Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Try It, You Might Like It!

How do I know that I'm going to like it? That's a common question here at Colonel's. A legitimate question at that. We're going to try to help you make the decision to purchase a set of carbon wheels or titanium railed saddle or pedals or Orbea bike or whatever as painless as possible this season. We now have several items in store for you to try before you buy and are adding new items all the time. Here is a list of some current demo items: Blackwell Research 100mm tubular carbon wheels as well as their 50 mm carbon clinchers http://www.blackwellresearch.com/ . , Speedplay light action and zero pedals, a variety of Selle San Marco saddles, Orbea Opal complete bicycles in size 51cm, 54cm and 57cm. Call to make an appointment. (817) 924-1333

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Single Speed Of The Week

The plan here is to show a different single speed each week. We love single speeds for their simplicity, utilitarianism, and fun. We love em so much that we have a Thursday night single speed ride/race each week. It makes for an interesting Friday at the shop with plenty to argue about and cuss your co-worker for. We've even had a man start a fight with a yard light thinking it was the headlight of another rider who dropped him. I'll start it out with my own single. This was a Bianchi Veloce 56cm frame. I toted it over to Boyd Atherton our local frame builder and asked him to install Paul's single speed dropouts http://www.paulcomp.com/. I also requested that he knock off anything that was needed for gears (cable stops etc.). When that was finished, the guys at Top Koat put a flat black powder coat on it. The rest of the kit goes something like this: old Dura Ace square taper crank with a 42T Salsa ring and 105 pedals, Dura Ace 7800 wheelset with a Redline 17t alloy cog (probably needs replacing by now), Continental Grand Prix Four Season 700/25 tires, Moots layback seatpost with Fizik Aliante Ti/Carbon Saddle, Mavic brakeset (under rated), Cane Creek brake levers, Sram chain, Bianchi carbon fork, Chris King threadless headset, ITM Visia 120mm stem, Truvativ 42 cm handlebar, Nite Rider Minewt headlight, bear creek road mud on downtube, Arundel Daveo carbon cages from my friends at http://www.arundelbike.com/. Loss of hair courtesy of 7th street barber shop. Photo of dog (jackie), just for good measure.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Bar H Bash

Colonel's/Orbea USA sponsored mountain biker Justin Wallace (better known as jaywall) unleashed some pent up roadie aggression in his first race back on the mountain bike in several years. When the dust had cleared Justin came in a solid second with several minutes between him and third place. Racing the expert 19-29 class, Justin got a clean start and slowly sliced his way through the pro men's field. Matt Kocian of Big Pig racing also came on strong to finish fourth in the same class. Matt was mounted on his new Orbea Alma carbon 29er and rode a steady strong race. Keep an eye on the blog for future results and interviews.