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Raise your hand if you've ever had a dirty little secret... .............................

Okay cool, that's all of us. We figured we were in good company.

Since we're all in agreement that mistakes have been made, common decency has been breached, good judgement has dissolved, and we are all flawed and tragic in some ways, allow us to anonymously expose one thing we know happens in the privacy of garages or (worse) in the open air of local bike shops.

We aren't here to point fingers! Glass houses and what not. But we are saying that we know what can happen...and now you know we know...and now we know you know we know.

Take a gander at the below video. Confessions are welcome. But all is already forgiven. Because we got you covered:

Here's a link to that thing we mentioned in the video (shhh). And what's that image below for? We didn't put that there....

We interviewed Sky Yaeger because badassery matters. Here's an intro from Paul: 

I first met Sky when she contacted me for hubs for an upcoming Bianchi single speed mountain bike, the first production bike of its kind.

PAUL wasn’t doing so good at that time so I was really excited. We supplied hubs for Bianchi for a few years and that probably saved the company.

She was always fun to chat with about cars and bikes, but also taught me a few things about business just by the way she did things. Sky is a consummate designer and colorist. She’s so good she spec’d all the Bianchi bikes for many years. She now works at Shinola utilizing all her talents on their line of Detroit made bikes.
1. What's the best ride you've ever been on?

So many insanely good rides, since I started riding in 1970. I’ve been lucky to have ridden and raced in many countries. It’s hard to pick just one, so how about three.

In 1979 I rode from London to Barcelona, then flew to Edinburgh and rode back to London. Back then we called it “touring,” but I didn’t have a “touring bike," just a “10-speed race bike" with sew-ups, so I learned how to fix sew-ups and rode heavier, cheaper tires.  I had a rear rack for the tent and sleeping bag, and a handlebar bag on the front for a big, heavy 35mm Nikon with 3 lenses and 100 rolls of film. Just winged it on the route and where to camp. Bought a lot of Michelin maps!

Another ride that stays with me was a Pearl Pass ride in 1985. Epic climb to almost 13,000 feet from Crested Butte and then descent into Aspen. When we got to the top of Pearl Pass, Joe Breeze had arranged with his cousin, who lived in Aspen, to buzz us with his small plane.  He got really close to us! We were whooping and hollering as he buzzed us. Someone had the forethought to drive a jeep up there with some coolers of beer. Heaven.

And, maybe 13 years ago I was lucky on one trip to Bianchi in Italy to be able to ride with a Bergamo cycling club over 4 passes in the Dolomites, that the Giro goes over. I was on a borrowed bike that was too small, with gearing that was wrong, in borrowed kit and helmet but I think it might have been the happiest day of my life. The mountain roads were full of cars, motorcycles and tour buses, but everyone was cheering us on over the passes and I never felt crowded on the road, despite all the vehicles. The climbs were long but not terribly steep and the descents were like ribbons of road.  It remains one of the greatest experiences.


2. Describe your favorite bike you have right now.

I like to say the last one I rode, because I have a few, and it’s really the ride that is most important.  Just built up an Open frame with SRAM 1 x 11, fat tires and drop bars, and rode up Mt. Tam on Sunday and it climbed crazy good. Hit a few boulders really hard on the fast descent, and broke the seal on the front and rear tubeless tires at the same time, so rode the rims down, which just added to the fun.

3. What's your dream vacation?

Riding in France or Italy in the mountains, eating the local food and drinking the local wine.

4. Do you still have a place in Fairfax or are you in Detroit full time - what's the deal with that?

I live in San Rafael and work from my home office. I go to Detroit when I need to, but our bike assembly is set up and humming along after almost 5 years. Our sales manager is in our New York office, so we’re spread out.  We have a store in San Francisco and Palo Alto with lots of events to attend at those stores.

5. When was the last time you rode a single speed mountain bike?

Other than just tooling around doing errands, the last time would be the Single-Speed Worlds in South Wales, in 2001. The older I get, the lower the gears I need and it’s just too hard to get up the mountain with one gear. It was definitely fun while it lasted, and we did some very fun single-speed bikes at Bianchi that I’m very proud of.

6. What's your favorite part of your work day?

I like solving problems, hearing from customers, working with all our vendors.  


7. Given the choice, sneakers or flip flops?

Ha!  Great question.  Sneakers most of the time. Flip flops when it’s super hot, or if I’m lucky enough, in Hawaii.

 

Sea Otter Happened: A few words from Paul

Normally Sea Otter isn’t our jam. We’d rather put that effort and dollars into creating our own events or doing race support in the Sierras. However, because we partnered with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company we were obliged to tag along with the Sierra Shredder. It didn’t hurt we were located right in the beer garden.

This not only got many more people to enjoy the stunning radness of the Sierra Shredder, it also made the walk to the beer taps very short. Lindsay, Patrick, the Sierra crew and I were all on hand to answer questions and explain the story of this super fun bike and give out details on how to win this beautiful machine.

A few more deliriously happy words from Paul about Lost & Found

We’ve been on hand for a fun aid station every year of the Lost and Fond, but this year….. this year will be another level.

Normally we’ve been one of the last stops on the 100 mile route before it mergers with the others. This year we’re on both the 100 mile and the 45 mile route AND the 100 milers go by twice!

That means we’re going big. Real big. Kegs big. We may need an entire side of pork belly for all the bacon we’re gonna be cooking.

It’s going to be a party people. Sure we’ll have water, and gels, and all the other boring stuff but we’ll also be bringing the other reason you do these events - fun.

On hand will be mechanics for a free chain lube and any other adjustments. We’ll have a good stock of tubes and tires as well. If you’re not going to win, you may as well hang with us for at least a cold one and a sizzling strip of bacon. (If you are going to win give us a thumbs up so we can cheer you on).
 
Have a good ride,
 
 Paul

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