About D2

I am a writer and a photographer. I never killed a man in Reno, but I once rode a bike through a casino in Vegas. Bikes are cool, huevos rancheros are for breakfast, whiskey is for dinner. Denver, Colorado, USA

24 thoughts on “If Drunkcyclist Opened a Bike Shop…

  1. Hope you got them from Dragon Man. He’s a good dude. Go hit up Dragon Arms east of town, I think he still rents out machine guns.

  2. @Latin

    Totally. In order for this to be DC material there would have to a wino and a 1/2 dead crack whore out front.

    Noting less would be acceptable.

  3. It’s a work in progress. Crack whores and whiskey are needed…and if anyone has a couple of puddles of vomit, that would be great. They would complement the shop’s storefront nicely.

  4. There are a couple of bike clinics here in Bibleburg. Peter Sprunger-Froese and Brian Gravestock founded the original a couple decades back, and then Brian added the Bike Clinic Too in 2010. They transform donated beaters and parts into bikes for folks down on their luck.

    I blogged a bit about BCT after the local paper did a piece on how they were backlogged due to demand and injury, and you can check that out here: http://maddogmedia.wordpress.com/2011/06/10/the-bike-clinic-too-needs-our-help/.

    The shop has a Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/bikeclinictoo) and a local scribe did a YouTube video of Brian at work in 2010 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikl9ySDXrIs). These folks do good work and are worthy of support.

  5. Hey, D2 … if that’s shot from the train tracks off Sierra Madre south of Giuseppe’s Depot, it was probably Brian Gravestock’s former bike shop. He shut it down a while back, sold his stock of parts — which was extensive — to Bicycle Experience, and went to work for Old Town Bike Shop on South Tejon. He also spends a few days each week at The Bike Clinic Too. Unfortunately, I’ve misplaced the address — but the guys at Old Town would know it.

  6. That is, indeed, where I took the shot. Interesting. I’m new to the Springs, so I don’t really know anyone in the bike world here, but it seems like Old Town is cool…

    I’ll look into Bike Clinic Too. Thanks for the head’s up. Also, if you’ve got recommendos for trails other than Palmer Park, I’d be much obliged.

  7. Hah, thought so. I’ve been here quite a while, off and on since 1967, and have amassed a great deal of largely useless information.

    Old Town is a good shop. The wrenches there know a lot of good rides. Palmer Park is a good time, especially on a cyclo-cross bike, but it gets a little gooey after rain or snow (plenty of adobe in them thar hills) and tracks you lay down now will still be there come May. Plus you wind up spending all your free time chiseling pieces of the planet off your bike.

    Sondermann Park, which is roughly south of Fillmore, east of Mesa and west of I-25, is undeveloped, largely unused and OK for exercise if you like to go up and down, up and down. But it’s not exactly scenic and a double Palmer Park in wet weather — absolutely unrideable after a few meters thanks to the clay in the soil.

    I’ve heard good things about Ute Valley Park, off Vindicator just east of Centennial, but haven’t ridden there. Buzzworms with attitude come summertime, I’m told. Chris at Old Town rides there quite a bit, if I recall correctly; I think he lives nearby.

    Most of the fun stuff is higher up in the foothills — Captain Jacks, The Chutes and whatnot. And Cheyenne Mountain State Park down off Highway 115 across from Fort Carson is fine if you don’t mind doing loops and repeating yourself a bit. Downside is the park charges an entrance fee if you drive in.

    Medicine Wheel (http://www.medwheel.org/) is a good resource — they do a lot of trail work around the area. Josh Osterhoudt down at Bristol Brewing on South Tejon is a longtime Medicine Wheeler and can steer you to the good dirt between pints.

    I don’t get out on the mountain bike too often, as I am geezerly and full of fear, but I have been known to drink a pint of Bristol now and then. Give me a holler at maddogmedia (at) gmail (dot) com sometime … I’m down to two part-time jobs and have some extra drinking time available as a consequence.

  8. I love Bristol Brewing. It’s been the best thing about moving to the Springs so far. Mass Transit is my new go-to beverage. I will definitely e-mail you for a beverage.

  9. D2….Captain Jacks is a friggin riot. I guess my pals in the Springs and you never hooked up? I can second Chris from Old Town as a good guy to know the details of riding in the Springs, friendly and can probably show you around.

  10. Never hooked up, and it’s probably my own fault. I’ve been a bit overwhelmed since I got here. Mostly been looking for a new job and worrying about where I’m going to get my next paycheck.

    Come the spring, I intend to do a bit more socializing.