Thursday, December 18, 2008

Younger Still

Younger Still by Scott T.

This morning, I went through my old photos that I took at random times and it occurred to me that many of our current customers have no idea what Salvagetti looked like when we were much younger.




When we started out, we didn't have new bikes for sale, which often times made people walk in the store and walk right back out. They had heard we were nice people, but weren't sure about the name and what we stood for.




Every single piece of inventory was out where you (and I) could find it. If you didn't see it, we didn't have it. But, surprisingly, we usually did. Pure luck?



Salvagetti started out as Fix My Bike, but moved on to Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop in a unanimous vote of Scott's Wife, Brother and Brain.

It is strange, because I have many photos of this location, but almost none of the *even smaller* one we had before. We were only there for about 3 months before we found a better location (313 W. 11th). And only a little over a year later we moved on to 1234 Speer Blvd.. What a roller coaster ride!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Shimano Alfine Hub

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds! Please check this out.

The Shimano Alfine Hub is officially great. Here goes:

1. Internally geared 8 speeds.
2. Disc brake compatible.
3. Not expensive compared to *other* hubs

So, it isn't quite a mountain bike accessory yet. But, it will be. And I know I haven't sold you on it yet. So here goes:

The Salvagetti Team went to the Shimano Show Off Clinic (my name, not theirs) and heard all about Dura Ace 7900 and the new XTR. Both very impressive in their own right. But, after we were set free to look at what we wanted, we made a bee line for the Alfine section. We had ridden the Giant Seek and wanted to know if our love was a pure love or just some silly fling. Our love runs deep.


You see? The Alfine hub comes apart very easily with only minimal tools. Then, as if by magic, the gearing system comes out in one lump of beautiful gears. It isn't a pile of parts balancing inside that will shatter into your hands when you glance inside. We enquired how difficult it is to rebuild and the gentleman explained that the maintenance process (done about once every 2 years) will not be a rebuild, but a full cleaning of the gears and a relube! SOLD!

We got the Giant Seek 1 for our towny rental fleet and we will get to test these hubs to the nth degree. We feel confident in their ability to withstand everything we can throw at them. We'll let you know.

Monday, December 01, 2008

The law of love

By Scott T.

I have had a bike stolen. Not today. Don't feel too bad for me. I'm over it.

But, not really. I recently had a chance to relive my Yellow Schwinn being stolen from the front of the store.
It was stolen because someone didn't bring it in after we closed. Still, stolen is stolen, even if you don't lock it. I looked around everywhere for that stupid bike that wasn't even worth 30 bucks. It was heartbreak.

Then I found it... It was parked at chipotle and locked up. So, I left the new "owner" a note stating that if they wanted, they could keep their lock and if they didn't, I would just cut it off for them. And also that my bike is my bike, not their bike. MY BIKE!

After some time, the police came got the bike and gave it back to me.

And I thought I was happy. But, the truth is that I haven't ridden the bike since I got it back. It is sitting in the basement of the store. And I can tell the bike is sad. I used to ride wheelies for blocks with it. I used to make coffee runs with it. It was my dear friend. And now that someone else took it home and rode it (sorry for the imagery in your head), I don't feel the same about it anymore. I feel that it isn't my bike anymore.

Where I am right now, I don't know that I can give it away either. I feel like the Karma needs to be washed or some sort of seance needs to be performed to remove the devil from inside the bike. I haven't really even sat with the bike since I picked it up from the police station. What to do. What to do.

Recovered bicycles can never be loved the same way. I think someone may have to intervene.

Monday, November 17, 2008

It'll Change Your Life

One of our favorite faces around the store, Brendan, has turned into a cyclist. He loves it. He loves riding bicycles. It makes him feel whole again. But, I am paraphrasing here. He says it best all by himself.

http://www.dirtbagdiaries.com/index.php?post_id=403304

This is a spoken word piece. It is 8 minutes of real bike love. You'll enjoy it. Unless, you are a bad person.

As a side note, Salvagetti was edited out of the story. We sold Nick the Black Steel Road Bike that made him so obsessive. We cannot take credit for anything else.

Monday, November 03, 2008

An utterly blatant plug for a product

The first time the owner used it, his wife accused him of skipping work.
But, she was happy with him.

It is Phil Wood Hand Cleaner.

This is the best hand cleaner for getting off grease and oil from your hands and arms. You only need a dime sized glob of the cleaner and a tiny bit of water. Work it around the greasy spots until it starts to collect into little balls. Start rinsing it off. Be happy with your clean, pristine, bourgeois appearance. Now dry your hands and go back to your life.

I also know that this stuff is not a "gross" product. How? I know this because the herbalist at Moondance Botanicals went gaga over it. She was going to offer me some stuff that had almonds and oils, but she stopped when she saw this stuff. (The dirty boy soap they sell is fantastic, by the way). She was exceedingly impressed.

If you want some of this stuff, it is about $8/lb. I think it is mostly oatmeal, but I'm not eating it.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Not for the faint of heart

This video has been around for a while.

***PLEASE DO NOT WATCH IT IF YOU ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WATCHING SOMEONE GET HURT.***

But, I have to say, this is karma. Instant karma.
Don't mess with the cyclists.


video

Monday, October 20, 2008

Public Transit

It is coming upon the time of year when we prove how (wo)manly we are. Snow and rain and cold and dampness.

With this, Google has announced a new search feature that should let a few of us avoid the car for a few more months, if not for the whole winter. It is called Google Transit: http://www.google.com/transit.

Basically, you can put in your starting and ending location and it will tell you how to take the bus or walk. The key here is that it will be even faster if you ride your bike instead of walking, then load your bike up on the front or underneath the bus.

We tried a search for Denver to Nederland (which is an amazing place to ride bicycles). (When you get up there, check out the caboose by the bus station. Cool Bike Shop/ Coffee Shop. )

Try it out. Take the bus. Take your bike.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Corn Maze

This has nothing to do with bikes. It has to do with fun though, so there!

Several of us went to Anderson Farm's "Terror in the Corn" last night. Between feeding the goats, hot apple cider and riding in the barrel train we lost track of time. It was $10 to get in and a quarter to feed the goats. It was $1.50 for the cider and $3.50 for the pie. It was terribly fun.

So, I am giving them a plug because everyone needs to go do this. Bring friends who you wouldn't mind meeting in a dark field of old corn. Because when you go out into the tremendously monotonous, yet creepy maze, you will prefer to know that someone will find you when you are lost. And chances are you will not be scared of them.

Here is the link: http://www.terrorinthecorn.com

It is open until November 1st. Don't be bummed that you missed it. Just find a group of friends and go. You will have a blast.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Stepping Stones


There was a recent article in Velonews about whether people jumping on the bicycle bandwagon with a ss road bike is a bad thing or not... This got me thinking.

One of our favorite customers, who we will call Tobi, because that is her name, got into cycling this last year or so. Her trainer felt that cycling would be a great way to cross train and that she would just like it. We sold her a bike that she liked aesthetically and would function for her needs. She was absolutely not comfortable with a bike that was going to have a lot of things to adjust and play with. She just wanted a bike to figure things out with. We obliged. And she reacted with such incredible vigor and excitement that we got worried about her. She rode that bike a lot. So much so that she became very comfortable with paths and sidewalks and roads. She became comfortable with other cyclists and us. In essence, she graduated to the next level. As a reward, she bought a different bike; it is a bike that appealed to her new aesthetic wants and her new level of needs. It was really fun to watch.

My question is this: How is that different than the accused fixie rider that is still figuring out that they aren't as big as a car? We have seen a great deal of riders come in and discover their life's passion is cycling. Personally, I don't care how this happens. But, people are in a stink about it. The pattern is there. The aesthetic wants and the simplicity needs. Function (sometimes but not always) before form?

A cyclist is born when they see a bicycle as a part of who they want to *be*. Then, they can *become* a cyclist. Try before do.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Pancake Breakfast Ride

At this time last year, we attended an event for the Sunday Morning Breakfast Ride that was truly worthy of noting:

Pablo's 2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast.

Well, that time is here again.

We just received the email announcement that it is happening again on the 14th of this month. It is all-you-care-to-eat pancakes with all the sides you would expect. The food last year was prepared with love and care (and tasted amazing). It happens to be for a great cause. And, on top of that, it is REALLY FUN!

We will meet at the back of the shop at 8am and leave by around 8:15am. The ride will be pretty direct. You will eat until you are about to burst, but you will be energized from the music, the company and the caffeine. From there, we will ride back to the shop, unless you already made other plans. You will probably need a light lunch and should plan to go to bed early that night. You will then have an AMAZING MONDAY. We promise.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

A Small Word of Warning to Cyclists

Prices are going up for 2009. We recently received our new Jamis and Giant catalogs. We have seen prices go up over the last few years, but never like this. It is partially from the cost of transport and partially from the increased cost of materials. Regardless, if you are thinking of buying a bike in the next few months, consider buying a 20008 sooner than a 2009 later. Some examples:

Jamis Aurora 2008 - $865 vs 2009 $1000
Giant OCR 1 2008 - $1100 vs Giant Defy 2009 $1300 (Same Bike)

Certain companies are keeping the prices the same (to fool consumers) while the quality is going down per dollar. Do your research and you will find that getting an older bike is more bike for the money.

The list of items going up in price goes on and on... the price of anything tires and tubes is going to be most noticeable. We haven't increased our prices yet because we got a warning of the future price increases. However, it is coming. If you know you need tubes, stock up now, even if it is for friends who aren't in the know.

Spread the truth, help out your friends. And the rest will become the norm, like $4 gas.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

EJ

(by scott t)

My friend EJ was hit by a car last night on a group ride in Colorado Springs, CO. He died.

A 64 year old woman was driving away from a grocery store at high speeds after allegedly stealing some stuff. She turned directly into EJ and one of his co-workers. She hit them head on and killed them instantly. They were on a group ride with several other people who all witnessed the entire event.

EJ was one of the most-fun-to-ride-with cyclists I have ever known and he will be missed severely.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Ride in Evergreen

(by scott t.)

Several of us took off this morning to Evergreen. We don't actually know the name of the trail, but it is connected to one of Evergreen's RTD Park-n-rides. So, that is what we did. We parked. We rode.

The trails were perfect. The temperature was fantastic. And all of us needed some time in the woods.

As I was climbing, I knew in the back of my head that the pain I was feeling going up would be redeemed in a downhill of the same lines. It still didn't make it any less painful when my teeth hurt from breathing so hard. We took very infrequent breaks to that the climb would be over sooner. Then the flat/down/flat part of the trail began. Evergreen is a fun place to ride bikes. We started seeing people as we approached the 3 sisters trailhead. We turned around and explored for a bit, then started the back portion of our out and back.

It was beautiful and fun and we are gonna do it all again soon.

Here are the pictures:










Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Alright, let's ride!

This is the only place we are announcing this first demo ride, cause we need the right people for our trial. (We are gonna try it out and get your feedback.)

On Saturday July 26th (2008), we will meet at the back parking lot of Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop at 8am. Scott will be taking the new van and up to 9 bikes and 8 people on a trail ride. This also means if you have a car with bike racks, maybe you should bring it along... There is a time constriction, so the trail will be a close one (probably Golden), but it promises to be fun.

We will bring along with us a combination of the following bikes:
Giant Trance
Giant Trance X
Giant Anthem
Brooklyn Machine Works Park Bike
Black Sheep Ti 29er SS
Maverick Durance (oh, mommma! Scott gets this one first)
Jamis Dakar XAM
Jamis Dakar XCR

You don't *have* to have (or bring)a mountain bike to join us. Please bring water, a helmet, a snack, some money for a post-ride snack and a can-do smile.

We'll get you back to the shop by noon, cause Scott has to go back to work then!

See you there.

Here is the van:



Friday, July 18, 2008

Conspiring Minds want to know...

This isn't really bicycle related, but it is quality of life related.

Denver used to have a trolley system that ran on electricity. Apparently, General Motors may-or-may-not-have purchased the rails and trolleys and removed them promptly.

This is how the map looked.

It is WAY more coverage than our current lightrail system.

We should bring this back. We just need a plan...

and several billion dollars (that the city has).

Any ideas?

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

"The Church of Sunday Morning Breakfast Rides"

Look here first ---> The Breakfast Ride

We were written up in Momentum Magazine. For those of you who haven't heard of Momentum, it is probably right up your alley. Brendan Leonard, one of our favorite original Breakfast Riders, wrote the article and submitted it. And now you will have to join us on a Sunday. The Travel Channel showed some interest in covering our Sunday Morning Breakfast Ride, as well. So this could be your chance to be famous.

Each week we meet at the back of the shop at 8am on Sunday. The group then decides where we are going to ride (at slow speeds) to. The people who haven't liked the Breakfast Ride have been people who had CRAZY expectations.

Come and join us. It is a great start to the day and a nice way to meet some good people.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

BMX Track and the MTN Bike Van!!

Chris, Richard and Scott went to a BMX track at C470 and Colorado Blvd. tonight.
So fun.

Packed dirt with big huge sweeping turns makes everything right.

All of us progressively got faster and smoother. Some of us wrecked pretty hard. We aren't mentioning names, but it wasn't Richard or Scott.

So, the van is almost ready for prime time. It is licensed, registered, insured and pretty. It just needs some bike racks. This time next week that task shall be completed and we will take our inaugural Saturday morning mountain ride. No fooling around this time. The van seats 8 and holds 9 bikes. We'll email the Salvagetti email list when and where and how, but it is coming up soon.

Chris - Generic Cycles Bronx
Richard - Azonic DJ
Scott - Brooklyn Machine Works Park

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Bicycle Swappy Swap

We know there is a HUGE CORPORATE BICYCLE SWAP later on this year. They make you PAY TO SELL, to PAY TO BUY and on top of that you know LESS THAN 1% OF THE PEOPLE THERE. And, we don't love it. We don't even like it. In fact, we DISLIKE it strongly.

Our answer is to have our own community bicycle swap. A Denver Bicycle Swap.

And you better be here for this one!

When? July 4th from 10 until 2.
Where? Behind Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop 1234 Speer Blvd. Denver, CO 80204
Who? You, your friends, your neighbors
How? It is free, but you may pay us if you want by buying stuff at our store. But, that isn't why we are doing this. (see next part)
Why? Because we like you and you need this.

Bring your bicycle stuff to sell or some cash to buy bicycle stuff and come on out.

The shop will be open (with limited staff) and we will also be bringing our own goods as well.

Any questions? Come on by and ask. This is supposed to be fun, so let's make it that way!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The truffle shuffle

"The Goonies" was the movie of choice for our bike in movie last weekend. We played an insanely quick game of "modified get the bacon" or "get the envelope out of the circle without being touched". It was fun. We would like to thank the large gaggle of fine folks who joined us for the evening.

The next movie night will be announced soon. And this time, we are going to get the time right so that people don't have to sit around waiting for the sun to go down.

Jazz in the park rides start this Sunday. Hope to see you soon.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Learning something new

Some of our crew has started a new venture. We have been dirt jumping. And some of those jumps have been videotaped. And those movies are on YouTube.com. Here are two of them:

Scott riding his Brooklyn Park Bike on some sissy jumps that are kind of intimidating. Kind of...



And Tom taking a piece of jump home with him.



We'll post more as we have more. Come ride with us soon.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Money is Money

Let's talk.

Bikes are inexpensive to maintain. And we at Salvagetti want you to be happy, so we have a short list of how to save a pretty decent amount of money while having a better running bike.

In order of the magnitude of how much money you will save:

1. Replace your chain before it is too stretched out.
After a chain stretches, it acts as a hammer on your gears and derailleur. Once a chain is TOO worn out, you have to replace the whole drivetrain because the new chain will not interact nicely with your old stuff. Chains can safely stretch to about 0.75% growth before they should be changed out. Drivetrains *can* last several chains...
Money savings - $100 to a huge amount depending on how fancy of a bike you have.

2. Wipe off your chain after rides.
This removes the nasty stuff that causes the chain to wear out. After you wipe your chain, look to see if it looks like in needs lube. It should look sweaty if it is lubed properly. After you lube your chain, let the chain soak in the lube before wiping it down.
Money saving potential - see above.

3. Pump up your tires
- This saves your energy. This make the tire act like the experts have designed it. Tubes aren't all that expensive to replace, but wheels (which a properly inflated tire protects quite well) can get very pricy. Road tires also are going to give you more miles if they are properly inflated when in use. Pump up your road tires before each ride. Mountain tires should be checked about every 2 to 4 days.
Money saving potential - $5 to the cost of wheels.

4. Don't skimp on tires
- This is one of those touchy subjects for some. Tires, like the Continental Ultra Sport ($16 MSRP) are great tires, BUT NOT FOR DENVER. Getting a slightly more thorn resistant tire will end up saving you more than the difference in price. A great Continental Tire for the money is the Ultra Gatorskin ($40 MSRP). In addition to you not visiting the bike shop for flats, you will also get more miles for the dollar and have a better riding bike the whole time. The Gatorskin is a *less expensive* option.
Money saving potential - $5 to who know how many flats you could get with one tire.

Please feel free to post other ideas for maintenance that pay you back.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Buffalo Creek vs. Dodge Ram Van



We rode in the shop's new Getting-To-The-Trails-And-That-Is-All Van to Buffalo Creek, near Pine. Pine is a community and not a city (from what I understand). The new to us van handled the trip quite well. Since it is still not quite ready for the public, we simply stuffed the 3 bikes into the back of the van and headed out.

Nick, Dave and I (Scott T.) arrived at the Ranger Station where the temp was a good bit cooler than in Denver. It hadn't rained up there for a couple days, and it appeared that we were going to have nothing but sunshine. We suited up and began our trip.

Within about a half an hour, arm warmers were too much and water was being consumed. I was in some knickers that were probably a bit too warm as well. But, soon we were in the midst of same amazing singletrack and temperature was our last concern. The trail was fantastic. Lots of fun swoopy climb/decent/climb sections. Lots of grinding climbs. By grinding, I simply mean that having a granny gear was useful. The climb to the "top" was not horrible, not techy, but all around fun.

Side note: The shop just got a GPS computer. I am new to it. And I loved messing with it during the ride, which is completely unnecessary. But, I didn't know that. So, there is a 2 mile section on this map that it appears we teleported. We might have... but I remember it as being one of the more fun, fast and oh-so-downhill sections of the trail. The teleported section appears as a perfectly straight line on the map. Very impressive. Oops. I know it wouldn't pushed the average speed up a bunch.

Down sides of Buffalo Creek would be that you pretty much have to drive there (hence, the van) and the trail gets sandy and loose in lots of places.

Was it worth it? Hell yes.
Will I go again? Hell Yes.
Did I eat a tremendous amount of food after the ride? Hell Yes.
Should you go next time we ride together? I think so.

Nick: Kona 29" SS - Green with a grinning faced rider
Dave: Vassago 29" Fixed - Orange with a crazed faced rider
Scott: Jamis Dakar XAM - Gray with a always hungry faced rider

By the way, look at this if you want to be bewildered for a few days: Buffalo times Eight

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Trail Maintenance is fun!



This is a good thing that one of our customers sent us. Pass it along to people you know who ride mountain bikes.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Riding High



I went to Palmer park in Colorado Springs for a mountain bike ride at dusk last night. IT WAS FUN. So, much fun that I had to put it in CAPS. I went with one of the leaders of Ride Against The Machine, our team of fun-loving-but-not-snotty racers.

We went up and down and up and down and up and down. Then we stopped because the trail ended...



So, we turned around and had a blast going down. Palmer park is one of the most fun biking spots in all of Colorado. It is friendly enough for newbies, but can be challenging enough for the seasoned veteran. The only thing that sucks is all the High School kids smoking pot (everywhere). As a tip to the police, ride your bikes through Palmer Park at dusk if you need to bust some kids for marijuana. As a tip to cyclists, be aware that these kids have no trail etiquette. And it is okay because it is fun to scare stoners.

It is hard to leave Palmer Park without a smile on your face. We left sad that we had to leave, but the sun was gone already.

Bike Review: Jamis Dakar XAM (which we have a demo of for you to ride): Fun. Fast. Comfy. Great Climbing. Heavy (steady). Easy on the eyes. Great parts spec for the money. Faster than you would expect.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

At 4 years of age

We are 4 years old on Saturday. And for our birthday, we are giving away some stuff. What stuff? Well that has to be a surprise. If you are on the mailing list, you know some of the surprises, but you don't know everything. (By the way, feel free to share the "password" with friends who aren't on the mailing list yet.)

Come by the shop and celebrate with us from 10am till 7pm!

This is a thank you to everyone who has sent a friend in; To everyone who has come and shared their Sunday morning with us; To everyone who came out to the July 4th Bicycle Swappy Swap; To people who we love and who love us back.

When this business opened, people told us that if we lasted 1 year, we would be in the upper 75% and we would have made it. When we turned 1, "they" said it would take 3 years to be a sound business that would be around for a while. At the 3rd birthday, "they" moved it right up to 10 years. What are they gonna say at 10 years?!? 25? 40? Haha...

We are honored that Denver has responded to Salvagetti in this way. We plan to continue to make Denver a better place to live.

Join us.

This is how it should be done!

This is nutty. Just keep watching. It is worth it.

Monday, April 07, 2008

French Bottom Brackets and the like

Please note that Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop is here for the greater good, not to pick fights with people who have strong opinions about weak products.

We see lots of cool old Peugeots and Motobecanes at the shop here. Some of them are rare specimens and some are run-of-the-mill-but-loved-all-the-same. The trouble with French bikes is that the French felt (and who knows if they were right?) that they knew more than the rest of the planet about bicycles. In addition to the geometry being for a select few types of people (oh wait, am I saying they may have been wrong?), the stem and bottom bracket are completely proprietary. This means that the French would have needed to keep making the correct parts and tools in order to keep their good name alive.

And.
They.
Haven't.

And those who love the old French bikes are in for a few interesting discoveries which I will list quickly:

1. The geometry is entirely too long for most folks to ride comfortably.
2. The stems and headsets work together and must be swapped for similar spec'd (and not available new) parts. This limits severely the ability to fit bicycles to their owners.
3. And lastly (for now), the bottom bracket is its own thing all together. Phil Wood does make one but...

You cannot *easily* get the tools to repair any of the French threads. If you find old tools, you are lucky, but not necessarily set up, to get things done.

We recently ran into this problem with several bikes and we are searching out alternative solutions that don't involve a RIG*.
So, the lesson here is that if you MUST get a French bike then you MUST ride it and you MUST get it checked to see if it is something that will work out for you.


*Rigs are using something that isn't made for something else for a different purpose that is gonna probably FAIL!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Sort it out

We sold one of our better customers a nice wheelset yesterday...
We headed South out of the shop on his new-feeling-cause-it-should-be Trek...
And less than a minute later he came into the shop frantic:
He had been hit by a car at 12th Ave. It didn't come to a stop at Speer. He was okay, though getting stiffer by the moment. His bike, however, faired not so great. The new front wheel is way gone. The fork is bent.

Two sides of this coin:
Technically, he cannot ride his bike on the sidewalk.

Technically, he is on the bike path because of the construction blocking access to the bike path.

I don't know how Denver will see this one!

By the way, no tickets were given. The officer told them to "sort it out".

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008

Dang Gangsta (AKA Brooklyn Machine Works Gangsta Track)

First one complete... and then he let us ride it.

I know a great bike when I feel one. And a track bike that lets me confidently try to do a stand still whiplash is fun. Not just fun, but hilariously fun. Since I have ridden the Brooklyn Gangsta Track bike, I have craved its presence at least a dozen times. It has only been a few days since we were last together. Soon enough, she'll come back to me and I will successfully completely my trick of tricks.

We are building up at least one of them complete in the next week. How do you find out how fun a bike is without riding it? Well... you really can't. But, you will have to leave us some *serious* collateral to put it between your legs.

Frame : Brooklyn Gangsta Track (LRG)
Fork: Same as frame
Cranks: Truvativ Omniums
Wheels: Mavic Ellipse
Everything else: Nice but not too nice.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

This Latest Breakfast Ride

So Saturday was out of control beautiful. People came out of their homes and GOT OUT THEIR BIKES!

Even Richard, one of our customers (who works at another shop in town (WINK WINK)) rode his bike 100 miles on Saturday. He got a sunburn, too.

But then we all went to bed in the 45 degree evening with visions of Spring and Summer fun. Poof! Snow again.

I put on my snow gear at 7:15am and started on my way. The big grumpies started to come out half way to the shop because my ready-for-spring fingers were chilly (poor baby) and my face wanted a balaclava again. Turning the corner to the shop alley, I could not believe my eyes...

3 cyclists ready for a ride to get some breakfast. We all went inside and warmed up. More people showed and came in. Then some more... We finally got to 10 before we decided to leave for Snooze. Like the rock stars we should be treated like, we were rewarded for our heroics with quick seating and amazing eating. We finished up and headed back for Metropolis for some more vibration inducing beverages and ran with the day.

Thank you to the tough folks who braved the cold and snow and depression to make a great ride.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

A Petition to the President of these United States of America

The following undersigned would enjoy one (1) day per week of some sunshiny weather. Including, but not limited to one (1) day per month of above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Please make this change by 2/1/2008.

(Ready for summer) Pretty please,

Sal Vagetti Bicycle Workshop

Saturday, January 12, 2008

A guy walks into a bike shop

Sorry, it isn't a joke.
We are sponsoring a "team" this year:

*A mountain team.*

2 members of said "team" came in to the shop today. We began chatting about being in the mountains and experiencing the dirt and trees. All of us became rather desperate sounding as the talk went on. We want to ride. Soon.

But, we need the snow to stop. Do we need to write congress? Do we need to run our SUVs all day and night for accelerated Global Warming? Do we need to have a non-rain dance? Tell us; We'll do it. (I'm kidding, by the way, about the SUV thing... sort of).

When the time is right, we will be out there tearing it up and smiling the whole ride. This means we are going to try our damnedest to get a weekly/monthly group mountain ride together. I hope you will join us in the mountains when the time comes. Bring a snack, a friend and a good attitude and we will show you a great time. We'll let you know more as we know more.

Have fun!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Salvagetti Attire For All


Just in case you hadn't seen it. We have jerseys and socks. They are as nice as they get.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Resolve(d)

Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop is resolving to be more of a community hub for 2008. This means more activities and some actual sponsorships for riders (and maybe racers). It means we want to have fun with Denver and be an active part of positive growth. More exactly, this means that YOU need to make suggestions of what YOU want to do with us. There is no reason why we cannot make Denver what we always want(ed). Don't be afraid... Dave suggested a Chili Cookoff (Vegan and Meaty) with a sweet prize for the winner. We want to start a weekly mountain ride. You want us to start a bicycle polo club? You want us to start serving coffee out of the shop? You want us to give more stuff away for free? Tell us... we are all ears. Speak up...