So as to not waste any time, we’ll get straight down to business wasting time.
First things first, it’s no secret that I enjoy the fanzines, and secondly, I also quite enjoy the snail mail, so it was double the goodness upon receiving a recent contact from Zac in the form of this;
The day after I received it, I began working on a new post on the Underbike site and it occurred to me that Zac and I had crossed paths before;
Apparently he has been an attendee at at least one of our little shindigs, and by the sound of things, he quite enjoyed himself.
I appreciate his taking the time to mail off this care package, and for providing just another example of how our small little world is a pretty awesome one.
While we’re on the topic of Underbike Industry Mixings® and what not, my own excitement regularly mounts as pieces continue to fall into place;
As you can see, it’s all nearly etched in stone. I’m courting another potential sponsor, but that aside, we’re good to go.
Don’t forget your ear plugs, because being able to hear stuff aside from the constant ringing of tinnitus is important.
And kinda speaking of, but not really, but kinda, Ritte Van Vlaanderingham is not only partially responsible for assisting me with that Underbike debacle, but they spend a fair amount of time making an array of real damn pretty bikes. Their new Ace is certainly no exception;
The dirty details for those who care about such things were sent in bullets;
“*True Monocoque – Unlike most framesets, which are made in three or more separately molded pieces, the Ace is made as one main structure, with no hard joints or seams.
*Positive Molding – The Ace utilizes the most up-to-date molding process with an hard inner mold and bladder system, resulting in higher carbon compaction and more uniform wall density.
*Interchangeable Di2/Mechanical – Now Di2 and mechanical cabling is cleaner-looking and easier to route with specially de- signed inserts.
*25+ Tire Clearance – The Ace can accept the biggest possible tires that a standard brake caliper can clear. Every brand’s 25s and many 28s can fit.
*T700/T1000 Carbon Layup – the highest possible grade of car- bon that can be practically used on a road frame.
*Grounded Geometry – The Ace uses the same well-tested, much-loved geometry from the Vlaanderen for confident, precise handling and stable descending.
*Sizes Available: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
*Colors Available: Matte Black, Gloss White, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Dark Red
*Bottom Bracket: PressFit30
*Seatpost: 31.6 Full carbon (included)
*Seat Collar Clamp: 34.9 (Included)
*Front Derailleur: Braze-on”
For a list of American dealers, you can go here, and their international dealers can be found here, on the chance that you’d like to investigate the possibility of getting your stink on one of these yourself.
I would, but my Ritte needs are fairly well taken care of;
In news of the skateboard world at large, but more specifically, lessons we can all abide by, just a couple of days ago, Jenkem Mag published this interview with legend, John Lucero;
Photo Dave Swift
For those who might not be in the know, John’s been a pro since (approximately) the beginning of time, and has run his company, Black Label for the past twenty five years. He is a shining light in a corporate industry, who has always been committed to running things completely on his own terms;
Not John, but Jay ‘Alabama’ Haizlip. Still an appropriate image for his quote however.
He’s always managed his own image, graphics, production, and so on. As he states at the head of the interview;
“Black Label has never been financed by anyone other than my wallet and my wallet is pretty empty. And when it has made money, I put it back into the company. Tours, videos, stuff like that… When we have money, I try and give, and when I’m broke I try to give whatever else it is I have, which is either my encouragement or my knowledge.”
Black Label is like the Discord Records of the skateboard industry, which I suppose would make John kinda like the Ian MacKaye. He is wholly committed to the health and well being of his industry, and has managed his own company within it all these years without compromising his own integrity or screwing anyone else over in the process. We could all stand to take a page from his book whether it’s applied to our own business practices, social interactions, riding bikes, boards, or anything in-between.
He exists in such a way that I aspire to, and for that I salute him for his efforts.