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05.20.13 - Single Speed Sunday
the middle of May. Down here in town everything is leafed out and
green, the river is raging and brown, and the trails are already
moondust. But if you get outside of - and above - town at this
time of year, you might well find yourself faced wtih this scene, as we
were yesterday. Ryan, Tim, and Danny (pictured) were less than
stoked when our Single Speed Sunday ride - from town, through Falls
Creek, up to Hermosa, up Jones, over P-Flag, down Dutch back to
Hermosa, then back to town - turned cold and slightly snowy on top of
Pinkerton- Flag. I was stoked, just because I love riding in
three dubious- looking guys. Despite thier misgivings, we pushed
on, and sure enough we were soon rewarded with sunshine.
Spring in Colorado is awesome. Coat on, coat off, multiple times every hour.
training! Pinkerton-Flagstaff Trail has some steep,
motorcycle-chewed uphill sections. Ryan doesn't seem to mind.
Before long it will be time to see how Bolam Pass is melting out... the Durango Dirty Century is fast approaching!
By the way, we'll be closed this coming Monday, May 27, Memorial Day, as always.
05.13.13 - Off the Radar
seems we've fallen off the radar a bit in the last week. Rainy
weeks make us lazy. That, and I've personally been off the bike
for the past week, trying to get my recovery act together so I can hit
it hard in preparation for the DDC and CTR. But this past
weekend, the weather got nicer, and Danny, Greg, and I got out for some
riding. Sunday we rode up to Missionary Ridge and took Haflin
back down. Everything is clear and dry, which is a bit scary for
this time of year... on Missionary Ridge, one doens't need any further
reminders of fire potential.
was the same story on Hermosa Creek, which Danny and I rode out and
back from town on Saturday. We saw precious few people, but
spooked an elk on the trail, and even saw this big old black bear (left). There's a bit of snow at the top of Hermosa, but it's pretty much good to go.
Below, a couple photos from Hermosa. Summer is here!
05.02.13 - Bears Ears Pass MicroTour: Photojournal
Finally got some photos from our micro-tour put together. You can check 'em out here. I might even get a video put together if I get the time and figure out the video software...
04.29.13 - Bikepacking in Utah
and I headed out to Utah for a simple overnighter tour, bikepacking
style, on forest service roads in the Manti-LaSal National
Forest. It was sweet. I'll just post a couple photos here
for now, and work on a photo page over the next couple days.
(Left: Sandhya silhouetted against the Abajos.)
(Left: That's me, overlooking Canyonlands NP.)
started in the desert near Indian Creek, and climbed almost four
thousand feet into the cool forests of the Colorado Plateau, passing
southern Canyonlands and the Dark Canyon Wilderness along the way,
camping at Bears Ears pass. We returned via a slightly different
route the next day. It's so cool that we can leave town Saturday
morning, do a two-day tour in some of the most beautiful country in the
world, and be home Sunday night!
Stay posted for more photos this week...
04.26.13 - Kinda Punk Rock
Spotted in this week's Telegraph... also, don't miss the latest Diver. And Sandhya told Word On The Street to not barf on our sidewalk. All in all, a good week for VC press...
04.25.13 - KRAMPUS is here - Whisky clothing too!
months of having these bad boys on preorder, Surly's new Krampus models
just showed up yesterday. Mr. Krampus #1&2 tried to beat Tim
and I up while we were building them - they're mischevious. Once
built up and ridden though, these guys showed their true colors.
Fun as hell. Sparkly green, too.
bikes are spec'ed out really sweetly - 1x10 drivetrains with a clutch
derailleur to keep things quiet and in place, burly Shimano external-
bearing cranks, long top tubes and short stems, which makes for a
really, really fun- riding bicycle. Rad. Come check 'em out
They're pretty fun to do wheelies on as well - see below. I can
see a Krampus emerging as a future contender for my bicycle
affections... Also, we've brought in a sweet new line of clothing from
Whisky Parts Co. As you can see on Tim's fine modeling photo
below, these clothes are not like many other cycling-specific apparel
lines. No neon colors, no team affiliation, no skin-hugging
lines. These are actually comfy to ride in, they're priced really
reasonably, they have technical features which make them much better
than cotton t-shirts, and of course they're pretty damn stylie as
well. We brought in both men's and women's jerseys and shorts in
several styles, but I couldn't get Tim to model the women's line.
04.22.13 - We Won
Colorado Can Cup trophy is back in its favorite home - Durango.
Yup, at Rocky Mountain Grass Poloships last weekend, Team Ska (my team)
brought home the bacon.
Team Velorution (Danny, Tony, Ryan D., & Ryan C.) did pretty awesome as well, coming in fifth overall.
I'll post some photos if some present themselves... I didn't get many from the day.
04.18.13 - A bunch of schtuff
supposed to be working on bikes right now... but instead I'm sitting
here updating the website. So, let's make this quick!
1: We're finally finished putting the shop back together. Everything is back in place and looking rad. Yay!
The Tuesday night Women's MTB ride is now back on Wednesdays, where
we'd had it in the first place. Darned lady leaders can't make up
their minds (joking!). Wednesdays, 5:30pm. Be here or be
Rocky Mountain Grass Poloships are this weekend! Come down to
Buckley Park Saturday night for a good time. We've got live
music, a beer garden, food vendors, big lights for night finals games,
and live announcers. This was an awesome time in 2011 and we're
trying to make it even better for this year. We're really hoping
to bring the trophy back to Durango this year... come cheer us on!
Our friend Greg Ooley got a full-time "real job" offer he couldn't
refuse and has ridden off into the sunset. We are sorry to see
him go, but it's okay because we know we're having more fun at work
than he is. You'll still see him around on shop rides and such...
and we're bringing the infamous Ryan Douglas in to fill our part-time
sales spot! Douglas starts in early May... best look out.
Now, off to help Tim with bike work... gotta stay on his good side.
04.15.13 - Durango Gravel Grinder & Weekly Rides!
That was my overall feeling at seven PM Saturday. Finishing up
the Durango Gravel Grinder, all 160 miles... on a singlespeed... the
last 60 miles into a brutal headwind... off the couch... not exactly
the easiest thing I've ever done. Yep, ouch. The first part
of the day was beautiful, though... see left. Such peaceful,
pastoral scenes along Hay Gulch eventually turned into a hellacious
gusting headwind straight out of the west, just as I was heading back
into Ignacio and Durango from the east. Like all these types of
races, however, in retrospect it was really fun. We had a great
turnout of 160 and 115 riders, and a mostly beautiful day for the
race! Thanks, Matt, for organizing, and I'm sorry I caught you on
the last climb, after 140+ miles of no contact, to nip you for second
by three minutes... I know that had to suck. Congrats to Steve
for killing it in a 160, coming in over an hour faster than Matt and
in case anyone is curious, here's my race rig for the day... Redline
Monocog Flight 29er, full rigid, singlespeed, with a 42c tire up front
and 32c in the rear. The Bedrock Bags custom frame bag and
Entrada handlebar bag, along with an extra cage on the seatpost, meant
no backpack for this gravel grinder. Awesome! Flawless
performance all day. I love this bike... as with all my bikes.
new this week: Our weekly shop rides are starting up, beginning with
the Twilight Tuesdays Women's MTB ride tomorrow at 5:30pm! The
Twilight Thursdays MTB Rager is also happening this week. More
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