Too many blogs

•October 24, 2007 • Comments Off on Too many blogs

If you want to know what happens next….

www.jetsetbikemechanic.wordpress.com  the continuation of the Dave’s bike shop blog.  It began after the closing of the shop-  there is also the FTS cyclocross team website that can be linked via the prvious entry

FTS CYCLING’S OWN WEBSITE

•September 27, 2007 • Comments Off on FTS CYCLING’S OWN WEBSITE

Wanna know what we are upto?????

www.ftscycling.wordpress.com

Kiwi lays down the smack at Vuelta D’ Bisbee

•April 30, 2007 • Comments Off on Kiwi lays down the smack at Vuelta D’ Bisbee

This Just in:   TeamExpresscopy.com Rider Meshy Holt wins the Vuelta D’ Bisbee!!!!!!

Congrat’s Meshy on a very commanding win!

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Photo: Mason Ibas

I wonder who built her bike???????

Fast Chicks and Slow Trucks

•April 22, 2007 • Comments Off on Fast Chicks and Slow Trucks

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Yo….

It is I.  Back from another crazy trip.  Hopped a flight to the PDX in Portland, OR to help establish the Team Expresscopy.com Service course. (that’s euro for warehouse)  Met up with Scott (Director Sportif) and Kiwi Jeff.  We stacked a bunch of shelves, went out to Olive Garden in the sponsors $136,000 Maseratti,( did you know in the PDX you can’t order a beer if you are a Kiwi- drivers license or not- without your passport-  no, it’ s true) bought a box truck. Drank some really good coffee (thank you Riseretta)  Pulled some pimp my ride magic-  custom racks for 40 wheels, 16 bikes and months of parts and food-  some flashy yellow stickers and 4 days labor- Voila!! new team truck.  I was flown out to help with the truyck buil out, but my primary purpose was to build the Girls new Galium Argon 18 Race Bikes and Glue up all of there flashy new Easton Deepdish Carbon Wheels-  1st Problem-  no bikes-  not Sunday, Not Monday, Tuesday or Wedsday.  Thursday they arrived!!!! and needed to be built from Scratch before noon so that we could load everything up and get to Monterey CA, for the Sea Otter Classic by 1:00 Friday (800 miles away) oh yeah and the tubulars were in California with Jim Wannamaker from Kenda- issues, issues, issues.  On to the slideshow portion of our program.

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Clif Bar-  This will get the girls through June.  Yup.  June.

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Kiwi Jeff and I do good work-  we cleaned Portland out of Wheel holders and still needed another 10-  but the truck is set up very well.

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Yes-  Those are all Carbon SRAM Force Cranksets and Easton Carbon EC70 Seatposts.  Mmmm Carbonnnnnnn.

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PDX Service Course-  Thursday 2:15pm

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PDX Service Course- Thursday 3:45pm.  Gotta go, go, go man…….

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Ok-  This is the view of Kiwi Jeff and his van trailer combo.  I saw way to much of this view in the 800+ miles driven from Portland, OR to Monterey CA.  We left late.  The box truck I was driving brole down within the Portland City limits-  TWICE!!!  Man.  We had to do a little wheel sucking-  I actually had to put the box truck about 2 feet behind the van and trailer to catch a draft so that we wouldn’t run out of gas outside SanJose-  We were on Fumes and Jeff gave us a draft for 26 miles and here is what we saw when we stopped for gas….

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Truely a man’s gas station!!!!  Girlie mags, Fishin’ mags, stuffed stuff and Coors!!  Yehaw-  Fire up the General Uncle Jessy-  Rosco’s a’ comin!!!  Holy. F’n. Crap.

So Many stories.  So little energy… Much, much more to come from this trip>>>>>>>

BackEast…..for now

•March 29, 2007 • Comments Off on BackEast…..for now

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Yo-  I am back from Redlands.  It was AWESOME!!!!!!!  Wrenching for a UCI Pro Women’s team is alot of hard work, but man was it cool.  The girls are great-  the support staff is great.  The girls actually took 8th on GC which is pretty good considering that their strongest riders are out at the moment-  two with Injuries and Gina is at the Track World Championships-  So, long story short.  Good racing, got along with the team.  Passed the test-  going to Portland, OR for a few days in a week or so to put together 15 team bikes and then driving to Monterey, CA for the Sea Otter classic.  In May I am going to Europe for a month-  1st stop Antwerp Belgium, then on to the Elite factory in Italy and finally France for the Tour D’ Laude Stage race.  Sweeeeetttttt.  Here are a few pics for your viewing pleasure

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This is my view from the team car as we got to join our rider Ann Samplonious who was in a 5 rider break that was able to get 2 minutes on the main field.  The group stayed away until the final climb to Oak Glen-  When the time gap got to 2 minutes-  the chase group formed and hunted down the 5.  They were not caught until the last 3km

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Team T-Mobile’s Ina Teutenberg-  one of the fastest women in the world gives an interview to a Journalist in front of our team trailer????????

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Loading the trailer for the day…..  Guess how much money is sitting here…. try again!!

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Jessica’s 15lb weapon of choice.  mmmmm carbon.  lots of carbon.

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Jouelle (“jr”) Numainville-  the Canadian Junior National Champion signs an autograph for one of her many fans.  She is known for her generous nature and charm.

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Alison looks almost rested after 105km of very hard road racing in 80 degree weather.  That’s pro!

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The Pit at the  Redlands NRC Pro Crit-  crowded, very crowded.

Go West Young Man…….

•March 14, 2007 • Comments Off on Go West Young Man…….

Opportunity has knocked.  I have answered.  California Here I come.  On March 20th I will be traveling to Ontario, CA.  where I will meet Scott Gerrie-  Director Sportif of the Expresscopy.com Pro Women’s Cycling Team.  I will be “testing the waters” with the 11 rider uber team as a mechanic at the Redlands Classic Stage Race.  If all goes well I will serve as a team mechanic for select events in Europe and on the Western Coast.  Mitch Plaine, Owner of Plaine’s Bike, Ski and Board (and my new boss) has been very supportive of the endeavor.  Mitch is a nice and very smart man, and lucky for me, he sees this for what it is-  an awesome once in a life time opportunity.  There are less than 50 UCI Pro Continental Team Mechanics in the World and I will be one of them.  That’s pretty cool-  if I do say so myself

The End of an era……..

•March 6, 2007 • Comments Off on The End of an era……..

Dave’s Bike Shop is now closed 

 To all my loyal customers, thank you.   Thank you for believing.  Thank you for being understanding and loyal.  Thank you for being not only customers, but friends as well.  Thank you for allowing me to live the dream for the last 6 years.  I have closed the store but I have not left.  Starting in March I will be spinning wrenches at Plaine’s Bike Shop.  I look forward to seeing you at Plaine’s and out on the trail. 

Sooooooo

To all the local idiots that bought shit on ebay and from faceless online discounters to save a couple of dollars and complained about the cost of labor from “local” shops –  congratulations!!  you contributed in more ways than one to the closing of this shop and will ultimately effect the bottom lines of all the other small IBD’s in this area.  Contrary to popular belief-  we don’t make a million dollars a year.  Most of us aren’t in it for the money.  We are in it because we love cycling.  We love working on bikes and we love being a central part of the bike community.  We want this and we want to be able to pay our bills-  that’s it.  Being a small IBD things are more expensive for us, so they are slightly more expensive for you, but what you get in the form of service far outways the small financial difference-for you.  You actually benefit from this dynamic-  but apparently you don’t get it. So for all of you who didn’t get it-  Do you get it now?  If you still don’t get it-  let me spell it out for you-

BUY LOCAL.  SUPPORT LOCAL. 

We are the ones that are there when your “new bike i got online for $50 bucks less than the local shop” breaks on the trail- and we fix it for free.  We are the ones that gave you the knowledge that allowed you to make your decision to buy that new bike you love so much-  and we are the ones that get fucked in the end.  You know who you are.  I know who you are.  I can’t wait to hear it “why did you close?”  and….. I can’t wait to explain it again.