Firstly, as I clean house, sell bikes, pack necessities, and take everything else to Goodwill, I feel compelled to bang out one more Hairnet Ride;
Technically, I think this will be the fifth annual, (though I haven’t organized one for the last two years). And as I said on the Instant Grahams, due to Covid, social distancing rules will be strictly enforced, but because hardly anyone shows up for these anyway, it’s mostly just me announcing that I’m going on a bike ride next Saturday.
(It has been brought to my attention by dfL Skotty that Saturday is in fact the 27th. What an absolutely brilliant note on which to conclude these.)
Also, if history is any indicator, it also means we’ll be seeing the 100 year storm that day. I’ve got a gift like that.
I might organize one again someday, but just like it maybe says somewhere in the Bible probably, only the future knows for certain.
Having scraped that bit of news off my plate, I’d like to circle around and give thanks to Joe Parkin (has nice hair) for today’s opening video. I’d also like to reiterate that he and a bloke named Simon Stewart have opened a bike shop in the town of Buena Vista, Colorado formerly called ‘Boneshaker Cycles’, but now called ‘Buena Vista Bicycle Company‘.
Besides being the best and only shop that one should visit when in Buena Vista, (for the sake of full disclosure, there is another shop there in town, but I strongly encourage any and all who read these words and/or visit the town to flatly ignore its existence), they are in possession of something special.
As anyone who read this piece I wrote about the Shitbike a few months back plainly knows, after a number of years in some darkened corner or another, the Shitbike was rescued and ultimately delivered to Joe and Simon’s loving hands. It was my hope that it would immediately be unboxed, and displayed proudly, but I’m not sure that’s yet the case.
One thing I know for sure that I’d like to share however, is that after the aforementioned article was originally published, the good dirts at Adventure Journal reached out and asked if they could put it into print. These were very exciting developments for me, as I’ve not had anything published since DirtRag folded. Secondly, the print version will have a whole array of really beautiful, and long-not seen photos by Morgan Meredith;
So for those who have a subscription, keep it. For those who don’t, get one.
As always, thank you for your time and consideration on this matter.
Moving on from that thing to the next, I have a bit of big news that I was gonna sit on a spell, but because I’ve been running so ragged, I think it feels good to push some news about it.
That, and because after weeks, I finally got in touch with the good folks who make my skateboards, I spoke with my contact there yesterday, and he said despite the fact that their production has been completely maxed out for the last ten months, he would do me a solid and squeeze an order for me in.
So without further delay, I’m extremely pleased to present AHTBM deck release, lucky number five;
It won’t be in a physical form for at least a few months, but it’s in the queue, which means all I have to do now is keep from maxing my credit card out long enough to ultimately pay for the production run.
I think it was just last week that I saw Black Label had released like, eight or ten new decks. New shapes, new graphics…. The whole shebang, and I’m over here absolutely killing myself to release one deck a year.
I’m certainly not comparing my little enterprise to Black Label mind you, and I also realize they’ve been at it way longer than almost everybody, and beyond all of that, the fact John Lucero (the captain of the S.S. Black Label, natch) is a godhead sets the bar really danged high;
Bless that man’s heart.
But at least now, some new wood is definitely on the horizon, and it’s one more thing off my broken, and fairly unclean plate.
Finally, I would like to throw a couple of props towards Pearl Izumi for (1) asking me if I’d like to be a brand ambassador, (2) thinking that I’d not be a terrible one, and (3) actually following through and sending me some goods;
That top image of a pile of barfed fabric is in fact two pairs of bibs, the exact style of which I can’t recall, and I can’t find the email in which I posed my request. If I were a betting man I’d say they were the Pro Air, and the Expedition, and that snazzy jersey is the Summit. The bibs I’ve not yet used, (though I’ve been using and loving their Pro bibs for a year, and absolutely loving them.
I felt partial to the jersey/shirt because I’m a fan of buttoning up to the top button or snap. It makes me feel like half cholo, and half nerd.
As you might be able to see from the photo, it’s real meshy, which gives you the added benefit of feeling like a hairy-chested roller disco superstar from the 1970s;
-Or better yet, I’ll just go ahead and Cooter it;