Archive for July, 2017

Handbuilt Show Photos

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Some days you just feel like your running around with a bag on your head.

Some days you feel like a king.

Pictures courtesy of Crawling Spider Photography
Because really, instead of enjoying the pictures on this blog, you should be buying something from Bryce.
Its that time of year in Park City where people start dreaming about their next custom bike.
There has been much discussion in shops online regarding the value of high end bicycles since there are so many “house brands” that ride quite nicely.
We’ve had the same opinion for at Dharma Wheels for many years. Boutique brands and custom bikes are timeless. Think about it. If you buy a 142 rear spaced bike with Chris King hubs, so what if the industry goes BOOST because you’ll have top notch hubs that can be built into any rim of your choice for years to come. If that bike is full suspension, the hubs will outlast the frame pivots.
Is that 142 bike going to ride poorly? I think not. People tend to follow trends with less expensive bikes. We still see 26″ wheeled Turners and Ibis’ that people love. I ride old skis that have been brushed a million times and glide like the wind.
As far as the custom process goes, I’d like to share this from my man Carl Strong.

And speaking of Carl and the wonderful bikecycles he manufactures, lets talk about the Handbuilt Bike show.

How great was it that the pinnacle of hand built goodness came to Salt Lake in March? Right?
Look, master Chef and good friend Chris King put a hub in a whisky bottle!

Even more exciting was Paul Price, and his array of CNC’d goodness.
No idea why some of these pictures show up sideways.

Tim from Mountain Velo, of coursse, made the event and we chatted about Iron Maiden and custom geometries.
I had no fewer than 3 people from Portland offer to buy my Team Evil shirt off my back… even offered $66.60
Evil is dead – long live the Black Train of Death.

This reminds me that RAGBRAI is almost upon us…..good times.

I mentioned to Anna and Sycip that we should pose for Stevil, and instantly we all did this.

With that, you may ask what my favorite frame was, its show creator Don Walker‘s tandem – and by the way – if you order a track bike or tandem – you go to the front of his build que.

With that, I’ll conclude with the fact that it was amazing to see so many custom bicycle people flock to the show. Builders met customers and it was beautiful. Our shop acts as the middle man – we match, or if you will, act as road manager between customer and fabricator.
Because its a pretty precise business.

Happy 4th!

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Well Happy 4th of July Everybody!

Other than hanging around in the Mojave Desert in my Nudie Suit looking for UFO’s and the spirit of Gram Parsons, My darling life partner and I attended the spectacular 4th of July Parade of Park City.

You will see in this perfectly timed picture taken by the Kimstress – my Neighbor, Coach Dar, as well as Paul – both wearing time period wigs and tailed jackets along with yours truly. Boom – all that in one pic….thats why she’s an engineer.
The 4th of July parade is a great time for the town, but also a time for the good people of Los Angeles/San Diego Salt Lake to hooch themselves up and day drink like they were going to the playboy mansion or some orgy in the Hollywood Hills that picks their guests from photo submissions.

Not that there is anything wrong with that, its just funny from the guy who started out doing dentures for cowboys and farmers in Summit Co. 16 years ago.
Anyway, the parade was a blast and I was very impressed to see many Airstreams rolling down mainstreet courtesy of Gene at VAR.
You know me, I’m a sucker for the silver bullet.

Chris McNally is as well – here he captures Scots’ “Silver Twinkie”

Airstreams, boutique bikes and buddies – pretty cool right?
Chris does all the artwork for the Ibis instruction manuals and shipping boxes – just one more little thing that high end companies do to make their products special.

The trails were riding nicely and the finest bike fitter in town, Tim of Mountain Velo snapped a pic of an old signpost that some naughty rider tagged with our shop sticker. Princess Di was the “official” shop trail being that it was closest to our front doors. I ask people all the time how the traffic is out there in the past 5 years I don’t think any two people have been on the trail at the same time – so there it is you think the Crest or Flying Dog is a superhighway.

This reminds me of a similar sign post sent to me by Gullo, the “Mayor” of my former home of Flagstaff.

In exceptional photo contributions, let me share this custom build we did for Adam O, right at home in the mountains.

And there is this beautiful Big Fat dummy all decked out for trail work.

Sorry to take a somewhat sad turn, but a fond adieu to Wild Rose, a fellow Kona and Ibis dealer and one of my favorite shops in Salt Lake. This weekend was their last.

I know, its easy to place blame.

But take a look at this gem passed on to me by Dirt Rag founder Maurice…..if you want to know why I own a shop – its because this is how it used to be.

Well, you ca never go home.
Vecchios is still a great shop and they had Lance Armstrong over to chat about the tour.

Take a listen. HERE. That’s all I got – enjoy.