October 2012 will go down as the worst month in my 40 years on this planet. November 2012 needed to be way better to offset how crappy October was. That prompted the start of the scheduled renovation. 500 sq. ft. of space added and tons of moving stuff around and organizing the shop to have a better flow.
It started two weeks to the day and was really kick started by a visit from Simon Firth for a day of help. Having three people on the job is really important when framing out a 12 ft.+ high ceiling. Then the next two weeks were Dan, Ed and myself chugging away at the project. Trips to metal scrap and the salvage yard, endless trips to Home Depot, the plumbing supply store and all kinds of other random stores. The end result was without a doubt worth it! Shoulder room is not something I am familiar with but it is a very welcome change. Enough writing, here are some pictures:
Today I finished Jake's new bike. It is the first bike that got the start to finish treatment in the shop. First frame done in the blast cabinet:
This photo is just because I love my son and think he is cute:
Thanks for reading. I promise to be back on track now that the worst month ever is done and the renovation is almost complete.
So I knew it was last minute but figured I would still try. The open house idea is postponed til somewhere between Thanksgiving and New Years. I am leaning towards the first week in December. Well before the holidays but after Thanksgiving. I will put it up in the news maybe next week once it is finalized. Plus the extension should be done by then so the shop will look better and not as turned upside down.
This is Kirk's new cross bike. It has the Parabox braking system which IMO is really cool. The brakes feel amazing and worth having the hydraulics below the stem. They feel just as smooth as full hydro brakes. They are what we called ninetyraulics. That is when 90% of the system is hydraulic and 10% is run by the cable.
I also started Eric's 29R but have not had any photos posted yet. Tomorrow I will update that set.
Here is a before shot of the extension ( I won't show you how much junk was in there before it was empty):
Hopefully in a few weeks it will be full and the blast cabinet will be running!
Hard to believe it snowed this weekend last year. Yesterday was amazing weather.
So this weekend is the Philly Bike Expo. It is the 3rd year for the event and has turned out to be a cool event with all things bike related. It is more like the Seattle Expo than a handmade bicycle show. This is good since I can not really handle doing more than one show per year and the North American Handmade Bicycle Show is what I have opted to do. This being a local show means most people already know I exist and are welcome to visit the shop whenever they want. Speaking of visiting how do people feel about an open house?
If this Friday the shop was open to all guests would people attend? Should it be during the day or at night? Should I have food or just beverages? Is it even worth the effort? I figure some visiting framebuilders would like the opportunity to make a visit and break up the monotony of setting up a booth. Feel free to drop me a line if this is something you would like to happen.
Thanks for reading.
So it begins. We will call it a soft opening. I am taking orders for titanium bicycles and am now fulfilling orders for people that were in the queue and opted to wait til I was ready to offer titanium. The single speed bikes are now official since I have received my order for the Paragon rockers made to my wanted spec. The geared bicycles are waiting for my new drop outs which will hopefully go into production at the weeks end.
With the new drop outs in hand and a list of folks that have been very patient I have started Dmitri's new single speed. After that is Philip who has also been super patient. I got some work done on Dmitri's bike and the new drop outs made a great difference. Sometimes more is better. Here it is true. I had the drop outs made thicker to add some stiffness.
Lots of tire clearance and a bit extra heel/crank clearance for 180mm cranks:
I am keeping the new drop outs under wraps til they are done but trust me they are cool and super slick.
Phillies season is over and I am kind of glad. They started to make me upset. Hopefully 2013 will be a better year. Now I will route for the Giants (San Francisco not NY).