Endurance geometry…

There has to be a catch phrase, buzz word, feature/benefit for just about everything these days.  A new bike model was launched by one of the big bike companies this week.  I have no doubt that this is the type of bike 95% of the riders on the road should be riding.  However, the fact […]

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From QRs to hub adjustment…

A comment yesterday on the quick release post got me to revisit another subject I had been meaning to write about.  What had originally inspired me to write about this was a new tool I received.  Anyone who has used the Park axle vise knows what I’m talking about when I say that even the […]

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Quick, release…

Everyone knows the story.  It was November, high in the Dolomites.  On the snowy Croce D’ Aune Pass, Tullio Campagnolo’s frozen fingers failed him in his need to loosen the wing nuts on his race bike as he attempted to remove his wheel to flip it to the other side for a different gear.  His […]

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The Blu-Ner…

Charlie Cunningham‘s bikes have always been uniquely unique.  They are a reflection of him.  When you bought a bike from Charlie, you were buying into his methodology, his concept of what the ideal mountain bike should be.  You agreed with his thoughts on how we should treat the land.  How riding mountain bikes on single-track […]

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Frame sizing…

Recently I sold a frameset to a Bay Area resident.  He’s also a member of an on-line bicycle related group.  After he picked up the frame and set about building it, he sent me the link of this review of the frame.  The summary of his first ride report was summed up with these two […]

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650b conversions…

Seems, the way it’s being reported, that 650b is set to take over the world (or a small slice of it) this next year. I think the segment that’s being targeted is a good one. Not 100% sure what that segment is called these days. It seems that with every 20mm increase in suspension travel, […]

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Thurs-ti…

What’s this? Four days this week so far and four posts? Let the roll continue with some titanium on this Thursday. This Merlin came to the shop a while back to get a new Steve Potts Type II fork. The plan was to also convert it to a single-speed bike. When it came in, it […]

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March frame special…

I thought I would come up with some sort of March special since folks seemed to appreciate the February tire frame special. After going off the deep end (maybe it wasn’t so deep) on the subject of brakes last month, I thought “brake special.” And that’s what the Black Mountain Cycles March frameset or complete […]

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You say you want a fat tire road bike…

Over the past week, I’ve seen several things posted on the interwebs that proclaim fat tire road bikes are coming to a bike shop near you. They are already here at Black Mountain Cycles. Been hear for over a year and I’ve been putting in miles on these for a few years. The Black Mountain […]

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The non-NAHBS report…

I had originally intended to attend NAHBS on the final day, but more important matters came up last minute – customers who wanted to pick up a new bike and a fun single-speed conversion that got picked up. And I heard that the show was actually sold out. Really? Maybe it’s a fire code thing. […]

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