Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday hours...

Black Mountain Cycles will be open today, Monday 12/23 from 11-5.  The shop will be closed on the 24th and 25th and back open in the afternoon of the 26th - maybe (call to confirm).  Normal hours through the weekend.  Happy holidays, ride lots, be safe.
Mike



(What's playing:  The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl Fairytale of New York)


Friday, December 20, 2013

Floyd immortalized...

Floyd, the shop frog, hung out all summer and true to 2012's coming and goings, was last seen in the shop in November.  November is the time the frogs start their journey to the wetter areas for mating season.  Although, with no real rain here, it ain't too wet.  Now the wait to see if Floyd returns in May to his perch on the ladder.  

While I wait for Floyd's return, you don't have to wait to honor Floyd's presence in the shop as he has been immortalized on a Black Mountain Cycles t-shirt - with a nod to the story about the shop not being a real bike shop

T-shirts are olive color only.  Men's sizes Small thru XXL.  Women's sizes Small thru XL.  American Apparel.  $20 each + applicable tax and shipping.  Payment can be either via a phone call with a credit card or paypal to blackmtncycles(at)gmail(dot)com.  Total cost with USPS priority shipping is:
California residents:  $26.95 (includes sales tax and shipping).
Any other US orders:  $25.25 (shipping included).
International orders are also accepted.  E-mail me and I'll get you a total. 


(What's playing:  Hank III Wreck Of The Old '97)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Twenty years in the making...

The last Cunningham frames that rolled out of Charlie Cunningham's shop were the 'D' Series in about 1993.  It's 2013 and after getting some time in on a bigwheel bike of his design and Mike DeSalvo's making, Charlie fired up the welder and went to work.  The result is fantastic.  Three new Cunningham 29"ers ready for the trails.  

Charlie's bikes are very polarizing.  Some folks who are used to the look of "stack of dimes" welding are put off by the welding that looks like puddles.  To some bike people, components should be smooth and flawless in their appearance.  If that's you, stop right here.  Don't subject yourself to welding that looks smudged.  Parts that have visible file marks.  Parts that you won't find on any other bikes.

If you do proceed, you will find a bike(s) that excels at one thing.  Trail riding.  Plant your butt on the seat. Clip in to the pedals.  Grab on to the bars and start pedaling.  The entire geometry is designed for each rider.  There are modifications to just about every part except maybe the shifters.  The bikes are built to ride.  The size of the riders are at opposite ends of the spectrum, yet the quality of the ride will be the same for each rider.  Nimble, stable, very pedal-able, if that word makes sense.  

Well, Charlie, you have certainly outdone yourself.  I'd just like to say, if the big one every comes up for sale, I want to be first in line.  

Cunningham 'E' Series
The littler one.  Stem is adjustable to determine sizing for a custom stem.  The owner preferred the lighter, skinnier Bruce Gordon Rock 'n Road tires.  

Cunningham 'E' Series
The big one.

Cunningham 'E' Series
Personalized serial number

Cunningham 'E' Series
Lever-link brake

Cunningham 'E' Series
This seals the rear derailleur housing.

Cunningham 'E' Series
Sculpted dropouts.  These are from the last production in the early '90s.

Cunningham 'E' Series
Front derailleur cable routing.

Cunningham 'E' Series
Steering limiter so the bars don't swing around during a crash and cause damage to the brake as it makes contact with the down tube.

Cunningham 'E' Series
Rear brake

Cunningham 'E' Series
PF17

Cunningham 'E' Series
Keeps the muck off the rear brake

Cunningham 'E' Series
Another angle

Cunningham 'E' Series
Seatpost QR

Cunningham 'E' Series
Rear derailleur cable routing

Cunningham 'E' Series
Extra-wide front hub

Cunningham 'E' Series
Front brake

(What's playing:  KWMR "Silver Dollar Jukebox" and Johnny Cash Wreck Of The Old 97)