Cain Ramirez is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cowgirl Bike Courier. He has been designated by Cyclelicious as part of the less-than-one percent of transportation cyclists that identify as “Strong & Fearless”.
It started off as a joke.
Rich had just posted a press release for the Sea Otter Classic on Twitter. In it was mention of the Second Iteration of their infamous eMTB Race. I laughed. I don’t ride mountain bikes. Truth be told, I don’t particularly like mountain bikes, or mountain bike culture for that matter. Despite these preconceived notions, I’m a complete sucker for erratic and quirky cycling concepts.
I’m standing in the shade near the GT Bicycles booth at the 2017 Sea Otter Classic when I turn around and see an old guy performing crazy flatland tricks on a 90s GT Zasker mountain bike with 3 spoke nylon wheels. A beat after he says something in German-accented English, I suddenly realize I’m standing right next to Hans Rey. I automatically shout “No way!” without thinking about it.
The young, early 20s guy who owns the vintage GT obviously knows the reputation of Hans Rey, and grins ear-to-ear as the Mountain Bike Hall of Famer who popularized trials riding autographs his old Zaskar.
A crowd of children soon appear, and Hans happily signs his name “Hans No Way Rey” for them.
GT has been sponsoring Rey since the 1980s, and I’m thrilled to see that they continue to do so in spite of their cycles of ups and downs in the bike industry.
At Sea Otter, GT displayed their “Grade Carbon Pro” endurance carbon fiber endurance road bike which GT advertises is for “the gravel road to work” which really appeals to my idea that bikes should be about utility as well as fun. The seatstays are those low-modulus resin-impregnated glass fibers (as opposed to higher modulus carbon fiber used for the rest of the frame) that twang like bass strings when you pluck them, and give a ton of cushion at the rear end. It’s pretty incredible. Other features include fender mounts, SRAM Force 1×11 drivetrain, SRAM HRD brakes, WTB Exposure 32c tubeless bead tires on 700c wheels. This bike punches a lot of the right buttons for me; I wish I had decent photos of it.
I participated in the latest edition of The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast that David “Fredcast” Bernstein uploaded last Saturday. We recorded this show during the 2015 Sea Otter Classic with Carlton Reid, Paul Skillbeck, Chipps Chippendale, Julie Kelly, and Gary Fisher.
I heard several grown women expression admiration for this Hello Kitty helmet worn by Kat Sweet at the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival last weekend.
The Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12, 2015, at San Lorenzo Park near downtown Santa Cruz, CA.
UC Davis Cultural Studies Professor Sarah McCullough, PhD, discusses the renegades of bike culture in a couple of previous American bike booms.