Hi boys and girls! 2 things. One, I'm going to Palestine and leaving you forever. Two, I'm throwing a radtastic alleycat in the dead of winter for the occasion!
Not only will this be a fun-filled race with some pretty awesome bikes raffled off, but it's going to kick off a new Salt Lake tradition. more info below.
Oh, and since I'm gone soon, somebody's gotta take over Saltcycle! Think about good candidates, let's keep the community event post alive!
First off, the party. It's going to be a hellishly cold race and I encourage everyone to bring their warmest toe-warmers. It wouldn't be a bad idea to send your loved-ones/timid-weather-weary boyfriends ahead to the Art Center with food and libations to share, so that upon your arrival you may sup at hot chocolate and various sundries. The party itself will feature some fun raffle prizes, including bike part jewelry from Michael McGlothlen and some stuff I have kickin' around. Namely one of these two bikes:
Detailed pictures of both here.
The first one is a 1994 Klein Attitude. Klein's have a storied history of being awesome in almost every way, being fantastic early MTB's and still up there in stats of the greatest bikes of all eternity. Besides the (good) RockShox Judy fork this one is almost completely original, with XTR mechs front and back, White Industry/XTR wheels, and the extra-funky Klein Mission control Aluminium/Titanium Stem/bars combo. Speaking of funky, this bike also has press-in bearings, internally routed cables, and track ends. Super cool.
The other is more mysterious. A very nice road bike in the italian style, I have only suspicions of what this might be. It's got an english bb, campy gran-sport dropouts, silly lugs, cinelli-style fork crown, fastback-style seatstays, no cable routing for the rear brake and over the top of the bb cables, and downtube braze-ons. A cobble of styles, from every era, not sure where it belongs. Whispers of it being a Ron Stout are perpetuated by myself.
It rides incredibly, whatever it is, I really like this bike. Brooks Team Pro Saddle is brand new. Campy crank, BB, wheels, brake calipers, headset. Cinelli bars/stem, OLD cool Suntour Superbe derailleur (and a newer one up front). 56cm square.
Someone will take one of these bad boys home. If the fundraiser makes over a certain amount it'll be the mystery Italian bike. Everyone who races in the King-of-the-Hipsters Alleycat will get 2 raffle tickets straight off. The winners of various categories get 5.
So, what is this King-of-the-Hipsters jazz of which I speak, you ask?
Pretty simple. Way back in the day, like, 8 months ago, Alex Haworth shocked and dazzled the world by winning the ever-so-coveted top prize bag in the Don Giovanni Alleycat. That bag, from Burro Bags, is huge, awesome, and custom, looking a little like this:
Now all these months later Al turns out to not like wearing a massive bag that calls him a 'FUCKING HIPSTER' in huge letters. Who'd a thunk it?! So we concocted up a little scheme:
From here-on, the winner of the Look-at-That-Fucking-Hipster bag will carry a hallowed Salt Lake City mantle, and be named, for a quarterly time frame, the King/Queen of the Hipsters. Heavy is the head that wears the crown, as they must wear the bag as often as possible during their reign. It should be used. Luckily, their reign is finite. Every 3 months, starting December 16th, the bag is passed to a new challenger in an event of the current champion's concoction. It doesn't matter what kind of event it is, sprint or drag race or alleycat or hill climb or tall bike joust or that game with spoons and eggs that Esther cooked up, it just has to involve bikes. The organizer of the race cannot compete in their own challenge.
Further, with the title of King-of-the Hipsters, the champion forfeits their privacy, and their phone number and email address are posted on saltcycle/facebook for all to see. In the event that they don't host their event near 3 months after their crowning, they are free to be subjected to public (friendly) harassment until the event is held.
This is the legacy, Saltcycle. A guaranteed bike event every 3 months, rain or shine. Use it well.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Posted by Davey D
In a success that critics could only call 'rip-roaring' Cranksgiving has been beneficently bestowed upon us. Despite 'Hurricane grade' winds (quoting Kyle or Jake quoting the yellow journalist news) we had a full 22 riders, and quite the victory-filled food gather. Photos courtesy of myself and Ryan to follow after the jump, along with places!:
The first group to the kickoff.
dumping the bikes.
The 4th ave stairs were cleverly an option early on, but racers were thwarted by gates!
Bookin' in and outta Smiths.
So, racers... I have to apologize. I've figured out what happened with the turkeys. I put the option for people to get turkeys on the manifest, expecting 4-5 at max, the rest I'd figured would go for an unspecified penalization. Instead we got 18 TURKEYS! full size buggers! What happened was people were expecting to get some fantastic discount and get the turkeys for $6-8 dollars due to a sneakily-printed smith's advertisement. Instead they all paid $20-$30!!! But I suspect it went a little like this:
Tired alleycat person: "One $6 turkey please"
Long-suffering smith's employee: "That deal's only if you buy 26 bucks of other shit."
TAP: "What the!! Well, hell, I'm already in line, let's do this thing!"
So I effectively swindled the lot of you out of $30-$40 today, albiet for a good cause. Sorry! If it makes you feel any better finding a spot for 20 turkeys was an adventure all to itself, and I think the food bank's gonna bug out.
So thanks everyone. Y'all crazy. I hope you had fun, I had a blast, big thanks to SATURDAY CYCLES for pulling through with some last-minute schwag, the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective for always being there, and Jason's Deli for lending me a walk-in freezer. Let's put on some more!
1st Overall John McElwain
2 Drew Thomson
3 Jace Burbage
4 Scott Glover
5 Jessie Gilmore (First Woman and First Fix!)
6 Justin Hawks
7 Noble Williamson
8 Jake Wilkenson (first blood!)
9 Kyle Stergerwald
10 Peter Worden
11 Tom Fleming
12 Chris Ginzton
13 Rob Lingstuyl
15 Jonathan Morrison
16 Joellyn Manville
DNF KURT CLOSEN, the architect of madness and accountant supreme for the cranksgiving alleycat!
Caught on part-way through: Patty E.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Posted by Davey D
Come one come all, should be a grand ol' time, not terribly hard and a silly/fun/different format than usual!
Meet at the park up the crack o' city creek, high noon, next SATURDAY. Bring enough money to buy several items along the way, lets say $25 bucks to be safe, though I recall spending about $13 on average. All food will be donated to the Utah Food bank, they'll eat like regular kings this Thanksgiving!!
Best Part: You don't have to race against me, Dima's out of town, Gary doesn't believe in buying things, Joergen doesn't support non-sustainable foods, So the podium's WIDE OPEN!!! :P