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).
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.
Never been a big fan of the idea of giving bicycles a model short of it being a mountain bike, cross bike or a road bicycle. Then of course you field questions about your bikes and you discover that there could be a few separations in the bicycles that would help people get what it is you are trying to do. I am trying to make the best bicycles I can always with that end user in mind. Not everyone will want/need the same "model".
Looking into the future everyone has a plan. What is your 5 year plan? Mine has a few changes. One of the big changes is to move to only offering titanium bicycles. I will be offering steel bicycles to all repeat customers. New however the goal is to remove the option of steel bicycles.