Thursday, May 31, 2012

Closed June 1-4 for product testing and rallying

The Grant Petersen Just Ride book signing party was the most fun I've had in a LONG time. Thanks so much to everybody who came out and spent time with us. Special thanks, of course to Grant, for being such an inspirational bike person who is not selfish with his wit and wisdom. Also, thanks to my buddy Lanny who cooked most of the food and provided beer, which I think most will agree was as good as is imaginable. I'd also like to mention Eric, who helped out in numerous behind-the-scenes ways with the event.

This kicks off the Rivendell Rally weekend in Red Wing, for which we'll be CLOSED JUNE 1-4, reopening on Tuesday normal hours. This will be a Saturday-Sunday thing with camping in the middle. To attend: you, your bike, camping gear, and a spirit of adventure, should be at Red Wing's Bay Point Park Saturday morning at 8 am. I'm riding with some other people to and from Red Wing, leaving Friday morning around 8am from HC.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Just Ride book signing

We now have paper copies of Just Ride by Rivendell-founder Grant Petersen. They've been selling pretty well these last few weeks, but we have enough left that I decided to "advertise" by writing this blog post.

I took this image from Rivendell's website - I hope they don't mind.

The author will be here to sign books Thursday, May 31, from 6-7:30 PM. Come and meet Grant and get your book signed. Come earlier (starting around 4) and eat. We're providing LOTS of good food for this, and there'll be beer, and fun. And for Pete's sake, ride your bike.

"Gone Fishing" and a new bike I'm riding

We will be gone for the Memorial Day holiday weekend Friday, May 25 thru Monday, May 28, and back to work normal hours on Tuesday. We'll miss you, and we hope you have a nice time with or without your bike!

In the meantime, here's a somewhat crummy phone-cam picture of my semi-new Surly Disc Trucker, which replaced the Troll.

Eagle-eyed readers will notice a number of unique aspects of the build. I'm very happy with the bike and planning a variety of adventures (close and not-close to home).

I've been riding the Disc Trucker for a few weeks, and a lot of people have asked me why I didn't keep the Troll, as if I know some secret bad thing about the Troll. But the reality is simply that I feel the desire and the need to keep up with new products that we sell, and that I can't afford the money or the space to have more than 3-4 bikes at once. As for the Troll, it went to one of my chums, and I'm glad for him to have it. I may get another one someday, but we'll see. Anyway, the Disc Trucker is "pretty effing rad" as the kids say. The handling and ruggedness are perfect. It doesn't fit the monster rubber like the Troll, but it's ok with 26x2.1" tires.