Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Yikes! Bikes!

This bike went out to the single speed worlds in Durango, and then on to Interbike in Vegas.
I have to thank Yakima for displaying it in their booth, Fox for the fork, True Temper for the tubing, The Hive for the Chub Hubs, the FifteenG crankset, and the Formula Brakes.
Despite the adage, this one did not stay in Vegas.

I tried to get some kind of reaction out of you folks with the Abba reference, but apparently either you people are asleep at the wheel, are Abba fans, or more likely, don't care.
So, in light of no one caring about the music that plays in the shop while I'm trying to keep all my fingers, take that.
The sound is kinda crappy but the other videos are terrible.

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Steve Weber has this frame and fork in his hands.
He'll be ripping it up in Indiana.

What do you think?

The green grass is popping up here pretty early. Might have something to do with the nine inches of rain we just got in one day. We'll take it however we can get it.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Been a Little Busy

Been on a bike building bender as of late.
Here's a hand full of the bikes I've been working on.

Zak Ball ordered this bike in sour apple green.
Single speed 29er with the possibility of parole, in the form of cable routing and derailleur hanging.

It's taken about three years for the bike industry to sit up, take notice, and promptly "invent" swinging dropouts of their own. I'm surprised its taken as long as it has.

If you want USA made 4130 cro-moly quality, designed and built by bike nerds for bike nerds, ask your builder for Black Cat dropouts. Or ask me for your next bike.

On that note: try and find a better pop song than this. You can't.

It's Not British Loafing Green

John Merriam in San Luis Obisbo wanted a race bike.

Extra light dropouts (Black Cat exclusive) with titanium bolt kit.
Deluxe race tube set.
Light but stiff in all the right ways.

Not to mention the Lotus team colors.

Don't git no sweeter.

What Constitutes "Monster Cross"?

A quick handling yet stable geometry equally at home tearing up singletrack, laying it down on a two hour road climb and everything in between?

Room for 45c knobbies? Fenders? Three bottle mounts?
Check. Check. Check.

Fully sealed tubeset (like all Black Cat bicycles) ready for any weather mother nature can dish out (and you're willing to leave the house in)?

This one comes in "Ranger Danger Green" for Reverend Dick.

We have pretty different tastes in music, me and the Rev, but we can agree on the Decemberists. Everytime i hear this song i think of the those poor kids of his being scared (and possibly scarred) by his outlandish tales of whalers, pirates, ghosts, werewolves, and whatever else can make a kid nervous on campouts.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Twenty Six Inches With Twenty Seven Gears

What's this? A mountain bike with regular sized wheels and a full compliment of gears?
Where's the niche?

As it turns out, a regular hardtail mountain bike is somewhat of a novelty these days.

Five inches of travel up front sounds like a good plan for the rocky, fast trails of San Luis Obispo county, one of my old stomping grounds.
Dominic will be piloting this here bike.

Brown Power

Dave Sisamis from Ohio ordered up this one by nine, twenty nine inch wheeled bike.

Being the owner of a pizza joint, the natural choice for color was root beer.

It's been a couple posts since i subjected you to my terrible taste in music, but your respite is over! Don't fool yourself, The Marked Men are the real deal.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Lean and Mean

In some ways one speed 'cross bikes are simple, beautiful, and fun to ride. In other ways they are like eating soup with a slotted spoon. Gotta go fast and it seems like it's nothing but chunks.

I really like the baby blue with orange. Makes your eyes go wonky if you look too hard.

Custom, one-off dropouts. Machined and filed by hand.
The slot is angled so you can change your gear ratio without messing with your brakes.

This one is staying right here in Santa Cruz.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Grey Ghost

Mike Adamski, from Durango Colorado just got this in the mail the other day.

He sends me pictures of his local trails on the regular. Makes me jones for the BIG mountains y'all have out there.

Three tones of grey and a bit of sanding the letters. Its got a bit of a faded thing going.
Understated is the new bling.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

El Gato Blanco

Dan Atkins of Linthicum, Maryland will be riding this here machine.
He spends some time at the Bike Doctor.
Hopefully he'll spend some time on his new bike in the woods.

The heart was Dan's idea, nice touch.

is always on rotation at Black Cat World Headquaters.
That one and this one from "Circa: now!",
recorded over 15 years ago, and still as good as ever.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Little rough 'round the edges

This bike is for Mike Busch in Ventura, California.

He wanted something that was raw, maybe a little rough.

I ended up doing a wash with thinned out paint, sanded a few spots,
added some words, and clear powder coated the whole thing.

Came out pretty cool, i think.
Off With Their Heads has spent some time on the shop's speakers as of late.
Check them out.