August 9, 2019 by Evan Bailey
Technically we opened last Saturday to test out some things, but going forward we plan on being open Tuesday through Saturday. We would love to be open all the time to help everyone... actually that's not true. We love bikes but need a break and have other responsibilities! Sundays we go to church and spend time as a family and Monday will be a day to run errands, do some family rides, etc.
May 17, 2019 By Evan Bailey
Wow, it has been a long time since I've been able to sit down and update the blog and the site. A LOT has changed in the last 5 months! So.... there is much more to the story but I'll try and make it short and sweet :-) After 7.5 years in business we decided to shut down our wedding dress business Esila Bridal. As many of you know for the last year and half we've been operating it out of the location on Spring Cypress just East of Ella. My wife was primarily helping the brides running the sales side (obviously) while I did the finances, shipping, cleaned the windows, took out the trash, etc.
Dec 13, 2018 by Evan Bailey
So rewind to the Fall of 2007, my wife and I were living in Provo, UT as I was finishing up my last semester of college. We had a great 5 years in Utah but we both did not feel like we wanted to stay there long term. One of the big reasons was it was just too cold and I did not want to have to drive south anytime I wanted to ride my mountain bike during the long winters.
My wife was born and raised in SE Texas, I'm from Tucson, AZ so we are warm weather people. During this time, almost all of my wife's family was living in the SE Texas area. As we contemplated the move to Texas we weighed the pros and cons. Texas had family, good job opportunities, and real estate was much more affordable than Utah or Arizona. But what about mountain biking?! Would I have to give up the sport I loved that I had been doing for the last 12 years? I had to do some research first before we made a final decision.
Dec 11, 2018 by Evan Bailey
Timberlane trail? Where is that? If you live in Houston chances are you probably have not ridden it. I've lived in Houston for 10 years now rode it for the first time this summer, which is a shame because it is only about 16 minutes east from my house in Spring. For years I've consistantly gone to the Cypresswood trail and experimented with a few others around the Houston area. I downloaded the trailforks app one day and it showed up so I thought why not check it out?
The first day I went it was super hot and muggy but I really wanted to try it out. Using trailforks I started to follow some of the trails on the map and was pleasantly surprised by the scenery and flow of the trail. Nothing technical really, just a nice singletrack ride through the woods. I started out at Timberlane Park here, rode on the paved trail for a little bit and then jumped onto the off road trail. I stayed to the left at all of the forks which kept me near the bank of the creek.
Nov 27, 2018 by Evan Bailey
As I have got back into the sport of mountain biking I have discovered that a lot has changed in the last 5+ years including the amount of manufacturers making mountain bikes! There are a whole bunch of options out there which is great for the consumer! If you are just getting into the sport it can be a bit daunting since chances are you maybe have heard of 4 or 5 of these throughout the years. The usual bike brands people think of are Giant, Specialized, and Trek as they are some of the biggest, but there are a lot of smaller companies out there making great products too that are worth a looking into.
Nov 23, 2018 by Evan Bailey
The build is finished! It took longer than expected but in reality it didn’t take too long. Had I not messed up the crank removal, it would have been a much quicker build but that’s what happens sometimes.
In the last update I was finishing up the install on the Avid mechanical discs I robbed off of my old 26” bike. I finished adjusting them which luckily on those brakes, is surprisingly easy for mechanical disc brakes. I did some adjustments on the derailleur, and shortened the chain to accommodate the new 32T chainring up front.
Nov 9, 2018 by Evan Bailey
New bike day!
It’s always a good day when you get a new bike right?! This was the first bike for our youngest boy Mason who with 2 older brothers tends to get handed down the ragged beat up stuff that his brothers have almost completely worn out. Poor kid.
Mason had been riding the 2012 Weeride balance bike for the last year or so and recently it had been showing its age. The left handlebar grip had disappeared and none of the boys owned up to where it went, rust was starting to form on various bolts, but the biggest was the plastic rim which was cracked. Not only was it cracked but it had a horrible wobble that did not look safe. The plastic tires were also well worn and did not inspire much traction or security. I think we got our 6 years out of the Weeride which I think cost us $29 on sale.
Nov 8, 2018 by Evan Bailey
The Cannondale Street 24 build was going along pretty well until recently. At the end of the last update I mentioned how I ran into a snag with the brakes. I realized that unfortunately I would need to replace the brakes so I started looking around for some options.
The options that I was considering was to buy some cheap mechanical discs or maybe some cheap hydraulic disc. On Amazon, some disc brake sets were going anywhere from $20- $50 for a complete set with rotors which I thought was way too cheap and the reviews kind of alluded to that as well. Some better Avid disc brakes were in the $60-70 range but then you were getting into lower end hydraulic discs for that price range.
Nov 5, 2018 by Evan Bailey
We purchased the InStep Quick N EZ Double Bicycle Trailer almost 4 years ago. For a variety of reasons it has not had a ton of use during that time, but when it has been used it performed great!
This was technically our 2nd... well 3rd InStep trailer. After we had our first son we purchased the single kid version and still have that one to this day. After 8 years that trailer still works great as well and only just recently had a button snap that holds the canopy thing over the top.
That is mostly our fault because the snap buttons were getting harder to use and due to our humid environment and my procrastination it got really stiff and then tore off. I should have put some grease in there to loosen the connection but oh well.
Nov 3, 2018 by Evan Bailey
The parts for the Cannondale build had pretty much all arrived and I looking into the rear derailleur hanger which was bent pretty bad! This is pretty common and by the looks of that rear derailleur I could tell the kid laid it down on the right side a few times. Derailleur hangers are not built that strong on purpose because they are designed to give with force and thus hopefully protect the frame. I thought it wasn’t worth saving and decided to order one off of ebay for $15.