Lee’s Peacock Groove SSCX

IMG_5873Today I’m proud to bring you the second half of the bikes from the FTP post, Lee’s own Peacock Groove Single Speed Cross racer.

This thing has disc brakes, a black paint job, and stealth bomber status.  You could easily overlook the PG hallmarks because of the understated paint, but if you look a little longer the craftsmanship punches you right in the eye.

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TIG in Japan

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At Interbike AC’s Japanese distro laid this new issue of Pedal Speed on me, and who happens to be on the cover? None other than SK, Kelly Mac, and Thor.

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Bandit Cross Race 11 Vol 2.

IMG_5956Today as Bridget and I were hiking through the Minnehaha dog park area, I got stoked on some ideas for Bandit Cross that I’ve been kicking around for a while.

An after dark cross crit on a flat section in the heart of the dog park, and CX sprints.

The way the crit will work, we’ll meet up around 8 at and head down to the dog park.  It should be pretty dark so everybody will need head lamps and I’ll need to find some reflective course tape to tag out the route and hazards.  We’ll do like 10 laps, it’ll be sick.

The sprint thing is something that I’ve been wanting to do since last winter and long days spent at the Bottoms.   It’ll be run just like the usual All City Championship sprints but the start will be off the bike with a barrier, a wide open section, a barrier, and a more techy section.  It’ll be head to head, single elimination.

If you’re counting at home that means the remaining fall Bandit Cross schedule will be something along the lines of:

Brownie Lake
Dog Park Night Crit
Hidden Beach
Minnehaha Dog Park
CX Sprints
Hobo Camp – Bandit Cross Championship of the World!!!

Get pumped.

Now as promised the second set of images from this past Sunday’s race.IMG_5959IMG_5962IMG_5973IMG_5977IMG_5987IMG_5995

IMG_5992winner winner chicken dinner – congrats to Kesha

See you at the next one!

 

Save the Date: Track or Treat 6

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The fall fixed gear classic is back for it’s 6th year and I’ve got all kind’s of frydeas about what to do about it.

One thing is certain though, after the spectacularness of past August’s ACC party, Bill, Kopish, and I are going all out on the music and atmosphere front for this next bash.  I’m talking smoke machines, strobe lights, horror movies projected on the walls, a costume contest, and a dance party to end all dance parties.

I’ve also got some notions of doing a trackstand, skid comp, and maybe doing a crit (either as the main event or a second race).  I’ve also been thinking about turning the alleycat into a city bombing mission of Franklin-Hennepin-Lake-PG HQ.

We’ll see what actually pans out.

Also this is the first year where I’m seeking beer sponsors, and prize sponsors for the event.

So far, All-City, Banjo Brothers, Velocity, and Trash Bags are supporting with a whole bunch more to come.

Party like it’s 2008!

 

Welcome to the New Bike Jerks Blog

IMG_4400As I’m sitting here at 12:30am I’m totally crapping my pants as I just pushed the new blog live.  I’m still figuring the Word Press thing out, and not all the blog features (like Featured Posts) are functioning the way I’d like them to, but it’s time to just bite the bullet and make the swap.

Please bear with me as I figure things out and add a layer of polish to this new setup.  I decided to make the change almost a year ago, but due to being hella busy am just finally publishing it.

There were a bunch of things I needed to address but the most important was to bring the blog into the main Bike Jerks site, as there are all kinds of longtime readers who have no idea that I actually have a whole website and that Bike Jerks was a company long before it became a “blog.”

The other big thing was to make the photos larger, as the blog has become pretty photo heavy over the years and I found the 500 pixel width of the old setup to be cumbersome.

This is the first in what I hope will be all kinds of updates to the website which has pretty much remained unchanged since we launched the second edition way back in 2007.  So expect big things on all the tabs as I use this blog launch to motivate the overhaul of BikeJerks.com.

Basically I’m fixing to up the Bike Jerks hustle in a big way over the coming months, with new designs, new products, and a rededication to making this an everyday stop on your web journeys.

I’d be much appreciated if you happen to link to the blog that you update it to the new URL www.bikejerks.com/blog

As always, I thank you for your readership, it means the world to me.  I hope you like the changes, and remember it’s a work in progress.

cheers,
Jeffrey

Bandit Cross Race 11 Vol 1.

IMG_5946Here is the first installment of my favorite shots from this Sunday’s Bandit Cross race.

Around 35 racers showed up to spin their wheels on the classic Hobo Camp BCX course.  This edition of the race featured a new route through the gravel pit and a cool new pea gravel barrier.

Your winner on the day was Kesha, who smoked the field after Martin bailed out after a few early fast laps to attend to his fatherly duties.  Ian took second with Hurl rounding out the podium in third place.

It was a perfect fall afternoon, and another successful Bandit Cross event.  But the raddest thing about the day was the realization that it would be really easy at this point in the year to add another good 30 yards to the wooded section of the course, which obviously means we have to race it again.

Expect the next few races to be Brownie Lake, Hidden Beach, and Minnehaha Dog Park, with the Bandit Cross Championship of the universe taking place late in the season back at Hobo.

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If you’re feeling impatient you can skip ahead by checking out my Flickr gallery for the event, or come back tomorrow for the rest of the goods.

Lil’ Peacock Groove

IMG_5862At Sunday’s Bandit Cross Lee brought along her son aboard his 24″ Peacock Groove little ripper.

To my knowledge this is the only kid’s bike PG has ever done, and it’s beyond cool.  According to Erik he just got rid of the mtb bars and put the drops on.

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It’s a bit un-flashy for a Peacock Groove, but it is hands down the sickest kid’s bike I’ve ever laid eyes on and one more piece of evidence that when Noren says he can and will build anything, he means it.

Hammerbone Winter Caps

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Leif stopped by the other day to pick up the Limongi and gave me a sneek peek at his brand new winter caps from his company Hammerbone.

Like all Hammerbone caps, these beauts are handmade in Minneapolis and offer a unique  spin on the traditional cycling cap.

In the case of these new winter jobs, that twist is lumberjack style ear flaps and a Polartech lining.

Check them out
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Though I forget the exact number, I believe he’s looking for around $40 for one of these beauties.

Winter’s coming – Get Some

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Favorite Things: Honey Crisp

IMG_6015Now as I’m always quick to point out, I am a proud Wisconsin native to the bone.  (my parents grew up in Colby Wisconsin, home of Colby cheese, and I spent summers hanging out on dairy farms)

While I will claim Minneapolis in a heartbeat, I will forever hold disdain in my ‘Sconnie heart for the rest of the state.  I just don’t care.  I have no allegiances to it.

However there are some things that the state has done extremely right, they elected Jesse Ventura for governor, gave the world Prince and the University of Minnesota birthed the most delicious apple known to man: the Honey Crisp.

Holy hell are these things amazing, and a fall harvest delicacy.   Only one time per year do they become available, and if you ever have the opportunity I highly suggest you check into one.

So flipping good.