Archive | February 2014

Alchemy Bicycle Company Xanthus

NAHBS 2013 Denver - Alchemy Zanthus Photo @2014 OneOffTwoWheels.com

NAHBS 2013 Denver – Alchemy Zanthus
Photo @2014 OneOffTwoWheels.com

Denver, CO, 21 February 2013 – This is the Alchemy Xanthus carbon fiber disc brake road bike waiting like a caged tiger for its photo shoot at the 2013 NAHBS in Denver.   Greg spent his time at the 2013 NAHBS working with the show photographer so he had an opportunity to handle some amazing custom bicycles all weekend.

NAHBS 2013 Denver - Alchemy Zanthus Photo @2014 OneOffTwoWheels.com

NAHBS 2013 Denver – Alchemy Zanthus
Photo @2014 OneOffTwoWheels.com

The carbon fibers reflect the light under a glossy finish of this frame; no photo can do justice to this amazing machine.  I remember walking the show floor and being mesmerized by the patterns in the carbon fibers when the bike caught my eye.  Visit NAHBS Charlotte and see what Alchemy brews up this year.

NAHBS 2013 Denver - Alchemy Zanthus Photo @2014 OneOffTwoWheels.com

NAHBS 2013 Denver – Alchemy Zanthus
Photo @2014 OneOffTwoWheels.com

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NAHBS 2014 Countdown

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NAHBS 2013 Denver
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Salt Lake City, UT, 26 February 2014 – The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) will take place in Charlotte, NC, March 14-16.  If you’ve been considering buying a new bike we suggest you head down to Charlotte and attend.  NAHBS brings together the most talented custom bicycle builders from all over the U.S. and internationally in one venue.   You’ll have a chance to meet the builders and see their latest creations and the latest gear from component manufacturers, wheel builders, clothing manufacturers, and accessory manufacturers all under one roof.

As one of the main show sponsors Shimano has a few representatives walking the floor who can tell you everything you’ve wanted to know about their hydraulic disc brakes; no kidding its the Shimano army.

NAHBS 2013 Denver - Shimano has a small army of attendees at the show. ©2014 OneOffTwoWheels.com

NAHBS 2013 – Shimano has a small army of reps at the show.
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Greg and I had such a great time meeting the builders and working with the organizers we signed up to be part of the fun this year.

NAHBS 2013 Denver - Load-in on Thursday will look like this. ©2014 OneOffTwoWheels.com

NAHBS 2013 Denver – Load-in on Thursday will look like this.
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You can find Greg with the photogs and I’ll be at the Media Desk at check-in.   We’d love to meet you in person if you’re attending the show.  See you there.

NAHBS 2013 Denver - Load-in on Thursday will look like this. ©2014 OneOffTwoWheels.com

NAHBS 2013 Denver – Load-in on Thursday will look like this.
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Saddled with Love

Saddled with Love

Salt Lake City, UT, 24 February 2014 – I know many of our readers wonder how we manage to survive as a same-sex couple in Utah.  And many others wish they had it so good, you know, sharing domestic tranquility and all of the ups and downs that come with holy matrimony.  Here in Utah, because we were married within the seventeen days that mattered, when same-sex marriage was legal while the Attorney General’s office was too mired in controversy over his corruption to remember to file a motion for a stay to Judge Shelby’s ruling against Utah’s marriage laws, we run and hurried to pick up a marriage certificate of our own.  In so doing, Sister Holland (my betrothed, Greg; yes, I owe you an explanation) and I filed joint taxes for the first time.   Nothing compares to the pain one experiences when the free online tax software tells you you’re paying the marriage penalty and that your once lofty refund has dwindled to mere pennies. But we may have found something that comes incredibly close, as you’ll soon see.   In years past we lived like Egyptian Pharaohs after Uncle Sam deposited our check throwing parties even The Great Gatsby would envy.  This year I wasn’t even gifted a new pair of Assos kukupenthouse Equipe bib shorts after the drop dripped into the proverbial bucket of our tax refund.   No, instead we paid off a credit card.  How’s that for marital bliss?  Are you jealous?  Want marriage so bad you can taste it?   Trust me, gurl, ain’t nothin’ to want that bad.   The saying goes, be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.  We got it.

Let’s just say you live in one of those bleeding heart liberal states where you have all the freedoms the constitution says you should have and still you don’t have anyone to drag to the alter.   I’m not trying to make light of the issue; the reality is you just haven’t found anyone who can tolerate your crazy like I’ve found.   Don’t despair.   You will find true love.   I waited 40 years and made some mistakes along the way to my current cohabitation situation.  But while you’re waiting for Mr. or Ms. Right to show up at your door a temporary solution to your more innate needs seems to have surfaced on the market.

The Essax Shark Saddle may just be the thing to help you forget your status doldrums.  I’m not going to go into the details or post an image of this new product here because after you click on the link, you’ll understand completely.  Suffice it to say, I don’t intend to test this innovative saddle myself, but the idea may have some merit.  After all, keeping oneself centered in life is often difficult in the good times, never mind trying to do it on a century ride.   The Essax Shark Saddle could be just the thing to keep you busy while you’re cycling down the road to true love.  Enjoy.

Heber Valley, Utah

Looking west toward a mist covered Mt. Timpanogos.  ©2014 Oneofftwowheels.com

Looking west toward a mist covered Mt. Timpanogos.
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Heber Valley, UT, 22 February 2014 – One of my favorite lazy day things to do is to just get in the car and go for a drive somewhere close but new and interesting.   The trouble is this is one of Greg’s least favorite things to do.  Somehow I managed to get him to agree to packing the bikes in the back of the Rav4 and driving up to Morgan, a very small town East of Ogden.   The sky was overcast and we noticed as we drove through what little town there was that the roads were less than optimal for cycling so we agreed to forgo the bike ride today.

Looking north west toward Midway in the Heber Valley ©2014 Oneofftwowheels.com

Looking north west toward Midway in the Heber Valley
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As we were driving home, Greg suggested we head to Heber and try to bike there. We knew the roads are wider and more accommodating to cycling.  The town of Heber sits midway between Salt Lake City and Provo on the east side of the Wasatch mountain range.   After we parked in a neighborhood next to some horse property and suited up in our bike kits the sky cleared to a majestic blue.  It stayed that way the entire afternoon with temperatures reaching 46 degrees.  We rode for ninety minutes heading toward Midway, home of the Homestead Resort and part way up some of the canyon roads.  This was Greg’s first ride since fall so he was a bit slow on the climbs, but he was still a trooper.   With few vehicles on these back roads the ride was pleasant and a good workout.   This is the link to our Heber Bicycle Ride on Strava since WordPress and Strava don’t like one another.    With the snow melting and little greenery on the mountains they look a bit bleak up close so we didn’t take many pictures during the ride.   But we did manage to stop and take some images of Mount Timpanogos blanketed in snow and late afternoon mist at the end of the trip.   Overall we had a nice little ride away from our usual SLC circuits.

Where’s the Bicycle? – Berwick Street 2006

Outside the Subway Restaurant on Berwick Street, Soho, UK, 2006 ©2014 Oneofftwowheels.com

Outside the Subway on Berwick Street, Soho, UK, 2006.
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Soho, U.K., 29 January 2006 – A bicycle sits parked against the light pole deep in the shadows of this image of of life on Soho’s Berwick Street.   After reviewing the images I took in London in 2006 I found two with bicycles in them.  Granted I was not specifically looking for cyclists but I would imagine if I were to go today most of the images would have a cyclist in them.  I read an article in New Scientist that says ridership increased 61% from 2005-2009 in the U.K.  As cycling becomes more popular so do altercations with drivers who are, as many of us, pressed for time and in too much of a hurry to get to their destination to have sufficient respect for a bicyclist.

Assos Equipe Bibs

Salt Lake City, UT, 21 February 2014 – So the boys over at Red Kite Prayer got their hands on a pair of the new Assos S7 Equipe bib shorts.   I am the proud owner of Assos lower end FI.Uno S5 bib shorts and they are by far my favorite bibs. One day, I’ll talk Greg into getting me a pair from the new S7 line.  For now, I’ll drool over their review here:  Assos Equipe Bibs.   Actually one of my favorite RKP reviews.  

And we’re looking forward to spending some time with Padraig at NAHBS who’s been tapped to be the Chief Judge of the show.   NAHBS is our workation fun this spring.   Great fun, great people, and awesome bikes.  

Tripoli, Libya – Hotel del Mehari

Tripoli, Libya, 22 February 2006 – In a previous iteration of my life I traveled the world doing a job that was at once a dream job and the job from hell at the same time.  The dream was being able to go places like Libya while my boss did his job.   During the Winter Olympics in Torino we made an overnight trip to Tripoli, Libya.  It was a time when the diplomatic status of that country was warming with the U.S. Government and with it opportunities for business ventures.

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Flying into Mitiga International Airport over Tripoli harbor in 2006.
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We landed at a Mitiga International Airport, a former military air base.  I will never forget seeing the carcasses of surface-to-air guns rusting in the fields between the runways as we landed and taxied.  They were stark reminders of the sordid history of the country.  I wish I had the nerve to take pictures as we taxied.

After securing the plane we were met by our handlers who spoke little English.  And as we passed through Customs government agents retained our passports, which was not at all comforting even for our very experienced flight crew.  On the ride to the hotel our driver pointed out some of the local sights.  I recall most clearly a large palace where he said people enter but were never seen again.

We stayed at the Hotel del Mehari a hotel that appeared to have stopped in time from the day it was built.  In researching the history of the hotel I learned that in 2009 it was completely updated to the Radisson Blu Hotel, a five-star resort.

My room at the former Hotel del Mehari, Tripoli, Libya 2006, appears to have stopped in time. ©2014 OneOffTwoWheels.com

My room at the former Hotel del Mehari, Tripoli, Libya 2006, appears to have stopped in time.
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The telephone desk next to my bed at the former Hotel del Mehari, Tripoli, Libya 2006. ©2014 OneOffTwoWheels.com

The telephone desk next to my bed at the former Hotel del Mehari, Tripoli, Libya 2006.
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Unfortunately, because security was tight we were told we should not leave the hotel unaccompanied so the only images I have of the city around came from my room balcony.  What I do remember about the hotel was the food was very good and was a mix of both local cuisine and Italian and French dishes.

The pool at the former Hotel del Mehari, Tripoli, Libya, 2006. ©2014 OneOffTwoWheels.com

The pool at the former Hotel del Mehari, Tripoli, Libya, 2006.
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Views from the balcony of my room at the former Hotel del Mehari, Tripoli, Libya in 2006. ©2014 OneOffTwoWheels.com

View from the balcony of my room at the former Hotel del Mehari, Tripoli, Libya in 2006.
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Views from the balcony of my room at the former Hotel del Mehari, Tripoli, Libya in 2006. ©2014 OneOffTwoWheels.com

View from the balcony of my room at the former Hotel del Mehari, Tripoli, Libya in 2006.
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Views from the balcony of my room at the former Hotel del Mehari, Tripoli, Libya in 2006. ©2014 OneOffTwoWheels.com

View from the balcony of my room at the former Hotel del Mehari, Tripoli, Libya in 2006.
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Views from the balcony of my room at the former Hotel del Mehari, Tripoli, Libya in 2006. ©2014 OneOffTwoWheels.com

Views from the balcony of my room at the former Hotel del Mehari, Tripoli, Libya in 2006.
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Views from the balcony of my room at the former Hotel del Mehari, Tripoli, Libya in 2006. ©2014 OneOffTwoWheels.com

Views from the balcony of my room at the former Hotel del Mehari, Tripoli, Libya in 2006.
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My boss’ meetings did not go as planned so we were heading back to the plane by mid-morning the next day.   The lasting impression of Libya I have is of the Customs agents rifling through a cardboard box filled with passports.  In a heated conversation the two agents would pull a passport from the box, open it and compare the picture with our faces.   The longer the process took the more nervous we all became.   Finally, with passports in hand we were back at the plane and in the air in record time back to Italy.

Bicycles in London Town

London 2006 - ©OneOffTwoWheels.com

The Pitcher & Piano and bicycles on Cornhill, London. ©OneOffTwoWheels.com

London, England, 29 January 2006 – A blast from my past.  Found this image I took in London in 2006.  The Pitcher & Piano remains open for business – the white building center left at 28 – 31 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3ND.

BMX Demo Antelope Island Moonlight Ride 2013

Antelope Island, Great Salt Lake, UT, 17 February 2014 – Here are a few more images taken at last year’s Antelope Island Moonlight Ride on 19 May 2013.  Before the ride a few local kids participated in a BMX bike demonstration.   A little off our normal road bike track but fun images to view.

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Cannondale R700 – Antelope Island Moonlight Ride

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A Cannondale R700 Waiting for the start of the 2013 Antelope Island Moonlight Tour

Antelope Island, Great Salt Lake, UT, 17 February 2014 – I found this image of a c.2005 Cannondale R700 road bike taken at last year’s Antelope Island Moonlight Ride on 19 May 2013.  A thousand or so riders of all experience levels gather at sunset to bike around the island set in the middle of the Great Salt Lake.  It was a fun ride that we’ll most likely join again this year.   I saw this bike sitting propped against the owner’s car waiting for the ride to start and thought it was worth a picture.    I’m not a fan of the rust color paint and decals but I love the look of the OS tubing.  The components appear to be original stock as well.   Enjoy.

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