After many hours of thinking, drawing, talking, computing, calling and who knows what else the new drop out is finally here. These are the steel version which were sent so I can proof them and see if there are any issues before getting a run of titanium ones made. Big huge props to both Peter Verdone and Ricky at Cantabridgian Mechanics. Peter did a killer job with the design work and Ricky and the folks in his shop did a great job with the machine work. OK enough talking here they are.
Current Work Archive
October 2012 will go down as the worst month in my 40 years on this planet. November 2012 needed to be way better to offset how crappy October was. That prompted the start of the scheduled renovation. 500 sq. ft. of space added and tons of moving stuff around and organizing the shop to have a better flow.
So I knew it was last minute but figured I would still try. The open house idea is postponed til somewhere between Thanksgiving and New Years. I am leaning towards the first week in December. Well before the holidays but after Thanksgiving. I will put it up in the news maybe next week once it is finalized. Plus the extension should be done by then so the shop will look better and not as turned upside down.
So this weekend is the Philly Bike Expo. It is the 3rd year for the event and has turned out to be a cool event with all things bike related. It is more like the Seattle Expo than a handmade bicycle show. This is good since I can not really handle doing more than one show per year and the North American Handmade Bicycle Show is what I have opted to do. This being a local show means most people already know I exist and are welcome to visit the shop whenever they want. Speaking of visiting how do people feel about an open house?
So it begins. We will call it a soft opening. I am taking orders for titanium bicycles and am now fulfilling orders for people that were in the queue and opted to wait til I was ready to offer titanium. The single speed bikes are now official since I have received my order for the Paragon rockers made to my wanted spec. The geared bicycles are waiting for my new drop outs which will hopefully go into production at the weeks end.
Which was better (or worse) the El Camino or the Brat? Then there is the Wrangler which to be honest is another useless car (truck) that is designed to hold both passengers and cargo. Most things designed to do more than one task tends to fall short in one area or even worse all the areas it was designed for. The El Camino is a terrible truck as is the Brat. The Wrangler is a horrible vehicle for the 3rd and 4th passenger and if you were fortunate enough to fit all 4 people then the cargo better be real slim because you have enough space for maybe 1 sleeping bag and a 2 man tent.
Sorry for the absence. It has been crazy recently. I successfully took a few days off with the family and we went to the Shenandoah National Park. It was a short trip but very much welcome and the park has a great history and was really cool. We lucked out and missed all the foul weather. Next chunk of big news is the family is expanding. We are expecting another child at the end of Feb. which should make both NABHS and its preparation rather crazy!
I will give a brief list of the things that need to get done which is beyond the standard duties:
The shop building is rather large. There was an ability to create an area that would house Engin Cycles world headquarters and up went a wall. At first when the wall was done it seemed like a crazy amount of space and hard to believe I would exceed what it offered. Then came my 2nd Bridgeport and it got a bit tighter. Then came the Monarch and it felt tighter yet. Then the 3rd DiAcro and it really started to get tight. The Cincinnati was the last item to get installed and at that point it was obvious the shop was too small. The issue is heating such a large space.
This month I am working on a bunch of cross bikes. Two of these bikes are titanium and part of my beta program of getting the titanium bikes where I want before offering to the general public. The one thing that I am more focused on is the drop outs. The current bikes have been using stock drop outs which I have not been happy with. The final product will have a drop out that is made to my specifics. This takes time (more time than I anticipated) and all the bikes I offer to customers will have the new drop outs. Something I feel is worth waiting for.
Well it is that time of year where I re-direct my thought process for all things cross. This has been an interesting year since the often and never ending debate of technology is at the forefront. Disc brakes or not disk brakes?? I say disk brakes. They are just better. They will get more popular, 135mm spacing is better, they quick release with no needed undoing of a brake caliper, did I mention they work better?