OK before I include a link I want to tell a story and have the context of a quote better explained. When in the bike shop we cater to all likes of folks. $300 hybrids and up. This is the way it is and I have no issues with helping people pick out there new bike that will hopefully allow them to enjoy cycling on the weekends. Every now and then someone comes in and does not know or care that we as a shop are very into bicycles and make it our job to know the most we can. The interweb has allowed lots of people to find lots of information. With this information people can tend to stop listening and just wait to talk. Then comes my comment about how these people could gain more info since (in a joking manner) I forgot more at breakfast about bicycles than they will ever know. Again it was a joke that had some truth but still said as a joke. Now the link:
It is a nice piece and a good topic (stuff made in Philadelphia) but bummed stuff got taken out of context. It is hard showing your passion and not having it come off as stand offish. I just really like making stuff. The comments are nasty at times but I guess it comes with the territory of being on the internet.
Cheers and lets see if I can get the jist of the new blog layout,
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".
I have always been a bigger fan of calling the bikes tailor made instead of custom. I have an aesthetic and a way I make bicycles, that is not up for debate or change. The bicycle will however be tailored to the end user and what they want to achieve. Here comes the point of the post. I will be offering a design that uses butted titanium tubes in the front, oversized chainstays to get the best "get up and go" and seat stays that will allow for a lighter feel to the bike when seated. What will this be called? Signature model? That gives the impression that the others are of less quality (which they won't be). Race? That is again not what I am trying to get across. Custom? Just writing that makes me upset. So with that I will introduce a new bicycle at NAHBS and it will have all the features that I feel make the bikes the absolute best they can be. They probably won't have a name beyond the obvious. They will however be rather technically advanced and offer the best bicycle possible for someone looking for this type of machine.
Today I am going to weld the first of these bikes. It is a butted titanium disc cross bike. It will have a steel fork since nothing off the shelf will come close to working. Should be a rather cool bike when all built up.
Next item to be worked out is ceramic coating instead of liquid paint as an option on the titanium. It is super light, thin which helps the raw ti to coating transition and is tough as nails. More about that later.
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.
This is not because I do not like steel. It is because my personal goal has always been to make a bicycle the best I can. The best bicycle I can make is a titanium bicycle. It is light, strong, stiff in all the right ways and will never rust. It allows me to make a bicycle from start to finish and control faster delivery times. This all adds up to a happier customer base and a happier builder.
Recently I also got a new machine that will allow for butted tubing. This is a process called centerless grinding. It removes material from the middle section of the tubes to help save weight yet not compromise strength. It will be an offering on road and cross bicycles for most customers. There will always be exceptions when the butted tubes just won't work for the end user. But most can have this option for an additional $500. It can yield a road frame that can weigh as little as 2.5 lbs.
Soon I will get a gallery up that will show all the different decal options. Currently the color options are the following. Matte Black, Matte White, Red, Blue, Orange and Lime Green.
I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful fall weather.
Thanks for reading.