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Yesterday was the monthly Handlebar Happy Hour meeting. A small but dedicated crew of Hawleyites rode from bucolic Old Shandon to not-so-bad New Shandon for an evening of beer, food, bicycles and karoake speaker infused public speaking. As the speaker crackled to life (emitting ghosts of forgotten power ballads and Right Said Fred scream-a-thons), Bloggy remembered the evening’s sponsor New Belgium was raffling off a free cruiser bike! Zounds! S’Blood! Before Bloggy could swap excitement-soiled trousers to clean ones, the drawing was made in tandem by local shop thugs Tim Malson and Brian Curran, and the bike was awarded to a man NOT named Bloggy. I quelled my rage chewing on a soiled bar napkin and simmered in my own angst for another 40 minutes whilst Teddy and José talked me off the ledge. Imploring a higher power for cruiser justice, I shook my fists at the sky, read the innards of a butchered chicken and quietly adjourned to a local backyard for an apertif of road flares and marshmallows. La dolce vita? Photographs now follow the account:

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Instead of a cruiser, I got some New Blegium chapstick which I used later in the evening after being propositioned by some of our warehouse guys.

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There’s the winner with his cruiser and some giggling halfwit who writes the Hawley Blog.

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The fire wasn’t raging to Chuck’s satisfaction so he brought out the road flares to expedite the process. In addition to the noxious black cloud and odor, the flare burned for a a solid 20 minutes!

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Per his usual tradition José finished his evening at Menkoi ramen house with a steaming bowl of ____ !

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Meatballs

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Patrick with meatballs.

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Bloggy would be remiss to not thank Juliette in accounting for making the meatballs as today was National Take Your Meatballs to Work Day. “I believe the meatballs are the future, teach them well and let them lead the waaaaaaay!”

A Brief Explanation

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Bloggy has been doing a lot of cold chillin’ bike-related networking stuff this week so lay off! Hopefully we’ll be back next week with something, um, bike-related. Until then, here is a photo of Kevin wheeling his way to glory at ORAMM…

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Josh’s Colorado Adventure (or is it Atlanta?!)

You can do a lot with a green screen nowadays, but these photos of Colorado Josh (marketing) uploaded look pretty legit! Josh and a group of riders (including a disheveled former Hawley employee who proudly describes himself as “Dave Carson’s lickspittle”) explored the San Juan Hut system on a seven day journey that tested mind, body and grundle. Here are some nice snaps Josh took. Please enjoy:

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Lake Tahoe, Land Of Many Sales Reps

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Matt Tag (customer service manager) and a ton of Hawleyites were in Sparks, NV last week attending our midyear sales meeting. Big plans were hatched, logistics were tinkered with and the traditional wicker man was built and subsequently burned. ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY HERB! With some time on their hands, a few brave sales reps accompanied Matt around Lake Tahoe on mountainous bicycles! Don’t believe Bloggy? Behold, photographic evidence of frivolity!

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Our willing supplicants, Mike, Jeff and Trey:

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Sausage Making Is complete, now what?

Kevin invited us up to Conference Station Zebra (or if you’re using “Lost” nomenclature, The Hydra) to view the results of last Friday’s “sausage making” of the Swobo bike video. A motley crew gathered and waited for Kevin to show us his sausage. The response spanned the spectrum from positive to “an unending feeling of dread that haunts my every waking moments” (Harold’s words). Kevin and J-Town did an awesome job and hopefully we’ll get the finished result (or “sausage” if you insist on using Kevin’s disgusting term for it) up on our Facebook and Youtube channel. Let’s hear it for creative consensus!

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