Fenders Of Note

No worries gentle reader, the Blog isn’t back but for some reason, these fenders spoke to Bloggy and I thought, “I should share this with others” Custom fenders from our friends at WIT industries stretch the limits of form over function.

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Not Quite Back in the Saddle; Cake Fiends

Rode a bike (a seven speed EVO Oak Hill Step Thru BIKE5621) for the first time in months. Left leg is useless but everything else felt good. Meanwhile, it was Tipper’s last day in the office. He’s moving to Durham and opening a beer shop/bar downtown which should be a great fit. They bought him a cake. He let them eat cake. “Courage! I have shown it for years, you think I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?”

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Extended Leave

Hey ya’ll. Bloggy is sorting through some medical issues right now so the Blog will be taking a hiatus. Hopefully we’ll get back to delivering the inane ramblings of a distribution insider as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience. Here is a video that may or may not disturb you…

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Bike Lane Confusion Battleground: AIKEN, sc!

Bask in the confusion. Who’s more baffled? Cadel or the Imperial Scout Trooper?

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Now that I’ve got your attention with that muckraker-ish post title, Bloggy would like to give props to our product manager overlord JBK. He attended the Save Hayne Lane rally this past weekend. As usual, some homeowners and a few vehicle parkers find the prospect of an innocuous bike lane a portent of the impending apocalypse or some reasonable facsimile. “Won’t somebody think of the children?!” (Helen Lovejoy voice). The usual reasons have been trotted out for why a bike lane is a bad idea. It’s nothing new so just keeping moving folks. Apparently, JBK was lurking in an alleyway and snapped these clandestine shots. Sooooo this is what he does in his “free time”…

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UPDATE! It appears a “compromise” of sorts was reached after a grueling city council meeting. A six to one decision means all bike symbol markings will be removed but the white lanes will remain. “Share the Road” signs and markers will be installed to add to the confusion. Read about a confused City Solicitor echoing the confusion of SCDOT in this article: http://www.nbc26.tv/story/28066764/decision-made-for-aiken-bike-lanes

Sanne Cant Never Could

Greatest podium sad-face ever:

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Meanwhile, El Jefe brought his beloved dog Riley into work today. Steve walked over to Tipper, placed his hand firmly on Tipper’s shoulder and said “Tipper, Riley is going to handle this order so take five, OK?” “But wait, she’s a dog. She doesn’t know h–” “I said take five… OK? Riley will finish this up for you” ARF ARF! After getting the hang of sales, Riley went over to Cal in customer service and made him show her how to use the internet. After mastering this skill, she and Cal left for a sensibly priced lunch at a local restaurant.

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Welcome the newest member to the hawley family

Our customer service manager Matt Tagliaferri is a serious fellow. This trait comes with the territory when one’s occupation deals with putting out metaphorical fires and throwing oneself on metaphorical hand grenades on a daily basis. Here are examples of his seriousity:

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That being said, Matt is also a kind, patient and loving fellow who now has a new member of his family to direct these oft overlooked qualities. Please welcome Emily Katherine to the world! Knowing Matt, he gave the doctors a thorough grilling pertaining to warranties and return policies before jumping on the hospital intercom to page Dylan…

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In other news, non-baby related, a good bit was made about Mathieu van der Poel’s bunnyhopping the barriers and the advantage it gave him (over “archvolgers” Wout Van Aert and Lars van der Haar) . The idea that one must dismount the bicycle during a cross has been around since the start of the sport. But as racers and technology change and adapt, the barriers are now most often forced-risk assessment devices, making a rider weigh the advantages and disadvantages of clearing a set of barriers or wrecking on them (for most pro riders nowadays, bunnyhopping is a necessary skill). Obviously, the advantages are time and momentum. If barriers are too easy to bunnyhop in a UCI-level race then make them taller or space them closer. Perhaps add an extra barrier or place them on off camber turns. If folks don’t want racers bunnyhopping, then ask course designers to take that into consideration and make necessary rule changes where necessitated. During Sunday’s race, the camera angle was directly in front of the barriers so you didn’t get an idea of the uphill “punch” directly in front of them, which upon seeing in other video clips makes any rider brave enough to attempt a bunnyhop worthy of the advantage gained from it. Here’s a video I found from the first lap that shows a different angle…

Meet The Outside Sales Crew, 2015 Edition

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(From left to right: Professor Faceslap, Skullitor, Andrew the Half-Obscured, Virginia Slim, Perfect Posture Paul, Nervous Smilin’ Steve the Man Who Has A Closet Full of Horrible Secrets, PJ Ninja, ‘Stache McGash, Habeebus and Butthead, Creep Shades Jr, Shorty Too Tall, The Abominable Tickler, Stretchums, Ian Cross: Devourer of Galaxies, The Portland Street Cleaner, Jay Z, Legalize It, The Floating Head of Larry Zogby, Teenwolf II: The Reckoning, Child Educator Plus Head Amputator, Fresh Meat, Ole Man Marble Mouth, Surfin’ D The Kiddie Pool Agitator, Vicenzo Nibali, Doug the All Star Organ Grinder, Tallish Tal Tumult, The Ice Berg, Carlos the Jackal, Ambassador Mom Jeans)

 

Colin: Busted

This morning in the warehouse, Colin works on a shipment… AND QUADRUPLES HIS MONEY!!!

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By the way, we handle everything LOOK cycles/pedals related now. However, we can’t handle this:

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NCCX Finale: Biltmore! In Your Face Austin!

Last week’s hot racing action in sunny Austin, TX…cx_nationals_wreck_2

Some of you may have seen a small kerfuffle in Austin last weekend. Apparently, a cyclocross race was cancelled, feelings were hurt, grievances were aired and then a race was re-scheduled but some folks were still up in arms about all sorts of things. Nebulousness aside, if you’d like to avail yourself of all the sordid details, there are literally dozens of sites that can give you the lowdown, complete with over-written explanations and comment section fodder galore. As for this weekend’s NCCX finalé at Biltmore, it was a smashing success. Next year’s National championship takes place on the famous grounds so the final rounds on Saturday and Sunday were like “practice” races. Nationals course designer Pete Webber was on hand to ride the course and gather information; like a fact-finding mission but without the bureaucracy. Hopefully Pete left satisfied with the NCCX contingent’s efforts because according to some, the Biltmore course was one of the hardest courses created this side of Zonhoven. Steep, twisty and long (over two miles). Lots of wrecks on the dry course so one can only imagine the carnage if it rains or snows. Overall, it seems everybody liked the course so we can only hope this bodes well for the 2016 Nationals. I’m sure the multiple Confederate soldier and Native American burial grounds next to the exotic endangered tree and plantlife protection area that happens to grow next to and around multiple dinosaur fossil sites on the Biltmore Estate shouldn’t interfere one iota with next year’s race! Also, there is apparently a type of dirt that is on the endangered species list. Could be an issue. Hawley’s Josh was on hand to snap some photos.

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