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Current Work

Basic updates

I have been more than terrible at updating the blog.  Often I want to take it down but I have this feeling it could come back again (you know what is old is new again).  I have been so busy since the last post it is not even worth trying to catch up.  Instead I will just say what is new and great.  All mtb bicycles have the option of 12mm thru axles now.  Available in 142,148 (boost) and 157mm spacing.  The 157mm spacing is not very common but might become more so in time.  The boost is quickly becoming what might be the new common width for most mtb's.  

All road bicycles are now available with disc thru axle as well.  I have made a disc specific flat mount drop out that is IMO a great drop out.  It has some future proof abilities and really uses the flat mount idea to its potential.  It allows for a shorter chains stay length since the caliper itself is smaller.  Keeps the brake on the inside of the rear triangle allowing for fenders and racks to be mounted with ease.  Available with both thread pitch options which means either a closed cam or a lever style skewer can be used.  I am working on updating the actual website to show and explain all this in detail.

If you are ever curious of the happenings in the shop follow the instagram link as it is updated just about daily with images from the days work (or something fun I did with my son since he is so cool).

Thanks for reading.






I am sorry this blog is so inactive.  Please visit the Facebook page for daily updates and current work pictures.


Hey Drew, just fyi, not everyone uses Facebook. I gave up on it myself a few weeks ago. I think most of what you post on FB goes on Flickr too? I'm a Flickr junkie, so hopefully I won't miss too much by following along there?



I get that but yes all my photos get dumped in both Flickr and Instagram.  Actually Instagram is the easiest to use and is where it all starts but Facebook sometimes gets the links for articles since that is harder to do with Instagram.  

Recent press

OK before I include a link I want to tell a story and have the context of a quote better explained.  When in the bike shop we cater to all likes of folks.  $300 hybrids and up.  This is the way it is and I have no issues with helping people pick out there new bike that will hopefully allow them to enjoy cycling on the weekends.  Every now and then someone comes in and does not know or care that we as a shop are very into bicycles and make it our job to know the most we can.  The interweb has allowed lots of people to find lots of information.  With this information people can tend to stop listening and just wait to talk.  Then comes my comment about how these people could gain more info since (in a joking manner) I forgot more at breakfast about bicycles than they will ever know.  Again it was a joke that had some truth but still said as a joke.  Now the link:

It is a nice piece and a good topic (stuff made in Philadelphia) but bummed stuff got taken out of context.  It is hard showing your passion and not having it come off as stand offish.  I just really like making stuff.  The comments are nasty at times but I guess it comes with the territory of being on the internet.

Cheers and lets see if I can get the jist of the new blog layout,


How to define a bike?

Never been a big fan of the idea of giving bicycles a model short of it being a mountain bike, cross bike or a road bicycle. Then of course you field questions about your bikes and you discover that there could be a few separations in the bicycles that would help people get what it is you are trying to do. I am trying to make the best bicycles I can always with that end user in mind. Not everyone will want/need the same "model".

I have always been a bigger fan of calling the bikes tailor made instead of custom. I have an aesthetic and a way I make bicycles, that is not up for debate or change. The bicycle will however be tailored to the end user and what they want to achieve. Here comes the point of the post. I will be offering a design that uses butted titanium tubes in the front, oversized chainstays to get the best "get up and go" and seat stays that will allow for a lighter feel to the bike when seated. What will this be called? Signature model? That gives the impression that the others are of less quality (which they won't be). Race? That is again not what I am trying to get across. Custom? Just writing that makes me upset. So with that I will introduce a new bicycle at NAHBS and it will have all the features that I feel make the bikes the absolute best they can be. They probably won't have a name beyond the obvious. They will however be rather technically advanced and offer the best bicycle possible for someone looking for this type of machine.

Today I am going to weld the first of these bikes. It is a butted titanium disc cross bike. It will have a steel fork since nothing off the shelf will come close to working. Should be a rather cool bike when all built up.

Next item to be worked out is ceramic coating instead of liquid paint as an option on the titanium. It is super light, thin which helps the raw ti to coating transition and is tough as nails. More about that later.