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!!

 

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Bicycle camper on craiglist

I saw this on craiglist today. Pretty amazing for $150 bucks. I’m thinking this could be my undercover hotel at seaotter. Maybe park it at embassy suites parking lot and enjoy the free breakfast in the morning:) image


fathers day freebies

fahtersday

It’s another give away!!!

Last year Simple City Life Blog did a Father’s day give way for us. This year in keeping with tradition they are doing another one. Head over to the blog post and fill out the raffle copter form to enter  for your chance to win a free Tour De Outdoors tee shirt and 2 packs of spoke reflectors.

Don’t forget you can enter every day!!!

Tour de Outdoors

 

Spoke Reflectors


In Denver this weekend

We are making our way out to Denver this weekend for the NorthAmerican Handmade Bicycle Show  (NAHBS).  A 3 day event where bicycle frame builders from the U.S, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and The Netherlands exhibit their  craftsmanship. This is one of our favorite shows to exhibit and are really happy it is in Denver this year. If you are planning on attending make sure to swing by our booth- #907 and say hi. We will also be selling tee shirts and bags for killer prices during the show.

 

 

 


tour de palm springs

It’s been snowing for the past few days here in Wisconsin and our trip to Palm Springs, California cannot be here at a better time. It will be our first time exhibiting at the Vendor Expo for the 15th annual Tour de Palm Springs and we are looking forward to being outside in the middle of February without a coat and gloves. If you are planning on doing the ride or live in the area make sure to stop by and say hi. The expo is  free and open to the public!