First things first.
I've been tossing around the idea of doing a 2009 Bad Idea Racing jersey. I think I sold around 40-50 jerseys in 2008, and that was with my ridiculously short two week ordering window. I pushed hard to get them ready before summer was over, but if I did it again I'm getting an early start so I don't get so many people bitching to me about missing out.
Last time the jerseys were certainly meant to be entertaining. I would not do another jersey for 2009 unless it met the same expectations. There would have to be some pink, Fjear, skulls, and other sundrious tomfoolery. It would definitely be sleeveless (as a jersey should be), and I'm pretty sure I'm gonna commit to full zip this time around. The price will probably be in the $70+ range, and I would even ship international again, even though the art collectors of Canada cut into my profit margin when they horked one of my jerseys at the border.
I was gonna post a poll on my sidebar (an option on this snazzy blogspot thing), but I'm gonna make you invest some time here in the comments. Leave a comment if you think you want in on this. Leave a comment if you think the jerseys should be made with spun gold... whatever. If I get enough interest to make it worthwhile again I'll go for it. Last year the proceeds helped me finish out the 2008 "season" with the Month of Mayhem and all the travel involved. I assure you that if you buy a jersey I will piss away the profits on cheap beer in many states. I would love to get the CROCODICKLE logo in there, but I'll have to see what MOOTS has to say about that.
So yeah... Leave a comment if you wanna be part of the 2009 "jerseys for beers" movement (after you read the rest of the post). If you wanna be more personal go ahead and email me at teamdicky at hotmail dot com.
Yes, there will probably still be a chip on my shoulder in 2009.
Yesterday was the annual Festivus ride in the mountains. I woke up to thunder at 4:00am pretty sure we were fricked. When I got outta bed it was still pouring outside, but the doppler said we had a 50/50 chance at happiness. Big Worm and Stabby woke to the same conditions, but didn't flinch and met me at my house before 6:30am. We met up with Eric "PMBAR Honcho" Wever and Mike Brown for some short and sweet action on Heartbreak Ridge. No rain, nice temps, and nobody got hurt. Festivus.
To answer the obvious questions, yes I was faster on a squishy coming down Heartbreak, and yes I hated it. It was comfortable, but not the way I wanna ride whatsoever. Oddly enough I have found the fork much less annoying on local trails where the speeds are 10-15 MPH, the roots plentiful, and the pedaling constant. Funny thing about it was that I was thinking about MAYBE running a squishy fork at this year's ORAMM (which goes down Heartbreak), but unless I'm suffering from some wrist problems I hope I never have to ride that pogo stick of a fork down that mountain ever again.
Even though I had a spoke card I followed directions....
It just seemed like a good thing to do with my four year degree in art education (that took five years to acquire).
Get yours in today losers.