Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Someone's not doing their research...

I tried. I really tried. I tried to not disparage or make fun of stuff like this. Some of my past comments were a bit childish. I thought I was over it. And I was. But then this! Oh, the horror one can imagine when I gazed upon the photo of the bike with that, that, that ... CABLE ROUTING!

The bicycle, and by bicycle, I refer to the purest of bicycles, the racing bicycle, is an elegant machine. In its simplest form it is an incredibly efficient machine. Bicycles today are not elegant, nor are they simple. But, oh the bicycles before shifters were jammed into brake levers...now those were pure, simple machines. When cables flowed out of brake levers with just the right arc to the housings...huh? What's this? NOOOOOOO! Oh, you were so close and then you routed the cables in front of the handlebars!

Did you guys not read the excellent article by Dave Moulton? The fact that Dave's piece was in reference to Faliero Masi and brake cable routing makes the image of the bike above even more avoidable and unfortunate. It breaks my heart. The information is there. There are people you can ask about how to route non-aero brake cables. They are supposed to run over the bars, not under. You only get one chance to make a good first impression. It's a pretty good looking bike, but that cable routing - the first thing my eye was drawn to.

Maybe I'm just a freak and notice those tiny details. However, I think there needs to be more freaks who notice those small details.

The quote in Dave Moulton's blog post when someone told Faliero Masi “It is no big deal, and Americans don’t care about such things,” probably still rings true today, but not with this American. Get the details right.

(What's playing: KWMR's Faultline Radio)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Black Mountain Cycles frame update...

Been getting regular reports from Taiwan of my frame production. The samples I've been riding for a while are pretty spot on with a couple of minor revisions I made for the production frames. The road frame's rear tire clearance was a bit too tight for the Jack Brown 33.3 tire so I increased the chainstay length a touch and added some clearance to the inside of the stays. Judging from the photos I received during a fit and function test they did by making a 50cm frame (the smallest frames always seem to more potential issues than the larger frames because everything is just crunched down to fit into a smaller package), painting it, and then assembling parts on it to make sure everything fit.

So far, so good. I had sent a set of Jack Brown tires to them a while back so they could verify clearance. Unfortunately, they were lost. They used a 32c Kenda Small Block 8 tire to check clearances and, yep, they got it. Makes me wonder about another potential use for the road bike pictured with 32 'cross tires. Hmmm......

The cross frame is coming along nicely too. I gave them the okay to go ahead with production last night. Waiting to hear about the delivery date, but all systems are go and I'll have a bunch of frames soon. The first shipment will be 25 road and 25 cross frames in all sizes. There are some pre-order reservations so if you're thinking about one and want to ensure you get your color choice, feel free to call or e-mail, let me know what you want and we'll work out a deposit or payment and reserve a frame for you. I'm working on a few parts kits for each frame and will post that soon.

(What's playing: Tom Waits Downtown Train)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

What's in the stand...

A sweet little Ibis SS. What a great riding bike. My '91 SS is one of my favorite bikes.

ibis 004

Matches the Park Tool blue perfectly.
ibis 006

(What's playing: Uncle Tupelo Anodyne)