The CX-Files

Scenic Hartford, Connecticut was the center of New England cyclocross last weekend. Silk City (also the CT state championships) had a good deal of firepower in the elite race, with Austin Vincent headlining a robust field of very fit-looking dudes with intimidating thighs. Connecticut longs for the good ‘ol days of no starting grid and Wild West staging, as they lined up first come, first served, 15 guys across. When the whistle blew, Mike and Charlie had a bit of a start-gate sword fight and lost 15 spots before they could even clip in. In another scintillating display of teamwork, they also managed to delay Kevin, who wisely staged well behind the inevitable carnage.

The course was easily one of the most technical in the region, with plenty of dismounts, running, roots, chutes, hard corners, and off cambers, all topped by a two-inch layer of fine silt. Passing was essentially a game of “wait till the guy in front of you hits a landmine, and pray he doesn’t take you with him.”

Mike played the Human Pylon game for a bit after recovering some spots and creeping into the top 5 or 6, but an untimely explosion by an overenthusiastic Expo Wheel-man blew him off that train for good. He and Charlie settled into a small group, and Charlie – noticing our strength in numbers – attacked on the short road section, attempting to bridge to the leaders (sometimes, our guys DO understand teamwork!).

After a few laps, Mike started to really miss his teammate and attacked the group. Charlie played hard to get, and they both rolled in a few seconds apart – with Kevin a bit further back – just before the skies opened.

Riverfront CX was about as different from Silk City as you could get without actually paving over the course. Mike and Kevin were the only guys representing the ‘house, and long straightaways, deep mulch, and a super-steep power climb meant a commitment of power numbers generally unavailable to their only-occasionally shaved legs.

Significantly more excited about applying watts to their faces were ex-Canadian national champ Todd Bowden, Tim “everything is a nail” Ratta, and Sean Pantalleres Thighs. Seans Thighs went directly to plaid in the start, immediately drawing out a small group. He continued to eject dudes off the back, heaping hurt on an ever-diminishing selection of which Mike was surprised to find himself a part of.

After what seemed like an eternity of heavy breathing and holding on to Todds seatpost, Bowden seemed to sense the burning in Mikes legs and went to the front, dumping gasoline on an already out-of-control fire. This went back and forth for an interminable amount of time, until Todd launched an attack after Sean over-battleshipped the only technical corner of the race. His lead quickly balloned to almost 30 seconds, and with two to go, Mike couldn’t wait any longer.

He attacked up a small kicker after the (sadly indecisive) sand pit, went around the off-camber with both wheels locked and drifting, and prized out a gap of a few seconds on the downhill switchbacks. Fully committed, he spent the better part of a lap reeling in the Trek rider, and finally – with just a lap to go, he made contact.


And Bowden did the best, worst possible thing: he sat up. Forcing an unrecovered Wissell to the front, and biding his time for the sprint, he played the last lap perfectly. He came past Mike in the final meters, taking a well-fought and tactically savvy victory. It was a great race to watch, and the venue and organization were fantastic. We can’t wait to see you all in New Hampshire next weekend!

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Big Elm/ QuadCross Weekend!


Photo by Katie Busick

This was good weekend at the races for the Cuppow boys. Mike took the win at Big Elm, while Ian (whose tactical nous helped win the race) managed to hold on for third. The course was fun, though temperatures approaching 90 are somewhat less than ideal for a sport that romanticizes the freezing rain of a Belgian winter. We made the best of it, and even brought home the mystery “holeshot prize”, which turned out to be a very functional (though not particularly mysterious) floor pump. Big Elm was a fun event – super low key at a beautiful ski mountain near Great Barrington.

Quad cross has been the traditional New England season opener for almost 10 years. Now held at the Maynard Rod and Gun club, the course is a mix of technical turns, blazing fast downhills, a long grind up a dirt road, and even more technical turns. There was a huge turnout for the elite race, and the guys had their work cut out for them – particularly Mike and Ian, who had raced hard the day before. Matt had a great race – he only had his single speed setup and finished just outside the top 10. Mike and Ian paid for their efforts from the previous day, the former bouncing off trees for 6th and the latters thighs calling it a day in 15th. We think Kevin mechanical-ed and was unable to steal Adams fat bike out of the pit.

Matt and Ian did the singlespeed race while Mike shame-ate pie at Verill Farm. Matt showed us all how to do a second race and managed 4th, Ians (by now very sad) legs held on for 7th.

See you next week in scenic Hartford Ct!

-Mike

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Mike T’s Single Speed Mudville

Finished Mike T’s Single Speed Mudville a little bit ago, but wanted to post up some fun pics. This is probably one of my favorite builds of the year. Can you believe CX racing starts in New England in just over a month!?! Craziness!!!!

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Spring Cleaning, Four Mudville Demo frames for sale!

We’ve been doing a little cleaning at the shop and currently have four demo Mudville’s for sale! Check out the frame drawings and email us at info@geekhousebikes.com!

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NAHBS 2014 Release: Geekhouse Unveils Hopedale Road Disc

Geekhouse Bikes is launching a new disc road bike at North American Handmade Bike Show, the Hopedale Disc. Geekhouse partnered with SRAM, Vittoria, and Selle Italia for the builds. Studio photography provided by Heather McGrath.

The frames are built with 100% made in the USA tubing, with a mix of True Temper’s Ultra-light S3 and OX Platinum. Also featuring Paragon Machine Works ‘Low Mount’ disc dropouts. Two models will be on display. This lightweight crisp steel frame is built for aggressive road racing, with just a light dash of gravel grinding. Let’s call it a peppering of gravel, shall we?

The paintjobs for the yellow, red, and blue bikes all use a two-step process Powder Coat/Wet Paint process. All three show-bikes have a powder-coated base, and then Jordan Low masterfully applied wet paint in geometric patterns. The artwork, done by Adria Klora, highlights an array of things near and dear to frame builder Mary Walsh – including the building where Geekhouse is headquartered (yellow), dazzle camo (blue), and the Zakim Bridge in Boston (red). We tried to fit in space cats, but alas maybe next year..

The yellow Hopedale Disc will be heading to the owner of Cooks Paint Works in Japan, via Blue Lug Bicycle Shop after the show.

The red Hopedale Disc belongs to Kyle B, in Texas, which he gave as a 30th birthday present to himself. Happy Birthday Kyle!!!

The blue Mudville is an extra special bike though, aside from the paint and HED wheels, SRAM Force, and Thomson components. This bike is the first bike Walsh has built for his father, Thomas Walsh. It’s also a surprise. His Dad will find out at the show, far surpassing previous surprises like lighting the lawn on fire.

View these bikes this weekend 03/14-03/16/14, Geekhouse Bikes is exhibiting at the North American Handmade Bike Show (NAHBS) at booth #400. Come for the razzle, but stay for the dazzle. For more studio shots check us out on Flickr.

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Stephen G’s Radical Mudville

This is a fantastic bike we finished recently. We were really excited to do a complete bike with a bunch of Enve components. Enve has been great to us with our cross team for the past few years, so it was exciting to do a bike with Enve rims, stem, and fork. Also the pink Chris King headset, bb, and hubs really pop on this build. Not to mention Jordan Low who did this fantastic matte black and pink custom paint job.

A lot of our inspiration in the past few years has come from mid century modern geometric patterns. You can see that in our past two years worth of cross kits and club kits and now we got the chance to add them to a frame itself.

Thanks again to Stephen G for all his patience on this project! Can’t wait to see action shots of this bike this coming spring. For more studio shots by Heather McGrath check out the Geekhouse visit flickr.

Thanks Guys!

-Marty

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2013 Geekhouse Cross Kit Presale!!!!!!!

2013 Marked a big year for Geekhouse and our support of a CX team. In their 2nd year as title sponsor Cuppow really stepped up and allowed us to sponsor a 6 person Elite squad based in New England.

We new we wanted to do something big with the kits, so again we went back to Adria Klora as head designer. The Razzle Dazzle kit from 2012 really stood out and became a staple of Geekhouse racing. So how do you make the best kit ever, again?

For us a good kit, always comes from a good story. We started to look at different patterns from the same era as Dazzle Camo, and found the patterns were based out of the Deco style. From there we looked at textiles and architecture and picked a geometric pattern that we felt was an extension of our previous designs.

We also switched up the colors as well for 2013. We decided to go from Neon to more of a subdued pastel and incorporating more black, which is a nod to the Geekhouse Club kits. We wanted these kits to stand out, but in a more laid back “It’s cool baby, I guess I’ll go on a date with you, no big deal.” kind of way.

So now is your chance to buy these limited edition 2013 kits. This is the one and only time we will offer these kits, so get while the gettin is good. Check out the store here! Thanks guys!

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Tristan’s Brentwood Porter

Tristan is a good friend of mine. The kind of friend who doesn’t judge you if you say attend a Star Trek convention. The kind of friend who laughs when you say the girl in the Klingon outfit is hot, and you’d totally be down to have a Klingon wedding. So when it came time to build him a bike I was super pumped.

Making a specific Porter model is something that we’ve been working on a for a while now. The ‘Brentwood features a more upright geometry, front Velo Orange Porter rack, as well as generator front and rear lights. Tristan choose the Schmidt Edelux front light, with the Supernova E3 front and rear lights.

Stay tuned for the new ‘Brentwood’ page on the new 2014 Geekhouse website, which we will be launching some time this spring. As always, the amazing photo’s provided by Heather McGrath. Thanks guys!

-Marty

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Tristan’s Brentwood Porter

Tristan is a good friend of mine. The kind of friend who doesn’t judge you if you say attend a Star Trek convention. The kind of friend who laughs when you say the girl in the Klingon outfit is hot, and you’d totally be down to have a Klingon wedding. So when it came time to build him a bike I was super pumped.

Making a specific Porter model is something that we’ve been working on a for a while now. The ‘Brentwood features a more upright geometry, front Velo Orange Porter rack, as well as generator front and rear lights. Tristan choose the Schmidt Edelux front light, with the Supernova E3 front and rear lights.

Stay tuned for the new ‘Brentwood’ page on the new 2014 Geekhouse website, which we will be launching some time this spring. As always, the amazing photo’s provided by Heather McGrath. Thanks guys!

-Marty

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NAHBS 2014, You want in?

It’s a big thing at Geekhouse not to mention what we are building, or show any pics of our show bikes before NAHBS. Our show bikes are some of the nicest bikes we’re ever made. If you’ve been holding out for a Top Notch Geekhouse for a while now, this could be your chance to own one of our Complete bikes, and get it in hands in just 2 months time! If you are interested in a complete Geekhouse with ALL of the bells and whistles (bell may or may not be included). Please shoot me an email at Marty@geekhousebikes.com

Thanks guys!

-Marty

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