Monday, December 16, 2013

Rain Covered Cat

Hey Everybody.


This bike is a repair for my friends in Japan.
The original frame was damaged in a crash that
 completely wrecked the front end of the bike. 

Fortunately the rear was fine, 
so a new front triangle was all that 
was needed to get the bike back to running order. 

Good as new.

Now that the nineties are cool again,
I'm layin' down some
Shudder to Think.
Specifically the Pony Express Record.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Circles for Circles

Hey, y'all.
First off, let me send out a hardy thank you 
to all those who bought a t-shirt, helping me out when I needed it.
Also, a hardy thank you to those folks in the queue 
who've put up with several months of healing time.

Back at it. Full steam ahead.

Let's start it off with another bike to Japan, shall we?



This here's the new iteration of the segmented 
fork I make from time to time. 

Handmade crown.

Black Cat dropouts and disc tab with some 
custom drawn, tapered True Temper fork blades 
connecting everything together.

Thanks, Shinya and crew at Circles.

How 'bout some Swearin',
just for swearin's sake?
Don't fool yourselves, the kids are alright.

Monday, July 15, 2013

This Next One is the First Song on Our New Album

The following is a small production run of bikes headed for Japan.
Disc brake road framesets to SimWorks, to get all particular about it.

The framesets were designed as a stage race style bike. Quick, but not twitchy.

Light weight, size specific tubing. 

Designed as a whole with the custom made, size specific forks.
Thanks, Wound Up. 

Seven frames, four sizes.

Seven unique paint schemes. 

And some new features to boot. 

These disc dropouts are the newest iteration of a design 
I've been playing with for a few years.
Only fifteen grams heavier than the lightest weight option and way better looking.

 Seems like a lot of the disc bikes these days have the caliper mounted on the chainstay. 
There are a variety of reasons I've heard why, but none that  convince me that it's better. 
On road bikes, heel clearance can be an issue for larger riders. 
On mountain bikes, people have claimed it's more protected. 
Protected from what? Axe murderers chasing you? 
When riding, I normally try to travel forward, leaving the front face of the dropout exposed to catching and snagging trail debris.
I'll stick with seatstay mounted brakes.

 Pf30 bb shells on these bad boys and girls.

These bikes' fillet brazed joints lay unmolested by a file.

  1.125" straight steerers keep the ride light and lively.

A modern, straight stay, fast back rear end.




Thanks, Shinya, and all at Circles and co.

What better way to celebrate
 bikes to Japan than to throw a 
handful of live Cheap Trick at y'all?

 The "Live at Budokan"
double LP set, bestowed
Cheap Trick with rock star status.
Personally, I think it's great that
 a band can hang its laurels
on its live show.

There's so many things to love about their live show:

The pointless risers for Rick to climb.

The million picks on Rick's
 mic stand (that poor guitar tech).

Bun E's ciggy hanging out of 
his mouth, looking like 
they recruited him at happy hour.

All that and, oh yea, precedent setting rock and roll.