Getting My Hands Dirty Again…

As I mentioned before, Team Kenda Pro Cycling presented by GearGrinder will be in Woodstock on the 28th for their VO2 Max Testing at Lifetime Fitness on Hwy 92.  I started doing some digging around the interweb and spoke with a couple pals of mine involved with the team to see what the deal was.

Kenda Pro CyclingAs I was being inquisitive, I was approached (via Twitter) by the team’s manager, Chad Thompson, about coming to camp and building some of the team bikes for a few days in Macon.  Looks like that’s the plan… I’ll be down there on February 24/25 to help build some of the 70 bikes that the team will utilize throughout the year.  Getting my hands dirty building some pro level bikes.

It’s good to get “back in the trenches.”  Back in 2003/2004, I started planning my career around getting involved with working with profesisonal cycling races and teams.  After seeing the Mavic SSC Neutral Support Crew at the 2002 Junior/Espoir National Championships in my hometown, I instantly knew that I should chase after that kind of career.  I started setting myself up for it.  I made connections in the industry, and in January 2005, I went to USA Cycling Mechanics’ Clinic to get my Race Mechanic’s License and jump onto the pro racing scene.

I ended up in bike shops again after a couple of small stints on the road, but did some other mechanic work on the road in 2007.  I’m extremely happy where I’m at right now (Out Spokin’ Bicycles), but it’s still fun to mix it up a little bit by getting some hot new pro bikes built up.  It especially helps when they’re Masi Bikes (official sponsor of PROBIKEWRENCH.COM)…

As a result of my work with Team Kenda Pro Cycling, Chad (Team Manager) worked out a deal for us at Out Spokin’ during the team’s training camp.  Today, we confirmed that during the team’s VO2 Max Testing at Lifetime Fitness, Frankie Andreu (Former USPS/Motorola Team Racer, Versus Tour de France Commentator, and current Kenda Pro Cycling Team Director) would stop by Out Spokin’ for a meet & greet before the team’s afternoon Fan Ride.

It’s always cool to have a well-known cyclist stop by the shop for a personal appearance.  Afterwards, we’re going to ride/drive back over to Lifetime and meet the rest of the team for the Fan Ride, which should take about two hours.  There will be lunch in the cafe at Lifetime Fitness after the ride, followed by a question and answer session with Frankie, Chad, and the rest of Team Kenda.

If you want to get in on this and you’re local to Woodstock/Atlanta, come by Out Spokin’ around 11am on Sunday, February 28th for the festivities.  For more information, check out our event page on our website at http://www.outspokinbikes.com.

Bahati: Out of Compton TV Trailer

National Champion cyclist Rahsaan Bahati, has formed a foundation to help underprivileged youth the opportunity to chase their dreams and follow his footsteps.  Here’s an excerpt from http://www.bahatifoundation.org:

“The Bahati Foundation works with local communities to provide inspiration, insight and opportunities for underprivileged youth through the sport of cycling. In conjunction with The Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling Team, Rahsaan Bahati presents his motivating story to youth and offers access to the team through structured fieldtrips. Each aspect of a professional cycling team is highlighted, explained and demonstrated to provide exposure into the world of cycling.”

Here’s a trailer for Bahati: Out of Compton, Season One (Rahsaan and the Bahati Foundation are doing a 3 season production deal to highlight the Foundation and Bahati Racing).  It’s really inspiring to see Rahsaan visiting his alma mater, Crenshaw High, and helping the kids who are pretty much written off by that neighborhood’s reputation and how society sees them.  Take a look:

To find the Bahati Foundation online, go to http://www.bahatifoundation.org.

To follow Bahati Racing, go to http://www.bahatiracing.com

KENDA Pro Cycling p/b GEARGRINDER Ride – February 28th

Just found out about a cool event taking place here in Woodstock, GA on February 28th.  Here’s the details:

KENDA Pro Cycling presented by GEARGRINDER Ride with Frankie and Team VO2 testing presented by Lifetime Fitness! 4 pros, Frankie Andreu and Team GM, Chad Thompson will be at the Mountain Brook Life Time Fitness facitlity on Sunday February 28. The day will have many attractions, including all of the guys riding the public LTF ride with all of you!

Schedule below (tentative):

10:30 – 11:00 AM Team arrival (1st rider VO2 test starts warm up)
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM VO2 testing 20min per rider (4-6 riders)
1:00 – 3:00 PM Club/Public ride (35 Miles)
3:00 -3:30 PM Food in Café and showers (for team)
3:30 – 4:00 PM Q&A with Andreu,Thompson and riders
4:30- N/A Enjoy the club!

(Direct link to this post can be found at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=296967257239&ref=mf)

I plan on being there for the entire day to do some photos/interviews/articles for VeloReviews.com.  If anyone wants to join us on the ride, please feel free to contact me at probikewrench@gmail.com.  You can also find the team on Facebook, Twitter, and at their Team Website, which is located at http://www.kendaprocycling.com.

Stay tuned for more information about this and other possible surprise events coming soon!

Bike Magazine’s New Editor is…

… Joe Parkin.  The celebrated author of “A Dog in a Hat,” and seasoned professional road/mountain/cyclocross racer, has just taken the Editor’s position at Bike Magazine.

His first book was an amazing piece of work.  It was a great reflection of what actually happened in the drug-ridden European road racing scene, especially in the fast-paced world of Kermesse (kermis) racing.  Having always fantasized about racing on the cobbles of Northern France/Belgium, and training in the rain and under constant gray skies, just to give myself the designation of “flahute,” Joe’s book was a refreshing addition to my library of cycling books.

After becoming obsessed with Twitter, I discovered Joe Parkin is a user also.  If you get a chance, you should follow him there at http://twitter.com/joeparkin.  We’ve become casual Twitter-buddies over the last year or so.  I am constantly bugging him to hurry up with his elusive “Book #2,” which I heard is entitled, “Come & Gone.”  I can’t wait until it’s out… bound to be packed with a lot more of the same great writing that Joe’s first book had.  I’ve read that one three times while waiting for the new book.  Joe also writes frequently on his blog, “6 Years in a Rain Cape.” Good stuff.  Check it out if you want a good read or if you’ve got a question about the pro racing lifestyle.

I’m sure Joe’s work at Bike Magazine will be equally impressive, if not (dare I say it…) BETTER than the work he has published already.  Congratulations, Joe, on the new gig.  We’re all rooting for you.

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