There is something sweet about a very straightforward road bike. Other than the ability to run 28c tires and having an ISP (integrated seat post) this bike is an "old man"-style traditional road bike. I say old man because the handlebars will have about 2cm of drop which IMO is about the perfect position for anyone not earning a paycheck to ride a bike.
Actual heat! The shop has been dealing with space heaters forever. This weekend I am having a closed loop hot water heating system installed.
The original heating unit used oil and that tank and system are not in use. The new system will use the same radiant blower but use a hot water heater to supply the heat. I can not wait to enter the shop in the morning at 55 degrees!
Had a brief delay with Jed's bike because I was waiting on some info from him but we are back on track. Should be wrapping it up this weekend.
There was a time this was just assumed. Then there was a time this was a big selling point. Now there are very few products that are actually mass produced in the good old US of A. One of the few companies that held out longer than some was Cannondale.
I have started the final bike I am taking to NAHBS. The tandem is still lingering with all its finish work but as I said before my goal is to have the bikes all off to paint by the end of the calendar year.
The bicycle industry has lots of levels. Retail, racing, commuting, suppliers and of course manufacturing. I love the bicycle industry and also have made some genuine friends over the years. There are a few people I have gained incredible respect for.
Three people really stand out and I would like to pay homage to them and give a little prop for each one.
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.