Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I built those wheels.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
By: Kyle Von Hoetzendorff
Why do I take so much joy from mountain biking? I spend days looking forward to short hours on my bike, and huge blocks of time watching other people ride their bikes on video. Whole paychecks have gone towards bike parts and whole weekends have disappeared to seemingly fruitless adventures. I have to start plotting the different options of recompense I will present to my lovely and tireless wife to make up for my frequent Sunday absences. Despite all the trouble and money—not to mention the constant and nagging injuries—when it comes to free time, mountain biking is in rare company in terms of quality, and if the Oregon weather is sunny and bright then there is nothing I would rather be doing. True, many people have obsessions like mine, industries have been built on these leisure activities, industries for the industries, and it is for this reason—the existence of an endless amount of options—that I am interested in exactly why I am so fascinated with mountain biking.
There are certainly things that I don’t care for in mountain biking. Among the distasteful aspects of the game, climbing ranks high. I am not a huge fan of pedaling up hills on my bike. Doubtless this sentiment is sacrilege to the majority of Embrocation’s readership, yet an inner guiding light that cannot be extinguished compels me to be honest in my admissions. Yes, there is a certain satisfaction that is derived from being able to pedal up hills quickly on a well-equipped road bike; and I grant that a good hard climb can turn into a euphoric high, but on a big tire mountain bike, plodding along at a snail’s pace, no thanks.
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Monday, July 25, 2011
I am a creep.
Our MCs for the evening, Murph and Stevil
James Wilson hard at work
Saturday, July 23, 2011
So, not only did were we given a pinball machine yesterday, Chrome came in and gave us 2 of only 20 made shop aprons. Then Cognition is in town from Wisconsin and gave me a hat. A couple different customers brought booze and then Oakley brought Kyle and I free frogskins. Best day ever? Yes.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Today I was out by the Steel Bridge doing repairs and repping 21st. We teamed up with the BTA because they were trying to get people to sign a petition for a bike share program here in Portland. I helped a lot of folks. That's a good feeling. I saw my teammate, Chris. I saw a sweet single speed Tonic Fab cross bike. It was big fun.
I am here to help!!! From 5-7 I will be set up at the west side entrance of the Steel Bridge for commuter support in the name of the BTA and Twentyfirst Avenue Bicycles . I will have tools and a stand for basic adjustments to keep you on the road and shredding the gnar. Come hang out and tell me how strong I am... that will get you everywhere.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
I don't need a bracelet to tell me what I already know, but apparently it helps other people identify me as such. Not everyone is as perceptive as I am.
Wow, doesn't Muck look super intelligent in this picture? I think so, and super fit to boot.
This is just one half of the bikes in this corral and Muck and I were the only two mechanics on duty. Uhhhh... we crushed it.
This is Meredith. She pretty much DOMINATED the woman's pro race. That picture I posted from of Muck fishing out that valve extender from that wheel yesterday was hers. By some miracle he got it out, glued up her tubular, and she was able to ride to victory. So.... in a way, we won today too. Although, I win every day.
This is Muck's friend, Courtney, from Boulder, CO. Super nice lady.
Muck is a seasoned race mechanic and this was my first one. He drove so I could jump out and take care of business when people needed roadside help.
I was surprised to see how many people who were just out riding their bikes on the race course.... especially since there was a bike path that ran parallel to it. Although, I wish this guy was racing and I wish he would've won. Nice flags.