What a crazy year to date. On top of having our son Jack I have actually been rather prolific for a one man operation. I have made 32 bikes so far and that includes about 30 forks, stems and seat posts. I have also made a bunch of tools and somehow become a father as well. I do know where I acquired this time.
This little thing will take me longer than I want but will make me feel better than buying an off the shelf one. Keeping with my membership in SOPWAMTOS (Society Of People Who Actually Make Their Own Shit).
I rarely take any additional days off but today (more like middle of the night) I started to feel ill and am hoping a day on the couch with some movies will get me back on track.
Each year I bring customers' bikes to shows like NAHBS and this year the Philadelphia Expo. This year the one thing that seems odd and a current trend is customers giving me carte blanche on the paint. As much as I love this it is beginning to stress me out that I need to come up with 5 original paint schemes that each customer will love. Luckily I have been given some good guidance from each person as to what colors or color they have a preference for.
So it begins! I caved, or did I just accept the truth? Facebook seems to be many if not most peoples communication of choice. My webmaster has been hounding me to get this going.
So with that here is my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Engin-Cycles/120455914667809
It is new to me so please bare with me on adding content and such. I literally have not used anything on Facebook ever so it is all new to me.
The Philadelphia Expo was a success.
The weekend was Halloween so the theme seemed to be very festive and everyone appeared to be having a great time. I had a private open house for all the exhibitors which was also a very fun time. It was great to see people that I usually only see once a year at NAHBS. Mike Flanigan of ANT was a last minute addition to the exhibitor list which was very exciting.
I had a new booth and if I can figure out how to add photos from another person steam I will add some cool photos.
My mom and many people from her generation call them bicycles built for two. Today I started making a bicycle built for two!
Making tandems can be a time sink but if you have the correct tooling the process moves along at a much better pace. I don't build a lot of tandems (about 1 a year) but if the popularity picked up I would need to streamline my process.
Hard to believe I am already working on the bikes for NAHBS!
Last year with the comfort of having NAHBS in Richmond,Virgina I seemed to time everything a bit too close. This year I am trying to get all the bikes done earlier so there are no rush jobs with Todd. I can put a lot of pressure on him and I would like to avoid that.
This bikes paint theme was inspired by Team Gulf of the LeMans race scene.
They hay had Ford and Porsche cars painted with many themes that use these colors. The strips are also very race car like and the front headtube area is the hood of the car. It was a situation where the headbadge was just not going to work on the bike. Getting raced this weekend I hope Ken finds it to ride as well as it looks. Good luck.