A couple of weeks ago we had the privledge of hosting three great guys from Surly Bikes on their trip to B.C. Plan was simple, Ride bikes, eat good food and drink some cold beer. Oh yeah, and talk a little shop and gain some knowledge on the various Surly models and new product coming our way. Upon arrival the bikes were built up and and we headed out under threatening skies to Nelson’s local trail system Mtn Station.
After a couple days of local rides we headed out of town to the Kokanee trail system just up the lake from Nelson. We chose to ride the Upper Rec trail to HitMan to Doz Slabs. It’s a long logging road grind but we knew the dirt would be good and the slabs would be a good test for the Surly boys and the Krampus bikes! Great thing about this ride as it weens you into the gnarly stuff. Making you feel good as you carve nice turns and great dirt before the drops start to come at you steady. Not sure if any of the Surly men had seeen such a trail but after a few “quick looks” they were dropping in!
Beers tasted great after that day! Everyone was stoked and we were happy to show off a small part of our local trail systems. Next day we started with a meeting on some of the Surly product soon to be released and then jumped in our vehicles and headed to the Okanogon to visit our Surly dealer in Kelowna, Chainline Cycle. Darren from Chainline had organized some of his staff and customers for an group ride out at Smith Creek. Think it has been a while since there was so many steel hardtails on one ride. 6 Krampus bikes, 1 Karate Monkey, 1 Pugsley. After a bit of rain earlier we were treated to a sunny evening and tacky trails.
Beers tasted pretty good that evening. Next day we woke to more rain and packed up and headed to Vancouver/Victoria to show off our west coast cities and visit some more Surly dealers. Our regional sales rep Steve Mitchell was on hand to guide us around the city and show us a few micro breweries and coastal bike paths. It was a treat to be able to visit our authorised dealers in the area and get them out of the shop and pedal around their city with them. Great shops come in all shapes and sizes and the four on the coast that we visited were all incredible spaces with people passionate about biking.
After a week of riding bikes and visiting it was time for the boys from Surly to head home. Final night in Victoria was a blast as we cruised around the city and took in all the sights and smells. It was a big week of riding and visiting shops but it was well worth it in the end. Thanks everyone who cheered our glasses and toured us around. Once again it proved true that riding bikes brings a lot of different and great people together!