2012 Season Opener

We’re officially calling the start of the 2012 Idyllwild riding season.

As the snow melts off, the creeks have started flowing a little higher and flowers around town are budding. The trails are opening up and running great with sticky dirt. With the aroma of Pine, Ribbonwood, and Sage, it even smells like spring.

This last weekend, we got our first shop ride in with Chris from San Diego, a guy who we didn’t know before. Like so many in-season shop rides past, by the end it was all hugs & high-fives.

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Dan’s Flat Bar Fargo

This unique Fargo build is for Dan, who will be going LONG with his new ride.

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Dirt road riding and bikepacking is our forte, we helped Dan put some thought into his custom build kit. First off, the Salsa Fargo frame is a proven chassis for this application, carrying its weight long and low, with plenty of provisions for frame bags, racks, and water bottle mounts to keep weight off the back.

From the start, Dan wanted his bike to be based on a flat bar riding position. We settled on the versatile Jones Loop bar, which offers several hand positions for anything from off road use to pavement cruising. The drivetrain is mostly Shimano XT, pared with a set of Paul’s Thumbies shifters, which work great on these bars. They also have the added benefit of a “friction” mode, so the shifters will keep working even if the derailleur is damaged and won’t index.
Stopping duties went to a set of Avid BB7 mechanicals for ease of maintenance, boosted with Odyssey linear cable housing for extra power and modulation.

 

The wheelset is especially nice. We built it up with Shimano XT hubs and NoTubes Flow rims, 36 spokes laced up with DT Competition spokes for durability and stiffness even when loaded heavy. He’s running a set of WTB Nano Raptor tires, known for low rolling resistance and durability.

We finished the build off with a set of bags from Revelate Designs and a frame pack he already had. Regarding Dan’s first ride on it, he said:
“Yesterday was her maiden voyage. I rode mostly dirt and paved roads throughout the national park. 20 miles or so and it was heaven. So smooth and easy to ride. Better than I imagined. One friend offered to buy her on the spot after taking his turn. She really is amazing and THANK YOU.”

 

Women Friendly

I’m very excited about the direction our shop is taking and want to share a little, maybe even get on my soap box.

Our shop has a touch of the feminine. I’ve always enjoyed riding with men, but the companionship of gabbing with the girls on a women’s ride fills a very important role for me. I also think that getting everyone on bikes is positively affected by getting women out.

I read a great article on scientificamerican.com this week about the gender differences between men and women on bikes. Women want safe bike routes and want them to be practical – like to get to the grocery store, or the park with a kid in tow. So, when we design our communities with these needs in mind, the bike routes and lanes become friendly to all – from beginners to avid riders.

“An emerging body of research suggests that a superior strategy to increase pedal pushing could be had by asking the perennial question: What do women want?”

Beyond making our communities a good place to ride a bike, I have bonded with so many women over a ride and there are many things in our society that pit women against each other, and cycling can do the opposite, if we allow it.

This is why we have women’s rides on Sunday (leaving the shop at 9am.) We are building an army! How many towns this small have women’s rides… not many that I’ve been to, but we are setting a new standard. I am also trying to get going with spin classes in the mornings, but that’s still a little ways off. Women have crazy schedules. They have kids, they have jobs, and often don’t take the time for themselves. Well, this is our healthy way to get together and better ourselves. So, for now, join us on the rides and we’ll have details of the spin classes pretty soon (could just be for bad weather days… not sure yet.)

One other issue that we’re addressing with our shop is women’s apparel and cycling goods. We currently have many different women’s t-shirts in stock and some wonderful bags made by my girlfriend, Maria and her mom Sue at Wyoming Rose Boutique. When we have a little more inventory, you can be assured that we will have at least equal representation for women’s technical wear and definitely lots of women’s accessories.

My goal is to be the HUB of women’s cycling in the area and we’re off to a great start.

-Siren Mary