JULY 2014

Shelter From The Storm

“No one was in good shape so we were all suffering after the first ride, but stubborn as we were, we kept on going. It kind of resembles our shop in a way …”

It’s been a while since the four of us took some time away from the shop and decided to go on a bike trip. So when the opportunity arose in the first week of August, we had to take it. The plan was to head towards the Croatian Istria, which is what we always do, but the weather somehow disagreed. We spent our first night just across the border, the rain was falling for the most of the afternoon and throughout the whole night, and after checking every possible weather forecast there is, we decided to change the whole Istria plan. You always have to try and make the best out of everything, and since this was the only week we could use for a bit of an escape, cancelling it completely was just not an option! My girlfriend’s family owns a small vineyard with a sort of a cabin on top of it, so this was to become our shelter for the next few days, all we had to do was get there. There is roughly 250km from the place where we slept to the vineyard, so we decided to split the ride in two pieces and stop in Ljubljana where we could dry our stuff in the comforts of our homes. A lot of times when we were riding I thought about the previous years and how everything changed…we used to do this on fixed gear bikes, wearing shitty kits and no helmets. No one was in good shape so we were all suffering after the first ride, but stubborn as we were, we kept on going.
It kind of resembles our shop in a way… from what was first a fixed gear shop with four guys who didn’t have a clue of how to run things, became a shop that has a clear idea of the future and how to get there. Sure enough we are still evolving, but we came a long way and we don’t plan to stop going! This time there was not a lot of suffering, we all had good bikes and good equipment, and more or less we are in good shape. We now know our limits and can be realistic about the hardness or the length of our rides. In many ways, this adventure was somewhat special, we used to take our filming gear everywhere we went, so that everyone would get to see where we were and how it was. But this time we didn’t even think about it, this time we just wanted to have as little obligations as possible, and enjoy our time together. We took some photos and recorded our rides on strava, but that’s a whole different thing, it’s not the same as filming and worrying about the equipment when it’s raining…and it was raining a lot! In the end we did almost 500km in five days, ate a lot of barbecue, drank a lot of coffee and even if we had to abandon plans for swimming in the Adriatic sea, we were still wet from the rain, which is better than nothing!


Team Cycling Kit Surrounded By Slovenian Karst

“... why don’t we just stop somewhere here and go for a ride?”

As much as we would like to, there is never enough time for doing everything we want. So we have to make choices and decide what is more important, try to hold on to that plan and say fuck it when we get the chance. Sometimes the plan just has to change randomly and you have to put yourself in the first place, sometimes you get the opportunity to have a great time and you just have to take it, you never know when you’ll get it again. A few months ago, we were on our way to Trieste, an alley cat was happening there for the first time and it was a great way to meet new people, and possibly spread the word about our shop. Of course we had to make a few stops on the way, some of them personal, some were pure business and one was to eat pizza (which is always a good one). The plan was to get to Trieste as fast as possible, so we could explore the city on our bikes drink coffee by the sea and probably eat some more pizza. But one of those random changes happened while we were driving on the highway ... "why don’t we just stop somewhere here and go for a ride?".
The Slovenian karst landscape is beautiful by itself, but see it on a sunny September day, with no traffic around and it’s something else entirely. Simple as that, Jure had his camera and I had mine, we parked the car near some random vineyard and went for a short ride. We managed to film some clips that were later used in the cycling kit presentation and I took some photos, it was fun. What stayed in my mind were the views, the grapes and the relaxed moment off the grid. No one cared about the photos or the clips, if we get something useful that’s great and if we don’t, at least we’re outside having a good time. For me this is what an adventure should feel like… sure, this one was really short and we had to get to Trieste in time but no one really cared about that, if we would have been late than fuck it… doing stuff like this keeps you feeling alive and in control of yourself. And we’ll keep doing stuff like this, because it’s what makes us different and it’s what we believe in…allow yourself to be spontaneous and you’ll never regret it!


Go Out And Ride

“... but remember to always ride for yourself.”

In November the weather conditions in Slovenia start to get under your skin.
The days get shorter and colder, and the sun hides behind the clouds most of the time. Nevertheless this shouldn't stop you from doing what you love most, and that's riding your bike. Call a few like minded friends and start riding, you don't need to know where you're headed, you're in for a good time!
This is just what we did one foggy Sunday morning, call up some friends and went for
a ride. The road that we decided to take was one that led to an abandoned ski depot near our hometown. It's a sad place now, full of childhood memories, but the forest and the road stayed the same, some things never change ... and that's a good thing.


Summer Gathering: Bring Forth The Gravel

“Be prepared for a few punctures and a bumpy ride.”

... Well, no one thought it was going to be that bumpy and that destructive. We started the day with a cup of coffee while waiting for the others to arrive to the starting point and set up their gear. It was a perfect sunny Saturday after a week of bad weather and you could just feel that the summer is coming to an end. The air was slowly getting warmer and after some delays, nine cyclists started their way towards the old forests and gravel roads full of old memories, good and bad. After so many years the evidence of war is lost, but the old military roads are still here, and every once in a while a rooftop of a destroyed bunker can be seen through the branches. People living in this area had to work hard for their living but their love and devotion to nature made it easy, and many generations later we can still enjoy the smell of pine trees and the hills surrounding them.

I’m not going to write about the ride, it wouldn’t do it justice; you’ll just have to join us next year. What I can tell you is this: six flats, one broken bottle holder and a cracked frame after we arrived back to where we started with a smile on our faces and a story we will never forget. A big thank you goes to all the girls that prepared our food and took care of us when it was necessary, and to all the riders that shared this adventure with us!

MAY 2013

Friends, Bikes And A Fireplace

"There will be a lot of time for long hard rides and suffering, but this was not it, this was about friendship, bikes and camp vibes."

Our trip started two hours later than planned due to some mechanical problems. Nevertheless, there was a warm feeling of calmness as we pedaled our way towards our first destination; Koper. The road was quite empty because of the holidays, and we yelled voices of happiness and stupidity into the forests and fields surrounding us. It was not hard to relax because we traveled light, since there was a car with all the stuff we needed for the trip meeting us in Koper. We knew that we’d eventually want to arrive in Červar since that was our main aim, but our minds were at ease nonetheless. The plan was to fully enjoy the beauty of Istria and ride the way we wanted to until we came across a nice place to set our wild camp. Our only real worry was the descent at Črni Kal. Riding fixed gear bicycles, we didn’t know what to expect, but all our concerns were redundant as it was not at all as hard as we’d imagined. We rode a few tougher descents and even tougher ascents in the following days, but if your mind is where it has to be and you trust your body, then there is nothing to be scared of. We cycled through heat and rain for four days, always taking care of each other, leaving just enough kilometers behind us so we still had a lot of energy in us. There will be a lot of time for long hard rides and suffering, but this was not it, this was about friendship, bikes and camp vibes. We made the most of it! We enjoyed great company, ate amazing food, rode the most spectacular roads and swam in the cold sea.

How soon shall we do it again? As soon as possible, and let it never end!