Last September Honey and Lone Wolf Cycling held a weekend of adventure riding hosted by the Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington, MA. It was a great weekend of offtrail and on pavement adventure riding. Putting on back to back rides of this type was an ambitious undertaking but was well worth it! So many smiles per mile!
As part of the weekend Lone Wolf and Honey created a trail fund called the Trail Wizard. It was inspired by all the rides we had all done to put the two routes together for the weekend. While riding with the Lone Wolf crew in Weston we started laughing and singing "Trail Wizard". At first it wasn't clear whether we were the Trail Wizards or if we were looking for the Trail Wizard. Regardless, the name stuck and it gave birth to the idea to create a fund that would support local trail work. Adventure riding or mtn biking on CX and Allroad-style bikes wouldn't be possible without the work of all the great advocacy groups who lobby to keep access open and who build and maintain the actual trails.
We decided to do a raffle at the after party of the Lone Wolf ride on Sunday, September 14th. Honey donated an Allroads frameset to be raffled off. To say people were excited to win the bike was an understatement. Proceeds from the raffle were used to help Belmont in Philadelphia. It was a great partnership between two regions, Philly and Boston, who embrace the same sense of adventure and love of riding in the woods!
The winner of the raffle was Jonathan Sainsbury, a local rider from Cambridge, MA! He is a designer and asked if he could come up with a concept for an original paint scheme for the bike. He integrated some of the LWC Trail Wizard graphics we had used on the event. One of the fun things about the Allroads bike is that it can be so many things to so many riders. It is always exciting to see how each rider specs their bike to suit their vision of what Allroads means.
Jonathan's paint scheme has so many fantastic little details going on it that tell a personal narrative about the bike and what it is all about. It is a testament to the painters at Honey that they can always take a rider's vision and turn it into a beautiful work of rideable art.
A lot of people work on each Honey. Each bike is built to order, one at a time and by hand. The signatures on Jonathan's Allroads reflect just how much passion went into his bike.
There are a lot of adventures ahead for this bike. We hope Jonathan loves his new Honey! Look for the bike at the Honey Winter Party on March 7th and hopefully Jonathan can join us on the Diverged ride on April 25th!