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Clearing out the Cobwebs in my Airstream

Traveling for Cyclelogical to all our events all over California and the southwest means living hardcore #vanlife in our Sprintervan.  Admittedly it’s pretty cramped yet cozy but when I get home to my restored 1976 Ambassador Airstream…WOW, I feel like I’m living in a palace after existing in the Sprinter;)

However, the most ANNOYING thing about getting home to the Airstream are my “li’l spider friends” who use my absence as an opportunity to “expand their kingdoms” throughout.  Around the window on my plants, especially in the kitchenette area and in the bathroom (like in photos).  The worst is going for a shower or sitting down on “the throne” and getting wrapped up in cobwebs…YUCK!!!

As Spring is now here that got me thinking about “spring cleaning” and the need to clear out the cobwebs and junk in my own life.  Here’s what I like to take time to do…not just every Spring but at least monthly, if not weekly!

First, I tackle the “clutter” in my living/working spaces.  Life keeps happening at a whirlwind pace at times and it’s easy not to take time to put everything back where it should be. It’s so important to do that though. Get clean and folded clothes back in your drawers, receipts from traveling entered into spreadsheets and filed away and collect all the recyclables and actually RECYCLE them. Living in an Airstream doesn’t afford much space…so “as a rule” when I come back from an event with a new Tshirt I usually pick out an old one “to go” so that my closets aren’t overflowing with clothes I no longer wear (or fit into;)

Second, I figure out new ways to GET ACTIVE.  This can mean engaging in some physical activity, like jumping on my bike for a morning ride or even just taking more time to go to the post office on my bike and giving the Jeep a day off. It also can mean activating a project you were once passionate about that’s been on the shelf (like me and blogging;)

Last, I encourage you to take time to “share your story” with someone.  Like the cobwebs in my Airstream, as annoying as they are…they remind me that we are all interconnected.  We all are apart of a bigger web…a larger story from those who have gone behind us to those who come after us, it’s healthy to share that story.  Just this weekend at San Diego’s GranFondo, I had an amazing opportunity to get to know a young cyclist and photographer to hear his story and share mine.  There is something healthy and spring-like in doing that…helps clear out the clutter of bad things I need to “let go of” and actively practice gratefulness for the joys, experiences and lessons learned.

Enough with writing this…time to get active and clear some clutter in my office, peace!!! bs

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Two of our Favourite athletes in the Mountain Biking World!!

When I started working with my college buddy, JD, who started Cyclelogical…I was not terribly familiar with the “Mountain Biking World.”  Sure, I had gone out occasionally with him and others on some “not so threatening” trails in Cali, AZ and UT but just to “have fun” (i.e. get a few bruises and scrapes) not a whole lot beyond that.  Then as I traveled to events like the Kamikaze Bike Games up at Mammoth Mountain my eyes started to open to what you MTB athletes go through and I was extremely impressed!

Then JD encouraged me to look up an MTB athlete, Syd Schulz, @sydschulzathlete and I have been “hooked” on her and Macky ever since.  In fact this morning, while drinking my coffee with coconut oil to get warmed back up after my 6am ride…I read her latest blog: https://www.sydschulz.com/mountain-biking/six-ways-to-peel-a-banana-or-a-rock-garden

She just has a great, unconquerable attitude with a the ability to just “tell it like it is” with no apology.  She has “pure moxie” as my uncle used to say. Beyond her blog and FB and Instagram, I find myself occasionally checking out Syd & Macky’s YouTube channel and absolutely LOVE this video they posted about a month ago…in which they go through their “Top 10” crashes of their 2017 season (my personal favs #7 “I made it past the part I was worried about” and #5 “Macky vs the log 😉 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoUCi2Qji00

Add to all this that they are “van life” people like myself, who enjoy traveling around, and even sport our Cyclelogical clothes at times when they are off their bikes…(https://www.instagram.com/p/BZJwCpinVcB/?taken-by=sydgschulz) (https://www.instagram.com/p/BYhXlGvnRtP/?taken-by=sydgschulz)

 

How could you not love them?!?!?  I encourage you to take sometime and check them out (you know in those “down times” at work when you need a to break up the monotony;) Cheers! -BS

**Photos below from Syd’s Instagram with her sporting our: MusicToMyGears, Bronto, BikeFlower Tshirts and BikeMobile sweatshirt:)

#MTB #mountainbiking #cycling #adrenaline #puremoxie #sydschulz #sydandmacky #youtube #funvideos #vanlife #womenathletes #nojoke #truegrit #athlete #blogs #cyclelogical #itsallcyclelogical #bikes #mammothmountain #kamikazebikegames

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Still enjoying that “Merry Christmas to me” gift…check these out!!!

Here we are almost done with the first month of January 2018…it SURE GOES FAST!!

One thing I have enjoyed immensely of all my gifts from the holidays is one that I gifted to myself. Oh, I know I’m NOT the ONLY one who ends up after all the searching in the stores and on the internet who gives into the desire of buying a “Merry Christmas to me” gift.

My favourite this year was a STELLAR custom made handle bar from  Defiance Frameworks have you heard of them yet?!  Well, let me tell you, Daniel, does awesome work up in Fritz Creek, Alaska where he crafts handle bars as he told me to “keep his sanity” up north. He’s a down to earth guy, who is an EXCELLENT craftsman!!!

When I met and spoke with him at Interbike this past September this was how he explained why he does what he does…

“I started building bikes seven years ago. The winters in Alaska are long and having a good indoor activity to occupy you time goes a long way towards helping keep you sane. As happens to most builders I started daydreaming about the next frame long before the first one was finished. I’ve been more or less steadily building since then. These days my time is split between bike related activities and working as a welder and shipwright in the marine industry (because if you want to make a living as a framebuilder, you’ve got to have a side hustle;). All in all, I get to live in an amazing place and build the kind of bikes I think are cool. So, basically, I’m living the dream.”

Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about his work!  Every time I’m on my bike now looking down at these handle bars…I still get that giddy gleam in my eye, like when I was a little tyke and saw my first bicycle behind the tree.  Funny how that never goes away the older us kids get when we make improvements on our bikes!!

 

#cycling #bikes #frames #handlebars #mtb #handcrafted #madeintheusa #quality #welding #alaska #mountainbikes #ridebikes #805 #cyclelogical #defianceframeworks #gifts #giddy #stillloveit #enjoyingtheride #bicycleparts #venturacounty #ojai #livingthedream #interbike #supportlocal #supporthandcraft


Beauty from Ashes in 2018

The Jewish prophet, Isaiah, spoke of an amazing truth to encourage hearts that have endured disaster…”beauty will come from these ashes, joy will replace mourning….”

We at Cyclelogical have clung to these words the last months of 2017 for ourselves and our community.  While we are so thankful for the blessings and victories 2017 brought for our Cyclelogical business and staff…the last two months also held some bitter things.

Traveling back from an exciting time attending the El Tour De Tucson in Arizona for the first time, we got a call that our beloved dog, Hannah, had been struck by a car in our Ojai neighborhood.  Unfortunately, before we could make it back she had passed quite quickly surrounded by staff that loved her as their own.  Hannah, was the BEST FRIEND you could have and perfectly loyal companion on a ride or run.  As the years passed it was hard to see her not “lead us” on the trail anymore and instead lag behind a bit, but oh how she loved to come with us! In her memory, we have designed a “best friend” riding jersey for this spring season.

We dealt with that loss and then came the Thomas Fire in December.  Never have we experienced or seen such a radical wild fire in our years of living in California.  The flames encircled our entire community for days and spread so fiercely fast.  We will be forever grateful for the brave men and women (firefighters, police, pilots, etc…) who fought to help us keep our property and Cyclelogical headquarters (and the properties of all our staff) from destruction within 200 yards of us all.

It was the “perfect storm” as far as wild fires go constantly challenging the Cal Fire leadership as they coordinated firefighters from at least 10 other states, who sent crews. Few lives were lost and few properties compared to so many other fires this year.

We have swept and washed away the ashes here at Cyclelogical and dealt with smoke damaged apparel. We were very fortunate!!!!  Please in this New Year of 2018 take time to be mindful of ways you can help your neighbors and get to know them better…tragedies, like this Thomas Fire, have motivated us to “Be Calm and Stay Focused on the REAL PRIORITIES of Life!”

Now we wait…as we ride the trails around Ojai and our Ventura Community, we look forward to a time when all the ashen grey will be green once again…when BEAUTY and NEW LIFE will come from the ashes, it’s happened many times before, we trust it will again in 2018.

We are so grateful for all of you, who encourage and support us here at Cyclelogical, blessing to you all in 2018!!!

#cycles #bikes #cycling #bikerides #bicycles #tshirts #cyclingjerseys #cyclingapparel #itsallcyclelogical #thomasfire #stillstanding #ojaistrong #venturastrong #santabarbarastrong #805 #ojai #ventuacounty #dogs #lovedogs #bestfriend #beautyfromashes #2018 #hope #blessed #grateful #bittersweet #hopeforgreen #biketrails #Happynewyear #cyclelogical #loveyourneighbors #thankyou #firstresponders #firefighters #police #becalm #firstthingsfirst #greatclothes #funny #bisontshirts

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Who doesn’t want $250 worth of Cyclelogical Merchandise?!?!

Hey there dear Cyclelogical Blog followers…

Yes…yes…I know…I know…it’s been at least a month since I posted on here.  Still spending too much time outside on my bike (in this glorious weather) and designing fun, new Tshirts that I simply forget to sit down and “blog”…but I WILL get better;)

I wanted to make SURE that you all are aware of the EMail address sign up that we are doing this month.  We want to get better at showing off our new styles and emailing coupons and deals to our faithful Cyclelogical followers.  And we need your updated emails to do so.

Please take time to simply enter your email address in order to enter yourself into our contest. At the end of November we are giving out a gift certificate for $250…that’s right we didn’t go “$25” or “$100″…we went right to $250 which should help you cover Holiday shopping for quite a few friends/family on your list!!!

SO when you see “Billy Bison’s invitation” don’t hesitate…and of course, tell your family and friends to sign up too…because even if YOU don’t win that gift under the tree from them to you will probably & most logically be…Cyclelogical!!!  -bs

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