“You must be here because the IRS gave you a ton of cash on your tax return. You can stop looking now because
you’re about to bid on a rare (1 of 2 made) Parlee Z5 SL Frameset (ML 56CM) from Above Category Cycling - the best shop on the planet.Some questions that you’re probably asking yourself right now…
- “Man, how much faster will this bike make me?” This bike is definitely too fast for you, and you shouldn’t bid on it. However, if you are man enough to saddle up on this steed, be prepared for exponential wattage gains. Warp speed is for children. This bike goes ludicrous speed. Your legs cannot keep up with how fast this wants to go.
- “What logos are on the bike?” - Only the best logos in cycling. Each logo should gain you an extra KOM a week on Strava or get you to the coffee shop faster than your friends, leaving them panting for air. If you want other logos, too bad! They’re painted on. It’s definitely going to make you cooler than whatever is on your bike currently, so live with it.
- “What material is the bike made of?” - The tears of Italian women from Chianti, assuring you can endure more suffering tha whatever black & white Rapha photo you have as your desktop background.
- “What colors are bike?” - Awesome, rad, and sick.
- “Why is the bike getting sold?” - The owner stole too many KOMs on Strava and got banned from riding. He has since moved on to a job in philanthropy, by rounding up for charity at Whole Foods.Should you win this beauty, it will probably be packed by a mechanic of European lineage. It will be wrapped meticulously throughout his morning while he nurses his 11th cup of espresso. Then sent by carrier pigeon (yes it’s that light) to the nearest Fedex/UPS/USPS station where it should arrive to you in a relatively timely manner. It is highly suggested to unwrap and build the bike as quick as possible as it doesn’t like to be boxed up, or traveling at to painfully slow speed of air/ground freight.Suggested accessories: Recovery socks - you’ll need them when this bike rips your legs off. “
I remember when James Stevens first mentioned his idea for a magazine to me. Must have been about two years ago now.
Now the first issue of Chalet is out, it’s beautiful, and it’s actually really hard to come by a copy. I’m honored to be featured. Special thanks to Emiliano Granado for getting up at 4 AM to capture the anonymous crack of dawn bike racing that goes on in New York City all summer long.