The Blue And The Green – Monster Cross V5.3

Blue and green.  Sky and grass.  “Blue and Green” is also a song by The Wood Brothers.  “Blue In Green” is from Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis.  Blue and green are also the new colors for the new V5.3 run of Monster Cross frames that will arrive a bit after the first of the […]

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Several years ago, my tax accountant asked me what I planned to do when I wanted to retire.  Sell the business or sell everything off and end up with zero inventory.  I thought about it for a bit.  What is Black Mountain Cycles without me and would someone want to buy it?  Good question and […]

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So Long Summer And Thanks For The Warmth

I don’t know about you, but I like Summer.  I like the heat.  I like to feel warm.  I have a hard time motivating when it’s cold.  Yeah, I know cold is a relative term.  Just a few weeks ago, we had the mother of all heat waves here.  It got up near 110 degrees.  […]

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Road Frames – All Sizes In Stock

After a lengthy wait to get frames through customs and delivered, the new order of road frames arrived yesterday.   I’d been out of stock in the 54cm and 56cm frames for a while – and just within the past 2 weeks, the 58cm frame.  All are back in plentiful stock now including a new […]

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Project Progress – Let’s Talk Road Plus

Been a while and I wanted to dive into what’s going on in the shop.  Specifically, what’s going on with frames – new and old.  First the old, which is kinda new.  More road frames are on the water.  You know, the road frames that don’t have a name and were reviewed by Bicycling Magazine. […]

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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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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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“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, a website I discovered following writer James […]

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