Rides a Specialized Crux Carbon Cyclocross bike.
Shot on State Street in Santa Barbara, CA.
Just back from a 50-mile ride.
I tend not to like the Spandex Army. Personally, I think riding kit is a little silly. But that’s my $0.02 and I will never tell anyone else not to wear it. Some people (not me) look downright sexy in kit. We’re all cyclists. To quote Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde: “Exercise creates endorphins. Endorphins make people happy.” I think that is for the most part true: unless you are on PEDs then you are just a jerk, straight up. Unless you are in the camp that thinks that professional cyclists don’t have a choice but to turn to doping. Hey, all I have to say is, if doping has been the norm in professional cycling for so many years, the UCI should either legalize PEDs or the cyclists should just admit they use them and stop lying to everyone.
In any case, the people who ride bikes and love it, whether they wear the uniform of the Lycra Mafia or not, are the real athletes. It doesn’t even matter if you are competing or not. It only matters that you have two wheels on the ground at all times.
Stem of a hand-built cyclocross bike by Gold Coast Cycles.
So it has been a couple of weeks since I have been able to add a little bit of bike pron to tickle your funny parts. What gets in the way of this? Work. Designing stuff. Lynda.com (fascinating what you can learn there). But when I look back to see all the cool pictures I have, like close-ups of juicy bicycle parts, I feel lost. I feel like I could be giving you something more. I feel like all I see on the internets of the Google Machine nowadays are close-ups of juicy bicycle parts that I would never be able to afford. Which brings me to another dilemma I’ve been wrestling with lately. Grab a cold one and kick back for a second:
I have been wanting more photographic opportunities lately. Especially where bicycles are concerned. So I recently took it upon myself to research this year’s NAHBS. For those of you who don’t know NAHBS, it is less commonly known as the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. (Side note: is there a South American Handmade Bicycle Show?) Really, it is live bike pron. It is where thousands, nay, tens of thousands of cycling deviants go to look at hand-made bicycles and masturbate silently inside their own minds. It is a giant room filled with some of the most amazing bicycles you have ever seen. A lot of it can be called art. So my dilemma is this: do I buy a ticket to North Carolina and a hotel room? Or do I buy a new bike I’ve had my eye on for a while? Which would give me more pleasure? Taking pictures of polished lugs and hand-brazed frames? Or actually riding a brand new bike?
If you haven’t guessed already, the beautiful specimen of locally hand-crafted cycling specimen above was at last year’s NAHBS. In fact, just having a local connection, Rudy at Gold Coast Cycles, is kind of awesome. He built the geometrically awesome bike in the picture above. So I guess I could say that, with all the bike pron on the internets these days, I could just wait for someone else to take pictures whilst I ride my new bike. And out on my adventures, I can take my own pictures of other people and their bikes. There. It’s decided.
Rides a Gold Coast Cycles Cyclocross bike.
Shot on State Street in Santa Barbara, CA.
Cruising by to show off the bike.
I fist met Rudy at the bike shop. He rode in on some pastel-colored road bike he just scored for a ridiculous deal. We talked about the bike, punk rock, all sorts of other things. See, Rudy is a really cool guy. What I found out later is he builds bikes, too. Now, I build bikes. But I just gather parts and assemble them into what I think looks cool and rides well. Rudy actually builds the frames himself…brazing and welding and all that. His awesome skills make up Gold Coast Cycles. I remember the other day I ran into him in a FedEx Office and saw him producing the stencils for his head badges. Yep, he etches his own head badges on, get this, pieces of cut cymbals. How awesome is that? I really hope I get to photograph Rudy on some of his other creations.
As promised, I am bringing you your weekly humpday fix of bike pron. Pictured here is the Challenge Limus 33 Cyclocross tire. Like most people who follow cyclocross, I chose these tires both for their functionality and their looks. I have them installed on my grass racer to give it that old-school mountain bike look. They kind of remind me of the old Panaracer Fatrax tires from the 90s. Speaking of 80s, they retail for about $80.00 per tire. Boom!