The beautiful people at QBP (Quality Bicycle Products) saw it fit in their large hearts to invite your boy Zach out to Minneapolis, MN over the last weekend–February 19th-22nd–to check out their dealer expo: Frostbike 50.
What can I say about this wonderful opportunity that was presented to me out there? It’s hard to sift through all of the memories of seminars, free food and drink–this could make the remembering difficult–awesome bike rides and cool people to determine what my favorite aspects of the trip were.
Some of the things that I learned: 1) Minneapolis is a big city and I am a small town guy. If I hadn’t found somebody that was also looking for Frostbike who happened to have a smart phone with Google maps on it, I might still be wandering around that gargantuan city looking for my hotel.
2) When they allow you to go test ride the bicycles, you should stay on the course that those lovely people set up for you rather than ride off through the trees in search of hills and underbrush. If you choose to do the latter, there’s a good chance that you could find yourself out on a groomed skate-ski course traversing a small lake in the land of 10,000 lakes. This is a no-no. You will receive a stern finger-wagging if you take this route.
3) The guys at SRAM are going to be releasing an 11 speed drive-train that is designed to not rub on fat bikes. It’s pretty cool. Here’s what it looks like with an embedded link to a review:
4) Finally, even if it isn’t snowy, Minneapolis will be frigid in the middle of February. You should remember to bring as many clothes as you possibly can, or else you may end up wearing the same outfit for roughly four days. People might not say anything, but surely they’ll notice. Don’t be that guy/girl.
Peace, love, bicycles
P.S. If you get the chance, you should ride a fat bike. It just so happens that I know a pretty nice group of guys who will help you get into trying one out. Their name rhymes with Tricycle Banger and they are some of the most knowledgeable young men that these old eyes have ever seen.