We now interrupt our regularly scheduled bike fluff to display an example of all things rock. AC/DC in their prime, just before making it mega big in 1979. Angus Young epileptic guitar solo intro, Malcolm Young powering the rhythm riffs, Phil Rudd on drums, Cliff Williams on bass, late great Bon Scott on vocals. It's all here for your amazement or horror, depending on view or music interest.
Garth, head honcho for the Northwest Velo/JL Velo race team, psyching out orange cone before going for the holeshot. Megaphone Dude in background setting 'em for the launch.
Only three kids in the U-12 Division today, Ian being one of 'em. They'll all score series points for the day however. Kid in the middle, Gidean, riding for Team Motofish took first place once again. Ian scored second spot and related glory for JL Velo. Titus, brother and teammate of Gidean, pulled in for third place. Bit of a scoring mixing up at the end called Ian the winner, but we straightened it all out, and the kids received the correct medals. Ian and Gidean are currently battling for 1st and 2nd place overall for the series. Gidean currently at number 1, want to make sure he stays where he deserves. Ian certainly wouldn't want to get bumped into first place by a mistake. I double checked with Budu Racing later, everything is cool scoring wise. Good folks running the show.
Ian and Gidean catch their breath at the end. Ian thought the course, at 3 miles or so, was way too short. The full adult lap was 7 miles with steep climbing. At this stage, better off short and wanting more, then a death march. The U-12 Division is hard to judge at times. You get complete younger beginners and experienced young racers as well.
Besides singletrack to race and ride on, Fort Ebey offers views like this. That's Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains for the non Northwest folk out there. We're pretty damn lucky here, areas like this close by. And there's many of 'em.
The ferry Kittitas delivered us home. We don't use the ferry system much, so when we do, kind of a treat. Killer views and fun way to travel. Drive on, then walk around the deck to soak up the damp 40 degree wind. Welcome to the Pacific Northwest.
Ripple in water from nearby whale frolicking with boat traffic, just like nature intended. For all the marine biologists out there, appeared grey in color with a spotted back. Tail occasionally breaking the surface. Of course, you can tell that by this award winning photograph. Look for it soon in National Geographic.
Goodies await installation. Chainrings and cassette from three different retailers via the online wonder of eBay. All also have brick and mortar locations - actual bike shops. Chain arrived via personal visit to REI, even though they also sell online. It's a confusing world we live in. No matter the location, Shimano goodies are on the expensive side. No problem though, they make great stuff. All Ultegra level on the ladder of Shimano goodness.
Discovered this today, Mission Bicycle Company, very interesting business model and look. I'm too old to be jumping on the fixie hipster bandwagon, but if it gets the "kids" riding, I'm all for it - well, except for the no brakes aspect. I still think that tidbit of the fixie culture is a little nuts, but who am I to judge.
Super well done website, simple steel frame and fork, cruise through the pedal, wheels, and other options, including various colors - and presto - trick looking city bike delivered to your door. You can even includes brakes if you wish.
Yes, there's the online verses local bike shop debate and each side has a valid argument. However, the mainstream bicycle companies don't really offer bikes like this and when they do - they're typically not as cool. Kinda like watching your dad break dance. Let's not go there.
The demographics (I'm break dancing now) for this type of bike will also be very online savvy and probably have no problem with the concept. The bikes are also simple enough to eliminate much of the mystery involved with the selection and purchase. Cool set up and cool bikes. Take a look.
Here, Mitchell, JL Velo Junior teammate, puts the pressure on the unsuspecting adult racer. I heard him yelling "Passing" a few seconds later. Gotta get a kick outta that. Mitchell placed 3rd overall in the Junior 13 - 18 class. Great ride. Two lap race for the 13 - 18 year olds today.
Ian, in his second race for JL Velo, about 15 seconds behind Gideon - still sporting the mountain bike style - baggy shorts, Camelback, helmet visor. We'll go with full team duds soon. He tried clipless pedals for the first time yesterday. He did great, but we elected to go with platform pedals for the race - he's been riding those for years. Needs a few more clipless sessions and he'll be ready to roll.
Pedal Ian pedal. 2nd overall finish today in the U-12 class. Great job. U-12 rode one lap of the course, Ian said he could have done two laps. This series appears to be a confidence booster and good experience for 11 year old Ian. Many longer races in the future. No rush, all should be a fun learning experience at this age.
Polished lugs complete with "T" for Torelli. Nice paint work. For the kids out there, that's a pump peg protruding from the head tube. Back in the day, before mini-pumps and CO2 cartridges, full length pumps graced the top tube of most road bikes. They actually worked too. Go figure.
"You ride everything else and then you get a chance to ride a state-of-the-art steel bike built by a real artist—nothing else feels that good. If I speak in a hushed breath it's because I'm 50 years old and I've been a bike nut since I was a kid and the pleasure I get from riding a bike means the world to me."