In the Seattle Times today, there was a report about a guy who conned a string of NW bike shops into letting him take wicked expensive bikes out on test rides that he intended to be…let us say…extended. Basically, he posed as a medical professional who was ready to lay out some serious cash for a top dollar bike, and the shops blissfully let him ride out the door on multi-thousand dollar carbon bonbons with little more than his (fictitious) first name and his reassuring smile. But in the end, he got caught.
I was riding in Maui, near Napili when this bike zoomed out, across the highway and ahead of me. I wouldn’t have caught it if she hadn’t stopped to get her mail. Later, she wrote us and said
“It was fun meeting you yesterday here on Maui.I just started riding my electric bike to my business, West Maui Wellness Center, and I have to be so careful. The issue here on the island is the lack of bike lanes. The lower road here on West Maui not only is sketchy, there aren’t sidewalks for the pedestrians and the bike lanes come and go. Everyone drives over the speed limit here, too.
The bike is a Tidal Force with a Wavecrest Lab’s electric motor hubs. Googling the bike resulted in news that it’s no longer imported into the USA, but from talking with Laura it sounded like it was new.
Add another mode to the Modal and that’s performance. When it was built, both Mark V and Bill Davidson commented that the Modal would perform, if needed, and perform well. In my previous trips, I was either riding it in singled-speed mode or geared and just touring. I rode to Hana with a Carradice seat pack last time we were in Maui and mostly just rolled it, but did observe
“The Modal in geared mode performed as expected — very well. It’s built for performance riding and adept at climbing, cornering, and all-day riding … I’ll adjust the sliders for more road clearance and swap cassettes to a 27 next time.”
This time, with racing starting next week, I came here to train harder and added some intensity. For the past 5 days, I’ve ridden Upcountry in the hills with lots of rollers and climbing; bombed down descents over very rough “Roubaix roads”; rolled roleur style, staying on top of the gear with a tailwind; added fast tempo, sprint intervals, a recovery spin; and a bonus trip over the lava fields.
I’ve been seeing a lot of tributes to Sheldon Brown, lately, as one would expect on the passing of a figure of such magnitude. Most featuring his helmeted, hawked head (that eagle’s got a name, ‘Igor’ – who knew!). Sheldon has a posse shirts. Sheldon ‘Obey’ badges (some background on the OBEY campaign here). My favorite printed media to date: Sheldon is my co-pilot. It’s great that Sheldon has a posse, but I’d much rather think of him riding along side. Speaking of riding, some cities seem to be having Sheldon rides. What’s your favorite Sheldon tribute? Are you riding for Sheldon later this year (or have you already?).
My wife always gives me a hard time about being drawn to a new bike shop like a kid drawn to the candy store. I’m sure there’s nothing new or all that exciting in the shop, but I always have to go in, kick tires, check out the latest bike stuff. Imagine my excitement when I got to go to Seattle Bike Supply to return some bikes and take a quick tour. That place is HUGE. Wall-to-wall bike stuff. 6’ stacks of just anodized rims. Big boxes with the words “Shimano” and “SRAM”. It was great. I’ll have to do a formal interview with Tim Rutledge (he’s our contact down there) once he gets back from the Tour of California, but in the mean time - I’d wanted to give you a little perspective on what goes on at this cool place.