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The Team Formerly Known as Skidmark Does its Part to Keep the Economy Alive

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Sooooooo many new bikes for Team Skidmark that it is hard to keep track. Michele and Joel started the trend at the beginning of the season. Last week Cole and Kris ordered new Treks. Kris went with the 2010 Madone, which is the same bike Lance and Alberto are riding in the Tour. Only difference is that Kris also went with the new Shimano electronic shifters, which means his new ride will be sicker than what those two hacks are on. Art’s 2009 Madone and my Seven are starting to look like “classics” by comparison.

Michele sports Contessa -- so new that she wasn't yet sporting proper pedals

Michele sports Contessa -- so new that she wasn't yet dressed with proper pedals

Joel and his sporty new Cannondale

Joel and his sporty new Cannondale

Cole's Trek

This thing just looks fast

Kris' new ride -- Awesome!

Kris' new ride -- Awesome!

Custom Titanium Bikes — For Me There is no Other

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
Titanium bike paradise

Titanium bike paradise

When you are 6″6′ and weigh in at nearly 350 pounds bare-assed, you already know that “off the rack” isn’t an option for anything — including bicycles. So, once I decided that cycling was going to be a lifelong commitment rather than a passing phase, I realized it was time to suck it up and take the plunge.

I originally thought carbon fiber was going to be the way to go, but one of River City’s astute sales staff let me know that a LOT of carbon would be needed to craft a bicycle stiff enough for my needs. His recommendation was titanium. It turns out this was a great suggestion.

Titanium is light and strong. It soaks up bumps better than aluminum. And, if you leave the bike unpainted, it is very easy to clean. For my needs, it seemed to be the ultimate material to use for building custom bikes.

Custom Titanium Road Bike — Seven Axiom Race

For my road bike, I went with an Axiom Race by Seven Cycles. Seven has the art of custom bike making down to a science. Through a collaboration between the customer, the local bike shop and their in-house design experts, they are able to come up with the perfect bike for me. What’s more, because the company uses modern manufacturing techniques, the build was fast. In fact, the frame was completed 5 working days after we signed off on the design specs. And it was perfect.

The perfect road bike for me

The perfect road bike for me

In case it gets mixed up with other bikes, I can pick mine out because it has my name on it

In case it gets mixed up with other bikes, I can always pick mine out because it has my name on it

Welded by a craftsman

Welded by a craftsman

Custom Titanium Mountain Bike — Titus Racer X 29er

For the Mountain Bike I went with the Titus Racer X 29er. The process was different. It wasn’t as scientific as the Seven process and I worked only with the bike shop on the design. Fortunately, it is a very good bike shop and th end result was the same — a killer ride. However, I far preferred the way Seven does things. Afterall, I’d rather rely on bike designers to figure out frame design than bike shop staff who may or may not have adequate expertise.

The frame is so large, it is hard to tell that's a 29er

The frame is so large, it is hard to tell its a 29er

Pink and Titanium go great together

Pink and Titanium go great together

Mark Cavendish’s Bike

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Mark Cavendish Bike Custom Paint Job

Nose Art on Mark Cavindish Bike