Thursday, February 25, 2016

Closed for NAHBS 2016

That's right.  Closing the shop for a few days - Friday Feb. 26 - Sunday Feb. 28.  Back in the shop to get things done on Tuesday March 1.  It's likely I'll be without my computer so emails may not be answered until Tuesday.  It's sure to be a nice event.  The weather's looking to be stellar.  And the builders are bringing the goods.  

I was fortunate enough, again, to build up two Steve Potts bikes for customers that will be on display in the Potts booth.  Here's a sneak-peak.

Steve Potts 29"er

Steve Potts 29"er

Steve Potts 29"er

Steve Potts 29"er

Steve Potts 29"er

Potts All-Road

Potts All-Road

Potts All-Road

Potts All-Road

Potts All-Road

Potts All-Road

Potts All-Road

(What's playing:  The Who Won't Get Fooled Again)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

New Frames On The Way

After a hiccup to fix decals on the road frame, the weeklong Chinese New Year (welcome year of the monkey!), the frames are finally on their way.  The way the shipping schedules work, each setback results in a week shipping delay, not simply a day.  It's the way it's been for as long as I can remember.  But, they're loaded into a 20' container and on the APL New York.  According to the live tracking on marinetraffic.com, the vessel is steaming past the northern end of Taiwan as I type this and on to its other stops before arriving in Oakland 3/17.  You can follow the APL New York with live tracking at this link.  

Once the container is off-loaded in Oakland, the frames have to make their way through customs when duties and taxes are paid before they can be delivered to me.  Speaking of that delivery, because I'm way out here in the boonies of Pt. Reyes Station, the delivery services usually only make weekly deliveries out here.  What that means is if their weekly delivery is on a Tuesday and the frames are released on a Wednesday, I'll (we'll) have to wait a week for their next delivery window.  The cost of living in paradise.  Sorry...

There are quite a few deposits on frames, but for the most part, there's still decent availability except on the 64cm frames.  As of this writing, the 64cm British Racing Green frames are sold out and there is one 64cm pink frame available.  

I'm also working on a new website that I hope to have live about the same times the frames get to me.  More better information and more better way to order stuff.  Thanks to everyone who has deposits in place!


What's playing:  (X Universal Corner)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mike's Mutt Bike

I happened to post this image I took as I was finishing a ride on Super Bowl Sunday (BeyoncĂ© was probably in most folk's house when I took this) on my Instagram feed.  Someone commented that he wanted to see more about this bike, so here it is.  

Black Mountain and Papermill Creek

What this bike is is my commuter.  It was also the second prototype monster cross frame and the first one with the thinner walled tubing that made it into production.  Most of the parts have been on this bike since day one and most of those have been on many different bikes during their life.  If it works, keep on using it.  

The current build consists of:
Where your hands go:  Salsa Bell Lap bars, Cane Creek SCR-5 levers, Shimano 8-speed bar-end shifters, PRO Digital Carbon Silicone bar tape.
Where your butt goes:  Brooks Cambium C17 seat, Easton carbon seat post.  I kind of like this juxtaposition.  
Where your feet go:  VP Vice pedals, Specialized 46/34/24 crankset (that's seen considerable duty on mountain bikes going back probably 30 years),  and a Shimano UN50-something bottom bracket.
The rest of the stuff that your hands, butt, and feet make go:  King headset, SON 28 dynamo hub in front, XTR M900 hub in back, Velocity Dyad rims, Clement X'Plor MSO 40 tires, Shimano Ultegra f/d, XTR M900 r/d, Avid Roll-A-Ma-Jig, Paul Components Funky Monkey front brake cable hanger, Avid Shorty canti brakes, Schmidt Edelux upside down front light, Planet Bike SuperFlash rear light, Zefal HPX-4 pump, King Cages, Pass & Stow front rack with Wald basket, SKS P50 fenders, and as of today, a Randi Jo Fabrications Bartender Bag - thanks Randi Jo & Eric!

The Pass & Stow rack with the Wald basket are relatively new additions.  I'm really like this combo.  It makes grocery shopping and post office trips super easy on the bike.  And the Pass & Stow rack will also allow a pannier to be attached in about the same location as a low-rider rack (actually a little higher which works well for trail obstacle clearance).  And the rack has internal wire routing for the front light.  Really clean and stable/solid.  

Mike's Mutt Bike

Mike's Mutt Bike

Mike's Mutt Bike

Mike's Mutt Bike

Mike's Mutt Bike
Looks like I need new brake pads...

Mike's Mutt Bike

Mike's Mutt Bike

Mike's Mutt Bike

(What's playing:  Marvin Gaye Right On)