“Well Tyler, at least you look fast”……I’ll always remember those words that Shaums spoke to me while heading to the chair at Silver star resort last season. There I was in my riding “kit” which consisted of 5.10 shoes, socks pulled way up high (might as well ride in pants), TLD knee pads, Sombrio Pinner shorts, Pinkbike.com jersey over Dainese armor, TLD XC gloves, Spy goggles and the number one item I’m often found wearing while biking-My 2005 Troy Lee Designs
Tank Helmet in Olive Green. “Yes Shaums you are right, I do look fast!”
You see, I’m a huge advocate of safety and riding with proper protection on (unlike Dolla Bill), so I tend to try a lot of different items out through out the season. In the case of my old faithful TLD D2, I’ve tried to replace it, heck I even sold it once only to buy it back a few months later. It’s not the only helmet that fits my head right, but I can’t get over how good I think it looks-yep a little bit of vanity there, but really if you’re spending $350 on a lid, you’d better think you look good in it too! That first TLD was bought while working at Calgary Cycle in Alberta right before I made the adventure west and took on my tasks here at Pinkbike.com. It won’t get sold again, but I have to tell you that it has been replaced as my everyday riding helmet.The early days of the D2.
Retirement is closing in.
This past weekend I decided to head into the big city of Vancouver to visit some friends and to see what the local bike shops have on their shelves at this time of year. Some shops are a little bare after Christmas still, while others seemed to be packed to the gills with bikes and products (not sure what scenario is best really). Our team rider Dancie met up with me for the perusing trip and we hit up 4 shops on Saturday. Everyone at all the shops had one thing in common to say about the time of the season and it was that they were all chomping at the bit to get out riding and they were feeling like winter was dragging on. I had to chuckle at this as I’m from Alberta and back home you put your bike away for half the year it seems sometimes with all the cold, windy weather blowing across the prairies.
While visiting my good buddies up at On Top Bike Shop
in North Vancouver I saw what would now be my heads new best friend. Dan and John have been running On Top since 1996 and they always have some sick parts, bikes and clothing on display for me to drool over and Saturday was no different. While talking with Dan about how beautifully made Knolly bikes are, I noticed the Troy Lee helmet rack just above the counter. It’s not the first time I’ve noticed that shelf, but I’ve never wanted/needed a new lid while at the shop. That day was different as it’s been months since Vegas and the last time I saw the 2008 TLD D2 line up and there right in front of me was half the current models and all looking for new homes. “Hey Dan, what do you have in a medium?” were the words I heard coming from my mouth. “Here try this one on” was his reply as he handed me a carbon D2. Hmm that felt good and smelled a lot better than my current lid-kinda like the smell of a new truck. “Ya you know what Dan, I think it’s my birthday today and I’d like to see what other mediums you’ve got before I make any decisions”. The next lid to be handed to me is now proudly part of my personal riding kit and sitting on the shelf here at home waiting for that virgin ride to happen.
The 2008 TLD Chito in black/green is the boldest and loudest looking lid I’ve ever owned and I’m stoked on it! Thanks for pulling it out of the box and handing it to me Dan! Yes nice parts are an extravagance that not everyone gets to indulge in, but every now and then you get to treat yourselves, hell maybe it’s just a new head set top cap for you, but you’re stoked too. I know that Visa is happy when I buy things like this and I’m sure Dan was ok with selling it to me too! After that stop my buying slowed down drastically, yep a few magazines for reading and a tank of gas are about all I’ve bought this week, but some things are worth it and at least I look fast!
-TyAnother fun Troy Lee Designs story