The Signal blog. Late summer edition.

It is still summer right? The past couple days have felt like the normal Portland winter. Wet, cold and dark. A harbinger of things to come. There has been so much going on lately that I haven't had time to post anything. We finished up our Oregon Manifest bike last night and sent it off to be photographed by Polara Studios. The final push to get the bike out the door had a few head scratching moments, but we managed to pull together a really interesting and beautiful bike. I think we pushed our ideas of what a bike can be pretty far. The biggest innovation on the bike has to be the sidecar. I'm sure there will be people that think it is silly or not useful, but I think it's pretty cool. All the fun is starting on Friday at my old college PNCA. I'm really thrilled to be showing our bike off at the school where I got my art degree. I also get to ride the manifest bike for the challenge. The weekend will be pretty full of bikeness.

We are about to hit the ground running (and riding) for the 2011 Cross Crusade Cyclocross season. The opener is in two weeks Sunday at Alpenrose Dairy. Watch the Signal team rip around the velodrome! It's time to break out the cowbells and raincoats. This year we have been fortunate enough to join up with Corsa Concepts to sponsor Portland's fasted cat loving dad Shannon Skerritt. Shannon has been a friend for a long time and we are thrilled that he will be racing the season on Signal cyclocross bikes. He's already had back to back wins up in Seattle at the Star-Crossed weekend. Nice work Shannon!

And lastly, but most importantly, my wife and I welcomed a new baby boy into the family last week. Childbirth is intense, my wife is a superhero. I better get going, I'm going to get working on his new bike. It's the world's first recumbent push bike with under seat steering. Hey, It just makes sense!