Serbrina and I went out to Topanga Creek Bicycles on Saturday to visit the shop. It’s always good to see Chris and Eric and we don’t see them often enough. We got to meet the new shop dog, Rover and he was super excited to see us. I mean, really excited.
I did manage to take a spin on a Surly ECR and check out the graphics on the new Salsa Fargo. They are really cool.
We visited for about an hour before heading down to Pedaler’s Fork to check that place out. It measured up to the hype. They have a Moots Boutique inside and even their own coffee roasters! We bought a bag of the Topanga Creek Bicycles blend so that every time I drink some coffee some good vibes get sent up TCB’s way.
On my recent ride out with the Topanga Creek Bicycle gang I was riding the Salsa Spearfish. This was the first time sportin’ the new frame bag. I gotta say it worked out pretty good. Maybe an extra flare at the front would be good for a little bit more space, but overall I’m pretty stoked. Go make something with your hands!
After limping through a full week of work and the lingering effects of the flu, I was really looking forward to the weekend. To start it off I had the opportunity to meet with Jeff Castelaz on Friday evening. Jeff is the CEO of Dangerbird Records and also the founder of the The Pablove Foundation. Months ago my friend Erik from 1Gear1Cause.org had laid the ground work for Jeff and I to meet. Friday night it all paid off.
We started off talking about bikes, the Tour Divide, and cycling in general. Eventually the conversation shifted to cycling for a cause. I wanted to pick Jeff’s brain about how to go about raising awareness for a cause. In our case it’s for PSCpartners.org, which is what Serbrina suffers from. People like Lance Armstrong, Jeff and Erik are doing amazing things for Cancer, but we would like to work towards a cause that affects us directly. Jeff gave me some great ideas and I’m really excited to move forward with some of the ideas. My goal is that every time that I turn the pedals over that someone learns about our cause or does something positive for their cause. There is much to do, but I’ll keep you updated as things get ready.
We ended up at Topanga Creek Bicycles, where we spotted not one but two of the new Salsa Spearfish FS bike. Damn that bike is sweet. Luckily for me they only had a Medium and a Large. Serbrina wasn’t too impressed with it anyways, I think she still prefers the Mukluk for me. Right Serbrina? We did get to confirm the wheel build and a couple more parts for the new frame. Hopefully it will arrive in a couple weeks to the shop and the parts will get swapped over. I’m starting to get really excited for it. So close yet so far(go).
After TCB we went to Tony’s Darts Away to try it out. We’ve been hearing about it for quite a while from some of the more respected cycling twitterers here in LA. (@jonthelam, @graphicdeziner) It is a bar, but we split another orange cream soda and tried the sandwiches. It was pretty good, but it is a hipster central for sure. There was a guy in tights, not cycling tights, but like tights from a ballet. Too much.
To cap out the night we went to see Hellride. Mike Watt, Stephen Perkins and Wayne Kramer playing Stooges songs! It was amazing to see all these guys together. Watt and Perkins wailed on every song and Kramer added something new to every song. I’ve seen Hellride many times with Peter DiStefano and this one had a different vibe. We didn’t get home until 2am and we were wore out. I guess we weren’t ready for all of that excitement. Luckily we had Sunday to sleep it off.
Yesterday the guys left on their bikepacking trip down the coast. Four guys and their Fargos. Eric, Erik, Jason and Joe. Making their way south to Los Angeles for the “Ride The Divide” screening. Did you get your tickets yet? It’s this coming Saturday in Santa Monica. Please help to spread the word. Retweet it, blog it and email it! We need your help to get the word out.
Erik and Joe both have SPOT messengers with them so you can follow along here and here. Also, check out the widget that I installed on the right. There are two tabs, one for Erik’s SPOT and one for Joe’s SPOT. That should make it easier to follow along. Hopefully we’ll get some pics soon. I’ll post them here if I get ’em.
In the meantime, get ready for the movie screening this weekend, and spread the word!