First 30 Days Back in the Bike Shop Saddle
Hit the arrows above to enjoy photos from the past 30 days.
It’s been officially one month since I said goodbye to the ad agency. I am finding my groove back in the bike shop life and I have already have seen a couple successful milestones.
190 miles by bike. This could have been significantly more as I skipped most of last week, and there were a couple days early on that I didn’t track my rides.
Salvagetti has a new website. We launched a revamp of Salvagetti.com as the kick off of new marketing plans.
Successful Labor Day sale. We blew last year’s numbers out of the water.
Enjoying life. I’ve been seeing my wife more, spending a lot less time in the car, slow mornings with the dogs and unwinding my life a bit.
Conversations With My Type A Self
One reason I backed away from the ad agency life was to slow down, be less competitive and rely less on those “Type A” personality traits. I really want to remember to enjoy the scenery around me! With that in mind, I had a very difficult debate with myself yesterday about over-doing things.
It is in my competitive nature to strive for big goals, be motivated to push myself a bit harder ever day and continue to tack on more to my to do list. There are a few things I am trying to make healthy habits in my life right now. In no particular order: commuting by bike, CrossFit, walking my dogs and eating breakfast at home. Now, my type A self thinks that means I should be doing each of those, as often as humanly possibly – even if it means stressing out my body (and brain.)
Does waking up at 5am to be at CrossFit by 5:45am-7am, to come home, walk the dogs, make breakfast and then bike an hour to work (all before an 9 hour work day) sound a bit stressful to you? Me to. Instead of slowing down to enjoy my time, I was trying to shove as much stuff as possible into my mornings.
Yesterday, after some general counsel from friends, I came up with a better balance of things.
Here is the balance I have come up with for the first month of creating new habits:
- Bike commute 3 out of 5 days
- CrossFit 3 days per week
- Drive on the days I CrossFit (thankfully, one of these days is a day I am off)
- Walk the dogs 5 out of 7 days per week (We have a dog walker 3 days a week)
- Make breakfast 6 out of 7 days per week
For bike commuting, I’m not going to stress myself out on biking more than I drive.
Is it going to storm? Drive. Are the Broncos playing a home game and drunk traffic will be letting out as you need to be riding home? Drive. Does your wife get off early and driving would allow 30 minutes of time together before she falls asleep? Drive.
For CrossFit I may go more, but I won’t push myself to sacrifice to do so.
Walking the dogs is a brilliant way to spend 30 minutes. Remember that!
Making breakfast at home ensures I won’t be hungry in 45 minutes.
Now, I’m going to give this a go for a month and see what happens! How do you deal with tempering your competitive nature?
Interbike: What Did I Miss?
Somehow I snuck out of going to Interbike this year. While I really missed seeing so many of my bike industry friends, it was a relief to not have to visit Vegas and a trade show!
Need your fix of new bike goodness? Here are some of my favorite sources:
The Great Commuting Debate: Backpack vs Pannier
How do you carry things when you are commuting? Backpack. Panniers. Frame bag. Handlebar basket. Trailers. Sherpa?
For this first week of my new 20 mile round trip bike commute I used a pannier 100% of the time. One day I used my Chrome Niko camera bag in addition to the pannier, but a pannier was always used for the past week. Yesterday, I switched it up to my trusty Mission Workshop Vandal backpack as I was carrying a laptop and more expensive camera gear.
Granted, I was carrying some heavier gear (an extra 4 lbs for my laptop with charger) with my backpack but it changed many things riding up my 20 mile roundtrip commute. Some good and some bad, I won’t do too much talking on this until I do some more testing. For the month of September I plan on experimenting more on the backpack vs pannier debate. At the end of the day I believe it will depend on what you are carrying and for how far. Having a go to “setup” that I don’t have to think about too much will be ideal.
What do you prefer? Backpack, pannier, front basket or something else?
Review: Buffalo Creek Mountain Biking
Back in mid-July, Emily and I finally made the quick trip to Buffalo Creek for some mountain biking. This trail system has a lot of hype around it and within a few miles of our route I realized why.
Where is Buffalo Creek?
Buffalo Creek, Colorado, is about an hour southwest of Denver proper according to Google. With very minimal turns, it is a quick trip from the city and if you get up early enough I bet you could make it in 45 minutes.
There are a couple parking lots, we parked at the one just past the park entrance on 126 on the left at the Park Work Center. It wasn’t nearly as crowded as the parking lot within the park gates.
Why Buffalo Creek?
From my knowledge Buffalo Creek has the best selection of trails and options within an hour of Denver. Keystone would probably be the next closest trail system. There are probably 30-40 miles of trails within Buffalo Creek without even getting on the Colorado Trail.
Buffalo Creek has some Epic trails, just ask IMBA.
Perfect for camping, trips with friends or testing out bikecamping.
We did Baldy loop, which is a pretty common loop at Buff Creek.
Buffalo Creek Road -> Baldy -> Miller Gulch -> Sandy Wash -> Buffalo Creek Road
Buffalo Creek has something for everyone. The views are so scenic that you probably won’t even mind hike a bike if needed! If you are in the region, like dirt and haven’t given Buffalo Creek a try – go ASAP! You’ll thank me on your return.
1,000 Posts Brings Me Back to the Bike Shop
My last post on the new Surly Ogre commuter rig was my 1,000 post here in BikeShopGirl.com. 1,000 posts since starting this site in July of 2009 and I find it very fitting as I will be going back in to the bike shop life this coming Monday as the general manager of all things management at Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop here in Denver, Colorado.
As you may remember, I worked for a short bit at Salvagetti helping the owner here and there when we first moved to Denver. Salvagetti wasn’t ready for a GM and so I moved on. A quick stint selling spandex at Pearl Izumi and then a longer stint in the advertising agency world brought me back to center. When the owner of Salvagetti and I started talking a month ago on what he was needing, I knew this was the answer we both needed.
I’m very excited to be at the helm of a couple very amazing shops here in Denver and can’t wait to share the experience with all of you! If you are in Denver, give me a shout and come visit.
Meet the New Commuter Rig: Surly Ogre
A couple shots from the test ride of the stock Surly Ogre I recently put a deposit down on. Off the bat, I’m switching out handlebar, grips, saddle and pedals. Additional photos to come once I pick it up for it’s first ride!
2014 Breck Epic: Final Day!
Yesterday was the final stage of racing at the 2014 Breck Epic for Amy Thomas. Catch all of her stage recaps here!
It’s really hard to believe today was the last day. While I am relieved to no longer sleep in compression tights and eat boatloads of sugar throughout the day, I am really sad it’s over. This week of riding I will never forget, in part to not just the amazing amounts of hard riding, but to this great community that has formed over the week. I hope to ride again with so many new friends.
2014 Breck Epic: Wheeler Pass
Daily race reports of the 2014 Breck Epic from Amy Thomas of the Yeti Beti MTB Team.
It took 5 days but it finally hit me. I am tired. Stage 5, Wheeler Pass, is a deceivingly hard stage. On the course profile map it looks like a giant kidney bean over the Ten Mile Range between Breckenridge and Copper Mountain. At “only” 28 miles and @5000’ climbing, you expect the day to finish easy peasy. What the map fails to show is that most of that climbing comes in the first 7 miles and tops out at 12,460’ at the summit. Only 5 of those miles are rideable.
Breck Epic: Keystone Aqueduct
Daily race reports of the 2014 Breck Epic from Amy Thomas of the Yeti Beti MTB Team.
Over the hump!
Day 4 is a monster loop that brings us from Breckenridge to Keystone and back with a few big ridges in between. Today we rode about 42 miles and 6500′ of climbing and was reminded that “it ain’t called the Breck Epic Tickle Fight”.