The Longest Running Name in Bikes

Just in case you’re feeling some deja vu here, yes I have posted this before. I have a bad habit of changing blog platforms on a whim, so I have posts all over hell’s half-internet, on four different sites.

I’ve decided that this is going to be the home of TeamCow for the foreseeable future, so I’d like to get everything together. This is one of the many posts that I thought was quite good, or at very least, one that I spent a lot of time on.

I posted this nearly a year ago, so it’s still mostly relevant.

Continue reading

Gravel grinders

I need to preface this by saying I’m not super serious about what I’m going to say here. I’m talking about a niche bike, that’s growing in popularity, and that’s good. The worst thing that could happen is for there to be only two kinds of bikes to buy.

All of these crazy new styles have existed in the minds of mechanics with imagination for years. Thankfully, when they found a way to put them on the roads and trails – even when most people around them thought they were crazy – other people took notice.

But still, some of these new styles are worthy of a little derision.

I give you the Cannondale Slate;

Continue reading

A Bargain Ventana

Ventana operates out of Rancho Cordova, California, and has done so since 1988. Their first product was the (unknown to me) elevated Cone Peak of 1991. I thought I knew elevated bikes inside and out as they’re a favorite design of mine, but I had never known of the Cone Peak before today.

1991 Ventana Cone PEak

1991 Ventana Cone Peak

I’ve always been a fan of Ventana’s old bikes because they just always looked good. It is admittedly a silly attribute to judge a bike on, but a bike that really looks good is more likely to draw you out onto the trails I think.

I’m not liking their current hunchback top tubes, but I’m sure the bikes are still good.

But that’s besides the point, which is, I found a super nice El Habanero on eBay a while back that really surprised me in what it sold for.

Continue reading