12.06.13 - California Dreaming
This is the Buckhorn road, leading up to Little Pine Mountain, in the Santa Barbara "backcountry". As far as I can tell, in SoCal, the word "backcountry" applies to anything beyond the summit of the coastal range. It's pretty back there, but you never get that feeling of being really far away from anyone.
We rode up this road for several miles, heading for the Santa Cruz trail.
Getting ready to shred... astute readers will notice that even I put a few gears on my bike when heading to SB. I learned my SS-in-SB lesson back in early 2010, and I was in waaay better shape then than now.
Sandhya cruises along some steep, cliffy sections. Little did she know, at this point in the ride, that I would have us ending on a hike-a-bike past a mountain lion's den (at least we imagined it was a lion's den). She should know by now - (repeat after me) it's not a ride with Joey until there's some hike-a-bike!
The Santa Cruz trail is a good one, particularly descending from Little Pine. In some places, it feels like you'll just descend forever...
11.25.13 - Happy Thanksgiving!
11.14.13 - Bikes, More Bikes, Jumps, Tours
by the way - you may have heard of this little East Coast company
called Independent Fabrications. We just got hooked up with these
guys, who are known for making some of the nicest custom frames you can
ride. We'll probably have something pretty and titanium to post
photos of here in a couple months. Until then, just check out
their website: www.ifbikes.com. Try not to drool too much on your keyboard (tough, I know).
When we're not busy building bikes, we're trying to get out and ride them. At this time of year, that means riding with lights. In this photo, Tim shows that you don't have to quit launching jumps when it gets dark out. He doesn't, anyway. I'm not a jumper any more - my last dirt jumping days ended years ago when I knocked myself off the bike for a solid two months. A painful experience, I'm not keen on repeating it!
Our good friend Andrew from Bedrock Bags just did a tour with his lady Jackie out in Utah. This time of year out there is great, as long as you're okay with it being dark something like fourteen hours a day. Andrew sent us a short video of the tour - we'll save that for next time, and just give you a little VC-infused teaser for now... get out there and ride!
11.08.13 - Bikes new and old...
If the latest and greatest isn't what gets you going, this might be. We just overhauled this beautiful Schwinn cruiser. According to its serial number, it could be from 1952, '53, or '57. No matter what year it's actually from, this bike is awesome! Hand-painted pinstriping, a vented tank, a venerable New Departure coaster-brake hub, and a horn button that even works! Alex will be enjoying this bike up in Crested Butte - it's a perfect summer cruiser!
10.30.13 - The Durango Herald Catches Fatbike Fever
now fully stocked up on Surly fatbikes - all four models in multiple
sizes on the floor! 9:ZERO:7 bikes are literally on the way from
Anchorage. Fat-curious? Come on by!
10.24.13 - Pugsley Special Edition
This bike is equipped similarly to the Pug Ops (also in stock), but with Shimano hydro brakes, gumwall Nate tires, and high-polish rims, stem and post. It looks amazing! If you want one, you better come get it soon.
Also, here's a little video for you... good stuff!
10.21.13 - More autumn spectacular...
What better way to celebrate fall than with a little friendly competition... Chad put on a little race last weekend. This non-event is now in its third year. It was enduro before "enduro" became the buzzword it is today, and was pretty fun this year just like years past. The final stage this year was down the Hogsback - in this photo, Chad makes it look easy. Is the Hogsback easier on dirt or in the snow... hmmm, not sure. It's fun either way.
rode our new, 2014 Devinci Troy demo bike. All I can say is that
it's a wicked handler like my Devinci Atlas, but with more
travel. It's quite comfortable going downhill, fast - and it's no
slouch riding up to the top, either. Score for Devinci - again.
Ron Andrews, of King Cage fame, brought out his former race bike. Even with all the new cool-guy bikes out there, Ron's bike was by far the sweetest. It's a Fat Chance, equipped with Campagnolo's ill-fated entry into the MTB market - Euclid.
Go forth and enjoy this weather, 'cause no one knows how long it's going to last!
10.07.13 - Autumn: A good time for getting back to roots.
the last six years, this one bike has been my favorite, regardless of
what other sweet bikes I try out. Descending Engineer yesterday,
I was just a little hammered in a couple sections (although I did pass
a few full-sus/geared riders on the way down, which is always fun), and
I found myself wondering if I should have ridden my Atlas
instead. But I was having so much fun on my trusty SS... and then
I realized, while another bike might make things a bit easier/ faster/
more comfy, another bike wouldn't make my ride any more fun.
And having a good time, when out on a mountain bike ride, is really
what it's all about. Even during something like the CTR, you're
not out there unless, in the end, you can look back and say "That was a
good time." (Although, it should be noted, if you can
say that, your idea of a "good time" may be somewhat twisted.) In
any case, getting back to roots is a good thing. And while my
first real "mountain bike" wasn't single-speed, my first several bikes
sure as heck were - and I had a good time tearing around the woods of
eastern Jefferson County, Indiana, on 'em. What I'm trying to say
here is: If you're interested in a super-sick Devinci Atlas, size
large, mine may be up for sale in the near future.
of Indiana and getting back to one's roots, I'm heading back east later
this week. It's been a few years and it's about time to visit the
fam. We'll be open normal hours, and Tim can help you out with
anything you may need - I'll be back late next week! I'll leave
you with a link to something which will keep you occupied for a goodly
while - Bunyan Velo has released Issue #3, free as usual. Check it out - it's worth your time, and a donation if you dig it!
10.04.13 - RIP Amy Dombroski... and Burry Stander, and Edgar Juarez, and...
09.25.13 - 2014 Demo bikes are here, plus two upcoming events!
No, but seriously, if you're interested in a Devinci Atlas or Troy or a Surly Pugsley, you probably want to ride one first. Now you can. The Atlas is the same super- sick 29er it was last year, but we're now carrying it in carbon as well as aluminum and they have a sweet new Shimano build kit on the carbon version. The Troy is Devinci's all-new 650b, 6" travel, Split-Pivot mobster. I just rode this thing around downtown and I already want one. We'll be carrying it in aluminum and carbon versions. Production 2014 Devinci models should begin showing up in the next month. You probably know what the Pugsley is - but if not, it's a 4"-tire-shod, snow and sand monster. Pretty crucial for the aforementioned surfaces, as well as impending zombie apocalypse, elk hunting via bike, pissing off rednecks, and so on. Pugsleys of the 2014 variety are here now! My, I'm long-winded today... just come down and ask about demo rides.
Moving on here... two sweet special events are happening you oughta know about.
First off, on Saturday, October 5th, we'll be joining Backcountry Experience for their annual Chili Chase 5k and Chili Cookoff. Don't worry, I'm not running - I suck at that. I will be bringing some delicious chili, which I expect you all to taste and vote accordingly, leading to VC chili cookoff domination. I will be up against some professional cooks, so some of you may have to vote two or three or maybe even four times. Come on down - pertinent details to the left!
Secondly, on Thursday, October 10, all the businesses on the 10 Block are banding together into one big ball of local goodness and throwing a 10.10 on 10 Block Party. We're each doing some special event, there will be some live music, and it's gonna be a rockin' time. Our VC event is at 5:00pm and, big surprise, has to do with bicycles. We'll be hosting a Bike Parade and Fatbike Demo (read: Let's all ride down Main Avenue and back, and we'll let you each ride a fatbike in the parade until they run out!). I'll post a more complete schedule here when I have one. Save the evening!
That's finally it. Signing off now.
09.23.13 - Touring Colorado's back roads
09.12.13 - We're Getting Fat in Here
The 2014 Pugsley has a few key upgrades over last year. It's now a 2x9, with a simpler 2- chainring setup instead of a triple. The Pugs no longer has an offset fork - it's all symmetrical up front! It also comes with Nate tires this year - the best 4" snow tires on the market. It comes in a real purty blue for 2014, and somehow managed to drop a few pounds (literally!).
On a side note, we now have a demo Pugsley, which joins our growing demo fleet. If you're serious about a fatbike but would like to ride one first, let us know. Demo Devinci Atlas and Troy models coming soon!
The Pug Ops is a new model for 2014 and it is pretty rad. Upgrades over the standard Pugs: The new Surly OD offset- double crankset (less tire- on- chain interference), 2x10 gearing, SLX trigger shifters, higher- spec derailleurs, wider rims that are color matched (they look sick!), and 120tpi Nates (higher thread count = much better durability). Best of all, this bike just looks awesome.
still awaiting more Pugsleys and Pug Ops, as well as a couple of the
uber- limited edition Pugsley Smooth Operator. They only made 300
of these, and two are headed our way. One's got my name on
it. The other... your name?
09.04.13 - Labor Day MicroTour
08.29.13 - Happy Labor Day!
Happy Labor Day. Have fun out there, whatever you do!
08.26.13 - On the way for 2014 - The Devinci Troy
Far more capable than your average 140mm-travel bike, the Troy shares Dave Weagle's excellent Split Pivot design with the rest of the Devinci dual-suspension lineup, including the 29" Atlas that we sell out of every year (and that yours truly rides). This means that instead of bouncing your way up hills on a less efficient design, you can actually ride this bike uphill, and the suspension won't fight you or require a platform damping band-aid. Once you turn it back downhill, you'll appreciate the bottomless feel and no-brake-jack characteristics of the Split Pivot design. Devinci was the first company to license Split Pivot from Weagle, and although other companies are now jumping on board, Devinci has had a few years to really fine tune the design to their bikes. As always with this east coast Canadian company, short chainstays are important, and make for a snappy-handling ride. This bike will be sweet!
Troy will be offered in a Canadian-made aluminum version as well as a
carbon version. Aluminum bikes should be showing up here at
Velorution Cycles in late October or so, and carbon bikes will be
available around the New Year. If you're looking for a 650b
shredder, go ahead, look a little further - the Troy will be waiting
when you come back.
you're curious: The media too often thinks anything new is necessarily
good; 650b is fine and all, but doesn't negate 29" or 26" as viable
wheel sizes, which you're liable to believe if you put too much stock
in the MTB media; and "enduro" racing... well, that's just lame.
Shuttle riding sucks, and so do wannabe downhillers "racing" on
multi-use, 2-way trails. Earn your turns, ride your bike!)