Monday, August 29, 2016

Bye, Bye Blogger

Bye, bye blogger.  You've been good to me, but it's time to move on.  Time to move on to a new website that fully captures the essence of the blog and has an actual web store where items can be purchased securely on-line without having to call me with a credit card number.  A lot of you did just that and I appreciate every single one of you.  You all have helped make Black Mountain Cycles what it is today. 

But, like I said, it's time to move on.  As of today, darn near 9 years to the day that I first opened, there's a new site in town.  The web address is the same - http://blackmtncycles.com/ - and a lot of the same feel is there.  Just with a better web store.  A much better web store.  

So, this is the last post here, but I will be posting more on the new website.  I'm sure there are going to be a few bugs to be worked out and if anyone finds something, send me an email.  I'd like to hear from you.

All the posts were imported over to the new website, but it doesn't look like photos made it.  I'll keep this blog open so folks can search back for info and see the posts with pictures and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.

So long, blogger, and thanks for all the fish.  To paraphrase Douglas Adams.

(What's playing:  Peter Frampton Do You Feel Like We Do)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Fly Low And Avoid The Radar

Back in the '80s, I remember Dusty Street's radio show on KROQ, "Street On The Roq," always ended with her saying "fly low and avoid the radar."  I have no idea why I remembered that today, some 30 years later, as I started typing this.  But I have been flying low and avoiding the radar with regards to this here blog.  This summer, heck, this year, has gone by way too fast.  I've been working with a web developer on a brand new website that will have an actual webstore where it will be super easy to purchase frames and lots of assorted Black Mountain Cycles stuff.  It's going to be great.  And a big step up from this free blogger site - which has been an awesome tool to get the word of Black Mountain Cycles out there.  

What else has been going on?  Way too much.  So much so that within only a handful of months since the pink and British racing green monster cross frames arrived, I've had to place a new order for more frames.  Sorry to disappoint the bike industry, but the rim brake bike is alive and well and thriving at Black Mountain Cycles.  Not sure what colors I'm going to do for this next run of frames, but there will be no change to the frame from the V5 model.  That one was nice and dialed.

What else?  Most of the logo t-shirts are out of stock and I'm ordering more.  Soon.  Not as many color options.  I've got a new logo for a t-shirt that's going to be rad.  And I've got a design for a hoody that going to be equally great because Fall's coming.  I received today a big fill-in order for jerseys in both the two styles - lots of long sleeve thermal jerseys, club cut short sleeves, and race cut short sleeves.  And shorts in bib style and non-bib.  

But wait, there's more!  Disc brakes.  Yes, I am seriously working on a disc brake frame.  I finally got the dropouts front and rear that I want to use figured out.  Sean at Soulcraft Cycles was instrumental in getting the rears done and I should have a sample to test within a couple of months.  If all goes well, disc frames sometime next summer.  Maybe sooner.  

And, I think, finally, a new water bottle design that's a few months out based on the lead time at Specialized's water bottle department.  

Dang, how did you get time to do all that?  First, I got off the Facebook (with the exception of maintaining the shop page) and then I started riding and getting shit done.  It needs doing, just get it done.  Lots of cool bikes have been through the stand and some great Black Mountain Cycles bikes have been built and are off to new owners from the west coast to the east coast. 



And I built up a new pink cross frame for myself.  More about this later.

(What's playing:  The Replacements I'll Be You)