Yes, we are now on Strava! We hope you'll join The Path Bike Shop Strava riding club.
Many of us at The Path have been regular Strava users for a while. If you haven't tried it yet, it's FREE, check it out. It's a fun way to track your rides and measure your progress. Plus, you can keep up with your friends and their riding accomplishments and goals.
Are you a runner too? Strava can track your runs as well as your rides.
Every once in a while, working at a bike shop leads to special opportunities and adventure. This week, I got to visit the folks at Santa Cruz bikes in Santa Cruz, CA. I saw a lot of nice bikes, and I got some great ideas for our shop from the factory setup. I met some really cool folks, and had a lot of fun riding awesome single track through the forest with loam, berms, and jumps. This style of trail is rare here in Socal, and the beautiful tree cover is a welcome change.
To top it off, we were given the opportunity to ride the new Tallboy LTC. I spent some good time on this bike. I put my own bar and stem setup on it, and really got a good feel for it. I really like how The Tallboy LTC rides. It feels fast on the climbs, and it rips the gnar. We will also have them for sale in the shop in a few weeks. I will be seen on Socal trails on one of these within about a month - watch out Strava.
Other highlights of the trip include talking to Cedric Gracia about this race season over drinks, seeing my friends Abby and Ariel, meeting a dude who calls himself Bamma who likes to rub elbows at speed on single track, and a tri tip dinner.
Tani (President of The Path Bike Shop) met with Ron from Enduro Stuff earlier this week. It looks like The Path Bike Shop and Enduro Stuff will be presenting even more awesome Orange County XC mountain bike races this year.
Last year was the start of great things to come in the newly opened world of XC mountain bike racing in Orange County. Last year's Okole Stuff Cup at Irvine Regional Park and the Enduro Stuff Challenge in San Juan Capistrano were huge successes, and just the start of a fantastic future that's now in the works.
The Path Bike Shop is a proud sponsor of the Project Rwanda ride, and the gracious folks behind the scenes brought us one of the Project Rwanda Coffee Bikes to display here in our shop for the next two weeks! Come check it out before it moves on.
These bikes are custom designed by Tom Ritchey, owner of Ritchey Design and a director of Project Rwanda. These bikes are used as load-bearing cargo bikes in Rwanda. These bikes are capable of carrying 200+ pounds of coffee cherries, which otherwise would have to be carried on foot.