Tucson Frame Builder: Cory Rosene

Photo by Jack Sanford

I keep running into stories about Cory Rosene's awesome hand built stainless steel 29'er that earned him the "Rookie of the Year" nod at the 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show. It peaked my interest since he is a fellow Tucsonan. It looks like Cory either studied or apprenticed under David Bohm (also a Tucson native frame builder) of Bohemian Bicycles website / blog. David's website and blog are woefully out of date... the last note indicating that he was suspending taking orders until he got his backorders finished. Cory's website appears to be under construction and no new info is available sans articles from the NAHBS. I friended Cory on Facebook, if he accepts, I'll try to get the down low and update this blog.

In the meantime here are a couple of links/articles about Cory Rosene of Rosene Handbuilt Bicycles...
North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS)
Fair Wheel Bikes Blog
Dirt Rag Flikr


Ride For Life!

The Sonoran Pirates of the United Kingdom sported a great showing at the Ride For Life through Thetford Forrest.

The Ride, consisting of either 25 miles of off-road, or 35 miles of road, raised money to support the East Anglia Children's Hospice.

Lee finished his off-road in 1:40.  Glen, Trev, and Mick experienced a 'navigational anomaly' but still managed 2 hours.  Meanwhile, Sean completed the road section in same time.

Way to represent guys!


Adamo Seat

I was wondering if anyone has tried these seats? Adamo Typhoon is the one that I am interested in... Please post comments on it if you have used this saddle and let me know what you think!!!


Green Ventures Bikes

We mentioned in an earlier post that Lee Woodcock works with Green Ventures Bikes in Thetford, Norfolk, UK. The company refurbishes bikes that were either bound for landfills or donated and sells them for $30-100 (US$) to folks in need. A noble venture indeed and we're definitely stoked to learn that a new member of the pirates helps out his community the way that Lee does at Green Ventures. Well done mate. Link here... Green Ventures Bikes


phantom on a tandem?

It is true. That's me on the back. Good ole' Magellan riding with the phantom future pirate. Who is he you ask?

I cannot tell you much, but what I can tell you is that he...
- has studied ninjutsu
- is slightly fatter than Jason Bourne
- has no online identity

Lee "the machine" Woodcock takes 25th...

Lee "the machine" Woodcock placed 25th in the Male Senior division of the English Eastern Region MTB Series Mud, Sweat, and Gears Round II race today in Thetford, England. Lee and his carbon Salsa are known for whooping up on the locals. Additionally, Lee works for an organization that takes bike donations, revamps them, and sends them off for people in desperate need of bikes. Congrats Lee.

Online Results


someone find out the details on this

cool trailer Todd Wells tweeted...looks like he is doing the competition for the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists...haven't found the scope of this competition but looks good:


A must have accessory for Pirates???

I think that I might be getting a couple of these for Derek, since he tried to give me a heart attack and broke his wrist in two places on a ride this past Saturday. I don't like the club that Ray started and Derek joined...
Click here to check out the reviews on this brace, it does look promising for providing support and protection...


Offered to Pirates first.

I've got a Kidarooz 535 in good condition.
If you're interested let me know and you'll get a deal before I offer it on Craigslist.

  • Steel frame.
  • 20" wheels.
  • Back has a storage area.
  • Fits 1 or 2 kids.
  • Has a removable front wheen and handle to transform into a jogger.
  • I have the original owners manual.
  • Safety Flag on a stick (not shown).

My 5 year old just got a little too tall to ride w/ a helmet on and now rides her little Hot Rock with Mom and Dad. Email me and I can send more photos.



6 Pirates Ride 25 Proof @ Whiskey Off-Road

A close 2nd to the news about Osama Bin Laden being dead is that...

Six members of the Sonoran Pirates completed the 25 Proof Whiskey Off-Road race in Prescott, Arizona this Saturday. The course ended up being 28.4 miles long with 3890+ feet of climbing. A tough course to say the least and a big accomplishment for those who rode and concurred the trail. Summary of the pirate's placing & times below...

25 Proof - Men's Open (334 Riders)
024 - Brad Knox (02:51:18.68)
046 - Jordan Janes (03:05:08.95)
106 - Derek Regan (03:27:48.22)
234 - Jeff Wilson (04:34:43.78)
251 - Josh Anderson (04:42:11.06)

25 Proof - Single Speed Male
061 - Justin Bailes (04:42:10.78)*

Online Results

*big thanks to Justin who sacrificed at least 45 minutes of his time to pull me through the course...