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07.24.14 - Back from the wilds of California and Utah
made it out of crowded Cali alive and I'm back to work. I love
visiting the coast - the ocean is pretty sweet. No way to
celebrate a coastal ride like a no- handed track stand, right?
Santa Barbara the trails have actual rocks, unlike most of our overly-
groomed trails here. I can say that while the riding in Durango
is fun, my technical skills have gone downhill since the last time I
rode the Cold Springs trail, pictured at left... sure wish we could
keep a few of Durango's trails super-techy, just for skills maintenance
road riding in SB, while steep, is pretty awesome as well.
Full-body workout, climbing this on a SS! Thankfully there's more
oxygen than I'm used to down there.
the way back this direction from SoCal, we stopped for a few days just
Salt Lake City for Salsa's 2015 bike line release. We've been
super-pleased with all of Salsa's bikes this year, and 2015 is looking
even better! Left, the beyond- category Bucksaw - which rides
incredibly light. There is no such thing as a trail too rough for
this guy - feels like you can ride anywhere! And no, it doesn't
climb like a pig. I know you'd think it would, but all I can say
about this bike's overall ride is nothing short of amazing. They
Spearfish, Salsa's short-travel XC full-sus bike, gets the carbon-
frame treatment this year. Drops half a pound, gains lateral
stiffness. Rode pretty awesome, although a little quick for my
personal taste! If you want to go fast, however, this is the bike
for you. Last time I went riding with Kurt Refsnider, this is
what he was riding. Currently he's bikepacking through the Alps
on one of these (yes, I'm jealous).
Horsethief is Spearfish's big brother and also gets the carbon option
this year. I really liked this bike. Split Pivot has been
my favorite suspension design ever since it first showed up on
Devinci's bikes a few years back, and I am happy to see Salsa also
licensing the design from engineer Dave Weagle. In fact, this is
a large reason we brought Salsa on board! The Horsethief has
120mm of travel and is ready to conquer any backcountry trail you want
to throw at it with aplomb. The single- bike quiver for a lot of
is another of my favorite bikes to be introduced this year. The
Blackborow is Salsa's new 5", 190mm rear end fatbike. This thing
will rock the largest tires available with no complaints. Want to
ride Alaskan beaches? Test Tracks in a foot of snow? The
snowshoe trails at the Nordic Center? No problem. The best
thing I can say about this bike is that I have a Pugsley, I was
considering an Ice Cream Truck, and I've owned a Fatback - I rode this
and it WILL be my new fatbike. Nothing else compares for my
also rode the new Mukluk with the RockShox Bluto suspension fork
(stock!), which was basically like riding half the Bucksaw.
Finally, we rode the Colossal, Salsa's disc-equipped road bike, and it
was exactly what a mountain biker wants out of a road bike -
comfortable, stable, durable, and outfitted with parts we understand
We will be putting in our pre-order for 2015 Salsa bikes in the next
few days. Some of these bikes will sell out pretty quickly, so if
you know you want something or another, please let us know - we'll get
you one on the first run!
07.09.14 - Road Trip!
and I are hitting the road for about ten days, beginning Monday.
Sandhya's brother is getting married in the hometown of Santa Barbara,
and I never miss a good reason to visit Santa Barbara. I'll be
riding out there for sure (left, the really fun Santa Cruz trail).
On the way back, we'll take a large-ish detour through Salt Lake City
to hit up SaddleDrive, a trade show where we'll be checking out,
riding, and pre-ordering 2015 Salsa and Surly models, including Salsa's
new Bucksaw full-sus fatbike. Just in case you haven't yet seen
There it is. Those of you who have expressed interest in pre-
ordering a Bucksaw will be getting a call from me shortly. If you
want one but haven't said anything yet, speak now or hold your peace
until these come back into stock after the first run is sold out.
Cody will be running the show until we get back on the 24th or so. See you soon!
07.02.14 - In the books
DDC is in the books. It was a gorgeous day outside, as evidenced
by this bad cell phone photo I took up in the Section Point area.
Not a cloud in the sky all day long. With weather like that and a
bike that was flawless, it was too bad I had a replay of 2012 and
bailed after 60 miles. The world's best conditions can't make up
for no legs, no lungs, and no stomach. Some year I'll figure out
how to keep you all happy at the shop and also how to keep me happy on
the bike! Ryan, Danny, and Kylie did awesome out there, along
with everyone else who finished. Good job! By the way,
people who brought water: Thanks so much for bringing lots of
water. Please, though, come pick up your 5-gallon jerry cans,
because there are a ton of them here and we just don't have
space. I'll keep them for another few days or so, but I'll end up
donating them to the thrift store if you don't care enough about them
to pick 'em up ASAP.
in the books: Adventure By Bike night with Bedrock Bags and Salsa
Cycles. This was awesome. About 50 people packed into the
shop and we talked about bikepacking and touring for a good
while. We hope to see some of you soon to get you geared up for
your next big adventure!
the 2nd Annual Bicycle Fashion Show was a rousing success. Thanks
to our friends at Carver Brewing Company and the City, and especially
to everyone who "modeled"!
06.27.14 - Let's get ready to rumble...
DDC is here again. One hundred miles, fourteen thousand feet of
climbing (and descending, of course), plenty of snow to muck around in,
and a whole bunch of fun. Best of all? Free and mostly
self-supported. We have our traditional three volunteer-run aid
stations at Hermosa North TH, Hotel Draw's summit, and Kennebec
Pass. You can drop off food and water for anyone to use tonight
until six PM, or bring it with you in the morning! Seven AM start
here at VC, but be here early to sign in. Don't forget cash
donations for the volunteers - let's buy them all dinner!
The Durango Dirty Century - true backcountry riding, several years strong. Thanks for playing!
(Left: Doug Johnson and myself in 2011, finishing together for the win. I haven't been that fast since...)
06.23.14 - Events are happening!
Yes, we just posted this image a couple weeks back (click for full size).
But it's coming right up and we want you to be there! So don't
miss Thursday night's Adventure By Bike workshop with VC, Bedrock, and
Salsa Cycles. It's going to be a great time, with awesome
stories, Q&A, snacks and swag. Also, we will have a keg, so
there's that going for us. Mucho gracias to our buddy Jordan, who
hooked us up with the keg.
the Second Annual Bicycle Fashion Show is happening Tuesday night at
Carver's at 5:30pm. This was fun last year and should be
again. Please note that this means our Tuesday night ride isn't
happening this week, and we will be closed 30 or 45 minutes early
the much-awaited Durango Dirty Century is coming up on Saturday.
Registration is probably pretty much full, but if you can find the
registration page, you may be able to squeak in under our limit of 70
06.09.14 - Hello, high country...
are melting out fast. Won't be long before all sorts of epic
rides will be opening up... time to start piecing loops together.
05.30.14 - This will be a good time... you should be there.
05.28.14 - Events calendar updated - lots of new events posted!
Just updated the 2014 Events
calendar. I know, it's been a long time coming... but hey, it's
done! We've added several awesome events to the list, so go check it out. Specifically, we've added:
-Emergency Repair 101 Clinic
-The Second Annual Bicycle Fashion Show
-Adventure By Bike Party (should be super-fun!)
do need volunteers with fashion sense on either end of the spectrum
(great or terrible) for the Fashion Show. Don't worry, it's
completely tongue in cheek - no real fashionistas here. So call
us up, and put your dignity on the line - and on the red carpet.
We promise it will be fun. Really. On another note, we're
especially excited about the Adventure By Bike Party - we've got some
folks coming from Salsa Cycles to share adventure stories, bikepacking
know-how, and some swag to boot!
05.27.14 - What else? Bikes, of course!
'Tis the season. So here are a couple bike shots for you.
up, Andrew at Bedrock Bags made me a sweet Colorado pride framebag to
echo the shop logo. Looks pretty amazing on my Salsa El Mar Ti,
especially with Silver Mtn. in the background.
of you have probably seen this bike in the shop already. We built
it over the spring, full custom, for a discerning customer. This
9:ZERO:7 Whiteout has 190mm spacing, 4.8" tires, SRAM XX1 drivetrain,
HED carbon rims (US-made), and a bunch of other goodies. Weighs
in, as it sits - including 1.1 POUNDS of sealant - at 25 lbs
flat. Wicked. Imagine floating that thing through powder...
Group ride time!
05.22.14 - So many super-cool bikes out there...
Why hello there... just waiting for the light of day, huh?
like to consider myself a friend to all bicycles. I'm enthused by
brand-new trail rigs, classic steel roadsters, gas- pipe cruisers, and
more. I'm fond of arcane bikes from eras past, even ones without
much of a pedigree. Earlier today, a fellow brought in a Free
Spirit (sold by Sears in the '80s) folding bike, complete with a Sachs
automatic, two-speed internal gear hub. It was absolutely
spotless and looked brand new, and even though it was a poorly made,
inexpensive bike at the time, it was still pretty cool to check
out. We then spent most of the day working on late-model road
bikes for the upcoming Steel Pony festivities, and that was cool.
And then I built this thing.
all of the above, there's something about a high-end titanium hardtail
that just gets me. Possibly it's that when I began in shops as a
youngster, in the mid-90's, ti hardtails equipped with XTR parts were
THE bikes to have. I remember staring at ads in the back of Mountain Bike Action
for Dean ti bikes and thinking they were the coolest thing ever.
As I grew older and worked into ever- higher levels of the industry,
culminating on the World Cup MTB race circuit, I got caught up in the
carbon craze, along with the rest of the bicycle world. Now,
however, ti is roaring back as a viable frame material, I've been off
the carbon wagon for almost a decade, and my take on bikes is just
about full circle. It's awesome to see this El Mariachi Ti XTR
come through on its way to its new owner, if for no other reason than
it tugs on some roots that began growing in 1995 or so. Living
life in the bicycle world - I love it, always have, always will!
Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me. Ride on!
05.14.14 - Bedrock Bags Gets Bright
from Bedrock Bags brought us this awesome frame bag for our stock Fargo
3 yesterday. And then he was nice enough to go take a pro photo
of it too... what a guy! Looks pretty cool, and I think it's the
first yellow frame bag I've ever seen. Thanks Andrew!
05.13.14 - Tuesday Night Ride Cancelled Tonight!
has been an up and down week, weather-wise! Less than a week ago
it was amazingly beautiful outside. Today, it's snowing after a
couple days of rain, snow, slush and hail. So we're calling off
the ride tonight - no sense in destroying the trails and it sounds like
it might be pretty chilly anyhow. Next week looks good though, so
far - see you then!
05.12.14 - SALE on Fatbikes, 29+ Models, & Whisky Apparel!
we're happy and proud to stock all the new brands this spring has
brought us, we're finding our small shop space to be a bit crowded at
the moment (as we expected!). So we're having a little sale to
free up some space for our new Salsa bikes and Endura apparel. To
wit: All 2014 in- stock fatbikes and 29+ models are now 10% off, and Whisky clothing items are a whopping 35% off!
If you've been looking for a Pugsley, Pug Ops, ECR, or Krampus, we have
a deal for you. Need some understated technical apparel that
doesn't make you feel like a billboard? Ditto on the deals.
And don't worry, Surly fans - we're not leaving Surly behind, just
making some space with the bikes least used at this time of year.
You'll still find Surly in stock, on the floor, going forward, along
with the rest of our stellar lineup from Devinci, Salsa, Civia, and
05.09.14 - Salsa has entered the building, fresh spring cruisers, and Durango Bikes app launched!
would be a bit of an under- statement to say we've been busy
lately. Sorry for the lack of updates - here's a bunch of info
all at once!
up: We have a bunch of Salsa bikes built up and on the floor.
People have been absolutely stoked on these! From the top down
for the image to left: Fargo 3, El Mariachi 2, Warbird 3 and
Fargo 2, El Mar 3, El Mar SS, El Mar Ti. And there are more where
those came from...
Next up: The Durango Bikes app we've sponsored has been launched and is available for download on Apple and Android
devices. This app is obviously not meant so much for long- time
locals or people who have been riding bikes forever, but for newcomers
to our fair burg or cycling in general it's pretty damn handy!
You can learn about commuter- friendly routes through town, basic MTB
trails, and various other things using Durango Bikes. Check out the app's info page here, or download for Apple here or Android here. We hope you like it - let us know what you think!
spring appears to have sprung for real. We had a couple of cold,
wet days there - but that's spring in Colorado! Now that the
weather's looking sunny and warm, we figured it was the perfect time to
show off these summer townies. We've carried Civia Cycles for a
good while, but we recently brought in further models, including this
green beauty with a front basket and an internal-gear drivetrain.
This is an awesome town bike! Farmer's Market, here we come...
05.02.14 - This Week's Group Ride Shot & Salsa Demo Goodness
group rides have been awesome this year. A bunch of good people
are showing up every week, and we're just going out and shredding
around the valley, having a blast. No egos, no hurry- up- faster
stuff, just having fun being outside on the trail. You should join us.
Here, Paul takes the descent from the Gravity Cavity for the first time.
went out to the Phil's World Salsa demo on Wednesday. It was a
little cold and windy, but other than that, it was awesome! We
rode some awfully nice bikes, talked to some folks, and Sandhya
absolutely fell in love with this titanium El Mariachi... looks like
I'll be swapping her parts over to a new frame soon. They only
had a medium frame, which is small for me, but I rode it for a few
minutes anyway. Wowsers. I've ridden ti before, but it's
been a while, and that bike feels good. I mean, really good. I think I'll have to sneak out on Sandhya's new bike sometimes... don't tell her!
04.26.14 - Salsa Cycles Joins the Velorution!
dropped a few hints lately, but now it's official - Salsa Cycles and
Velorution Cycles have partnered up, and we are stoked! Salsa has
built a solid reputation over the last several years, building bikes
for the bikepacking, touring, fatbiking, and trail-riding crowd - sound
familiar? "Adventure by Bike" could well be our shop motto, and
when we saw their 2014 lineup we knew we had to bring them on
board. Whether it's the steel- or ti-hardtail El Mariachi, the
SplitPivot Spearfish full-sus, the Fargo or Vaya touring bikes, or the
new Bucksaw full-suspension fatbike, Salsa builds bikes to get you out
there. And we are happy to be able to bring them to our floor -
so you can see, touch, and ride before buying. Many more details
of various models on the way - but for now, keep an eye out for Salsa
models hitting the floor this coming week! And, FYI - if you'd
like to demo some bikes on dirt, Salsa is pulling their demo trailer
through the area this week. They (and we) will be at Phil's World this Wednesday, April 30, from noon to six PM. Come on out and demo some bikes. We'll see you on the trail! (Above
photo: Durango resident, Salsa rider, and VC buddy Brett Davis, riding
his ti El Mariachi on the Tour Divide route in 2011.)
04.16.14 - Durango Bikes app launching soon; Also, awesome group rides!
We're proud to announce that we've partnered with My City Bikes to launch a new app, Durango Bikes,
which will be a great resource for newcomers to bikes, Durango, or
both! This app will help the new rider or resident find the best
commuter routes and basic MTB trails in our area, along with other
helpful info. We are stoked to sponsor this project and hope it
helps more than a few people out! Launching in the very near
future - more info on the forthcoming app, the My City Bikes project,
and so on here: http://bit.ly/DurangoBikes Check it out, and let us know what you think!
another note, our group ride last night was awesome. Fifteen of
you rad riders showed up and we had a great time on the newly- reopened
South Rim trail. We also had the most eclectic assortment of
bikes I've seen in a while (outside of the shop, of course) - fatbikes,
29+, full-sus, hardtails, full rigid, singlespeed, handbuilt... all as
unique as the people that ride them. Thank you all for coming
out, let's keep these rides rockin'!
04.14.14 - Nice job all you Gravel Grinders!
so much to everyone that came out to the Durango Gravel Grinder on
Saturday! We had a record turnout and a great time. We had
everything from CX race bikes to fat bikes on course. The weather
mostly cooperated, although we all had to dodge a bit of lightning and
rain. We had a lot of finishers on the 115-mile route, with good
friends Danny Powers and Kylie Krauss coming in first and second
overall. A lot of folks set personal mileage records, which is
awesome! Matt Turgeon, race organizer, couldn't ride because of
an injured wrist - so he decided to just run
the first 45-mile loop. Nuts. Only four of us signed up for
the 160-mile route (one dropped early), and Jordan, Alex, and I rode
together almost all day, deciding to not call it a race at the last
minute and finishing together before heading over to Carver's for food
and drink (thanks, Mike!). For the record, 160 miles on a
singlespeed hurts. Of course I knew that, from last year, but a
year's time has a way of making one forget...
This is what the sky looked like most of the afternoon. Despite
the ominous appearance, we somehow managed to avoid getting rained or
lightning-ed on - instead, we just rode huge loops around the storms
(on course). Sure was pretty.
04.08.14 - New Clothing Line, New Shop Tees, & More!
Oh boy. These shirts, long since dreamt up, are just now in the mail, printed by none other than our buddy Clint at the Tillman Project.
If you know our shop, you know that while we love riding downhill fast,
we value riding up the hill as well - and these tees playfully
recognize that. So if shuttles aren't your thing, come check
these early next week!
Here's the other print... also with the logo on the back. Wicked!
we're stoked to have added Endura clothing to our lineup here at the
shop. This Scottish line of technical apparel is super
high-quality and very reasonably priced. We've brought in a solid
selection of jerseys, jackets, shorts, and glasses for the summer in
both men's and women's versions. Awesome colors too - come check
Spring trails in Durango... mmmm. Get out and ride, now's the time!
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