When we rolled in to the parking lot of Kinetic Cycles, just outside of Sacramento, it was with a slight bit of trepidation. It was only because we had let them down a few days earlier when we said that we'd be there to check out the place. You know how things go on the ride. You get stopped, you start late, you're hungry and need more Cheetos. Anything can happen. But, what we didn't anticipate was that the entire staff would have brought in their best Shoe Sock Combo's for the day and we'd miss it. Damn, now we look like real jerks....
Let's go back a little bit further though, to Interbike a few years back. Or was it the Boulder Cup Cyclocross Race? I can never remember these things accurately. Anyway, it all boils down to a pair of Air Max 90's and the guy that we now call Kid Kaiser, also known as Cody. At the time he was racing on the Giant Berry Farms team. Remember that guy? Blonde hair flowing, barrier hopping, brightly colored sneaker wearing Cody Kaiser. The Kid. Well, you could say that he's all grown up now - talking about training and working, and leading out the multiple weekly rides that Kinetic Cycles puts on (there's even a gravel one). But, then again he's infected even his father with a love for rad sneakers, so maybe he's still a The Kid afterall?
Who wants to do some motorpacing?
If you look closely in the product page for our La Cubiste Kinetic Cycles Red you'll notice that this very shop visit that we're talking about was featured in his daily video blog, or vlog if you will. And while we were stoked to show off our sock choices for the day (Garret, WTF! those are not S-Works socks) we were more impressed with what the crew had going on there. Foamposite's at a bike shop! Here I thought it was just vans that were worn for a season and then tossed in the trash for an exact replica. The thing that I kept thinking as I watched the clip was not "where would Cody's Father get Tubulars?" (Hint: he owns a bike shop) but "does Cody eat that many eggs every day?"
In any case, he's got the experience and the personality, and apparently the drive to keep up a daily blog, vlog, whatever, go check it out the latest episode where he talks about the origins behind the KGR or Kinetic Gravel Ride » HERE. Plus, if you look really closely you'll notice that Cody is wearing some of our Legend's Collection socks.
This is all to say that we're stoked on Cody's adventures through his shop and otherwise. We love running into him on the trails out in Bend, or seeing him rock the cross courses wherever he goes. And damn we need to make it to the KGR one of these days. It's cool to work with folks that are as amped as we are for this industry and being outside doing fun stuff.
The shop itself is something to behold. For one, it's cleaner than most bike shops you've ever seen, or I've ever seen. And with an ample amount of cyclocross love as well. A slick fitting area, a rad shop dog and some of the best toys around. But, it's when you start to dig that you'll notice that these are people that ride bikes themselves. If the motopacing machine tucked away in the back doesn't clue you in, maybe the half dirty upgraded 1x race machine-turned gravel grinder will. Maybe? Ok, that didn't do it, then let's talk about the sub 25lb mountain bike in the stand. The one that has gotten Garrett to reconsider his position on owning a mountain bike (which was previously "never.") And if you're just as tired as I am with me trying to convince you, maybe just grab a beer from the fridge near the cash register and call it a day why don't you?
They also have a selection of socks there that we've been out of for a while. So maybe give them a call if there's something missing from your collection.
Now on to the the fun part...
WHO WORE THEM BEST? - KINETIC CYCLES EDITION
A: Legend's Collection Steffi x Roshi Run Red Camo Pack (??)
B: Wildwood Trail Sock V3 x Patagonia Low Cut Jammers
C: House Industries Wool Sock x What the KD 8 Christmas
D: National Collection Red x Foamposite Olympic
Damn, talk about style with this crew. Everyone has their take on how our socks can be worn and you know that we're hyped on that. I don't even know that I could choose one. So, seriously help me choose the winner and whomever has the best reason in the comments gets a pair of the Kinetic socks from us! Go!
PS - Thanks Cody and the Kinetic Cycles crew for hanging out with us for a bit!