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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Well, Hello There

When I was thinking of how to start this first blog post on the new website, I knew I wanted to use this scene from Young Frankenstein.  Gene Wilder is one of my favorite comedic actors.  “Is” because it’s not going to change simply because he passed away yesterday.  So, here’s to you, Gene Wilder […]

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New Frames!

The new frames arrived last week and, damn, do they look great! I’ve been busy prepping and shipping frames so haven’t had a chance to put up the new info. I updated the frames and get the goods pages with a bit of new info, but since I’m also working on a brand new website, […]

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Dodging The Rain Storms

Before I get too far into this post, a reminder that frames are on the way. The vessel carrying the frames docked in Los Angeles this morning. ETA to Oakland where it will unload my/your frames is March 17. However, I believe the ETA for arriving in Los Angeles was March 10 and it’s the […]

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Renewed Enthusiasm

Sometimes I come up with a blog post title before I start typing and then veer off in a totally different direction than I intended and the title makes absolutely no sense.  At that point, the title gets changed or because I’ve veered so far afield I save the draft and restart.  Over the years, […]

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Closed for NAHBS 2016

That’s right.  Closing the shop for a few days – Friday Feb. 26 – Sunday Feb. 28.  Back in the shop to get things done on Tuesday March 1.  It’s likely I’ll be without my computer so emails may not be answered until Tuesday.  It’s sure to be a nice event.  The weather’s looking to […]

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While We’re Waiting For Frames

Small snag in the production of frames currently in progress.  There was an issue with the decal on the road frames so they have to be redone.  The goal was to have both the road and cross frames finished and shipped before the factory closes for the upcoming Chinese New Year.  Now, they’ll get them […]

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Overdue Update – New Frames, In The Press

Welp, 2016 is well underway.  And I’ve not posted anything.  It’s kind of like the case of having too much to get through the funnel, so it gets clogged and nothing comes out.  Time to bring out the mental plunger and get it out piece by piece.   One of the things that stopped production […]

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Christmas Hours

In case folks look here to find out my hours around Christmas time, I’ll be closed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Maybe Sunday too.  Back for sure on Tuesday.   Merry Christmas all. (What’s playing:  The Who I’m Free)

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New Jerseys/Kit Arrival Day

After eight years, I finally had shop jerseys made.  Hey, it takes a long time to get that image in your head of what you want something to be and when it does, then I’m all in.  I really liked how that first jersey turned out – and a lot of you did too, which […]

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Couch Full Of Sale

Every so often I get all itchy looking at inventory in this small shop and start feeling the need to pare it all down.  And so I do some sort of a sale in hopes of reducing my overhead.  What we have here is a list of painstakingly curated stuff, er, quality bicycle related items, […]

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Vee Rubber…

With all the big tire companies, it finally took a small tire company to produce that tire in what I consider the “magic size” for my cross frames. I really like the Panaracer Fire Cross 45, but on the road, it’s a dog. Great off road. Slower than molasses on the road. For several years, […]

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