Monte Vista. Its right down town, many of the suites are named for famous people who stayed there….and in general….its my kind of place.

We stayed in the REM room.

One thing about the Monte V….they care about your liver.

In stark contrasts to my previous visits, this time around the weather was less than ideal with thunderheads bubbling up before noon each day. Being the desert rat I am, I run screaming at the first sign of a thunderhead, so we spent some time walking the town and looking at how things have changed.
Some businesses have moved….some have closed their doors. AZ bikes has moved. Mart Anne’s has closed. Late for the Train has moved.
After a lovely dinner at the Weatherford, where I’m pretty sure fellow Dentist Zane Grey got drunk a lot as he wrote great American Western Novels, we hit the sack. Here is the downtowns.

Yup, just like yesterday….or 13 years ago.
Flagstaff reminds me a little of Ann Arbor. I”ve always liked the cruisers and townies. Here is my favorite from the trip.

Well, after walking around a bit and watching the trains go by, it was time to go to Mia’s…..where I think I attended many rockin’ shows.

And after Mia’s, it was time to check in at the Pay and Take.

And then finally, we held court at the Monte V.

It was blues night on Monday and they had a great blues band from Winslow. The lead singer got up and said “Who here is from Winslow?” I almost yelled out….because I used to live there too….Anyway, Vinnie cashed us out and it was time to sleep.
Well, if Mart Anne’s is closed….it time for the Diner!

And after an excellent meal, it was time to go see Steve Garro…..frame fabricator and owner of Coconino Cycles.
Here is the workshop…

And here is the man himself…

I’ve always valued Steve’s opinion when it comes to the business matters and this trip proved to be no different. We talked about owning shops and the definition of quality. By the way, I love Steve’s blog….it starts out with “Hi, I”m Steve, and I make the best bikes I can….etc.” He does, when you see the hours of filing and finishing that go into each frame – all I can say is dear friends….its the definition of passion.
Well, the thunder was clapping so I went to Sedona to ride.

The trail systems have improved greatly over the years.

And the routes are well marked

The scenery is beautiful – reminds me a little of Santa Clara…

The Navajo Sandstone makes for some very fun riding singletrack.

You all know how much I like yuccas….we’ve got this kind in our yard….it lives for about 25 years…then throws up a shoot with seeds with its death throws energy…..then dies.

So after a few hours on the trail, it was time to check into Scottsdale.
Stay tuned for the next installment….you won’t believe your eyes or ears.

The Dharma Wheels Cyclery….Official Jersey post.

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Its been a wonderful past week or so friends. And I’ll have exciting photos, sound bites and more for you on Sunday….but until then…the only topic we should discuss is bicycle jerseys. Because the ordering window shuts down on August 5th…so you basically have the weekend to decide just how good you want to look.

Specifically, the 2013/14/15 Dharma Wheels Cyclery team order. So here it goes.

First, let me show you the jersey.

Then, let me give you the ordering link…
or if you want to see it….

And now for some rules and regulations.

The jersey order is open to everybody. It is my belief that quite a special group have come together over the years to collectively fly the Dharma Wheels flag and you know who you are. You also have my trust to extend the family circle and use your judgement to reach out and offer the gift of sexiness to people that YOU believe would carry on the integrity and dedication that we all possess.

Local people, this is your chance to show your support for Park City and Santa Clara….special places that offer us all so much recreation and happiness.
Non-local people – this is your chance to support a town that you believe in – to have a little bit of ownership in what goes on here.

All people – I’ve never seen a jersey with such high end sponsors. Please take advantage of my almost 25 years in the industry and get yourself aligned with companies like Moots, Independent Fabrication, Turner, Ibis, Ventana, Chris King, Enve, Fox, Shimano, Sram.

The process…..

Voler is making our jerseys and making the process simple, but expensive. I recommend the following for your selections.
1st, know your size. Voler has size tables that are accurate and my feeling is that their line fits true to form – both mens and womens. Then browse the goods to see what you want….here are the most commonly ordered items/etc.

Short sleeve jersey. This is the gold standard. I like the genesis fabric and the race cut….the club cut is more relaxed if you need. let me recommend the full zip option to look super-pro.
Sleeveless jersey – nice to have when its super hot.
Long sleeve jersey – there are two types from Voler. The Geotherm is thick and wonderful to nordic ski in (or ride in when its rather cold)….otherwise, the long sleeve race raglan jersey is the long sleeve version of the short sleeve jersey.
Thermal Jacket – This was the sleeper of the last order. The thermal jacket is everybody’s favorite piece of cold weather gear. It is amazingly warm and breathable. PERFECT for cold nordic days and if you snow bike at all…’ll wear this every time. This was the #1 item people WISHED they ordered last time around. Sized the same as your jersey – they make it a little bigger to accommodate layers.
Freeride Jersey – also a cool piece that people under ordered last time. These run big to accommodate pads underneath….I’m a XL if I pad up or I wear a Medium if its social hour at the no name saloon.
Shorts and Bib Shorts – Voler makes some of the nicest shorts you can buy. My favorite pad is the Triton, but you’ll have options at check out.

When you sign in to Voler, they will create a little account for you. You shop, select, pay…..and then guess what….the items ship right to your door.
As far as minimums go, We have enough people already for short sleeve jerseys and shorts/bibs… lets get on it and not leave the thermal jacket people hung out to dry!

And let me wrap up a thought on price and quality. Voler stuff is expensive. VERY expensive. I know. The quality is also unmatched. I have hundreds of cycling jerseys that I’ve purchased over the years and let me say that the Voler stuff has weathered the years the best. Our shop sells the best bicycles and components we can…..of course we’ll offer the finest jerseys possible.

So pass the word. Even if its just a jersey and shorts…..pass it on. Its been two years since our last order…..and I’m guessing it’ll be 2 years before the next order.
Plan accordingly.
That is all.