Metal Sculpture

We received this photo from our friend Giovanni, something of a cycling mystic and guru, who lives in Seattle, a frequent visitor at Cascade Bicycle Studio, with whom we’ve built hundreds of frames, including the Axiom SL in this photo.

It reminded us that Rob V, our own mystic and founder, was in art school studying metal sculpture when Merlin Metalworks plucked him from academia and turned him into a bike builder, designer, and visionary (don’t tell him we called him a visionary).

This is at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks between the lake and sound in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

Jeremy Kampp in the Sol Duc Valley

Jeremy Kampp lives and rides in the Pacific Northwest. He rides an Evergreen S adventure bike and a Mudhoney SL race bike. This is the first of what we hope will be many of his shared adventures.

Fog swirls through the cedar trees in the fading light of dusk as frogs croak somewhere near the flowing river in the darkness beyond.  I’m in Olympic National Park nestled in the Sol Duc valley anticipating the next days mixed terrain ride. An early spring adventure to mark the return of soft light giving way to vibrant sunshine that had retreated to the South for the winter.

Warmed against the 34F morning with eggs, bagel and coffee I pedal over a bridge spanning the Sol Duc river.  A sleepy two-lane road winds along the river descending under the canopy of moss and trees of the temperate rainforest.  Although I’m vaguely aware that this thrilling winding and rolling descent will be a climb on my return I laugh it off with a whoop and pedal harder.

Black tarmac with a double yellow stripe yields to brown squishy soil littered with decayed leaves, yellow green lichen and derailleur grabbing broken branches.   I pedal on the shoulder of Lake Crescent.  With a 40c tire on my Evergreen S the varied terrain is a great match. Only the creek crossings, downed trees, and a rock slide prompt me to hike.

Time passes on the trail among ancient trees and flowing waters. Salt crystals on my cheeks remind me of the summer rides to come.  For now the gentle spring rain begins to needle down upon my helmet and drip off the brim of my hat.  My ride is complete except for the rest I take falling back into the soft moss bed below a tree in the forest.

Joe Cruz – Notes from a Snow Storm

The intrepid don’t stare out the window while the snow falls. We got this note from our buddy Joe during last week’s “snow event.”

Seven Friends,

Can’t say I’m all that bummed by the late snowfall. 20” here in southern Vermont. Damn I love this bike (showing it off with studded 4.8’s here)! 

Hope you’re getting outside,

Joe

Lucky Sevens

We received this cool photo and note from Brian B and Buddy M, a pair of Seven riders from North Carolina.

Dear Seven,

This day we enjoying a long ride and took this picture in Luck, NC.  Lucky Sevens!

Thanks for building great versatile Evergreens. This week a 65 mile road ride and next week it will be a gravel ride.

Brian B.

 

Joe Cruz on Bikepacking.com

From Bikepacking.com:

Rider & Rig: Joe Cruz’s Seven Treeline SL

In the first of a new series, Rider & Rig, we take a look at Joe Cruz’s Seven Treeline SL titanium fat bike. Find out more about the bike, the journeys he takes it on, and how he packs it…read the rest at bikepacking.com.