It’s been a pretty solid year here at Velogear. Progress was made, things were improved, we rode lots of bikes, etc. Thanks for being a part of all of that — it’s much appreciated.
Things were pretty solid at VeloJones World Headquarters (aka my house), too. We welcomed another little one a few weeks ago, and she’ll probably go on her first solo training ride any day now. Gotta start ‘em young. The downside is that our 4-year-old is constantly challenging me and anybody else he sees on a bike to races.
Despite that, which is both awesome and scary all at once, there’s much to be thankful for this time of year. Here’s a brief summary:
- I’m thankful for keeping things upright on the bike. No major injuries to report, no road rash. I slid out a couple of times at cyclocross practice or races, but pretty much everybody does that, so I’m not going to count it. I’m also thankful that, while on a group ride in Kansas City, that our friend, Scott, didn’t stack up the whole group when he got his rear wheel stuck in a pavement crack at 25mph. That was terrifying.
- I’m thankful for Mad Alchemy. The chamois cream is awesome, the embrocation is awesome, the pre-ride oils are … yes, awesome. Not only do Mad Alchemy products work well and smell great, they help in the creation of funny stories. On a dark, cold, wet night at the weekly twilight cyclocross series, Kent (one of our owners) kitted up, embrocated and headed out to warm up on the course. Before he left, his son and his son’s friend asked him what he was putting on his legs. “It’s a warming paste,” Kent replied. And then he headed off to race. Well, the kids were cold, too. So they embrocated, as well. (Kids are awesome.) Later, when showering after the race, Kent’s son said it felt like his legs were on fire. Yeah, that’s about right.
- I’m thankful for Capo socks. I have pretty much everything on this page, and after thousands of miles and racing and roadtrips, they’re all still in near-perfect shape. No other socks I’ve worn in the last two years have held up as well.
- I’m thankful for my wife, who lets me ramble about new bike things for 10 minutes and then says, “Just go get it.” I got a new super-bright headlight the other day, because it’s really, really dark when I come home these days. All in the name of safety, dear.
- I’m thankful for shiny shoes like these, which can be had at our sister site. They’re light, they’re comfy, and you can shine them with Armor All when they get dirty. Seriously.
- I’m thankful to have kicked my Honey Stinger Waffle addiction. Spending less time in the shop has a way of doing that. I’ve replaced that addiction, however, with more coffee. While I’m slightly twitchier, which is all relative, anyway, it’s still cheaper.
- Finally, I’m thankful I didn’t have to wear kit like this (Gilbert). Or this (Cavendish). Or, god forbid, this (Sanchez).
In a little bit, I’m going to be thankful for an afternoon of very little activity, outside of the scheduled (and daily) race with the boy. I think I can take him this time.
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