I love bikes. Duh, right? Why else would I be here, and why else would you be reading this?
But, what you did not expect is the combination of summer and bikes, or maybe you did. Lots of time, to most people summer just means mowing the yard, the lake, a cold beer and of course bugs. I get that also, although I do my best to avoid the mowing the yard part. (What is the problem with a jungle for a yard anyway?). I can become sunburn and feed the mosquito's with the best of them.
Summer means bikes. Of course, everyday means bikes at Trek - but there is just something so much better about the combination of bikes and summer than say bikes and winter. I know there are some of you out there who think that winter is just fine. I'm not one of them. I know that does not make me a very good midwesterner, but I cannot help it. I would take 100 degrees over winter any day. Besides, winter is supposed to be at the end of a plane ride to Snowbird, not in your front yard. Seeing people on bikes always makes you smile, seeing people shoveling the snow out of their driveway almost never makes you smile. (but this is taking me in the wrong direction.)
Back to the bike thing. It's summer, and bikes are in full swing around here. What follows is a few examples of the kind of bike frenzy there is at Trek in the summer.
We had an internal bike show at Trek in the parking lot a week or so ago. The call went out with a week or so notice, "bring in your bike, show it off, win a prize" - a fabulous free Bratwurst and a beer, it is hard to get away from our midwestern roots after all. So on a Friday afternoon in the summer, this is what it looked like out in the parking lot.
It was very impressive, people brought in just about any kind of bike you could think of.
It seemed to be a good direction back in the day, but nowadays you do not hear people talking about a tandem mountain bike very much.
A bike that carries a beer well is highly praised, even if the bike itself is a bit odd.
It was a fun day. That is just a sampling of some of the more interesting stuff. It went on and on. Good stuff.
New Race Bikes.
Speaking of bikes, the road teams got a few new race bikes as well. There is a little bike race going on in the summer in France and we wanted them to enjoy a few new bikes also.
Dang I love bike racing.
We have been very busy at the super secret Trek trails. We have turned one of our favorite trails into a fantasticly fun little jump infested midwest version of A-Line. This is a little video that the Trek MTB brand manager took from a helmet cam, while trying to follow Vance from the race department.
Another view of the same trail.
time to go for a ride.