Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Your Bikes

Most of the new bikes shots I put up are of bikes in the stand as they leave the shop.  This post is dedicated to your bikes as you have them set up and ride them.  

The shots below show Arthur's bike and the northern tour he undertook last year.  While my cross bike is not a touring bike, one could undertake moderate, lightly packed tours as Arthur did.

This was shot by Rob Perks of Ocean Air Cycles as he was driving (he was probably stopped) through the streets of Ventura.  A keen eye, Rob has, in that he recognized a Black Mountain Cycles bike in the wild and had the quick thought to take a picture and send it to me.  This road bike is owned by Chris.  Chris also sent a photo of his bike leaning against the gate to Black Mountain Ranch outside of Ojai, CA.  Chris rode up there to wave the South African flag as the Tour of California race rode by.

This is Scott's bike.  He came over from Davis and picked up the frame and wheels I built for him.  Scott was a customer of Pacific Coast Cycles way back when I worked there.  We reminisced a bit and soon sent the shot of his completed bike.  

Jeffry sent this photo of his MUSA cross bike while he was in New York.  This summer, I'm seeing photos of his bike from his adventure in Alaska - such as the shot below.

Anarchy in AK

Dan sent the two shots below from his off-road adventures somewhere in the coastal Southern California hills.  Where's the orange bike?

Sometimes I get the thought process that went into a customer's build via a superb graphic image.

Mike from Texas liked his cross bike so much, he got a road frame as well.

Bill from Maine built up this beauty of a green cross bike and did something a little extra to make the front Nitto rack fitment better.  Check out his woodworking website.  The boats he makes are beautiful.

If you have a picture of your Black Mountain Cycles bike in the wild, send it on in and I'll include it in future posts.  Huge thanks to everyone who has let me set you up with a frame or bike.

(What's playing:  The Rolling Stones Soul Survivor)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


I've had a long standing relationship with Wilderness Trail Bikes.  In the '80s, I was either using parts they designed for other companies or I was using their parts.  About 30 years of using their parts, I'd reckon.  I'm not sure what part or their design I used first - maybe it was the Araya RM20 rim.  I know I started running WTB designed Specialized Ground Control (name contributed by Jacquie Phelan) tires soon after they came out.  I do know that sometime in '87, I installed a set of WTB drop bars on my Salsa with WTB "sausage link" shift adapters for Suntour shifters.  Then it was roller-cam brakes, pumps hidden in seat posts, Grease Guard hubs, toe flips for pedals...  In the '90s and up until 2007, when I was the product manager for Haro, I spec'd a lot of WTB parts on bikes we produced - tires, rims, hubs, seats...and a fair number of the Koski branded parts (seats, stems, bars, seat posts, brakes) WTB was developing for Koski.

One of my favorite all-time tires came out in the late '90s.  Introduced as the Nanoraptor and available only in 26" x 2.1" (imagine one tire size!), it became a favorite of mine because it suited my riding style perfectly.  I like to ride fast and the Nano helped me do that.  When descending, I go as fast as my comfort level allows, but I don't push boundaries nor do I push the bike hard in corners.  The Nano's shallow knobs work perfect with my riding style.  It was only a 2.1, but it was a voluminous 2.1.  Then it became "the" tire when it was launched as a 29" x 2.1" tire in 1999.  

When I started to develop my own cross frames in 2008/9 that would fit 45mm+ tires, I contacted Mark Slate at WTB and told him they needed to do a 700x45 Nano (I still think a 45 would be awesome).  At that time, it was met with a bit less than feigned enthusiasm, but as it turned out these gravel bikes started becoming popular and the demand for 38 - 45 sized tires increased.  Fast forward to 2015 and WTB releases their Nano 40 and became an instant hit.  One of the key factors a tire manufacturer uses to determine if they'll create a new tire is the OEM demand.  In 2009, there was no OEM demand besides my paltry amount.  Today, there is OEM demand and it makes financial sense to produce this tire.  And that's good.

After all this WTB history of mine, I was pretty stoked to hear from Will Ritchie at WTB this spring when he asked if I would be in a photo shoot for the Nano 40.  Will was kind enough to send over a set of ChrisCross i19 TCS rims, Nano 40 TCS tires, and a sweet carbon railed Silverado saddle.  Wheels built, tires, and seat installed, I met with Will and Abner Kingman one late afternoon on a day that saw rain earlier, but the post rain clouds were moving out and there was a good chance of good late day light.  We weren't disappointed as we rolled back and forth on Bolinas Ridge getting shots of the tires, and terrific West Marin views of Black Mountain and Tomales Bay.  

All photos by Albert Kingman.

So, what do I think of these parts?  The ChrisCross i19 rims are a really good choice for folks who want a good affordable ($75), tubeless compatible, rim brake rim.  As a wheel builder, one of the features in the WTB rims I like is their 4D spoke hole drilling that properly angles the nipple to the spoke so undue stress isn't placed on the spoke threads at the spoke/nipple junction.  

The Nano 40 TCS tires seated tubeless on the rims with only a floor pump.  Even after a small sidewall puncture a few weeks ago on a big ride, the rear tire only loses a few psi if the bike sits for several days.  The front, however, would lose almost all the air overnight.  I never really investigated why because it would hold all the air very well during any ride and reinflating was never an issue.  That's changed within the past two days and the front now is holding air like the rear when not used for several days.  I'm running these tires at about 30 psi rear and 29 psi front - give or take a few depending if I'm wearing glasses or not when inflating and trying to see the gauge.  This works perfect on and off-road for my 165 lb. weight, and they also work very well on the road too.

Wheels good.  Silverado seat, uh, not so good.  I generally really like all of WTB's seats.  I've spent years riding their SST saddle from the '90s.  I rode the ProLong seat they designed for Specialized.  I took off a well-worn WTB Rocket V to replace it with the Silverado on my cross bike.  It worked fine for 2-4 hour rides, but it was the 8+ hour ride that did me in.  It just didn't have any flex in the saddle and by the time I hit the 6 hour mark, it felt like it was sitting on an board.  I started thinking about looking for hills to climb so I could get out of the saddle.  The shape was good and if it had more flex in the shell, it might still be on my bike.  It will find a home on a bike I ride for shorter rides.  If I had a full-suspension bike, it would be a good bike for the Silverado.

There you go.  

Friday, June 12, 2015

Rolled A Big One

As my friend Cameron noted, I "rolled a big one" on Sunday.  I knew it was going to be a big one.  I figured I had all day, so what the heck.  It's rare that I have a day, an all day day, that I didn't really have anything to do that would limit a ride to X hours.  Sunday was the day of the Western Weekend parade in town and that pretty much shuts the town down for several hours.  I used that as an excuse to close the shop and ride.

Part of the inspiration to ride all day came from seeing and reading about rides friends post on the internets.  Hundred mile gravel rides.  Back-country rambles over several days.  And most recently the Dirty Kanza 200 mile gravel race won (by 1 second) by area local Yuri Hauswald - click the link to read Yuri's story of the 13 hour survival-fest.  I kept looking at these longer rides and races folks were doing and thinking "I need to get out do that too."   So I plotted a route.  

I had a general idea of where I wanted to ride.  I didn't know, however, how many miles or how much climbing there would be.  I don't ride with a cycle computer, GPS, Strava, or even a watch.  I generally know how long certain routes take based on time of departure and time I finish.  I have, over the past year, started plotting routes on Map My Rides to get an idea of mileage and cumulative climbing elevation to get an idea of how long it will take to ride.  Data points entered for this ride and find it's 72 miles and 8100' of climbing (route link).  Yeah, whatever.  Most rides I do seem to have around 1000' of climbing for every 10 miles, so this was within parameters.  Somewhat within parameters.

The one aspect of longer rides I do worry about is being able to bring enough calories with me to keep me going.  Most of the time, I'm not near a store to buy food if I run out of energy and I can usually bring enough calories in my jersey pockets for a 4 hour ride.  I could have carried all my food in pockets this day too, but I wouldn't have had any room to stash arm/knee warmers once the morning chill wore off or any thing else that I might need/want.  On went a Revelate Tangle frame bag.  Smart storage that's out of the way and still allows me to carry two big bottles on my bike.

Of course with any new addition to your bike, you're going to miss something.  My "miss" was forgetting to throw a pump in the bag.  Since the pump I keep on my cross bike is a full sized frame pump, it didn't easily fit in the bag.  It probably would fit just fine in its normal position with the bag strapped below it, but my plan was to stop at the shop on my way out of town the morning of the ride and throw in a smaller pump while I picked up a couple of Clif Bars.  Got the Clif Bars.  Forgot the pump.  I remembered that I forgot the pump about 5 miles into the ride.  Not going back to get it.  I hardly ever get flats and I was running tubeless and had confidence in their ability to seal punctures (that would be put to the test later).  Continue on.

Bolinas Ridge Trail
This is the spot on Bolinas Ridge where I realized I didn't have my pump.

Tomales Bay and Inverness Ridge from Bolinas Ridge
Looking back to Pt. Reyes Station and Tomales Bay on a fine morning for a bike ride.

Black Mountain from Bolinas Ridge
Black Mountain in the distance.

Bolinas Ridge
The northern half of Bolinas Ridge was dry.  The southern half was soggy, wet, muddy, slippery from the fog rain it continually receives.  This steam coming off a wet patch in the sun caught my eye.

I made it off Bolinas Ridge and on to Ridgecrest where I got a bit caught up in chasing down roadies.  I kept telling myself not to burn out any matches because I had a long way to go, but...they just kept slowing down dramatically on the rises and weren't fast descenders.  Okay, I left a couple matches on Ridgecrest, but I was still feeling good.  Off Ridgecrest and down to the Pantoll Ranger Station to fill bottles before heading down Coastal View Trail into Muir Beach.

Lunch Stop
Trailside lunch spot on Coastal View and the blueberry scone I brought from the Bovine Bakery - that would not have fit in a jersey pocket.

From Muir Beach, I climbed Diaz Ridge Trail.  It's a super fun trail up or down.  It was foggy and cool on Coastal View and on Diaz, but the sun and heat were soon to break out.

Green Gulch Farm
Green Gulch Farm from Diaz Ridge.

Tam from Diaz Ridge
Mt. Tam from the top of Diaz Ridge - soon to be climbing its flanks.

Fog over Miwok Trail
Fog as it spilled over Miwok Trail.

From Diaz Ridge, I took Miwok Trail over to Tennessee Valley and then pedaled on the road into Mill Valley.  By this time, it was getting hot.  I usually only ride with water for hydration.  Today, I thought it would be a good idea to pick up some electrolyte replacement at Tam Bikes on my way to Railroad Grade and the long climb with a lot of southern sun exposure.  That was a wise decision.  It was a slog of a climb, but I knew there was water at the top and I'd stop for a bit to rest my feet which were becoming quite uncomfortable in my 15 year old shoes.

South Marin from Railroad Grade
Southern Marin and San Francisco from Railroad Grade.

I decided to descend Eldridge Grade (not fun on a cross bike - at least the top part) because it was the shortest way to get to Fairfax where I planned to stop for a beer and sandwich at Gestalt Haus.

Eldridge Grade
San Pablo Bay from Eldridge Grade.

By the time I got to Fairfax, I was ready to be done.  After a sandwich and a beer, I pulled my bike down off the hook and the rear tire hit the ground and immediately didn't feel right.  Out on the sidewalk and, yep, it's flat.  Oh well.  Quick spin down to Sunshine Bikes to use their pump, inspect the tire, and make sure it's ok.  There was a small sidewall puncture.  Air in the tire, slosh the sealant around and it sealed right up.  In fact, it's still holding strong today, four days later.

At Sunshine, Cameron was just leaving as I was pulling up.  While he was basically questioning my mental stability for riding down Eldridge on my cross bike, I was calculating how much it would cost me to ask him to give me a ride back to Pt. Reyes Station.  But, that never got verbalized and after some chit-chat, I was back on the bike for the 17 mile road ride back home.

There were a couple of things I learned on this ride.  Mainly, the Silverado seat that WTB floated me for a photo shoot recently was great for up to 3 or 4 hours of saddle time.  Not so great for 8+ hours.  My bony ass couldn't quite find the sweet spot after 6 hours.  I'll be reinstalling the old WTB Rocket V I pulled off.  And my 15 year old Shimano M-180 shoes sucked for pedaling all day.  My feet were a hot mess of pain at the ball and smaller toes.  I have a hard time finding the right shoe because my foot's something like a double A width.  My hands, on the other hand, were fine with a pair of ancient styled, lightly padded, leather and crotchet gloves.

By the time I got home after being on the bike all day, I was glad to be done.  Hurting, tired, and thinking about when I can do it again.

(What's playing:  John Coltrane Countdown)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Kit Ordering Window Closing Soon

The window to order Black Mountain Cycles kit closes soon - Wednesday at midnight.  Or is that Thursday at 12:00 a.m. - which is one second after Wednesday night at 11:59 and 59 seconds.  Time is confusing at the midnight hours.  

Anyway, there are a lot of options for jerseys and shorts on the ordering page on the Voler website that are available now until the order window closes in both men's and women's styles.  I'll have some items available in the shop for sale later, but I won't have all of these options.  In fact, I have no idea what I'll have right now.  My advice - get it now so you can get exactly what you want.  

Here's the link to get started ordering.  The production of the clothing is slated for around July 10 with shipping directly after.  Don't delay!

bmc jersey

(What's playing:  Tom Russell Oil Field Girls)

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Bicycle Wheel

You know how after you hear so many stories of someone that, at some point, you start to begin to believe you know that person too?  Even if you've never met them?  That was kind of like how it was with Jobst Brandt.  I never met him.  Never corresponded with him.  But there's a connection.  I bought his book The Bicycle Wheel long ago in the mid '80s.  Read it cover to cover, inside out, many times.  It's not how I learned to build wheels - that was a result of Chuck Hoefer's mentorship at Pacific Coast Cycles in the late '80s.  The two were very complementary in my understanding of the wheel and my love of building wheels.  

Then there all of his many postings on threads.  I never participated in those - not enough time to keep up on that.  But I did read a lot of his posts when I was researching some aspect of the bicycle.  His posts always intrigued me.  Brash, knowing, opinionated, never quavering.  I like to feel that some form of flexibility is good in most aspects of bike mechanics and life in general.  

And then there were the infamous "Jobst Rides."  Rides of 100 miles of more on 70s/80s era road bikes with a lot of off-road riding and a lot of off the road bushwhacking.  Character shaping.  Those souls who braved those rides with him learned a lot about themselves and their abilities over the course of many hours on the bike.  Lessons held tight for these past 30+ years.  

Nope, I never knew Jobst.  But, I've got friends who have some great stories about him.  My co-host on KWMR's Bakersfield & Beyond radio show, Amanda Eichstaedt, used to manage Palo Alto Bicycles back in the 90s and Jobst would cruise into the shop on his big yellow bike and tell her what for.  Amanda writes:

"Jobst was great. It was the Palo Alto Bicycles mail order catalog that hooked me in many ways to bicycling when I was growing up in Tacoma and riding my bike. Many years later I became the manager of Palo Alto Bicycles and Jobst was a frequent visitor to the shop. He was very close friends with the owners, Bud and Neil Hoffacker. Jobst liked to tell me what I should do. It was maddening, but I learned some great nuggets from him. He was the one to explain to me in detail why a person is more likely to get a flat tire when conditions are wet by bringing in some surgical tubing and a razor blade and having me try to cut the tubing both dry and wet - try it. 

He also had the most amazing sweater. He told me the story of his sweater once. His ex-wife had knitted him the sweater out of the most gorgeous green wool. He did not like how the sweater fit so he took it to someone else and had it unraveled and re-knitted. At least that is how I recall the story. I also figured out how to get him off my back when he would come into the shop and fuss at me. I kept suggesting that I come over to his house and help him sort his many slides and photos that were used in the old PAB catalog. All I had to do was try to set a date for the meeting to sort the photos and he was gone like lightning! What a character, with his big yellow bike and long legs riding all over the place. I'm glad I knew you Jobst!"

A poem for Jobst from Amanda:
Big yellow bike
Conundrum, not a word you would use in your book
True rolling resistance
Brown corduroy trousers
Green sweater
Alps pedaling summit shooter
In my shop, the display cases I have came from Palo Alto Bicycles by way of Jock Boyer's shop.  According to Amanda, it's likely that Jobst gave her the flat tire in the wet story over one of these cases.  This link to a Bicycle Retailer obituary on Jobst is a good read - and the comments after the article from people who actually knew him are a great insight. 

I'm glad I knew about you, Jobst.  Jobst died May 6, 2015 at 80 years of age.

The Palo Alto Bicycles display case.

(What's playing:  The Specials Too Much Too Young)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sample Frames For Sale

(Edit:  As of May 10, 2015, all of these sample frames are sold.  Thanks to everyone who picked one up.)

Back in 2000 something, when I was working on getting this shop opened and creating a line of frames, I had a bunch of sample frames made.  Besides the 62cm orange road bike and root beer cross bike I had made and still ride to this day, I had some other 56cm frames made in various colors.  This was kind of a hold over of my Haro/Masi days when I would have samples made in different colors to use in determining what the production colors would be.  

Initially, I didn't want to sell these samples because, well, they were samples.  I sold one early on to a friend who rode it for a while and later, I bought it back.  But after putting thousands of miles on the road frame I still ride and the cross frame that is seeing commuter duty now, I think it's time to sell off the other samples and make room in my limited space shop.  Personally, I couldn't have been happier with how these sample frames ride and how they continue to ride.

So, here's the deal - I've got a few sample frames available.  First come, first served.  A few of these have been sold recently as I pulled them out and was deciding what to do with them.  All the frames are pretty much what the production frames ended up being for the first production, with a couple of exceptions.  None of the frames are heat-treated or have the ED rust resistant coating like the production frames have.  Here's the scoop.  All frames are 56cm.  All frames are powder coated with no clear coat.  All frames can be with our without decals - your choice.  And all frames probably have some sort of scuff of scratch after being moved around here and there these past 6 years.  Nothing horrible, but if you want perfection, these won't fit that bill. 

Road Frame
Road frames are sold out
One lightly used frame and fork in orange $150.   SOLD!
Orange, Silver, or Black (one each) - $250.  Orange frame is sold.  Black frame is sold.  Silver is sold.
How are these different from the production frame besides the lack of heat-treatment and ED coating?
  1. Seat tube is 31.8mm (production is 28.6).
  2. Seat post size is 29.4, but I'll include a shim that will allow you to run a 27.2 post (I've been using one for 6 years with no issues).
  3. Max tire size is roughly 32mm.  Production frames have a slightly longer chainstay and a bit of a crimp to allow larger tires.  A 32 measured tire fits, but not with a lot of side-to-side clearance.  I've run 28 for most of the 6 years I've ridden this frame.
  4. The chainstay and seat stay bridges have no threaded bosses for fender installs.  
  5. I think that's about it.  As I mentioned, I've been riding a 62cm version of this sample for 6 years and it's still my primary road bike.  Gets ridden all over - on road and off.  

Cross frame
Cross frame is sold!
One frame in 56cm in what I called midnight blue.  It's a dark, dark blue with a bit of metallic in it.  $250 for frame and fork.
What's different about this frame than the production frames?
  1. The dropouts are not drilled and tapped for adjusters.  Adjusters are convenient on horizontal dropouts because they let you fit the rear wheel to the same spot every time you remove and install the rear wheel.  But, if you don't have them, you can figure it out.  I've figured it out for the past 6 years on my bike.  
  2. The seat stay bridge is larger diameter than the production frames.
  3. The rear brake cable stop on the seat stay is not set up for a barrel adjuster to compensate for pad wear or cable stretch.  It's a simple cable stop.

Fixed gear road frame 
Black frame is sold.  And now the white frame is sold.
56cm with a 55.5cm top tube.  It's more road fixed gear than track fixed gear geometry, but has a high-ish bb with a 63mm bb drop.  One in white powder coat, one in a semi-gloss black that I think is wet paint.  $250.  Here's some details:
  1. Seat post - 27.2
  2. 1" threadless headset required (not included)
  3. One set of bottle bossed on the d/t
Back when I was doing all the product development for Masi, we needed to create a track frame.  In my mind there was really only one track end that was acceptable - the Campagnolo 1053 track end which were no longer in production.  I wanted that same look on the Masi frames I was designing.  I bought a set of 1053 track ends from someone on ebay years ago and recreated the shape for the Masi frames.  This frame uses the same track end I created for Masi.  One of the things I did at Masi that I'm most proud of - incorporating the nostalgia.  And they still use that dropout today.

 That's it.  If you want one of these, shoot me an email blackmtncycles(at)gmail(dot)com and secure one.  Once they're gone, they're gone. (As of 5/10/15, they are all gone.  Thanks to everyone who picked one up.  Enjoy!)

(What's playing:  Pink Floyd The Great Gig In The Sky)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kit Ordering Window Is Open

So, that teaser I posted a while back with the image of the new shop jersey and shorts?  Yeah, that one.  Turns out that it's actually happening.  From now until midnight May 13, folks have the ability to order direct from Voler and have it conveniently shipped directly to you.  There are plenty of options for jerseys, shorts, vests.  All sizes.  Men's and women's.  I've ordered some things with this same system from Voler in the past and it's pretty darn easy.  The scheduled ship date is July 10.   

Here's the details from Voler.  

Welcome to the Voler Online Ordering System
Your team has decided to use the Voler Custom Online Order System for collecting and processing your cycling apparel order. Please follow the steps below to place your individual order for inclusion in the overall team order.
1. Click on this link to access your team order site:
2. Click on “LOGIN” to enter your Login/Billing Info. Click on “Create Account” to save the information and to create your new User ID and Password. You will automatically be directed to the home page for your team order. If you are a returning customer, please use your original Login and Password.
3. Click on “Begin Shopping" to gain access to the orderable products page. To place items in your shopping cart, click on the item you want to order, then the options you want to select, then the “Add to cart” button. You can choose to “View Your Bag” or “Continue Shopping” after adding each item. Repeat these steps for each item you want to order.
4. After placing the last item you want to order in your shopping cart, click on “View Your Bag” to display the items. Carefully review the items and make any necessary modifications or deletions. Because each item is custom built, refunds and exchanges will not be accepted. After you have confirmed your order is correct, click on “Proceed to Checkout” to complete the secure checkout process by entering your credit card payment information.
5. After you have completed the secure checkout process, an Order Confirmation will automatically be displayed and e-mailed to you for your records.
6. After the order deadline date has passed, you will no longer be able to access the order site. If you have not completed the checkout process for your order by this date, any items in your cart will be removed. The Order Deadline and the Order Ship Date are displayed on the order homepage. The Ship Date is the date that your order will be shipped from Voler.

(What's playing:  Muddy Waters Walkin' Blues)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What's In The Stand Wednesday

Oh look, another Cunningham.  I really do enjoy each of the Cunninghams I get to work on.  This one arrived with its owner on vacation from Southern California for a frame restoration, new paint on the fork and stem, and some overall get-it-back-in-shape.  

First things first, the frame and stem (a later sourced Ibis made LD) went over to Charlie Cunningham to have a few of the cable stops replaced since they had cracked.  The original stem was a flat bar stem with a taper interface.  There is a tapered quill silver-brazed into the steerer tube.  A flat bar stem uses one bolt from the top to secure the stem.  An LD stem, however, needs to fit onto a non-tapered stub.  Charlie made a taper adapter allowing the LD stem to be secured.  

Once the cable stops and taper adapter were made, off went the fork and stem to Joe Bell for some fresh original silver paint.  While the fork and stem were off for repaint, the frame got stripped of its parts and old decals and restored using a method Charlie recommends to protect the bare aluminum frames.  New decals were applied after the frame was refinished, a sourced WTB/King headset installed, and brakes disassembled and cleaned before reinstalling.  And then the almost like new frameset, sans wheels, bars, seatpost was sent back to its owner to finish assembling (yeah, I wish I could have finished building it and dialing it in).  #007 back in action.

The parts after cleaning, before reassembling

Swiss cheese roller-cam

I left the original NORBA sticker on the frame - probably can't find one of those these days.

I dremeled out the lip on the headset lock nut so it would thread fully over the fork's threads and allow the taper adapter to seat fully engaged on the taper.

The grime on the frame before cleaning and refinishing

Another before


The after luster

Feathering the edge of the neoprene chainstay protector so it conforms better to the tight radius of the chainstay and stays adhered better.

A couple tools to help ensure the decals and overlays are aligned properly.

One of the brake pad holders was broken, so a replacement was sourced.

Ready to go home.

(What's playing:  Led Zeppelin Black Dog)

Monday, April 20, 2015

MUSA Disc Cross Build

The first order for this current run of MUSA disc frames asked if he could get his powder coated green - specifically RAL 6018, a very bright green.  I thought, "well, okay, I guess a few green frames will sell, eventually."  I don't know what it is, but dang, this green bikes looks HOT.  I'm really digging the look of the frame once it has decals applied and is built up.  The new owner also thinks it looks HOT and that's what's important.  

The new Shimano RS685 mechanical/hydraulic system is really sweet.  It feels great.  Brakes are there when you need them and Shimano shifting is flawless.  The rest of the build is a really great complement to the bike as a whole:
White Industries CLD hubs with Pacenti SL25 rims and WTB Nano 40 TCS tires
White Industries VBC road cranks 44/30 with a Phil Wood bottom bracket
Thomson X4 stem, Masterpiece seat post with a WTB Devo seat
Salsa Cowbell 2 bar
XTR pedals
Ultegra derailleurs with an 11-32 cassette
King Cage Iris cages and a Chris King headset round it out

How much does it weigh?  I don't know.  Didn't weight it.  But it rides and feels great.  And that's what matters.  It weighs what it weighs.  No more, no less.

This bike will remain local and could be spotted out on the vast array Marin's trails and roads.  Enjoy Chris!

(What's playing:  Devo Clockout)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

What's In The Stand Wednesday

Rather than dedicate on post to each bike this will be one big ole WITS photo dump because I've got the time and I need to get it off my to do list.  So, here goes - first up is one of the new MUSA Falconer Cycles made disc cross bike.  For some reason, I didn't get a full bike shot in the stand (yeah, I suck).  But here are some cool details.

Segmented fork

Front end

Rear end

Seat cluster

De Rosa at dawn

The De Rosa was a rebuild after a repaint by Rick at D&D over in the east bay.  It was built with some of its original parts and some newer, less worked over, parts the owner brought in.  It turned out really nice.  Just felt right.  The actual color of the bike is more like the shot of it above taken just after dawn with sunlight coming in through the front door. 

I heart De Rosa


Details and chromed lugs


This Serotta Ottrott got rebuilt with new Super Record 

Super Record

Such a cool r/d design

Ti and carbon Ottrott

Not a lot of clearance.  25mm Michelins that measure out to 28.

This CS1 inherited the 10 speed Campy from the Ottrott complete with rear shifter overhaul.

Just like new with new g-springs

Rear wheel also got an overhaul

And this older wheel with Campagnolo Record hub got a rebuild.  The old "Z" bend aero spokes got ditched in favor of new DT Swiss Competition spokes. 

(What's playing:  Percy Sledge It Tears Me Up)