Are you “Team Burrito, Team Taco, Team #VanLife” or ALL THE ABOVE?

One of my greatest joys since joining our Cyclelogical team are the opportunities we get to create.  I can not articulate how REFRESHING it is to be in an atmosphere that encourages being “unique, different, sarcastic, giddy and just plain silly” when it comes to hatching ideas for our apparel designs.  Inspiration can come from conversations with others over coffee early in the morning or adult beverages late at night, doodles sketched on napkins, conversations with customers/new friends at events or my favourite ideas from things we experience and see while riding out in nature or around town. **See photos of some Tshirts that were “birthed” during rides in our national parks!!!

Collaborations are even MORE FUN…not only among our team at Cyclelogical headquarters but also with friends that are “all about what we do and join the process” of creating designs.  Two such people that are a delight to bounce ideas off of are Syd Schulz and Macky Franklin, who agreed to be our first “brand ambassadors” during our 10th Anniversary celebrating Cyclelogical’s existence.

If you are not familiar with these Awesome enduro athletes you NEED to check out their webpage: https://www.sydandmacky.com/about or even their youtube site: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu3Wc2GlCpyxGmX7N0EO5NQ/featured

One such interchange happened on one of my “worst days” of traveling.  I had been in Tucson preparing to go to Epic Rides’ 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo. Unfortunately after filling up our Mercedes Benz SprinterVan (aka my “home away from home”;) with diesel that had been tainted with gasoline (how could I have known?!) causing the fuel system to fail I was stuck at the Tucson Mercedes dealership waiting anxiously to find out whether it could be repaired in time for 24Hrs and HOW MUCH would it cost as cold rain fell;(

In the midst of that dreary day…Syd and Macky just happened to be in town and came to visit me at the dealership (what a breathe of fresh air). While we sat their talking using the dealership business center as our own “mobile office” taking advantage of the amenities they offer;) we talked about plans for future rides, vlogs&blogs and looking through some new designs as well.  We had just turned our Taco Bike into a comfortable hoodie that given the cold, wet day Syd through on to keep warm.  The funny thing is not more than a minute I would say of putting on the Taco Bike she mentioned, “ughhh…so when are you coming out with a “Team Burrito” Tshirt…we eat those more often!!” LOL

SOOOO…as a direct result of that funny exchange on a miserable day in a Tucson dealership we just came out with a Tshirt as part of our “Syd&Macky collection” called Bike & Burrito Hauler that brings in tandem our mutual love for burritos and #vanlife (http://www.cyclelogicalgear.com/bike-burrito-hauler-ms-grey-syd-macky-collection/).  Then to further support our dedication to #vanlife we did one inspired by how they pack up their vans while traveling and competing called “Van Capacity” (http://www.cyclelogicalgear.com/van-capacity-ws-purple-syd-macky-collection/).

You need to check these exclusive designs and prints we offer online based on conversations with Syd&Macky and order them…fun Tshirts worth riding in. BE MORE AWESOME check them out and enjoy your weekend!!

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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!!

 

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