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Better Looking in Person Swobo Baxter
One of the staffers chatted with me a bit and elicited the fact I was traveling and just stopping in to get a few trinkets. He invited me to join the crew for the basement studio spin class. The studio is a state of the art, wired for power, sound and video workout space with virtual reality trainers and all sorts of bikes and techy goodies. I can't even describe the gear geekery emanating from the basement. "Oh yeah, those are some of Lance's bikes leaning on that wall." So I'm there looking at an amazing array of Lance and shop bikes and training gear and chatting with former DC Tri and DCMTB guys and here's the conversation.
Staffer: You should stop by for the spin class at 6:00 AM.
Me: I dunno.
Staffer: It's really not fair to call it a spin class. It's not really like spinning at all.
Me: I'm not sure about my schedule in the AM. It's pretty tight.
Staffer: Kevin Livingston leads the class.
Me: Kevin... WTF?
Staffer: Y'know, Lance's old teammate? He coaches and consults. He's friends with Lance and Lance invited him in to do this. It's kind of not like any spin class you've ever done.
Me: Okay. I hate to say this but I've been laid up for most of the spring. I'm totally unfit. That class would kill me right now. Seriously. You don't want that.
Staffer: Yeah, I just about pass out occasionally. It's pretty insane.
Random Racer Chick (who reminded me of Mega-Deau) Who Was Just Passing By: I totally passed out a couple weeks ago in the class and fell off the bike. It was really embarassing. [Giggle].
Me: Next time I'm in town I'll make time for it. And make sure I'm peaking first...
Other notes: great selection of bike-related fashion and hipster gear, from Swobo and Rapha to Hincapie and non-descript Mellow Johnny's label stuff. Good selection of bikes from barebones commuters to shoot-the-moon racers. Not as much stock as you'd expect, but good stuff up and down the line. Beautiful shop jerseys, the same stuff you see Lance practicing in, except it's not Livestrong (they sell that stuff too) it's Mellow Johnny's or Juan Pelota Cafe gear. Whoever is their fashion buyer is smart, with classic, timeless tastes. Very nice. It's a sweet high end local bike shop, just candy to a cyclist. And you can get a decent espresso ristretto at the Juan Pelota Cafe within the shop. Awesome.
Like I say, love Lance or hate him, he's a force of nature to be reckoned with and his shop reflects that. It's a first rate operation.