• Anthony Little
  • August 05, 2017
  • journal, Uncategorized

Last week was a busy week to say the least and the following photo’s represent just a fraction of what went on. Here then are some pictures to guide you through last week at Above Category…

 

One word. Rain. We’ve had a bit, seems like 90% of the rides this month have been in cold, pouring rain and wind. No worries though, it filled up the lakes and will make us appreciate spring that much more! Also, I was able to get a few last rides in my 3 year old Assos ClimaJet rain jacket. It’s done well, but is at the end of it’s life for sure which is just fine as Assos is bringing out brand new rain gear next fall. Just in time for the rain to start back up!

 

Also gave me some time to test the Assos Habu jacket in the wet stuff as well. Work very nicely, though you do still get soaked. Even then I stayed plenty warm even on long rides and would just bring the Assos rain jacket with me for the descents. But overall this is the best winter jacket I have ever worn.

Another rain ride, this time with Tony and TJ.

And when it wasn’t raining, it looked like this. But wait then, about five minutes after snapping this photo it poured, and then hailed, then poured some more…

San Francisco is RIGHT there, really, I promise!

Riding in all this crappy weather reminded us why we love Mad Alchemy so much. BTW, we are pretty much stocked back up on all there embrocation and chamois creme again…

The few times it didn’t rain it was glorious.

And I got to wear my Fabian C. lookalike jersey…

OK, enough about the weather for now. We received a few Pinarello Graal TT frames in last week. The one on the left is for the shop while the white and red one is getting built up right now…

Another shot of the white and red Pinarello Graal. Don’t think we’ll be going with these wheels. This is going to a triathlete who I’m sure will be doing some proper 40k TT’s on it as well. We want something deeper than the 50mm Lightweights. Would love some Mavic IO road wheels or even the new 80mm Mavic Cosmics…

It looks messy now, but it will be so clean soon!

Kalara did some re-arranging in the showroom. Verdict; we have too many bikes in here…

During the week, Kris built up some very sweet Enve 45mm wheels with Kris King R45’s in Mango. Black aerolight spokes rounded off the package.

Built up they look like this…

…which Ed then put on his Parlee Z4 which looks like this…
(BTW, Ed is crazy. He’s doing a 600k race in a couple weeks in an attempt to qualify for PBP on this bike. Hardcore.)

Here’s another Moots we built up last week for Bill B. Nice and simple…and fast…and smooth…and light…etc…

Got this bike in last week! Did a write-up on it a few blogs ago, check it out…

Not only did we get the San Rensho, but we received this incredible Nagasawa track bike. Seeing these two bikes reminds me of how much history Japan has in cycling as well. Maybe not as long or as storied as Italy, but very storied non the less. Our thoughts go out to these people in Japan right now and hope they make as quick a recovery as is possible.

Ralf (who else?) built the Nagasawa up last friday…

And Joao claimed it about three seconds later!

All Fizik shoes are in! We have the R1’s, R3’s in white/black and red and the R3 Donna woman’s shoes in almost every size in stock.

We installed a Shimano Yumeya kit onto our shop Pinarello Dogma.

The Yumeya rear derailleur pivot bolt is beautiful and good for about oh, 3 grams.

Brake pad holders and bolts also included in the Yumeya kit as is a chain, pinch bolts, jockey wheel bolts and shifter cables (for non Di2 shifters).

The week ended with a ride on Sunday that was entertaining to say the least. First I got my second flat in as many days on tubulars. No big deal as both times I fixed it in less than 5min and was back on the road. But yesterday, right after fixing the flat I picked up a stray branch that tore my Campagnolo Chorus Derailleur in half.

But luckily I remembered that I had a multi tool with a chain tool on it. First time I’ve ever had to do this on a road bike in over 20 years of riding. Got me over the mountain and back down again. Take it from me, go take a look at your riding tool kit and make sure you have what you need and that it is all in working order. If you need any help/suggestions come on in to the shop or give us a call and we’ll help get you sorted.

And the one day of sun we had, Zack found the warmest spot…

 

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Moots Demo Day at Above Category!