(written last Sunday)
I’m sitting with JD at a cafe working. We both have our laptops open and are commenting on our projects, emails and shit we see on the interwebs.
We spent the day today (Sunday) doing some of this. A classic road ride with super strong pals. I got beat up. And then beat up some more.
It was a beautiful weekend. I had an excellent time on and off the bike. Spending a little time being social and riding in the sun sure does a lot for your mental outlook!
Now it is time to reflect on the past. Take a look at this piece of history. Explore the Independent Fabrications blog. Really really good times.
All right, this update lagged as I was on the coast for a few days this week. Moving on to more exciting updates!
Maybe I am just new to the scene but damn. This video interview with Die Antwoord B L E W my mind. It is kinda long so, make a few minutes and open your mind to the future.
“It is kinda like progressing to the next level, like in a video game…”
And thanks Ethan for this video:
Click on the image for the details!
There is also no “W” in Amy Dombroski’s name. There is not.
There is so much to be said about respecting somethings. And paying f’ing attention.
So, when we go for a ride sometime soon and you suggest doing the: “Sauvie’s Island loop” and I look at you like you are an imbecile… It is because you are. Don’t hate me because you are ignorant.
With that said, Adam tipped me off to this blog a while back. And, it is brilliant feminism, in words, on the web. I am really appreciating the intelligent criticism of burlesque in Twisty’s latest post.
Damn, someday I will expound upon the arguments I have had with partners past about burlesque, porn, sex and a woman’s right to wear whatever the fuck she wants. And how much I support that.
Right now, I have a fucking beard. (well at least what this estrogen-laden body can muster up to pass as a beard…) And I still expect you to call me she. How is that for my stance on feminism and gender?
Not that Independent Fabrications needs anymore help jerking themselves off: but this shit is off the hook! This is a Club Racer. Long reach brakes and room for fenders! Carbon and titanium! “We are going to make a clean bike that is practical and basically a work of art and exercise in craftman(craftwoman)ship. And just cause… well, cause we can.”
Ok, maybe they do need a hand with that jerking off… I would put some miles on that thing. I’d maybe even do a few Epic Rapha rides on it. In fact; I think that Rapha would FORCE me to ride on their continental team with my new facial hair and custom titanium/carbon bike. I’m quite the unstoppable force right now.
Finally, Brendan at Competitive wrote a nice piece about ISPs (INTEGRATED SEAT POST). While I wholeheartedly agree with him. I must counter point. (that and I’ve got owners and soon to be owners of ISP bicycles emailing me like crazy “waaaah! The sky is falling! I’m afraid, I’m AFRAID!!” Do not be afraid. ISPs don’t fail too often. At least none that I’ve worked with. There is almost zero risk of your saddle falling off or the seat mast breaking off catastrophically. If installed by a professional…
I found having an ISP design that actually works (aka: does not break AHEM.) was a HUGE plus for me as a traveling cyclocross racer. Granted; I am a small rider so my frame with ISP easily fits into bike boxes and bags. Being able to pull my saddle off the top of my bike and then put it right back on without having to check or double check my seatpost+saddle height every time I re-built my bicycle was awesome. It is plug and play. I, luckily, do NOT suffer from saddle height OCD. I got a great bike fit, determined my optimal position and saddle choice for cyclocross and that is that.
For my clients, they trust that the fit we provide at Portland Bicycle Studio is spot on. (ReTul, Dartfish, and the Dharma initiative can’t be wrong… right?!) And, once fit professionally, your position on an ISP bike is dialed. They do look f’ing sexy. And nope, not much added in the way of performance enhancing stiffness. But, why not do it? (That and EDGE never gave me one of their hott seatposts so… I think I’ll resent seatposts till the end of my days.) A well fit bicycle will be your partner for years and years. And an ISP highlights my bicycle studio’s commitment to our fit process and getting riders on bicycles well suited to them.
Thanks to my friend Edward for this video response to my “Yeasayer” comment:
Tooting my own horn too much?
How about this for humble pie? Click on this link: Remember three of these men.
For any success I have and will have in cyclocross, they will personally have about %90 to do with it. Ok, maybe something like %80. But still they are a big deal. And I stole the link from someone else’s blog. Sorry. And if you know who they are, don’t spoil it for everyone else.
I need to start somewhere! …I start with a review, en français, of one of my current favorite sci-fi writer’s books. Take note, this is such a painfully euro kitchen. Dude probably does not even have a refrigerator… as he also probably does not have any heat in his flat as everything stays at a constant 5 degrees.
You probably don’t want to listen to this review video out loud or, maybe you do… it will make you seem mysterious and intelligent to your office mates! So start the video and take the next few minutes to skim this quick update.
Click on the image for a view of my mechanic Jake’s life last fall. Take a quick read, and tell him to keep writing! I love the wet NW imagery.
And the North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show… you would think that I have some amazing frame builder gossip from the NAHBS. Well I do! And it is… that frame builders are complete curmudgeons. All of them. And I love it. They are all such quirky, eccentric people. I could have spent weeks just hanging out with each of them, swapping stories and listening to them all trash talk each other.
They are dear precious gems. The custom frame builders.
I’ve got some photos I need to edit and post to my Flickr site.
And, when I got back I went directly into the Portland Bicycle Studio in-studio event. Which was a smashing success! We showed off some Lazer helmets and Ridley bicycles. I had Judi’s Crumpton in there too. Which is completely bad-ass!
I’ll say it again, I am so excited to be working with Nick Crumpton. His bikes are flawless. He won best Carbon bicycle at the NAHBS this year. Which makes him the winning-est builder in NAHBS history!
I’ve been working on a story about times and places, periods of my life and how experience is about savoring the moment, or moments, in which they exist. NAHBS plays a large part in that. It is a recent experience. And one that everyone interested in cycling should experience for themselves. I’m not in love (at ALL) with how the NAHBS is put on and most agree it is a poorly planned and run event. (don’t hate the messenger) I appreciate how all of these frame builders come together and show off their products. The grumpy steel builders can openly appreciate the beautiful carbon work before retreating to their workshops to file away their insecurities. The meticulous painters and carbon component companies can see their collaborations and handicraft on beautiful display bicycles. Take Zanconato: lugged steel bikes + carbon fibre tubular wheels. WTF?! Brilliant! Additional Zank video HERE.
We have to embrace the moments we can share something beautiful together. Because they do not last forever.
As dorky as this is, I like it:
60 and sunny here in Portland. And I am forcing my self to stay inside of Sweetpea Bakery, NOT eat any doughnut and commit to working on my computer till I get a LOT of business caught up on.
Answering emails and taking care of PBS clients is the first priority.
Then a creative and witty journal update is in order. A few videos in this update:
My newest team mate AO and superstar team mate
Steven Hunter (edited because he is giving me tons of shit right now) got 2nd and 3rd last weekend at the season opening Cherry Pie road race. Damn good finishers those two. And, they be needing those upgrade points.
This is what I imagine the first race of the year being like. And what I really mean is; the first race of the year ANYWHERE in the world. Windy, sketchy, riders bouncing off of each other. Enjoy watching the PROs bouncing off of each other. Big crash in there somewhere.
Jesus I miss cyclocross. And Peter Tachelet.
I’m sorry dear friends. Europe was NOT in the cards this year. But, I will find a way to make it happen this season! My mediocrity MUST be shared with the world!
This is a classic beat down. Or, it will be classic if we give it a few years. When Stybar is on a roll, it is a beautiful thing. I like to think the Wallonian grandmothers and their half-Flemish children will reminisce about my riding: “Que Molly … pas le coureur le plus rapide cyclocross. Mais damn! Qu’est-ce l’agression, ce que d’un chargeur!”
Thanks to Breezy for the heads up on that finish. SO GOOD! And then we get to see Neils complaining about the Lion of Flanders flags. (because that is clearly why you lost…) Anyone else think that guy turns into a big baby when things are not going his way?
And, like a phoenix rising from the ashes. (or at least peeking its head out for a minute) Radio Freddy presents a thoughtful and insightful homage to Franco Ballerini.
One could believe that Belgium Knee Warmers is down for the count. I do not. There is a part to all of this bloggy blogging and writing good stories and living the dream that is… wait for it… …REAL LIFE. It happens to some people, most of us actually. Whether it is raising a family or working a job, sometimes one needs (or is forced) to take a break from contributing to the greater good of the world.
If Radio Freddy disappears from us. I will not mourn. I’ll cherish the times we had together and wish him “bon chance” !
And if Alex’s beard gets any crazier, I’m going to marry it. It is like it has a mind of it’s own.
Its not a choice! Its a beard!!
March 24th – 27th.
My pal (though NOT my coach, he still gets the MC stamp of approval) Adnan Kadir is hosting an excellent training camp next month.
Aeolus Endurance Sport Marin Camp 2010 is in in its 4th year. This year, the camp will feature Jeb Stewart as the primary presenter. Jeb is the man behind Endurofit – an amazing cycling coach and Strength and Conditioning specialist. He will add an excellent new dimension to camp his presentations are first class. Also, we will have two sessions with our nutritionist – a lecture targeted towards eating for success for endurance athletes and a thorough Q&A session the next day. The camp will also feature daily yoga and available massage by the ex-masseuse from the BMC pro team.
There will also be a few additions this year: Cyfac will be supplying demo bikes, and Training F/X will be offering bike fitting and Blood Lactate Testing services. Once again, Quarq will be on hand with demo units for everyone to try and purchase at a special camp rate if they choose.
The camp price of $2399 includes all lodging and amazing customized meals at the Ralston White Retreat as well as full tuition and your first massage. It also includes full mechanical support during and after our training days as well as full on-road vehicle support. All of the rides take place in beautiful Marin County, California.
For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Adnan Kadir @ 503.516.1943
Ignoring the beer hand up to keep his eyes on his line.
You know you are doing something right with your life.
This is brilliant. Sent to me from Al in Illinois, that is his kid.
Al loves cyclocross. Brilliant.
(photo credit: Luke Seeman)