Fall Bike Trip

I'd been working a lot, all summer and really didn't get to do as much local riding as I'd hoped to. So I took about 2 weeks off of work starting about the middle of September. My trip actually breaks down into two trips really. The first part was about Interbike 2011, the tradeshow of the year for the bike industry. My goal there was more or less to learn about frame design and bottom bracket interfaces, which, as it was for me, was a problem to be solved. My new road frame has this bottom bracket design and shell diameter that didn't make enough sense as I was being presented several options, most of which I didn't like. Anyway, I will soon have a write up about my adventures in Vegas and Interbike.

Part 1 - Interbike @ Las Vegas, The Middle of the Desert

I will say though that we were VIP guests at the Manadalay Bay, an experience that was no different from being a rock star, I think. It was really an exceptional place to stay with amenities that you wouldn't believe, Especially in the VIP. It didn't matter that I paid $5.50 for a 16 ounce chai tea latte..

Interbike isn't so much about taking your bike and riding. It's about going and spending time with product manufacturers in the bike industry and seeing what's new and placing preseason orders. I go, as a technician, to ask a lot of questions about how things work, why they're necessary, and trouble shooting things. This year, to answer my questions, I spent a great deal of time with engineering companies like, Enduro Bearings and Calfee Carbon Repair. At Calfee, the fix to my bottom bracket situation was to cut it out and install a new bottom bracket shell and lug. This is an S-Works Tarmac road frame! Who are these guys?

I spent a great deal of time with Campagnolo, since that is the drivetrain I will be installing on the frame. There was a pretty good conversation there. I relayed some of my experiences with other company's componentry. We also talked about how Campy had managed to maintain a classic look and feel that their competetors haven't been able to do.

On another note, the growth in the cycling industry makes one aware of the changes going on in domestic economic focus. People are spending more money on bikes and health in general. It's actually really cool to see this shift. More people are making "bike trips" to places to ride bikes. More people are making purchases of bikes that have been designed to make riding easier. It's becoming a popular sport in that more people can pick it right up. The bike technology has also made it almost too easy and some people are getting in over their heads. If you've even done the Whole Enchilada in Moab you know what I'm talking about. Riding a bike is fun but don't jump the gun and do the epic ride of the century if you haven't spent time developing your skills on the easy stuff.

Interbike Notes Here

Friday night I stayed up way too late, as we'd been treated to a One Republic concert, VIP fashion. I felt miserable all day Saturday and was grateful that I didn't have to drive. I got home about 5pm Saturday, to Heber, with a quick visit to the bike shop to make sure that our Winter Park Trip was still on.

Part 2 - Loner on the Road

Once home I rested for exactly 24 hours because at 5pm Sunday I was on the road again with a truck full of gear, food, 2 bikes, and some apprehension about camping alone in the desert. I drove straight though and arrived in the outskirts of Moab at 9pm. I started sleeping in the back of my truck. There must have been little critters outside because I couldn't sleep with whatever I was hearing. So about 1am I packed up and found a different location to sleep, first stop down the Potash Road. Always a convenient spot to take up space in a parking lot. I've done that at least twice now...

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