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?
I am not giving up on the Phillies but last night was the first time I actually said I would have been better off not listening (I don't have cable so I listen to games on the radio) to that game. Having an overpaid closer blow what was probably the most important game of the season was so painful!
I am finishing up the design of David's 29r and did not want to slow down on my post house renovation roll. I had all the needed items to get started on my next Ti bike so I went right to it. George recently got a new bicycle from me and told me after getting this bike that he would NEVER ride his other bike again. As much as this is a compliment it was difficult since I know everyone needs more than one bike:)
650B ride report and more. I have been riding the 650B bike and have come to some conclusions. Here they are in no particular order. Shimano has no competition. Stan's has no competition. Front suspension is a great feature but even better when it works. I have now replaced my suspension fork with the X-Fusion Velvet and am very impressed. That fork works great, damping is amazing, lock out works and the Syntace 15mm skewer is very simple. I will snap a few photos this weekend.
So with the winter being consumed by my house I was a bit set back with my Ti prototyping. I had intentions to be up and running by this March but that came and went. Anyway with us moving I got right back to it.
Since this is my third post this month I feel it is fitting that it is an update more than a post of random thoughts. We (my family) have officially moved into our house so that is one thing that is behind me. In front of me is a list of bikes to make, a third floor to get finished and a bicycle to ride. Hopefully the bicycle does not get sidelined since it is what happened the last 6 months.
So I might have mentioned my favorite movie of all time is High Fidelity. It is not for its cinematography or its incredible acting (although it is good) but it is for the fact that the movie is like a version of my life. The retail aspect of the movie is incredible and sings to me.
I am somewhat of a hypocrite when it comes to technology. On one side I tend to stick with good old trusty stuff like machines from the 40's, vernier or dial calipers, transformer welder over my inverter welder, etc, etc. I admit however that I like newer digital stuff like my Canon G10 and my iPhone. This week marks the end of our old desk top computer and DSL for the interweb. FIOS has arrived and I admit it is a killer change over DSL. It seems rock solid, fast and once the new computer arrives I think it will really shine.