Cross frame crank compatibility…

Being out of the bike industry insider club for several years, I missed the regular technical updates from Shimano and SRAM. The pages that make up these manuals are a bike designer’s bible. When I designed the chainstays of the cross frame, I used what I had and thought I had all my bases covers […]

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Don’t wait, get your frame now…

Finally got the last frame sizes weighed and noted. Frame weight is a somewhat minor factor in my list of parameters for a bike. The most important factor is ride quality and I do have to say my frames ride really damn good. Anyway, here’s the frame weights weighed with water bottle bolts and seat […]

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Have you ever seen the first one…

You know. Like the very first bottle of Stone beer. The first Chuck Taylor Allstar shoe. The first bike frame made by Steve Potts. I don’t know where, or even if, the first two exist, but the third one has been taking up residence in my shop for the past several weeks. Steve made this […]

Filed under: What's in the stand


So what do you really get…

I was perusing my usual morning web browsing of cycling sites with my coffee this morning when I had one of those moments that makes you go “huh?” and scratch your head. Now, honestly, I do know the reasons, but that still doesn’t make any difference. So here’s the deal. Reading bikerader.com’s story on Easton’s […]

Filed under: Industry commentary, Rant


I need to write a post but…

I’ve always written posts based on what I feel folks might want to read and not because I set myself a deadline or need to have a Monday post or a Wednesday post or a… But dang, I probably should do something to post a little more regularly. So here’s some random mind farts of […]

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A couple of new bikes…

I built up a new cross bike for an Portlander yesterday with Nitto Moustache bars, but forgot to take pictures of the finished bike. Trust me, it looked pretty cool and after his first test ride said it rode “f’in awesome!” I did manage to get some pictures of what I call a neo-retro road […]

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More on tires (and spokes)…

I already feel, to some extent, that I’ve beaten a dead horse on the topic of tire size and air pressure. Besides a properly clean and lubed drivetrain, I think tire selection and air pressure is the biggest thing you can do to make your bike ride as comfortably and fast as you can make […]

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Week of April 4 hours…

Going to be closed a few days this week. I apologize if this affects your needing to purchase a Black Mountain Cycles bike decked out with the latest and greatest. If this is the case, operators are standing by ready to take your order. Well, not really. Here’s the hours this week. Tuesday April 5: […]

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It’s like church, but better…

Bikes, building bikes, and specifically riding bikes soothe my soul and give me time to think, ponder, and enjoy being outside. Here’s one that was a joy to build and during my test ride on it, discovered that it is an incredible riding bike – so smooth and comfortable (even if it’s several sizes too […]

Filed under: What's in the stand