I do love this idea, and as El Gato recently pointed out, a camouflaged edition might not be a bad idea for trail side inconspicuousness.
Though on my best days, I’m a financially destitute sort of individual and as such, have generally simply taken to burying my stash under a downed tree for exactly $349.00 less than the eCool costs;
Because after all- Necessity really is the mother of invention.
In news of looking good, the two order windows have closed for the 2014 AHTBM kit, and the initial run is arriving at customers’ homes right this moment.
As in previous kit runs, Voler and I have a partnership program in which interested parties can continue to get both the current and previous year’s jerseys with no trouble.
But now they have gone and done me the ultimate solid by not only making both previous styles of jerseys available, (including last year’s shorts and bibs), but the new one, as well as the accompanying bibs and shorts on the aforementioned partnership page;
So for those who dragged their feet on the first two order windows, you’re still in luck.
As the old adage goes, if it weren’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all.
It’s like that, but the opposite way.
Would you all now like to take the opportunity to dip your toes in a little bit of art that doesn’t suck?
I would, and because I’m the captain of this constantly sinking ship, that’s what we’re gonna do.
All hail the vision of Henrique Oliveira;
This thing that Oliveira has made, I truly love.
Now, back to bike junk- At the risk of plagiarizing myself… (assuming that there’s any risk involved in that at all. I guess in light of that I’ll just declare that I will repeat myself.) Last week I got word that Swobo had knocked down the price of their Accomplice;
It was just two weeks ago when I was in Colorado, (though it seems as if it’s only been ten days.) While I was there, I was loaned one of said Accomplices, and was given the opportunity to give it a proper rogering.
Having shelved my bike snobbery long ago, I have no problem with production bikes if the attention to detail is present. I don’t care for the aesthetic of generic dropouts, or cheesy stems, but won’t turn my nose up at a bike if it happens to possess those things. That said, not even an inkling of nose-turning occurred because the devil’s details were very much present. I mentioned the dropouts and the stem specifically, because those were two things on the old Swobo Sanchez that kinda made me feel like I used to when I was a little kid in church and I would eat a bunch of breath mints on an empty stomach just because I was bored.
Fresh, yet queasy.
Like, they certainly did the trick, but there was nothing trick about them.
Not so on the Accomplice;
Specifically, it’s the black hardware what do it for me.
Anyway, back to the repeating of myself- I wrote the following short blurb about my time on the bike on AHTBM Facebook page;
“This is the bike that was under me during my recent trip to Colorado. (Not this exact one. The exact one is covered in dirt and blood, and is most likely currently being deloused.) I didn’t want to like it, because as I’ve said before, if there’s one thing I love, it’s hating stuff, but alas- I could not. It’s such an unreasonably fun bike to ride, and for a production bike, the attention to detail is unparalleled. Time to put another hook in my basement.”
My bike parked in front of the coolest school bus in the world.
True enough… I put the ‘lice’ in ‘Accomplice’, but that aside, I beat it without mercy, because after all- like with a rental car, when you’re on a loaner bike, you pull no punches. So much so that before the sun was even in the high point in the sky on my first full day in town, I wound up with this;
Secondly, during my entire time previously in the company’s employ, I never actually owned one of the bikes. The Accomplice is the first of their bikes that I find myself with a gen-u-ine craving for, and even for a self professed non bike nerd bike nerd, that’s saying something.
While we’re on the topic of mashable bikecycles with one gear, Brian got in touch with a thing that might very well be up this site’s alley of interest;
I concur that they are…. We all are.