A big Howdy to everyone and welcome to the 12th Boure newsletter. Summer has arrived in Durango and with it the tourist season. This year we were favored with more water than usual and the El Rio de las Animas Perdidas (The "Animas"), which flows through the North Valley into and then out of town, has been very exiting to watch, and evidently, to boat. Waters have been up in various flood stages and locals have been getting a kick out of the temporary lakes formed in the North Valley next to very expensive, if not properly placed, new homes. You may have seen in various newspaper or TV stories that some locals and tourists seem to jump into the flood waters, for no apparent reason, from perfectly good bridges only to ultimately be stuck on a small island requiring full emergency rescue. Sort of funny to see them out there for hours, watch the rescue, then the paramedics check them over to make sure they are healthy and viola; they are arrested for stupidity befitting incarceration! The mountains are as green as any can recall in recent memory, which has been more dominated by fires than floods for the last few years. The 34th Annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic was held over Memorial Day weekend and once again, mystical (possibly mutant) and all around inspirational, Ned Overend finished 3rd in the Pro I + II race. Who says you have to slow down as you get older? Ned is almost 50 and next year will race the Iron Horse for the 25th time.
As always we encourage one and all to write with suggestions or comments regarding this newsletter or the web site.
1. The Third Annual Boure Bike Week is scheduled for September 18-24
2. How crazy can a bike make a person?
3. Sales, sales and more sales,
4. The other stuff...
1. We have nailed Ned down and he has agreed to attend the Third Annual Boure Bike Fest September 18-24. We have decided that last years inclusion of a vintage bike day and a mountain bike day were a big success. (Yes, we define big success by the amount of fun that Wade and Drew have). Last year we were lucky enough to have Olympian, Todd Wells join us for a few of the rides and as usual, the Pro riders were well behaved, it just those pesky amateurs who feel they have something to prove and push the pace from time to time. But rest assured, they either run out of steam or disappear into the distance. And the sane among us ride at a nice comfortable pace, despite what those nuts choose to do (remember the pros need to get home quickly to watch all of their favorite cartoons). These are fun rides and all abilities are welcome. We encourage you to bring friends and invite your local clubs. We do not charge we simply tell you where to meet for breakfast, if desired, and when to show up for the ride. All rides can be done from Durango although you can remove some mileage on a couple of days by driving to the start. Let us know if you are interested and we can add you to the mailing list of interested parties. The schedule should be similar to last year. You can see the basic schedule here:
Bike Fest 2003
Several people asked us to send this out early so they could notify their respective clubs, so here you are. Please come and join us for some fun rides and a tour of the local breakfast joints...
2. Gear disorders and a few things I've learned from riding vintage bikes, by Drew Bourey.
This is a letter I recently received via a vintage bike e-mail list group to which I subscribe.
I am obsessive/compulsive as probably most of you are. It has been a problem in my life. If it won't be "perfect", I tend to not want to start a project or I just ditch the whole thing after I have started.
The Cinelli I found last week is keeping me up at night. I am getting close to dating it. I am figuring out slowly with the great help of this list how it was finished with regards to what was painted and what was plated. I don't know what the original color was, does it matter? It doesn't have eyelets anymore and it probably did originally, or did it? I don't want to ride with fenders but I am wondering if I should replace the eyelets. Please help me. What components? Does it matter if they are early seventies, or mid sixties? When mas my frame made? I see dead people. Riding bikes. I like orange paint, Cinelli had some orange bikes, can I paint my bike orange? My new bikes are good, I know what came on them and they work. Bad, bike, bad.
When I read this I laughed to tears! Why was it funny? It reminded me of my own personal demons. Demons that lurk nearby, but currently held in check by the exhaustive nature of raising a 3-year old and trying to make a living in the bike industry. Vic's humor also made me remember just what I love about bikes - riding them. Heavy bikes, old bikes, brand new lightweight bikes. I like to ride for recreation, I like to ride for transportation, I like to go out with friends and see who can drop who, I like to do our local club rides, and someday I'd like to do a real race as more than a "participant". But mostly, I like to leave my car parked in the street in front a my house. Though it looks pretty ratty, my 1988 Saab 900 Turbo is still a great car to drive. But if I drive it, then I'm likely missing out on some riding.
Like Vic, I have some cool old bikes. A Bianchi Tour de France made in 1953, a Schwinn Paramount made in August of 1973, a Gios Torino Super Record from 1983, along with a few modern road and mountain bikes for good measure. Funny though, I ride the most miles on those older bikes, all set up fairly appropriately for their era - down tube shifters, 10-speeds, lowest gear possible in the 42 x 25 range. Maybe I like that each one rides differently and has their own quirks. The Bianchi has a 46/49 front chainring combo and requires you trim the front derailleur with every rear derailleur shift. But it rides like a dream! It was built to go straight and be comfortable at race speeds over any kind of road surface, I just don't shift as much and have learned to ride comfortably at a wide range of cadences. The Paramount I ride all over town, with fenders and 1-1/4" tires filled with Slime tubes. It's a tank the way I have it set up, but it beats that day I flatted in 35 degree rain and sat soaked fixing a flat tire on the way to work. And with a low gear of 42x25, it appears my legs are getting more muscular. The Gios is built to initiate cornering with the bat an eyelash. That one I ride when my legs feel good and I want to take a hilly, twisty route to work. And you know, since I don't have a speedometer mounted on it to prove me wrong, I'm quite sure that I'm really flying.
OK, OK, so when I do our local club ride I pull out a 5-year old GT ZR1000 and put on my light wheel set - which I thought was "state of the art" until it was pointed out to me that new bikes have 20 gears and weigh 3 pounds less. Oh well, I still have the coolest bike you could've had in 1953, a bike virtually identical to the one ridden by Fausto Coppi. Now if I could only find the "correct" Bianchi-engraved Ambrosia handlebar and stem for it, I'll be able to close my eyes at night and go to sleep...
3. So we got real busy and are a bit slow getting out this newsletter and changing what is on sale. For a short time, we still have Classic Shorts and Jerseys on sale here:
Current Web Specials
As soon as the new chamois pads come in we are going to have a Pro short sale. When the Pro stuff goes on sale, we will take the Classic stuff off of sale, so don't wait, it can happen any day. That said, we are putting the remaining stock of Boure Team Jerseys from 2004 on sale at 25% off of retail:
4. A few people have wandered into Wade's World and taken advantage of the discounts they find there. Items change from time to time so please drop in and see what you can find. Check it out here:
Here is a tip from some guys who are currently riding their mountain bikes to and then climbing every 14'er in Colorado. This applies well to those of you who are tourists and intend to wash your clothes. Take along with you the next pillow pack sample of free clothes detergent we include in your orders. It is biodegradable and a small enough amount to wash a small load of clothes as you go. If you like this idea and want some extra pillow packs, just let us know and we will try to accommodate you.
We are still collecting entries in the story telling contest so if you have a yarn to spin or a good story to tell on a friend, we would love to have you send it in. Take a minute and jot it down and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently a friend sent us new definitions we find appropriate for the Durango club rides. We found this one to be particularly humorous:
"I'm on my beater bike."
Translation: I had this baby custom-made in Tuscany using Titanium blessed by the Pope. I took it to a wind tunnel and it disappeared. It weighs less than a fart and costs more than a divorce.
Wade completed his umpteenth Iron Horse with his usual 3:30 ride. He had a good time, no cramps, chatted up anyone in proximity and generally had fun. Drew put together his 13th annual Iron Horse barbecue on Memorial day which was a blast as usual. My recommendation is get on his mailing list and enjoy the food and company after enjoying the race or tour.
OK, maybe you liked the last one so for reading the whole Newsletter here is another definition:
"I'm not into competition. I'm just riding to stay in shape."
Translation: I will attack until you collapse in the gutter, babbling and whimpering. I will win the line sprint if I have to force you into oncoming traffic. I will crest this hill first if I have to grab your seat post, and spray energy drink in your eyes.
As always, thanks for reading!
Ned, Wade, Drew, Laverne, and Jacque