Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rapha stuff

I was checking out some of the Rapha Continental videos and came across this gem featuring our buds, Jeremy, Slate, and 21st's very own Pete Rubi. Yeah, that's right... I get to work with him. You don't, which sucks for you because Pete is seriously the nicest guy I have EVER met. I am not just saying that. He doesn't have a mean thing to say about anyone. He's a rare gem. Lucky us.

2011 Tour of California — Intro from RAPHA on Vimeo.

Brazilian Dreams

Once upon a time Matt Case brought in a bike owned by a beautiful Brazilian woman, whom I am quite smitten with, requesting I give it a good once over. This woman... oh, we'll call her Carol, is so pleasing to my eyes that I was more than happy to dial in her bike for her. I replaced the cables, housing, and put some love into the bike. Originally, it had red cork bartape with red finishing tape which kind of made her Brazilian Thomson seatpost stick out like a sore thumb. She decided to be pro and go with some white Deda bartape (which wraps like a dream) and I decided to do her a solid and "lock it up" with the colors of her homeland. We were both pleased.

Matt Case.

If this won't make her fall in love with me, I don't know what will.

I almost forgot....

Awhile back the shop's friend, Lanny, brought in his bike and I snapped a few pictures of his 56t chainring and his one of only two ever made Ti Lightspeed handlebars. Crusher.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Well, I am back. What a party! I danced so much that when I tried to go to sleep I couldn't because of restless legs. That means I partied proper. Becca and I set the world on fire.

Elaina, letting her hands do a lot of the talking.

We tried to get this girl's butt in the picture on purpose.

Becca and I both have Norwegian fanny packs. No big deal.

Mitch and I jamming out to the jazz station on James' wind up radio he lent me.

Aaron and his lady.

Ben with his witch's brew.

Camp Angina.

Mitch the Bear

I found hanging my butt off a log and peeing works very nicely. The banana was there for moral support.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Gone Dancin'

I am headed to a dance music festival after work today and I won't have access to a computer. Here are a couple of cds I have listened to a hundred times. Jam on it.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Haulin' ass

James Wilson kills it.

21st is a big deal

.... I keep telling you how awesome we are, but don't take my word for it, ask Mike Sinyard, founder of Specialized bicycles (to the right of me in the picture). Mike, are we awesome? "Yes, Amanda."

See? Told you.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Surly Tallbike

When I first saw this I thought to myself, "that's Portland for you", but then I found out they were visiting from Illinois. Go figure.

Her future is so bright.

Palmer is like the Fonz of dogs.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sweet Ad

Here at 21st, we do it in house.

illustration by: Pete Rubi
layout by: Sean Light

Customer Solutions vol. 8: Filed Frame

This customer couldn't get his front wheel to sit in the fork ends so instead of taking it to his local bike shop to see what the problem was, he just went ahead and filed the fork. Such a bummer. What would have cost him maybe $5 now cost him a new fork plus labor..... which is much more than $5. Learn from this mistake. If you have NO CLUE what the hell you are doing, ask someone who does before you do something like this.

Back to the grind Jam

I am back. The ballet was amazing. I missed you.

Friday, June 17, 2011


... here I come. I am traveling to the north to be super bad ass. What am I doing? Oh, just about the most bad ass thing a girl can do... I am going to the ballet. I know, you're jealous. Portland, please be here when I get back.

used parts

Once again, I opened up a hub to find a demolished bearing retainer. I liked this one because it reminded me of King Tritan's crown in "The Little Mermaid".

Don't call it a comeback...

Rubin showed up to the shop after a long winter gone. It's great to have him back.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Three Minute Gap

I won't be able to go to this because I am headed up to Seattle for the weekend. I will miss you.

3 Minute Gaps Official Trailer from Clay Porter on Vimeo.

A Portland Premiere

This coming Saturday evening, our friends at Fat Tire Farm will be hosting the Portland premiere of Clay Porter's latest mountain bike documentary, 3 Minute Gaps. Please join NWTA for this exciting event!

The movie is a benefit for Northwest Trail Alliance & Sandy Ridge Trail System. Come for the one or both shows and support our trails!

At the 9pm showing, the trail work volunteer winner of the Ibis Mojo HD (donated by Fat Tire Farm) and other prizes will be announced (need not be present to win). If you worked at any of the work parties at Sandy Ridge over the winter, you have a shot at this bike!

*Please note that the 9pm showing is age 21 and over only, no exceptions*
Saturday June 18th @ Hollywood Theater

All ages: 7pm (Doors open @ 6:30) $5

21 & over: 9pm (Doors open @ 8:30) $15

(includes fermented beverages)

The Lowdown on 3 Minute Gaps

For two years the crew of 3 MINUTE GAPS have followed the world's best mountain bike racers around the globe documenting them as they trained, prepared, rode, ate, traveled, raced, celebrated, commiserated, and made sacrifices simply because of the weight of ambition to be the fastest. There is no truer, more accurate and intimate depiction of the hallowed worlds of the very best World Cup rider's than 3 MINUTE GAPS.

Filmed in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, and every round of the 2009 and 2010 World Cup Series and World Championships.

Director Clay Porter has traveled the world capturing a story of triumph and struggle.

From multiple World Champions to future World Champions - including Gee Atherton, Sam Hill, Aaron Gwin, Sam Blenkinsop, Brendan Fairclough, Greg Minnaar, Andrew Neethling, Danny Hart, Matti Lehikoinen, Ben Reid, and Josh Bryceland - this film chronicles the new breed of racers who are re-shaping modern downhill racing, and indeed, riding.

P Funk

Riding home with Patrick. The reflection of the Fremont Bridge in the window looks pretty sweet, if I do say so myself.

Our new band

Flex Buffchest and the Ginger....

I kid... we can pick out a better name than that.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tools: Bearing puller

This is the first time in over four years of bike repair that I've had to use this tool. Usually there is a lip on the inside of the axle and you can just hit it with a hammer, punch, and tap the cartridges right through or you can use a punch and hit the edge of the bearing, but these Suntour XC Pro had no lip, what so ever, to put a tool on. Atlin told me we had a bearing puller and to pound it with a tool that tapers and I went to work.


One for the books

This weekend I spent the days with the Bassets watching my lady and her team dominate their way to second in the dragon boats races and then I spent the nights dancing until the sun came up with Becca...and then I got up and did the same thing the next day. I got a tan. I dressed like a sailor. It was amazing. Sorry, I didn't write, but it was totally worth it. Please don't be mad at me. I'll try harder next time and this doesn't mean I don't love you... which I do. I mean, what's not to love? You are beautiful.. here, I got you something...

Friday, June 10, 2011


This came into the shop. I haven't seen a head badge saying where the bike is sold and serviced instead of the brand before. Pretty neat.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Thursday Night Thunder

Every Thursday night after close we are having a casual 21st Ave Bicycles group ride. We usually head up into the west hills. You are welcome to join us.

a.m. Jam

It takes a little to get started.

TS @ Tabor

Check out Nita Galambos pictures of the Tabor race HERE

Lookin good Phomma

Trusty Switchblade 2011

Jason came into the shop to drop off the Trusty Switchblade cards that people didn't pick up. Here is part of my team, there are more of us not shown.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

My job is cooler than yours...

.... sorry. It's true.

Matt Case came in and brought us new hats. Why my pants are making my ass look like that, I don't know. Trust me, it usually looks AMAZING.

An early woman's specific bike. Kind of looks like a Stayer.

I could have filed this under C for Customer Solutions, but I didn't think it was extreme enough.

Sean and I played a hilarious joke on Kyle. Here is Sean working on it.

Tilly's heart rates.

SRAM stuff.