Lets get down to brass tacks here.
Much has happened in the world since the last post….a month ago.
Lots always happens.
Here is a great pic that was sent in that really reminds me of late summer bikepacking trips.
Speaking of late Summer, here is some late Summer snow seen at the lift service DH runs in Montana.
Montana is where people go if Utah is too populated for them….and there are more people in the county where Detroit is located than the entire state of Utah…at least there was in 2001.
Speaking of states, some customers in Colorado sent this in….evidently people are stealing the “Colorado 420″ sign…..so now there’s this.
Back to Utah, here is one of our own getting rather rad.
Here is a great shot of Jim from Vecchio‘s, which is now my favorite shop in Denver [sic], because Salvagetti is going down.
Its a tough world out there in retail. The solution is to stay flexible and to provide services your customers need. For example, we’ve been really curbing our sales….not that we had huge numbers in the past….but focusing on service is where we started, and what we’re most comfortable doing.
Plus, as Jim will tell you, people that order handbuilt wheels are some of the most fun customers you’ll have.
Captain Dave got married…and how hungover do you have to be to not be able to get off the lawn for the ceremony?
Getting on to the most professional of news, Turner has unveiled their RFX, which of course looks sweet!
And rides nicely as well…..They will be at the big dance, known to all as Interbike….and I’m sure that their booth will be packed with shop rats who want to ride a bike they have no intention of purchasing unless they can get it at 65% off (like a Giant, Cannondale, Specialized, Trek, Santa Cruz, Niner, Insert your housebrand bike here, et. al). Anyway, thats cool and its part of the biz, so it is what it is. Most people go to Outdoor Demo to ride bikes….I go to hear people who have never picked up a torch tell frame manufacturers how their bikes should be designed……Its pure magic.
One of those people so has their nose to the grindstone every day is Steve of Coconino…and here is one of his bikes that he makes with his own two hands.
And when you think custom fab, you should think of these bits and pieces from Hoss Rogers.
Alright, thats all I have, see you at Interbike.
And don’t forget…
Lets get down to brass tacks here.
The cycling world was turned upside down recently with the untimely death of Will Olson.
Will was a Colorado mountain town guy. Actually worked for a living and rode a ton. He loved the mountains and loved snowboarding in the winter and trail riding in the summer. Will supported local enduro events and had a Strava alias. Anyway, he was one of the good ones and he perished doing exactly what he loved.
Lets move on to more uplifting topics…..shall we.
I was sent THIS link from my friend the Angry Asian about the custom bicycle world….since that is what we do.
I get asked this quesiton all the time and I can boil it down a little bit for you. There are many fine choices of house brand bicycles out there, and many are color coordinated and fancy looking….because those companies have project managers who are somewhat passionate. Thats cool. Tag Heuer makes watches and they are good.
Custom/Boutique bicycles are of higher quality and its really only the owner who can appreciate that. Yes, the frames are straighter and more durable….and that is a measurable difference but a custom paint job on a Turner is also sexy and unique….same with custom decals on a set of Enve wheels.
So really, the customer is at the center of the storm on this one. Do you want a Tag Heuer or do you want a Rolex?
The Tour of Utah is going down and what is going up is this group of Park City people climbing up to Guardsmans pass to see the Empire climb.
Also in Park City is this wall ride, sent in by pro rider and all around nice guy Eric Porter.
Also in cool Utah pictures was this shot captured by Nick Van Dine as he flew over Zion.
In other cool bike shot news, I’d like to show you this pic that Hoss Rogers sent me from PHX…..deep vintage custom.
For some reason this bike makes me think of BeetleJuice
This beautiful pic is from Opie, who hopped a train north to Canadia and then rode home to WA…..you can do that you know?
Here is Julian in the Specialized wind tunnel. I’d bet ten dollars that this is the first and last time they’ve ever had beer in that tunnel.
Well, let me leave you with more pictures of RAGBRAI and follow up tours….because they are so good.
Yes, that is Sturgis my friends.
Its Sunday evening, and the RAGBRAI is over.
With the advent of social media, its been fun to follow. But let me tell you friends….its more fun to do…..even the hot steaming porta-potty baking in the Iowa sun…..its really the best. Click on the galleries…..and feel the love.
Here are some pictures from around the Wasatch range.
Here is the top of Baldy…
And just downhill from Baldy is Deer Valley’s newest and biggest berm, Tital Wave.
Closer to Old Town, Matt sent in this pic.
Its hot in southern Utah, but here is a pic from the Southwest.
Outside of the great state of Utah, here is Kevin rocking the trails of my birth state, Michigan.
As we get into August, the nights will get cooler and we’ll start to be thinking of snow bikes and ski season.
I’ll leave you all with this nice pic I was sent about riding with “buddy”.
The past little bit has had a great deal of happiness and sadness in it.
Its not what I want to report, but its the truth – Andy Wright was killed in a motorcycle crash last week.
Let me tell you about Andy. He and his business partner started up BTI, which is a wholesaler of bicycle parts for bicycle shops. Andy and Preston started their business out of a garage. And they were the first distributor that the Dharma Wheels Cyclery had an account with back when the shop was operating out of a health club spin bike room. Andy was the kind of guy that believed in the small business side of the bicycle industry. He valued his employees, he valued the bicycle shops that had accounts, and he loved people who rode bicycles. Anyway, go out there and have a ride for Andy. Then go and support your local bike shop.
In other sad news, I’m sure that you’ve heard about the shooting at the recruiting station in TN. Very sad once again.
On happier topics, there is much new in the bicycle world.
The greatest tour in the world is happening right this very second. RAGBRAI is going down. I’ve said it before, and I”ll say it again…..if you do one tour in your lifetime, do RAGBRAI….its the best and there is absolutely nothing like it.
Kona has unveiled their 2016 lineup.
My favorite….today….is the Roadhouse
Let me tell you what is great about Kona. Its that they are a great bike company. Not too small….not too big…..great riding bikes, durable, stylish, well appointed. Timeless. In the years that we’ve carried them, they have NEVER let us down……never…..and I’m a picky person. All 2015 enduro bikes that they produced have sold….no closeouts and no “racing to the bottom” (read Santa Cruz, and did you hear Marzocchi is going to shut down?).
Great job Kona people….you really are a great company and I”m proud to be a dealer.
And in other fabrication news, it was fun to see,hear.view the Sycip brothers along with Chris King himself visiting Curt in Napa for a Cielo frame building session.
You know that when those people get together, there is good food, good wine, good friends, and good times.
I got a pic of this beautiful mountain cruiser built by Steve Garro at Coconino.
And I simply must share this from Jim at Vecchio‘s entitled “Voiding warranties since 1998″
Funny, right? just like this…
In Park City, there are two seasons….Winter, and July.
Its summertime, and the livin’ is easy.
I’d like to start off with the heavy music news that fellow musician and person I’ve shared the stage with, Eddie Spaghetti has been diagnosed with Cancer. Rather than go into details, let me say this…the Supersuckers are a fun band and sharing the stage with them has always been a pleasure. Eddie knows music and he’s one of the best at picking just the right song for the right moment. Click on the link, support the band, and rock on.
Lets move on to bicycle riding and events.
Here is Kevin rocking the trails of lower Michigan….like a boss.
Along with aliens, there have also been rogue Igleheart frame sightings.
That is a long way from Portland….which is just a street in MPLS.
St George, Utah is also a long way from the land of 10,000 lakes, but it does have palm trees, which Bryce has photographed here.
Closer to home, Adam sent this in from a trail recon sesh.
Can you believe I just typed sesh. Well, what I can believe is that Cris broke his plastacular Cannondale.
What do you think….if you were Cannondale, would you warranty it? A trail CRUSHER who beats the shit out of their bike EVERY time they ride? Speaking of Crushing, the Crusher in the Tusher was this past weekend. Only video postings were available, so I have no pics.
Thats okay, because I have pics of Bear and Capt. Dave.
Yes indeed, RAGBRAI is approaching (its the last full week of July) and it will be glorious.
And with that, get out there, support your local shop in some way, and get rad.
The start of July has so much associated with it. On my mind because of Independence Day is the Ride to Recovery European edition.
Here is a quote to begin the motivation…
“I don’t want to be who I was, I want to be better. Stop taking your pain and giving up, stop taking your pain and saying, this is why I can’t do what I want to do… have your pain push you to greatness. Make it help you. Actually succeed through your struggle, don’t give up because of it.”
R2R is a non profit that gets wounded Service Persons on bicycles. For many of these people, bicycles have never been on their radar and being on one puts them outside of their comfort zone. Riding a handcycle is a royal pain in the ass – but you work with what you got….and you rely on your friends.
One day, when I win the lottery, I”m going to buy push bars for every handcycle and recumbant.
I’d like to show you an example of the kind of adaptive bicycle our shop does. When you have your left arm blown off, an adaptive way to ride a bike is to have all shifting and braking done with the right hand and to put a stabilizer attachment to the shoulder with the missing arm. Its pretty comfortable for about 30 miles or so.
And here is a dialed in double lower setup.
And speaking of adaptive bicycles, here is a BEAUTIFUL custom by the one and only Don Walker.
In local news, my favorite event has come and gone, the Savor the Summit – where they line up a long dinner table down mainstreet Park City. Here is Randy dancing on the tables.
Its hot as ballz in Phoenix right now, but that doesn’t stop the dress up for the Friday Ride. Well done Hoss.
And last and least, RAGBRAI is the last full week of this month.
Summer is here in the Rocky Mountains and you know what that means, right? Deer Valley opens this weekend. The Canyons as well.
And you can bet Doug will be there.
Working, I bet.
Here is another Park City pic from a hard working man on a Moots Single Speed.
Matt from WAG.
Chris send in this pic from further up the same trail.
Further east, in Colorado, Ride the Rockies is happening. Here is an account of day 1.
Also in Colorado, they’ve been shoveling late season snow in Leadville for the trail race.
Also in CO, the annual “Drag Race” happened last weekend.
Funny stuff right there.
My friends in AZ sent me a wonderful pic of a training ride on Route 66.
And speaking of Route 66, check out this custom paint on a Coconino.
I’ve got a 95 Schwinn with the same color scheme at my brothers house in Detroit.
Speaking of Michigan, there was quite a party up north last weekend….I was sent this pic, which I love because of the Stein Erikson sign. As some of you may know, I used to race for Stein Sport during my early time here in Utah. And in Stein’s earlier times, he was the director of skiing at Boyne in MI.
And just in case you were wondering, Stein is happy, healthy and enjoying his eighth decade nicely.
A Michigan friend of mine sent me this retro-style pic. I remember a few years long long ago when people would do anything to remove things that said Shimano from their bicycles. This was one of the options.
In fun news, the Marin museum of bicycling has opened. Link HERE.
I’ll close the pics with a beautiful pic of Utah.
In shop news, things are busy. Customs ordered in the winter are arriving….wheels as well. We’ve got some adaptive bicycles in the build cue and fork/shock service is at the next day or two level (assuming we have the rebuild kits in stock). Hope everybody is riding and smiling.
Its been brought to my attention that Ronnie Gilbert (of the Weavers) has merged with the universe.
You can also read about it HERE.
Her voice will be missed, and her spirit will live on.
Lets shimmy on into cycling things – shall we?
Million time World Champion Greg Minnaar has won another race…with ENVE DH rims – just sayin’.
Here is a pic from Big Al (of Big Al’s bike Heaven) in Crested Butte – where the trails are opening up nicely.
I’d like to announce and endorse Bar Fly Bags (here).
Locally designed and fabricated bags from a rider who loves bicycles.
As you can imagine, this concept is near and dear to my heart because that is exactly what Dharma Wheels is.
Anyway, check out the link and buy some bags.
Here is a beautiful picture of Southern Utah.
And Zion National Park
And a magical pic of the Grand Canyon in AZ.
Speaking of magic and AZ, here is my boy Lance putting the hurt on the big dogs.
Speaking of AZ, lets take a look at some custom paint and steelwork from our friends at Coconino Cycles.
Thats about it for this week. Go out and ride your bike. Support your local bike shop. Support you non-local bike shop.
Its been wet in the Utah area for the past couple of weeks….This weekend seems to be a lot drier. Here is a view from the Crest trail today.
Moving along to Salt Lake trails, here is the fabulous Ali G digging in the dirt on a SLC trail.
This is from about the Mid Mountain area.
Down south, the conditions are perfect.
Speaking of perfect, it was a perfect day last weekend for the Ride 2 Recovery ride in DC, and our SECDEF Dr. Carter was out there to give high fives to the riders. One of the reasons why it takes so long to get your bike done at our shop is because we do adaptive and non-adaptive projects for R2R. Those riders have always received command seating at our shop….and as a long as I’m in charge – that will not change.
Summer time is the right time for bicycle touring, and many of our customers are out there putting miles in.
On the national events calandar, Outerbike Whistler is next weekend, and I highly recommend attending.
National Trails day is also on Saturday.
Get out there and support the trails you ride. Nothing is more satisfying than riding the trails that you have put hard work into forming. They will be there long after you are gone with your stamp on it.
Its Memorial day weekend and yes, you are free. You are free because of the sacrifices of others. Celebrate that. I don’t get bent when people confuse Veterans Day and Memorial day – I say celebrate it all.
I’ll always remember the code talkers….and having the privilege to work on some of them in Winslow – they will always be my favorites.
Here is a pic from Camp Pendleton.
Lets throw a modern Navy pic in there.
Lets get on to some bike pics. We’ve had some rain in Utah, and kudos to the trail crews for fixing up some blown up lines.
Here is a picture of a Czar on the Park City trails.
And speaking custom bike, look at this custom Moots 650B
And the Yendrabuilt Bootlegger carrying cargo “more precious than beer”.
I think custom frame builder Dario Pegoretti would approve.
Have a fun a safe Memorial Day out there. Go clean the grave of a Veteran…..or thank a Veteran if you choose.