Bikes of butterGOLD: Timmy Duggan's Cannondale EVO

By: Brandon Apr 29

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There are custom bikes, and custom paint, but nothing compares to EARNING your custom paint, and that's just what Timmy Duggan did in 2012. With roughly 8 miles left in Greenville, South Carolina Duggan attacked an incredibly strong group and was able to cross the line alone for a National Championship. Custom paint is cool, but I can't imagine the feeling of rolling the Stars and Stripes.

Honestly, if it weren't for the bike, I probably would have walked right past Timmy. Now retired, he played the roll of just-another-one-of-the-guys at the start. Clearly an exceptionally strong rider, he was just there to ride with the group. There's something to be said for guys like him, I don't think I could manage to remain so humble after pulling off a victory like he did.

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The bike seems to be a rather standard affair outside of his Championship touches and USA Cycling SRM computer. Sporting SRAM Red, a Cannondale SRM, FSA carbon cockpit, and Zipp 101 wheels, the bike could be owned by just about any Joe if it weren't for the paint.

At one point, not too far into the ride, Timmy got a flat. We can all rest well knowing he didn't pull a Lance in Leadville, was able to help himself with ease, and was back on the road.

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Bikes of butterGOLD: Pete Smith's Mosaic RT-1

By: Brandon Apr 28

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We love handmade bikes. The care, the passion, the expertise that goes into each one touches us. Mosaic Cycles goes so many steps further with their perfect welds and their impeccable finish work.

Pete Smith of Mad Alchemy fame was riding this Mosaic RT-1 in all of it's oversized titanium goodness. Quite literally one of the most beautiful bikes I have ever seen, it's finished with SRAM Red, with the Wi-Fli rear derailleur for the steep pitches Pete sees on a regular basis riding around Boulder.

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Further finishing kit on Pete's bike shows that as much care and planning was put into the parts hung onto the frame as the frame itself. A tapered ENVE fork was finished matte black to perfectly compliment the Mavic Ksyrium SLR wheels. Bars and stem were both pieces from 3T, KCNC provided the seatmast topper.

Clearly titanium provides that magical ride that so many builders taut because Pete rode this thing like he was a wooden track even when hammering over washboard gravel. The Michelin Pro4 Endurace tires in 25c measured a healthy 26mm+, but they were nothing compared to what a number of guys had on their cyclocross bikes, yet Pete seemed to be quite happy with his setup.

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Brandon to Boulder: Day 1

By: Brandon Apr 25

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1,050 miles behind me, and the Rockies immediately in front of me, I've landed in Boulder. The trip was thankfully quite uneventful, save for my stop last night.

As I rolled into Colorado, I started to get tired. Night had fallen, I still had 200 miles ahead of me, so I decided to find a spot to sleep. The first few hotels I came across seemed to me to be overpriced for their offerings, then I tumbled across a listing for The Sedgwick Antique Inn and with a call in to confirm there were rooms available, I exited highway 76.

Coming into this sleepy town after nightfall I didn't quite realize how small it was. I was greeted at the door by Lupe, who explained that she had purchased the ex-bank about 12 years ago and converted it to the Inn that it is today. After a brief tour of the lobby I was shown to my room, consisting of two beds, a couple of chairs, and a dresser.

The entire place had a very farm-house feel to it, and if you're easily creeped out by something so rustic, this place surely isn't for you. I could go on for hours about this place, but I feel I'd be pitching the wrong light. It was actually quite quaint and well worth the $25/night asking price.

7:00 am came quickly and I was on my way. The town bar/liquor store/barber, was pretty quiet as you can see above.

Only about 2 hours from Boulder, I shot straight west and parked just off of the CU campus when I arrived. No more than 10 minutes later and I was kitted up and on my bike. North on Broadway and west on Baseline, I made a beeline to Flagstaff. Nothing about me makes me a good climber, but living in flatlandia leaves me craving mountain rides, so up I went......


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