L’Eroica California

Instead of a full blog post about the 2017 version of the Eroica event held in Paso Robles, CA, here’s a link to a story about the event I wrote for Handbuilt Bicycle Guide.  Check out the full story.  And if you didn’t go, put it on your calendar for next year.  It’s a super […]

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Lookin’ For Adventure

Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild” has to be one of the most used songs by people promoting adventure.  All you have to say is “Get your motor runnin’” and your mind immediately goes to the open road.  “Head out on the highway” – you’re not going to find anything sitting at home.  “Lookin’ for adventure” […]

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Handlebar Bags – The New Black

As a self-identified roadie, handlebar bags were the furthest from my mind on pretty much any bike that wasn’t a dedicated touring bike.  I mean, you can pack enough calories in a jersey pocket to sustain you for 3-4 hours.  And the look of a bag dangling off your bars, ghastly!  Some gels, bars, scone from […]

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(Re)Focus

With 2017, the shop is entering its 10th year.  Ten years!  Dang, that went by fast.  It’s reported that only about 1/2 of all small businesses will reach a 5-year anniversary and only about 1/3 survive 10 years.  Not playing with favorable odds from the get-go.  But here it is and it’s time to reevaluate […]

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Monster Cross V5.2 In The House

The day couldn’t have been worse.  From the day I learned the new Monster Cross frames had arrived in the port of Oakland, I started monitoring the weather forecasts.  This winter has been a wet one in Marin Co.  Really wet. When I got the confirmation that the frames were to be delivered last Wednesday, […]

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Monster Cross Frames On The Water

First, holiday schedule:  Regular hours on Friday.  Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  Back in the shop on Tuesday. Second, more Monster Cross frames are on the water.  These frames are exactly the same as the V5 frame, so even though it’s the 6th run of frames, I’m still calling them V5 frames.  Maybe V5.2.  I’ll […]

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Passion

“What is fascinating is the way it has been folded.  You don’t even know how it had been folded.  But when I saw this, I’m sure that the owner of the bike was a passionate cyclist.” – Richard Leon That quote comes from a video/story done by CyclingTips.com, a website I discovered following writer James […]

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Clearance Pt. II – Road Frames

While I do get questions about just how big a tire can be stuffed into the monster cross frame, I don’t get the same question about the road frames.  Last week, however, I asked that question.  I designed the road frame to fit a Jack Brown 33mm tire.  At the time, 10 years ago or […]

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Now That’s What I’m Talking About

When I set out designing the Monster Cross frames 9 years ago, the tire I designed it around was the Panaracer Firecross 700×45.  At the time, it was the biggest “cross” tire available.  There were some that had short product cycles, like WTB’s MutanoRaptor 44, but the FireCross 45 had an actual knob-to-knob measurement of […]

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Bike of The Year!

Bike of The Year!  Yes, you read that right.  Guitar Ted bestowed the honor on his Orange Crush, his orange Black Mountain Cycles Monster Cross frame he bought from the very first run of frames back in February of 2011 – almost 6 years ago.  When I think to ask a buyer of one of […]

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Salsa Ala Carte SM609

In its first life, this frame was painted purple and had yellow decals.  I bought it through Ebay about 12 years ago.  Maybe 11.  It was pretty worked over and, back then, there were a lot of really good deals still to be had in the vintage mountain bike scene on Ebay.  I don’t think […]

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State of the Frame Availability

Since we last spoke, there’s been a few changes to the availability of framesets.  The short story is that today, the 54cm monster cross frames are out of stock as of today.  Here’s what’s available on the monster cross front: 52cm:  one pink 60cm:  a few each in both Pink and British Racing Green 62cm: […]

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