Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Shift, B Shift, C Shift, Who Gives a Shift...

SFFD's finest Brent Marks not thinking about work and enjoying the sun as he puts the Santa Lucia range in the rear view mirror. 

The Wind at your six o'clock...

We wanted to share some of Olive's favorite music on YouTube before they start charging a credit card to view...I wish I was joking.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bad-ass British Boogie Brigade...

Take a moment (or hour) and enjoy this film featuring Wiggins and company and their straight forward no-nonsense approach to cycling. What do you do after you bag a half a dozen Olympic gold medals on the track- you win the TdF. I like the way they view the world. Sean Yates still looks like he can lay it down.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Show him the MONEY...

Lance and Levi donated their prize money to charity at the Nevada City Classic a couple of years ago (which was nice of them). It doesn't take much to look at this situation now and quickly come to the conclusion that they owe BJM $6,000. I would like to call this retroactive good guy restitution or RGGR. BJM could stand to make a couple of bucks if we continue to unravel this thread.

The day Ben lost contact with the group on Bonny Doon in the middle of a thunderstorm in the TOC - did he lose contact with the group or was he leading the retroactive good guy restitution group? I say the latter.

This has a similar feel to the days of yesteryear when Dean Meyer, Trent Klasna and I would get a hold of the result sheet and immediately start counting all the pros that finished in front of us (kicked our asses) at the big stage races. After throwing out all of the pros we felt better that we were now in the top 5 or 10 as amateurs. Even though nobody cared about it - there was some honor to be had there- at least we thought so. Ben's updated palmares will read very well.

Let's see some do re mi change hands...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

You can almost hear George & Lennie in the hills...

we think we saw an apparition of this truck southbound on 25

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Ridge Top to Ridge Top - Double Bridge Hop...

photo by Cory Caletti

Official Ride Report
Kilometers: yep
Hours: finished with some daylight
Route: up and over down and around
Broken Handlebar:  1
Cat-Like reflexes: 1
Chipped Armor: everyone
Ice Patch: probably
Gravel: with out a doubt
Sand: affirmative
Duct Tape used: yes
Damon Kluck hand-me-down Postal Kit: 1
La Cabana Taqueria: 3
Danny Shane Kit: 1
Pastries: 7
Locally made Bikes: 8
Cold air pockets: 1 (Glenwood at Charlie)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Steel WÜl you find it - Looper, Pedal Pusher, Jocky

The first person to email a photo of themselves with this statue of Genesha the 'Remover of Obstacles' shall receive total consciousness. DP and Emily are already there.Which is nice...

Thursday, January 17, 2013

This is dedicated to the kid I met at the OTC in 91'


David Byrne & Chris Frantz - Talking Heads

Road To Nowhere...

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Original North Coast Boogie Brigade...

Thanks for sharing this important piece of Santa Cruz cycling history. We look forward to pedaling with you soon.

Hi Jake,
As I recall before there was Steel WÜl there was Coastal Sportive But before then there was the Davenport Whalers which was the first ride group in Santa Cruz meeting at Rodger Sands Bicycle Center. Here is a pic of the jerseys sewn by mechanic Chris Tacklin's girl friend.


For the record:

In the 1860’s, the town of Davenport was founded by Captain John Davenport, a whaler from the East coast. Davenport watched the whales pass close to shore and decided this was a good place to start a whaling business to capitalize on the great demand for lamp oil. Soon after he built a pier, a small town grew up around his lucrative business.
The Santa Cruz Portland Cement Company started operation in 1906.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Bobby J always did have great hair...

I hope that Bobby will get picked back up with Team Sky soon so he can quit his new day job.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Have tools will travel - Kev McGill

Steel WÜleur and winner of the 1991 Sweetwater Road Race Kev Mcgillicuddy makes things look down right fun while working on his latest remodel. Enjoy this time-lapse montage..

For the record:
I dropped out of the 1991 Sweetwater Road Race with a bad case of "dead legs" and as it turns out I was able to watch Kev easily sprint for the win only to be relegated to last place after a knucklehead Cat 2 cried foul siting a center line violation (probably a law student). Kev shrugged it off without issue and we learned that another USCF line Judge with a bad case of "common sense" quickly reinstated the win as a center line violation only works when someone else is in contention for the win. In other words, Kev kind of kicked your ass a little bit so deal with it my man. If my memory serves me correctly, Chad Gerlach and Chris Bowman had to bail their buddy out of jail that morning because the Nazi Nevada Highway Patrol automatically arrest you if you travel over 90 mph. They were passing around a hat collecting the bail money for their buddy. I am pretty sure Papa Bill contributed a 20 spot.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

"All the roads are brown and the sky is grey"..

photo by Dain Zaffke 
Some people just look "right" on their bike and after spending a half a day chasing Todd up and over the Gabilan Range, I realized he is one of those folks.

photo by Dain Zaffke
completely broke off and sharing a SW croissant with BJM

Sunday, January 6, 2013

R.E.M. Boogie...

I woke up early this morning after having the most vivid dream last night. I dreamed that I pedaled south out of Steinbeck country and into condor country via this amazing dirt road with a bunch of friends (Big Mike, the Caletti's, Bad Brad, MT, Traugott, Sophie, Brian, Dain, Todd I, Highlander, Grey Hound and BJM). It was weird, there was an abundance of  these small croissants filled with nutella and cream cheese that seemed to go down rather easily. Then there was this unusual south wind that pushed us north for a while. At one point there was this women (who was easy on the eyes) driving a Prius asking me if I needed anything?

Saturday, January 5, 2013

body fat %, watts per kilo, croissants per hour...

I could have sworn that I read a piece by Maynard in Winning Magazine in the 80's that said something about 'croissants per hours'- or maybe I just made it up because it sounded so good. Anyway, I will be armed with 1.3 per hour.

Friday, January 4, 2013

because he can...

Sean Co's new suit has a touch of inspiration for those nerve racking board of supervisors meetings in the East Bay.