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Pauloween - You in or what? 

Last year our homegrown, mud-caked, Halloween-pageantry-fueled Cyclocross race known as PAULOWEEN set an absurdly high standard for this year. So we're rising to that challenge with our planning meetings and our yard rakes, and at the moment, it's all hands on deck. But all we'll need come Saturday, October YOU.

Show up with your body draped in costume and a carved pumpkin on your hip because that's your admission fee. The Jalapeno City taco truck - the best in town - will be on the warehouse grounds, and we have TWO live bands playing - XDS and Skin Peaks - that will be PAULOWEEN appropriate.

Don't forget your lights and don't not show up - that would be a terrible mistake on your part.  
Photo by Zach Cunningham

Follow the North Star? Dammit, you ARE the North Star. 

Here's the rundown on your high-viz needs: 

The Gino

All the gear you're pack muleing around blocks the average head and taillight. You know it. We know it. Gino it. 

If you have threaded M5 eyelets, you've got a way to mount it. Now you're lighting the path, not just for yourself, but the crew who's caravaning with you to the house party/bar/abandoned matchstick factory in the dark. 

Also, know how your fingers get so cold, you have to will them into dexterity? Well you don't have to fiddle with tiny latches mounting and remounting your light if you have a Gino. Just slip it right on and off. 
Stem Cap Light Mount

Obviously, this mount is for your stem cap, because your handlebars are far too crowded with your computer and your GoPro, and possibly the cross lever.

But it isn't just a light mount solution - some of the aforementioned gadgetry can go here. Just depends on what you want front and center.

Like the Gino, your light/computer/camera slips on and off, so no fiddling with tiny parts in the cold when you just want to hop off your bike real quick for a coffee.  

Easy solutions for obnoxious little problems...

Here's the YouTube Link
In last month's September newsletter, Paul wrote an article as to why a 700c conversion won't work on a 27" frame using our brakes. So we made a video about it too for you audiovisual learners. 

But guess what?! Since the article was written, we've discovered a brake solution that just MIGHT work... 

7 Questions with Jeff Lindsay of Mountain Goat

Paul's first job in Chico was working for Jeff at Mountain Goat Cycles. After not being able to land one of the few engineering jobs in this small town at the time, Paul remembered seeing Jeff's booth at Interbike and decided to submit his application. There's a lot of famous Mountain Bike pioneers, but Jeff Lindsay is one of the least well known but was, in fact, one of the first fabricators of mountain bikes. 

His art degree plus his fabrication skills PLUS his proximity to gnarly Bidwell Park merged to create a very special machine. 
1. Paul thinks you're one of the unsung heroes of the early days of mountain biking. Can you give us the quick history of how you came to build your first mountain bike?

I had been building road frames and track bikes (fixies now) since 1974. My first frame was a graduate project for my graduate work here at CSUC. In the early 80's, I modified a Roll Fast coaster brake frame to accept Mafac cantilever brakes and a 5 speed hub. Along with Steve O'Bryan of Pullins Bike Shop fame, we blasted the trails in Bidwell park. The bike was pretty much a stock frame with the exception of the wheels to accommodate the freewheel and brakes.

Later I got wind of purpose-built off-road frames being made, and with my frame building experience, I put together my first frame that would become a Mountain Goat. This was a lugged frame with the same diameter tubes as road frames of the time.

2. What role did Bidwell Park play in your design or outlook on what a bike should be?

All the testing of the early Mountain Goats was done in Bidwell park. Given the severe surface, it really helped develop a robust frame design. We went from lugged first frames, #1 is still being ridden here in Chico to fully brazed, to tig welded over the length of production.

3. A lot of your artwork is peppered around Chico - how does it feel when you see your own work all over town?

It's pretty fun. Frequently I will run across something that I have completely forgotten and bam, there it is in my face.

4. Paul's first job in Chico was at Mountain Goat while he was working on getting his biz off the ground and networking with people he's still doing business with today - what kind of employee was he?

On time and on-task guy. Good staff. He showed loads of enthusiasm, hence his moving on to his own biz.

5. You're also into glass blowing and have developed a following for your glass blowing tools. How often do you actually get to work with glass and create glass art?

Not often enough. I just finished Oktoberfest at Sierra Nevada. I am responsible for the glass blowing that takes place at the event. It is a great time to connect with some of my customers, see glass blowers connect with old friends and blow a little glass. I have a small studio within our shop that I turn on a few times a year.

6. Do you ride much these days and what kind of bike is it if you do?

Still ride a little. Off road is where I prefer to ride.

7. Whatever happened to the mountain goat van? 

It still lives in Paradise I am told, though I have not seen it for some time.

Grinduro - an update from Paul

Photo by Aaron Johnson
"This year we got lost, got lost again, almost went up a road not meant for a Sprinter, but after we got set up, we kicked serious AID STATION ASS.

Earlier in the year we entered into a fierce competition for the “Best Aid Station of the SBTS Triple Crown” with famed mountain bike racer Mark Weir. You know, WTB’s Weirwolf tire? That guy.
This year we stepped up our game with chain lube and water bottle service. Also pineapple. In addition we did our signature bacon frying on sight for both the aromatic and taste experience, had lots of Sierra Nevada, and supplied our whiskey of choice -Fireball. There was also the boring stuff like water and energy gels.
The Grinduro is a super fun event. The race is 4 timed sections over about 60 miles with untimed, more social and relaxed sections in between the racing. We were ideally stationed at the top and just before the last timed decent. The racers had already done ¾ of the course and had just come off a giant climb so many were more than happy to sit a spell and partake of our fine fare.

This ideal location has come from Paul Component’s many year commitment to supporting racing in the Lost Sierra and supporting the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship whenever possible. (It also helped that the person responsible for giving us this location received a bouquet of flowers from me personally at the last race, the Downieville Classic.)
We gotta say, pretty sure we won this year Mark. Here’s to next year’s Triple Crown Aid Station Competition!"
Mark Weir
Photo by Aaron Johnson


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