Last modified: November 19, 2013

Anna Blogs Jingle Cross Episode One:  The Cross Menace

Friday last week I loaded up a minivan full of kids and bikes and headed down for a weekend of top notch racing and hilarity at Jingle Cross down in Iowa City. 


All-City rider, Erin Young, was rocking his Macho Man, which I watched him build single speed several days earlier out of spare parts.  I respect Erin, if for no other reason, because he is that very rare individual who can build a bike that makes me wince in a very real and visceral manner- this is coming from me who has had builds acclaimed as “Skittle Vomit” and “The Worst” by highly esteemed members of our community. 

When we got to the host house (thanks Andrea and Sam!) I decided that I should take some pictures.




That’s a Singulator with a bad spring and a zip tie.


He only ever installs CK headset cups upside down. 


Not just two different colors of tape, but two different brands.  Seriously.


Yes, that’s a 15+ year old Zipp 404 rim laced to a White Industries Hub with rubber pads. 


Erin was pretty gosh darned proud of himself for this build.



Friday night, he dressed for success in his understated Kooch Ella kit and an awful hat with “RADICAL” printed across the front that he had acquired at an Iowa gas station in Waterloo.  “It’s ‘Made in the USA,’” he proclaimed as he got back in the car.

“If I see that hat unattended this weekend, I’m setting it on fire,” I responded.***

*** foreshadowing

The only camera I had on me was my smart phone (I think I lost Cool All-City Camera Privileges when I took one of them into a bouncy castle at VeloCX a few weekends ago), so I really didn’t have any coherent images until Saturday.



To be continued...

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