“What else can I say? I pull the rear derailleur off of my Vanilla road racing bike and a Scott shows up on my doorstep last Wednesday morning. What can I do? Of course, I took it in, nurtured it, built it up and am gonna start riding it this weekend.”
Or not. This has been a hectic week. I started the above post last Monday and the days that followed have been chaotic.
I got a call from a cross racer friend who is also the Mavic-Adidas-Scott sales rep. The short version of the story involves breaking my van and leaving it on the side of the road to get hauled away by the city. Then realising my Record rear derailleur is busted, getting myself personally delivered down to Sellwood to pick up a broken derailleur to use for spare parts, rebuilding it, realising it is still busted, rebuilding it again, and staying up till 3am putting the new race bike together. Have I ridden it yet? Nope. Do I need to? Yep.
What else has been going on? I built up Steven Hunter’s gucci Sellwood edition Kona XC racing bike. He finally did it right. It is so nice. And he is really happy. We screwed around a lot with his XC bikes last year. Never got it right. Tried full suspension, tried different setups. I generally advocate just, “doing it right” getting modern components (for racing), as much new stuff as you can afford and I’ve recently become a believer in FOX suspension. (but, NOT thier phone answering service: another story.) I still really like to keep stuff running and y’know, use old parts that are still good and appear to be running well. But Steven and I had such bad luck. It just seemed like every race something would crap out or mis-shift and he spent the greater part of last fall daydreaming about a XC bike that actually worked. Well Steven, here you go. By the way, Steven Hunter is Veloshop’s current Oregon state cross champ. Trouncing the B field for the last 3 races of the 2005 season after getting a late start due to a summer injury.
Like usual, I am running late and taking advantage of my final day having someone open the shop up for me. My Scott weighs just over 16 pounds with some training wheels and Cary Miller’s old Truvativ cranks on it.
I’m anticipating the backlash I’ll get for racing on a non-Vanilla bicycle for the first time in a couple years. It’ll be like I started eating meat or something.
Sellout. Carbon fibre sellout.