Tuesday, September 30, 2008

And to show I can also heap praise...

I'm not always sarcastic and critical (okay, most of the time). There were two booths at the show that had bikes I place in the category of "bikes-I-didn't-design-but-would-like-to-own." The first is the new Salsa Fargo. The second were the bikes from Rawland. I got a chance to talk with both Jason (and Mike - Mike and I solved the world's ills, so not to worry, everything will be fine) from Salsa and Sean of Rawland. Both guys are doing great things. They don't know it yet, but I'm going to bring some of their stuff in the shop for sale. There, I said it.

Thinking about why I like the bikes from these two brands, I see that they both have something in common: fat tires and drop bars. The combination doesn't get any better. Well, maybe a combination of vanilla ice cream and peanut butter cups is close...

(What's playing: Ben Harper Gather 'Round The Stone)

6 comments:

Jim G said...

Mike, my friend Gino -- who was with me when I last stopped by your shop I think -- just got a Rawland Sogn and is loving it.

Guitar Ted said...

Mike, those will be great bikes for your area I think. All terrain riders should dig them especially.

And you know I like the drop bar deal too.

Ben said...

Glad you liked the Rawland stuff Mike. Wait 'til you see what I'm working on now! It's going to be a good one for sure.

blackmountaincycles said...

Yep, I recall when you guys stopped by. That's a great looking bike he's got. Just looks "right."

Velomann said...

I REALLY like the Sogn. But I just can't get it up for the Fargo. Maybe I'd feel different if I rode it, but compact geometry/sloping top tubes don't do it for me, and that bike takes it to the extreme. Damn thing looks like a permanent wheelie.

blackmountaincycles said...

I liken the Fargo to something like whiskey - an acquired taste. I like it for multi-personalities and the fact that it did not follow any rules with regards to creating a cookie-cutter. Leap of faith bike, so to speak.

(like the photo of the rider on the Haro CXR on your blog, velomann)