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2010 And Beyond

8 Jan

I tried really hard to take a month off from posting anything on the interweb.   I guess I cheated if you count tweeting and facebook.  I thought it would be cleansing and renewing but its left me feeling slightly constipated instead.

2009 is over and all I have to say about that is if you haven’t seen District 9 well, then, you really haven’t finished your 2009. Seriously, you need to see that movie before 2010 can officially start.

Twenty Ten has a nice ring to it so I’d like to make it extra special. I’m still trying to figure out the details but have a few things on my mind. For one, I plan on becoming a triathlete in 2010. Not your normal triathlete mind you. I think there are a few too many geeks in triathlon *edit-none that I know of course* and pretty much zero dorks so I am committing to becoming a triathlon dork in 2010. I addition to racing triathlons on a single speed I plan on bringing back the Speedo. Triathlon just hasn’t been the same since men stopped wearing the Speedo. And really, who needs goggles for the swim?

Back to my real passion, mountain biking. I plan on doing a handful of ICUP’s and I’ll throw in as many 12 hour and 100 milers as possible. 12 Hours of Mesa Verde sounds cool as well as the 12 hous of Temecula.  My focus for 2010 will be the Butte 100 with my final push of the season being the Park City Point 2 Point, 2 of the best races anywhere! If I’m flush and feeling good I may try to do La Ruta, I’ve dreamt about that one for years.

You’ll notice I didn’t mention anything about 24 hour races or Leadville.  Until they figure out how to get rid of the riding between 12 am and 6 am I am protesting 24 hour races and I can pay for most of the years entry fees for what they want at Leadville this year.

Yes, 2010 will be a good year.  See you on the trails and on the road and maybe in the pool…nah, not the pool.

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Ladies Night

3 Feb

I’m not a lady but if I was I’d be here on Thursday night. Actually, I’ll be there anyway.

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Tori with Trek’s Womens Specific Design will be at Salt Lake City Bicycle for the evening to discuss women’s cycling. Topics will include: bicycle maintenance, bicycle fit, fitness etc.

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I hear there will be treats and a few circus acts.  Be there or be elsewhere, just be.

Bike, Not A Bike

24 Sep

When is a bike not a bike?

When Brent says it’s not, that’s when.

All of the following contraptions, er, bikes have been in the shop recently but only one of them elicited the response, “that’s not a bike” from Brent.

Since Brent has worked around bikes and bike shops longer than anyone I know I am going to defer to him as the authority on bikes. If I were a trial lawyer and needed an expert witness on bikes I’d call Brent.

Which is not a bike?

The first person to guess correctly gets a free can of CarboRocket.

Lance Is Back?

11 Sep

Whatever.

He stopped by the shop today to check things out, help with the grand opening and make good on some bad bets. Sure, his head is bigger than ever, brimming with confidence but does he look like he’s ready to race professionally again?

I say it’s a bold move on his part and maybe a way to motivate himself to ride again but I have my doubts.

I gotta hand it to him he does look sincere if not pensive. Maybe he’s serious.

SLC Bicycle

9 Sep

I’ve been struggling with a way to introduce SLC Bicycle, looking for an angle if you will. I decided that I’ve been over thinking it and just need to start writing.

Since we’ve been open for 8 weeks this isn’t really new news to anyone but in case you haven’t stopped by the shop here are some pics to get you up to speed quickly.

If you are scratching your head right now I must explain that I started working with Brent Hulme here at SLC Bicycle about 9 weeks ago in order to stop the mortgage industry from blackening my soul any further.

I’ve known Brent for probably 14 years or so and I don’t know anyone who lives, breathes, sleeps and eats bikes like Brent.

I’m still very loosely involved with mortgages and only cherry pick. If you are a cherry you can still call me.

Behold, the coolest building in downtown SLC that just happens to house the coolest bike shop in Salt Lake City. The upper two stories are studio apartments that are completely solar powered. I hear the average utility bill is $8 a month.

Our crew of illegal 12 year old ace mechanics, I fear for whoever buys that tandem.

Our loyal customers. Hey, what is Mark buying that makes him smile?

Some of our customers ride bikes like this and yes we have the parts to keep them going. Have I mentioned that I love being downtown?

Can anyone shed some light on the Ride Club? If you want to catch a glimpse of this seldom seen, super secret bike club we have a couple of their members at SLC Bicycle. One of them goes by the name Troy Michaud and has got to be one of the best bike mechanics in the biz and the other one goes by the name Brent and claims to be the owner of SLC Bicycle.I can’t get any info out of either of them. They have taken vows of silence, have secret handshakes and wear the ugliest jersey’s you’ve ever seen. And apparently they like to rodeo.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday is our Grand Opening. Come by and say hello and if you promise not to tell Brent I’ll let you take the Swobo Folsom out for a powerslide session.


I’m In Debt

23 Jul

Debt will make you do desperate things, like respond to being being tagged. Under normal circumstances I would never respond to a game of tag but when you are in the red as much as I am with Elden (he does my laundry and takes me to lunch once a week) you are left with no choice. And besides, who wants to be a leper?

I violated one of my own self-imposed blogging rules for this post. I can barely write more than 4 paragraphs in a single post let alone read that many paragraphs. I barely made it through Elden’s entry. So, I’ll try to keep my answers to a minimum just in case I decide to ever re-read this post.

If you could have any one — and only one — bike in the world, what would it be?

Got it. Vassago Jabberwocky.

Do you already have that coveted dream bike? If so, is it everything you hoped it would be? If not, are you working toward getting it? If you’re not working toward getting it, why not?

What? I just told you.

If you had to choose one — and only one — bike route to do every day for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?

Gooseberry Mesa.

What kind of sick person would force another person to ride one and only one bike ride to to do for the rest of her / his life?

A creditor.

Do you ride both road and mountain bikes? If both, which do you prefer and why? If only one or the other, why are you so narrowminded?

Ride both, prefer mountain. Being narrow minded makes life so much easier.

Have you ever ridden a recumbent? If so, why? If not, describe the circumstances under which you would ride a recumbent.

No. I’d love to try one out if given the chance.

Have you ever raced a triathlon? If so, have you also ever tried strangling yourself with dental floss?

Yes. No. I was once the very last person out of the water. Forgetting your goggles will do that.

Suppose you were forced to either give up ice cream or bicycles for the rest of your life. Which would you give up, and why?

Ice cream. I never eat it anyway, how do you think I maintain my girlish figure?

What is a question you think this questionnaire should have asked, but has not? Also, answer it.

Why are roadies more uptight and serious than mountain bikers? They don’t get to ride in the mud as often as mountain bikers.

You’re riding your bike in the wilderness (if you’re a roadie, you’re on a road, but otherwise the surroundings are quite wilderness-like) and you see a bear. The bear sees you. What do you do?

Make sure Elden is between me and the bear.

Now, tag three biking bloggers. List them below.

Speed Dork

6 Jun

It scares me. Going fast freaks me out. OK, going fast on a road bike freaks me out, the mountain bike not so much. I’m usually the last one out of the canyon on a road ride.

I actually ended up selling a cool old motorcycle (68′ Yamaha BearCat) I had because I constantly found myself going 20 MPH on the shoulder of the road and felt like a threat to myself and those around me.

Anyway, I hadn’t been on my road bike in nearly 3 months. It just hasn’t sounded fun. As a matter of fact I’ve been doing easy spin recovery days on my mountain bike on the road. I needed to get out today after missing some days this week because of weather and the Jabberwocky had a couple goat heads from the Draper race so I hopped on my road bike.

The first thing I noticed is that I felt like a total dork. I know I look like a dork on a bike but I never feel like a dork. It wasn’t a good dorky feeling it was a dorky dork feeling. Like I was in a basketball game but wearing a wrestling singlet and headgear. Bad.

The next thing I noticed was how fast I was going. I must admit that it was thrilling at first but then I started to scare myself and had to slow down. I don’t know if its the skinny tires or the gears or what but I was haulin some ass.

Pretty soon I wasn’t feeling so dorky. I became comfortable with the speed. Speed was fun, it was cool, I embraced it. I then started to feel like a pro road racer. I imagined all the drivers around me eying me and thinking to themselves, “I wonder if that’s Lance Armstrong?”

At that very moment of perceived fame I stood up to sprint not only to get some more speed but to show the drivers that maybe I was Lance Armstrong. My right shoe somehow unclipped from my pedal. I landed awkwardly on my top tube barely able to keep from falling down but not avoiding the inevitable top tube ball crush.

Alas, I am a dork, at least on a road bike.