Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mike's Mutt Bike

I happened to post this image I took as I was finishing a ride on Super Bowl Sunday (BeyoncĂ© was probably in most folk's house when I took this) on my Instagram feed.  Someone commented that he wanted to see more about this bike, so here it is.  

Black Mountain and Papermill Creek

What this bike is is my commuter.  It was also the second prototype monster cross frame and the first one with the thinner walled tubing that made it into production.  Most of the parts have been on this bike since day one and most of those have been on many different bikes during their life.  If it works, keep on using it.  

The current build consists of:
Where your hands go:  Salsa Bell Lap bars, Cane Creek SCR-5 levers, Shimano 8-speed bar-end shifters, PRO Digital Carbon Silicone bar tape.
Where your butt goes:  Brooks Cambium C17 seat, Easton carbon seat post.  I kind of like this juxtaposition.  
Where your feet go:  VP Vice pedals, Specialized 46/34/24 crankset (that's seen considerable duty on mountain bikes going back probably 30 years),  and a Shimano UN50-something bottom bracket.
The rest of the stuff that your hands, butt, and feet make go:  King headset, SON 28 dynamo hub in front, XTR M900 hub in back, Velocity Dyad rims, Clement X'Plor MSO 40 tires, Shimano Ultegra f/d, XTR M900 r/d, Avid Roll-A-Ma-Jig, Paul Components Funky Monkey front brake cable hanger, Avid Shorty canti brakes, Schmidt Edelux upside down front light, Planet Bike SuperFlash rear light, Zefal HPX-4 pump, King Cages, Pass & Stow front rack with Wald basket, SKS P50 fenders, and as of today, a Randi Jo Fabrications Bartender Bag - thanks Randi Jo & Eric!

The Pass & Stow rack with the Wald basket are relatively new additions.  I'm really like this combo.  It makes grocery shopping and post office trips super easy on the bike.  And the Pass & Stow rack will also allow a pannier to be attached in about the same location as a low-rider rack (actually a little higher which works well for trail obstacle clearance).  And the rack has internal wire routing for the front light.  Really clean and stable/solid.  

Mike's Mutt Bike

Mike's Mutt Bike

Mike's Mutt Bike

Mike's Mutt Bike

Mike's Mutt Bike
Looks like I need new brake pads...

Mike's Mutt Bike

Mike's Mutt Bike

Mike's Mutt Bike

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Friday, January 29, 2016

While We're Waiting For Frames

Small snag in the production of frames currently in progress.  There was an issue with the decal on the road frames so they have to be redone.  The goal was to have both the road and cross frames finished and shipped before the factory closes for the upcoming Chinese New Year.  Now, they'll get them finished and shipped when they come back from the holiday.  Say goodbye to the goat and hello to the monkey.  Here's a few more photos of frames in process.

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While waiting for the frames, I'd like to point out that I've got a pretty good deal on in-stock frames.  Unfortunately, the sizes are at the small and tall end of the spectrum.  But, if you fall on the these ends of the bell curve, this could be your lucky day.  In addition to the sale price of $535 (regular price is $595), I'm going to include shipping in that price to anywhere in the lower 48 states.  If you pick it up in person, I'll include the sales tax in that price for you.  Here's the size/color availability:  

Black Mtn Cycles Road 50cm Lt. Blue
3
$535.00
Black Mtn Cycles Road 53cm Orange
2
$535.00
Black Mtn Cycles Road 59cm Orange
2
$535.00
Black Mtn Cycles Road 62cm Orange
4
$535.00
Black Mtn Cycles Road 62cm Lt. Blue
3
$535.00
Black Mtn Cycles Cross2 65cm Gray
1
$495.00
Black Mtn Cycles Cross3 50cm Green
2
$535.00
Black Mtn Cycles Cross3 65cm Gray
3
$495.00
Black Mtn Cycles Cross3 65cm Green
3
$495.00
Black Mtn Cycles Cross4 50cm Blk Cherry
2
$535.00
Black Mtn Cycles Cross4 62cm Blk Cherry
X
$535.00
Black Mtn Cycles Cross4 65cm Dazz Blue
1
$495.00
Black Mtn Cycles Cross4 65cm Blk Cherry
2
$495.00

And if you happen to be in the market for some other random stuff, here is the list of parts on sale.  Shipping is available.  Check out the list, let your friends know, because everyone needs more bike stuff.  

Enve 2.0 Road Fork 40mm Rake, 1 1/8" Straight Steerer x 350
1
$300.00
Easton EC70 Carbon hi-rise 31.8
1
$95.00
Nitto B8903AA Handlebar 600mm x 18 degree 25.4 Flat
1
$40.00
Ritchey Super Logic Evo Curve Carbon 31.8 x 42cm
1
$295.00
Clement PDX 700x33
3
$35.00
Ritchey WCS Logic II 44cm (take off new bike)
1
$45.00
Dimension Road Bar 26.0 x 44
1
$10.00
Dimension Road Bar 26.0 x 42
1
$10.00
Dimension Flat Top Road Bar 31.8 x 42
1
$25.00
SRAM Rival 10 Rear Der. Short Cage
1
$45.00
Kenda Slant 6 700x35 DTC
1
$25.00
Kenda Nevegal 29 x 2.2" DTC
X
$20.00
Vee Rubber XCX 29x1.75 120tpi
X
$15.00
Pacenti Neo-Moto 27.5 x 2.3
2
$30.00
Pacenti Quasi-Moto 27.5 x 2.0
1
$30.00
Kenda Nevegal 27.5 x 2.35
1
$25.00
Kenda Slant 6 26 x 2.35 DTC
1
$30.00
Hayes CX5 Disc Brake Set (160 rotor, cable/housing)
2
$40.00
Hayes CX5 Disc Brake Set (140 rotor, cable/housing)
1
$40.00
Fizik Arione Donna Kium Rail Black
1
$95.00
Shimano FC-CX70 46/36 175mm
1
$125.00
Shimano FC-CX50 46/36 175mm
1
$85.00
Shimano FC-CX50 46/36 175mm (take-off new)
1
$80.00
Shimano XT FC-M785 38/26 175mm Black w/BB
1
$150.00
Sugino OX-601 175mm 44/28
1
$295.00
Wheelset Ultegra 6700/DT Swiss RR1.1/DT Comp/32h 10spd
1
$375.00
Stan's No Tubes ZTR Alpha 340 28h
1
$70.00
Stan's No Tubes ZTR Alpha 340 32h
1
$70.00
Stan's No Tubes ZTR Alpha 400 28h
2
$70.00
Stan's No Tubes ZTR Alpha 400 32h
4
$70.00
Stan's No Tubes Iron Cross 32h
4
$55.00
Velocity Major Tom 32h Tubular
2
$50.00
Velocity Major Tom 28h Tubular
1
$50.00
Velocity Escape 32h Tubular
2
$40.00
Bellwether Aqua No Bootie Small
1
$20.00
Bellwether Aqua No Bootie Medium
1
$20.00
Surly Logo T Small
1
$10.00
Pearl Izumi PRO Softshell Lobster Glove XL
1
$45.00
Pearl Izumi PRO Softshell Lobster Glove LG
1
$45.00
Pearl Izumi PRO Softshell Lobster Glove MD
X
$45.00
Craft Thermal Lobster Glove LG
1
$30.00
SKS Chromoplastic Fender P65 26" x 65mm black
2
$35.00
SKS Chromoplastic Fender P65 26" x 65mm silver
1
$35.00
Schmidt SON 28 Dynamo hub 32h polished silver
1
$195.00
B&M Cyo N+ Lumotec IQ Headlight
1
$70.00

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