Where have I been?? Well I have been working like a mad man trying to introduce some new products for next year. It was a hard decision but I have given up on the idea of a fully welded stainless MTB. It did however make me revisit the Ti bikes and have been working on getting everything where I like it.
These bikes will not show up on the scene til I feel they are 110% up to par and have zero compromise. I usually give myself an amount of time each year for this type of thing but this project has proven to go way beyond the few weeks I gave myself. New tooling is needed, fixtures and equipment. I still have more work but have finally finished a prototype that will get ridden. It lacks the tire clearance I want but I have that about 95% figured out. I need a new chainstay mitering fixture and some adapters for my seat stay fixture, etc, etc.
The drop out is where I have always felt the Ti bikes fall short. I hate the look of a welded drop out. I like a smooth transition from stay to drop out. After recycling an incredible amount of material I think I finally have a drop out that does not make me sad. Now the question is will it hold up?
It is weird welding on "braze-ons" and having a bike go from the welding stand to the repair stand (not literally but you get my point).
I have a few more MTB prototypes and then I will make a few cross bike prototypes. If all goes well this will be a 2012 offering.
I now need to thank all the people I have bugged and have kindly offered up help with both product and knowledge.
Mark Norstad for some care packages.
Rody Walters for help and care packages
Everyone has been a great help and I appreciate it.
Thanks for reading.
About 1 month ago the bike shop's POS (Point Of Sale) which really is an acronym for three other words decided it would stop working. This is the 3rd time this year the CPU crapped out except this time it was on a Saturday. This means we can not accept credit cards which is kind of an issue. What started as a CPU replacement quickly snowballed into a complete system revamp when it became apparent that nothing made 7 years ago is compatible with something made today. Just Wed. morning we got the entire system back up and running. That is an insane amount of time. I thought bicycles had a strong hold of their customers but these computer companies are even worse.
The one feature that seems to be the selling point for me is the much higher level of security. After being burned this past year on a stolen credit card we welcome a higher level of security. I have spent countless hours on the phone dealing with all these companies and trying to get the system back up and running. My point is when I go into my shop which is running on one major form of technology (electricity) I appreciate the manual machines and wonder how frustrating it must be running a shop that is mostly computer controlled. As much as I want a 3 axis CNC machine this experience has reduced my desire.
Continuing on the theme of white and black bikes here is Christian's 953 bike which has a rather cool stealth look. Even the parts are completely free of color.
The next bike up goes back to the only other color of orange and then it is right back to more black and white bikes. Crazy how trends go, although I do agree it's a good look.
I will keep from talking about the Phillies until the next post as it will keep me from making any predictions. All I hope is the season does not end tomorrow!
The New York Times has a Friday quiz. This week it is a test to see how good your grunge music stupid fact knowledge is. Here is a link to the test:
I apparently am a grunge fan!! Yes it might be a generational thing but it was not hard for me to get most of the answers. I was not very good at the producer questions but other than that I was getting them right.
It was a slight walk down memory lane. I was also however a big fan of the L.A. scene since I was a big Red Hot Chili Peppers fan. Blood Sugar Sex Magic is in my opinion the best album of 1990 (or was it 1991?). Either way that album got a lot of play in my apartment.
Off the music and onto bicycles. Here is a nice fall themed paint scheme that is not black or white! Mark wanted a bike that was not flashy with logos and orange like the Eddy Merckx bikes from his Molteni days. I think it turned out nice.
Greg's bike is done and off to paint. There a few bikes there but the next 2 to return are the 953 bikes which always look rather slick once finished.
Have a great weekend and lets hope the Phillies can pull it together.
Last Thursday at 4:00pm the fall season arrived. The humidity dropped, the temp dropped and the summer was over. August was a bit of a letdown with all the rain and September is not much less wet. This past weekend however the weather was super and the smell of fall was in the air.
Post season baseball, crisp sleeping weather and all kinds of food that I love. Octoberfest beers are soon to come.
There are some cool bikes coming back from paint. This bike which is for a guy that has a kind of famous blog. I am sure many have read it. www.bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com
The bike is a very subtle theme of good quality parts that have very little bling factor. Once again, black and white are the "in" colors.