Thus it begins, sitting in my favorite coffee shop on the Delaware River (Peaberry Cafe in Reigelsville, PA). This place has saved my ass on many a frigid fixed-gear ride. It is positively frigid outside right now, and I feel all guilty being cozy and warm and not on my bike pushing tough guy miles up and down the river. Just as well, got to recover from the bike swap in Westminster, MD this past weekend. It was like the the Motorama days — spending all day walking around on a concrete floor in a cold arena building, looking at all kinds of bike stuff with all kinds of bike people. It was great, and I got to see sooooo many people from my riding past and future. Y’all kept dropping by the EWR booth and we sold quite a few t-shirts. I got to see old friends from the Balto Scene like Ron Bayne, Big Sexy Marvin, Megan Bilodeau, and the OC Racing/Suburban Cycles crew. I got to meet Carey Jones, a new EWR owner from the historic EWR Bikes first production run, and he got to ride my personal bike to see what his’ll feel like. So nice.
My head has been buried in EWR stuff as of late, and my mind is certainly up north dreaming of big powder days and Nordic race skiing, but spring riding is all too close around the corner. This weekend brought that reality. Plans were made to dirt jump with the OC/Suburban guys at 495 trails, XC with Dave Weaver and Dave Grant, and to repair Hilary Elgert’s shoulder. Dry dirt is just around the corner.
Thanks for reading — Jay de Jesus