Yeagle sent over a quick trip recap and some photos from the Verde UK tour.
“A few days ago I returned from a wonderful trip to the UK. The occasion was a ten days Verde shop trip beginning in Manchester and ending with the Dub Jam in downtown London. It was great to be able to connect with those who we are familiar with as friends of a business relation as well as others whose relation may be streamlined to one element or the other. Tony and I, the only American riders on the trip, were both injured before the trip began and neither of us had reached the point where we were able to ride during any part of it. Undoubtedly we both privately lamented over our exclusion from participating in the action but cycles are not the extent of life. We were able to enjoy others company, unfamiliar sights, some drinks, dancing and few other events that escape description or appellation but afford a robust impression on whosoever was privy to the experience. We were all received well at the three shops and in between made much of the time visiting skateparks, bars, dance floors, coffee shops, and one of the most memorable stops, as it served as a leap backward in time, the old warehouse of Shiner distribution. Many relics of eighties BMX and skateboarding are shelved in their buildings. I experienced nostalgia as my eyes discovered shark-bite pedals, 92mm Santa Cruz skate-wheels, and Peregrine Super-pro wheel sets. Although I do think it correct to have ones excitement focused on the experience of riding there is some Christmas-like sentiment when various parts or bikes are held as precious objects, and once acquired that part is treated as a rarity despite the knowledge of thousands of others sharing possession of its equal. Where is that magic now? It is in the ephemeral moment of experience which is a true rarity, much more difficult to grasp as an enabling and transforming thing than any tangible recherché construction. What a benefit that you do not need to empty your wallet to afford this worth but simply will experience.”