Heading up to Duluth for Jeremy Kershaw's Heck of the North. Excited to explore northern Minnesota and battle it out on the gravel roads of the native DBD. I will battle it out on the hills giving it all I have. Still planning on how to prepare the bike....frame bag, no frame bag? Stayed at my very gracious hosts Ari and Jamie's house and was fed a "manly" meal to provide me with some energy on Saturday. I will miss the rest of my Slender Fungus crew as they were not able to make it this weekend....they will be with me in my thoughts as my legs burn on the hills of Duluth.
Have an excellent weekend, pics and recap to follow.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
My favorite time of the year has arrived. Cooler temperatures in the evenings, beautiful sunsets, night rides, knickers and wool jerseys, beers, chili, all the goodness! Excited for the Heck of the North this weekend. Very excited to meet and ride with some very talented riders and explore northern MN which I have never traveled to even though I was born in the state... Should be good, I plan on the DBD going ape shit and tearing people's legs off. Trying to get a couple 40-50 mile rides in before my departure date on Friday morning. Get out and ride dem bykes!
Friday, September 23, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
This company makes some great stuff....
The bike trail I ride everyday to work is covered with tens of thousands of sunflowers....its pretty neat to see them all every morning
My new print from Hiawatha....RIDE GRAVEL!
Surly Crosscheck for a special Bahhdddyyyy of mine...gonna be an awesome build, stay posted
Freak bikes 69'in in the back of the shop
Enjoy your day....
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Oh Dario, you're so dreamy....
Me on the way over 1000 watts....free stuff
Moonlander....starring in Apollo 666
Belgium or Germany colors
UK and Brazil
Stealth mode Look
PDW old velodrome, sold to All-City
Steep banked walls
Cross Vegas! Elite men
This course was very long, and had some tricky parts to it, beer was flowing
Me and my old boss and friend Delfino
The finishers....Rabobank first place Lars Vander Harr or something like that...
Las Vegas was an experience for sure. I have wanted to go to Interbike for a long time and only having been to Frostbike previously I was blown away at the size of the show. There were vendors and distributors that I have never even heard of before. It was good talking to the main people behind the brands we carry, making new connections, and talking to everyone out there about their products. It is an awesome experience to be amongst like minded people and get the creative juices flowing and ideas for the next season. I thank my boss for taking me down there and my buddy Dave for covering for me at the shop so I could come down. Great to see my bro from LA for a couple days and overall a fantastic couple of days!
Monday, September 19, 2011
Phil Wood....always awesome
I AM buying this frame....All City - Space Horse
Ti Mukluk loaded up and ready to go
Futuristic Cinelli Pista
One of the very cool things Calfee is doing is making a Di2 battery that fits in an ENVE seatpost...keep your downtube looking sharp
Beautiful work that Calfee does with carbon fiber
This is the coolest rando setup ive ever seen....Velo Orange, what a great company
Brooks always keeping it classy
Cable to hydraulic disc converter....whatttttt???
I was very impressed by the new Fizik saddles....the light grey carbon gives some flex like a brooks and you can actually adjust the tension on the saddle too
Phil internal hub shell
Gorgeous handbuilt displaying some nice chrome phil wood parts
You might recognize this name....
The men....loading up on schwag
Part III tomorrow.....
Friday, September 16, 2011
Great photos of the grand canyon and surrounding areas from the plane
Got to meet up with my good friend Phil from Denver, CO and his coworker Joe to bomb some mountains on full suspension 29'ers
The wonderful people and products of Salsa Cycles. Example: Jason Boucher (person not product). Jason sounds like he has some big tours lined up for next year....
Tons of people at the dirt demo
The hottest bike at the show....made by Chris King
Andy, Matt, and I, after a rip on the course
Partied hard on the town....a little too hard for me....my bro watching the fountains
Another pic of the Ritchey seat/headtube/seatstay junction....clean
Part II tomorrow.....