Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Do you Giro? We do, and love it.



 They're more than a company...they're a verb!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Steel WÜleur Eric Horton's California Caletti

        It doesn't get much better than this folks. Do yourself a favor and avoid the temptation of picking this thing up prior to the road tilting upward, you might get a little discouraged and or  ferrous feather envy.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

WÜleurs who can't ride, often dream of riding...

I can almost make out the words of the green street sign as the rising sun wiggles its way through the early morning coastal fog.  I usually don’t get up this early, but this all day ride has been on my mind for months and I had to experience it again.  As I approach the old fire house and the first small decent of the day, I feel like reaching down and slowly dragging my hand over the familiar smooth roads like a surfer would feel the silky moving water of a wave.

When I was a kid, I embraced the endless stretch of time between school years. That feeling of drifting is one that I look back upon with fervor that borders on a jealousy of my former self. I can’t remember particulars, only that feeling of freedom from a life unencumbered, and drifting free. And while growing up has eliminated those epic spans of time, the drift can still be felt off the tarmac. I climb to crest the summit, and see the gravel bed lying down before me. I surge to pump speed into the backside of the summit grade. I lift my hips up and behind the seat, drop the heels, and personify a mountain lion about to pounce. As I accelerate downhill my speed indicator is simply the wind whipping along my ruffling jersey. The drive train whirs. Each tic of the freewheel is a stressball rolling off my shoulders. I dive into a massive sweeping gravel left. The bike leans over. While down below the tires claw for traction, up top I’m relaxed, I’m drifting. And as I hit the apex of the turn and begin to carve, the g-forces push the corners of my mouth upward. The wind. The drift. The smile. The endless sense of time between this corner and the next.  I’m young again.

I cherish the moment knowing the road has gifted me this day. My life long kinship with the open road has been unwavering and feels like a warm blanket as I drift in and out of its familiar spaces. As I pedal along leaving a virtual trail of worries in the dust, I make subtle adjustments to my position unseen to the naked eye which will prove to be crucial over the next 6 hours. As I scan the horizon I can see my prominent and permanent friend off in the distance waiting for my arrival. My mind settles on the notion that every valley, every pebble, every inch of pavement, have defiantly conspired to deliver me to the top of the mountain.

Friday, July 25, 2014

SWer Dain Zaffke's Santa Cruz Black Cat...MEOW!

            Check out the latest whip from south sider Todd Ingermanson at Black Cat Bicycles.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Jet Set WÜleurs living right...& I'm taking notes

I have been thinking quite a bit lately (since 0800 on May 8th) about my vocation and what it all means as I continue to log an endless amount of hours this summer working for the California bear. Sometimes the act of  trading life energy hours for money is hard to swallow, however recently I have had the unique opportunity to work along side some of the most professional, ethical, and hardworking blue collar folks I have ever met and that makes it all worth it...almost.

Speaking of hard working folks who have paid their dues (and then some)...
So let me get this straight, all I have to do is continue to work hard all my life, take impeccable care of my family, provide a top notch professional service, maintain ethical purity, keep my body in excellent condition, create a sense of community, and Mama WÜleur and I can be pedal pushing grandparents who explore random villages in the Czech Republic and the Island of Mallorca and look like this- sign us up!


                              Brand & Linda Wiles enjoying Cesky Krumlov (Czech Republic)

 Mallorca

                                                                            Mallorca
 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

blue collar boogie bike SW style...


                                          ... for more pics of this Caletti go to Cycle EXIF
 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Let's roll cuz...

                                                          photo by Grandma WÜleur

Freedom: being able to pedal your Caletti with your older cousin around town.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Chasing granite...

                    16 hours of pushing circles and a solid NW wind will get you to 'The Captain"
            
            
            

Saturday, April 26, 2014

A butterfly floats on the breaze...

                                                              photo by Luke Grenier
 
                           ...of a sun lit day, uncle and Mia feel their worries gently fade away
                          Rest Day rule #1 - no bikes, no books, no babyruths (in the pool)
                           
                          
                                           

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hi Thursday, it's me again...

If you keep the sun up until 3, we'll promise to say hello to Miss Henrietta. 

 




For the record: Todd helped me break 4 hours to the top, unfortunately this is an out and back boogie and the wind was on our 12 o'clock for the second 4 hours...

Ball Mauler 3 -only 10 miles from home but...


Ball Mauler is at it again, below are all the details..
Saturday April 19, 2014 for the third running of The Ball Mauler. The route covers around 71 miles with about 11,000 feet of climbing. Meet at Kelly’s French Bakery in Santa Cruz. We roll out at 8:00.
Below is the approximate route with mileage and elevation gain, so you can plan how much of the ride you want to do:
1) Kelly’s Bakery up Western up Empire Grade to the top of Jamison Rd: 17.5 miles/2,900ft
2) Down Jamison to Hwy 236 and back up 6mis (then ride Empire Grade Rd south to the top of Alba 4mis): 10 miles/1,600ft
3) Down Alba Rd to Hwy 9 and back up 7.4mis (ride Empire Grade Rd south to the top of Pine Flat Rd 1.9mis): 8.3 miles/2,200ft
4) Down Pine Flat & Bonny Doon to Hwy 1 and back up 14.8mis (ride Empire Grade Rd south to the top of Felton Empire 1.8mis): 16.6 miles/2,100ft
5) Down Felton Empire to Hwy 9 and back up 7.2mis (ride Empire Grade Rd to Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery 9.8mis): 17 miles/1,600ft
TOTALS:
5 climbs
71 miles
11,000 feet of climbing

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

And for my next trick I will...

..fillet braze an adirondack chair for DZ and rid you all of spandex
Todd holding court Black Cat style in the SC Mts

patiently waiting for the 1:15 Gazos line

Thanks to Giro a small group of  unassuming pedal pushers wiggled their way safely through the back roads of the Santa Cruz Mountains without issue. We came to the conclusion that the belt loops, zippered flies, and handsome wool had a lot to do with it...

Friday, April 4, 2014

Dad, can I get a cookie & some m&m's...yep


We got out of dodge for a week on a 200 mile family cycle touring trip of the central coast and quickly discovered the benefits of packing my trusty Grundig short wave radio. We successfully wiggled our way out of a couple storms thanks to some familiar faces who happened to be on night watch at the local fire house. Olive scratched out this rendering of our trip while we waited for some french fries in San Simeon. We already have our next trip planned! Stay tuned for photos and ride report...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Steel WÜl Trivia- Santa Barbara greyhound



Question: Who is this sinewy sultan of suffer-snot 

Hint: He and Eric Cech used to put the hurt on all the dopers in February and March when they would come out swinging for the fence at the first big races of the season. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Bohlman On Orbit: 24min & 56secs of hell...


...for Tracy Colwell anyway in 1997 (record holder). I was wondering what the profile was after pedaling octagons up the damn thing the other day. 



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hi Thursday it's me, can we pedal early today?

I've had to get creative with my weekly pedaling schedule so this morning Doug E. Fresh and I headed into the mountains at 6:30 and chipped out 10k feet by noon. I think I like this new approach because the first few hours tick by effortlessly as the morning slowly catches up to you. In other words, I had to be home by noon.

Ride Name: Charlie-Bohlman-Charlie
(Rodeo Gulch, Granite Creek, Charlie, Skyline, Bohlman & the sting in the tail finish with Black Rd.)


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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Allan Peiper & Kelly Slater practice yoga...do you?

Gabriel Benjamin pre-ride

Yoga for Cyclists and Athletes! Saturday, March 8th 2 to 4 Divinatree Yoga.
An excellent program designed to assist with recovery and relaxation for the athletes body and mind. Our postures will address the needs of the legs and full range of motion of the hips with some gentle toning exercises for the spine and the core. Weather a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or non athlete that just wants to come stretch this program will leave you empowered and elated. 

Gabriel Benjamin is a long time cyclist, yogi, nature lover, and poet. He teaches workshops and retreats internationally and takes his bike with him were ever he goes to enjoy cycling and sight seeing around the world~ 

$25 Prereged by march 2 $30 after

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Protected class...40 year olds

Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle will always be 40 to me.



Friday, February 28, 2014

My chrome is shining just like an icicle...

..the Slovakian rides around California on his Cannondale bicycle-bicycle. Make sure to get out and support the city of Monterey for hosting stage 4 of the Tour of California on May 14th.