What A Week!
This week has been off the charts good and bad and a whole lot of busy!
There was a root canal, and the knowledge that while the tooth is now rooted and canaled, more shit needs done. Let's just say that ONE of my teeth is probably worth more than one of my bikes right now. Wish the f'er just would have fallen out.
All of this week was about getting XXC #5 out, which was tough. Couple things fell through, a couple things got screwed up, and a couple things weren't working right. But in the end a fine issue came together and I'm super stoked. Especially since XXC moved to a pay per download this go around and folks seem to be open to the idea. The day's numbers were pretty good (meaning at least more than ONE person thought it cool!). Plus from the looks of it, folks are picking up some of the free issues whilst they're on the site, so that's cool. Anything to get the word out about how bitchin' what we do is.
I did manage to squeeze in ONE hour of nut dropping trainer time today. NOT my personal pref, but that's about all I had time, or the want for. It was freaking 25 degrees out!! F that! MAYBE tomorrow. But today I was all about just breathing a sigh of relief, getting a sweat on, and chilling.
There is word on the digital street that my friends at Salsa are set to launch a Ti El Mariachi in the near future. I am sick with desire. I recently had a conversation with an uber bohemian endurance racer about which frame is better fore endurance racing- the Dos or the Mamasita. And I reluctantly said that for the hundie type racing the Mamastia MIGHT be better with some improved contact points and wheels (talking of my Mamasita). BUT I DID race the Dos most of this year and it's been my fave bike ever. Hmmm.
Having said ALL that, I still went with the Mamasita due to it's performance on roads and forest roads. But a Ti 29er HT changes EVERYTHING. A Ti soft tail is probably my ultimate enduro bike (see Moots YBB), but a Ti HT comes DAMMMMMMN close. There just might be a big ass mountain bike sale 'round my place in a month or so. Damn you Salsa. Damn you straight to heck.
Sure there will be those who complain and say that it's not handmade, in the U.S., etc... (EDIT: IT WILL BE, SEE COMMENTS!!) But I gotta tell you . I'm OK with that. Because it was designed, tested, engineered, and tested again IN the U.S. by some bike lovin' Pepper heads, So SOMEONE in the U.S. is making some cash or at LEAST putting some passion into designing a boss bike. Custom? No. Well made and designed? I don't doubt.
Keep you ballz peeled to SalsaCycles.com and here for more info on this.
Well, time for some sleep. I was up close to 1 a.m. trying to sort out the web site last night, so, time to chill my ass out and hit the sack.
Friday Edit II: I can't stop looking at it. It's like cleavage or a hot ass. You know you should look away. But you can't. Dear Lord!!!