The crowds are a big part of what makes the Tour of California such a phenomenal race. Whether you're a racing fan or not, it's still cool to just be part of the spectical that is the pro tour and what the race brings to American racing. We had all types stopping by the Trek tent along the way. Everything from spoke-sniffers to bored housewives whose husbands spend more time on their bike than on their marriage (not judging, just making an observation), to grommets rocking bmx' latest trends (who says straight billed fitted baseball hats are only for rappers?), and then we had Junior stop by. Junior showed up in Santa Rosa rolling one of the sweetest Treks I have ever seen. In Levi Leipheimer's hometown you'd think that the story would be all about the big guy but nobody at the Trek booth could stop talking about Junior's tricked out MT. 220. Here's the how the interview went:
Hootie: "Sweet ride! Can I get a photo?"
Junior: "Yeah, for sure. This bike is all custom. Made it in my garage."
Hootie: "Full fenders? nice."
Junior: "Gotta keep the kicks clean, y'know."
Hootie: "No doubt. What's up with the crazy basket?"
Junior: "Crazy nothing, I can fit a 12-pack in that thing."
Hootie: "Is that the reason for the basket lock?"
Junior: "You can't leave a fresh 12'er out in the open. This is California, man."
Hootie: "I dig the skulls"
Junior: "You gotta add a personal touch."
Hootie: "Who cuts your hair?"
Junior: "That's custom too, homey."
To put Junior's accomplishment into proper perspective, keep in mind that the frame is an MT.220 - that's a kids frame. Big props to Junior for letting us talk about his bike. Obviously a lot of soul went into the project and it shows in a big way. That beefy lock draping the bars is no joke. If I could carry a 12 pack on a full custom job i'd lock it down too.