Wednesday, March 30, 2011

it's a sign

I saw this on my ride home from a friend's house and I am still trying to figure it out.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Northwest Bicycles

Before there was 21st Ave Bicycles there was Northwest Bicycles. Matt and Ron ran that shop since the 70's and when they sold the building and retired in 2007 21st moved in. We don't see much of Matt, but Ron comes in all of the time which is pretty sweet. People who knew the shop when it was Northwest have nothing but good things to say. A customer brought in a bike that they got at NW awhile ago and they have been sitting in the garage for awhile. While it was in my stand I got really stoked to see their NW water bottle. I have to admit, I like it better than ours although we will be coming out with a new one soon.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Jammy Jam

Cog now in

We got the new Cog magazine in the shop. Come on in and grab one.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Customer Solutions vol.5: The right way

Steve (a different Steve) came into the shop looking for a Campy Bottom Bracket tool. I told him we could order him one and when he saw the price tag he said "Well, maybe I will just try to make my own." He measured the tool we had in the shop and went on his way.

He came back a couple weeks later to show me the tool he made. Now, I see a lot of shit that customers make, or fixes they rig and most of it seems pretty unsafe or sketchy at best. This time I was pretty impressed, which is a feeling I would like to feel more often.

Hell yeah, Steve.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A song for Arrow

This one goes out to Sean Light. You are a great friend and an even better interpretive dancer.

Yeah, you may have heard that song from Blackalicious' album "Blazing Arrow"... one of my favorites.

Super good, right? I know.... The guy singing name is Harry Nilsson. You may remember him from this song...


This is a bottom bracket socket holder tool and it's one of my favorites. I feel like I say that a lot, but I really mean it this time. Honest. Sometimes the bottom bracket just won't come out with the socket wrench and you have put a little more torque on it. That's where this tool comes in.

You remove the socket from the wrench and place it on the bottom bracket and then screw the tool into the spindle of the bottom bracket. Tighten the piece on the threaded part up against the spindle, get a huge crescent wrench and maybe a breaker bar, and torque away until the cows come home.

That socket isn't going anywhere. Simple and effective....sweet tool.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sandy Ridge Spring Brakes: James Wilson

Here are James Wilson's pictures of the race on Sunday. I picked out some that I like a lot but I had to leave a bunch. It was hard to choose. There are so many good ones. To see all of them go HERE

Yes, we got up super early to get there. No, I do not get up that early usually. Yes, I was tired. So, tired, in fact that I almost drank some of the coffee pictured below. The only thing that stopped me is it had dairy in it. Bummer, I could have been jacked out of my mind. Oh, well. There's always next time.

I don't blame Kyle for putting the moves on Landon with the bike stand. The way Landon was dressed.... well, he was just asking for it.

Giving back rubs to OBRA officials is one of the many ways Kyle was able to help this race operate smoothly.

Petr Kakus (left) was the guy in charge of keeping time. It was the same kind of system used in some skiing downhill slalom races. Legit.
Time machine.

Big ups to the guys who were maintaining the trail as the race was in progress. You guys kill it!

My roommate, Landon L. Masterfield (the L is for Legend of the Falls), is so fast that even this high speed camera couldn't capture his image.

Tunisia shredding.

Dave Roth, yes THE Dave Roth from Van Halen. Never mind the fact that he looks like a completely different person. It's him and he loves cycling.

I forgot to bring a fork so I had to carbo load with my coffee stir sticks.

After the race we went to Calamity Jane's and ran into some friends.

Zach (above) and Kyle (below) are the two guys who organized the series. The first race was awesome. Everyone had such a rad time. I know I did.
Keep the dream alive, Kyle.

Sandy Ridge Spring Brake: Dave Roth

Dave Roth
, James Wilson, and myself set out on to the trail to take pictures of the race yesterday. I already posted my pictures. Here's Dave's:

I look like a wild animal getting ready to flee... or attack. Yeah, probably attack because I'm pretty tough and when I get startled I revert back to my animal instincts and take out everything in my path.

Landon being my hero.

Matt Slaven is super fit... and attractive... and he gave me tires. Hi five.

Jake Furniss... shredding in his brother's absence.

Cheever winning at life.

Sandy Ridge Spring Brake

Yesterday was the first race of the Sandy Ridge Spring Brake Super D series. Kyle and James came over to get me and Landon at 5:45 am. Yeah, super early. It was a lot of fun. Friends, laughs, bikes, and dirt all made for a magical day.

Landon was the first rider registered... probably because we were there setting up.

Park, stone cold chillin.

Hello friend.

Dave Roth, James Wilson, and myself ventured in to the forest and down the trail to take pictures of the riders.... and act the fool.

Dave Roth railing the berm.