I’m back in action over here at the Bike Jerks blog and coming at you today with a little bit about my time spent last week in the Santa Fe Taos area.
After leaving All-City I didn’t know what to do with myself but I knew that I sure as heck didn’t want to have nothing to do when Monday rolled around. That would be way too sad. So I packed up and headed toward Bentonville, AR on my way to Stillwater, OK for the Land Run 100 (more on this in another post).
After Stillwater I decided to head over to Santa Fe as I’d never been, and my good friend Bailey Newbrey was just about to open up his new shop, Sincere Cycles.
I have to say that I am becoming quite taken with the desert landscapes. It’s a long time coming as I come from the land of trees and water, but the more time I spend in the desert environments, the more I dig it.
Santa Fe is gorgeous, surrounded by mountains, and the architecture and Mexican / Spanish influence is super rad. I also really like the fact that it’s indigenous history is prominent as that is a topic I’m also quite taken with.
After a few days it was time to get back home, but not before a spirit quest in Carson National Forest. I’m really loving truck camping as I can pick any forest road and drive in confidently and setup camp. It’s terrific.
A huge chapter of my life is closing and I wanted to take the time to say thank you.
Friday is my last day with All-City and QBP. Building this brand over the last ten years has been the single greatest privilege of my life. Truly, a dream come true.
The thing that astounds me the most, and which I’ll miss the greatest, is the rate at which I’ve met amazing people. Riders, bike shop owners, industry peeps. Everywhere I travel I feel like I’ve met people with the attitudes and power to change lives.
I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to create the kinds of bikes we always wished existed and the kind of company that leads with its values and prioritizes doing not what is easy, but what is right.
I’m left with love. Love for the riders, love for the shops, love for the bicycle, and hope for the industry. Bikes have the power to transform lives and I see so much positive change happening that it fills me up with gladness.
I’m not sure yet how I will replace this in my life, hopefully with healthier habits of not relying on what I do to provide identity, meaning, and self worth but rather Who I Am. I’m hoping to use this as a real catalyst for change and self improvement and focus on those goals as well as my relationship with my amazing partner Chelsea Strate.
Thank you to all the fine folks who’ve supported this dream. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you how much it has meant to me.
You should really go.
Check out this bonkers likeness of Baroo done in felted wool.
You may recall a popular blog post from April, 2017 Featuring photos from Tim Thulin and story by Mike Jarschke on their amazing adventures with Charlie Kelly and company as they took a bus from California to the 1981 Pearl Pass Tour in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Today I’m very stoked to show you more documentation of those heady times by Kevin Montgomery who was one of the riders on that bus. Kevin was gracious enough to agree to share these photos from the year prior with us and we couldn’t be happier to help shine a light on these images of an era past. An era whose spirit is seeing a modern resurgence as more folks than ever are realizing it’s not the results, but the people and the stories that matter most.
These shots were brought to our attention by our buddy Kinki Cycle so hat tip to him.
All captions by the photographer
had never seen this one before. a bunch of spots I don’t recognize is always a thrill to see.