Monday, January 28, 2008

Winter Clothing Sale! We Sold a Bike! I heart my new Swobo Jersey! I also heart exclamation points!!!

It's starting to warm up, and rather than boxing a bunch of stuff up for the next eight months, we're putting all our cold weather gear on sale.
So all winter jackets, gloves, booties, tights, etc. are a minimum of 10% off. Some stuff is up to 40% off. We've got a small selection of tights, some Endura soft shells, some Boure thermal jerseys, and a whole bunch of different booties and gloves. We still have some cold days ahead, so come on in and style yourself out for the rest of the winter.

In other news, that really isn't news unless your whole world happens to revolve around Bikeworks, we sold our first complete bike! We had previously sold a frame, and most of the corresponding build kit, so it was kind of like we sold a complete bike. But this was the first time that somebody came in and bought a complete bike off the floor. The bike was a Swobo Sanchez fixie, sold to a friend of Danny's, whose name I forgot. He was excited, and we were excited, and the whole event was very exciting.
We think the bike is a good deal, at $600 with a nice build kit, and a nicely made steel frame with shaped and double butted tubes, and of course a white chain to match the white bars and rims. So nice, in fact, that Danny decided he needed one to replace his current aluminum Bare Knuckle track frame and fork, which we will be putting up for sale by the end of the week.

Speaking of Swobo, I acquired their wool short sleeve jersey recently, and wore it yesterday for the first time. I think it is the single nicest piece of bike clothing I have ever owned. I've never had a jersey that fit so well, it has a nice and tall collar that actually keeps your neck warm when you zip it up, but isn't so tight that you feel like your going to choke. And after a solid 3 1/2 hours of singlespeed suffering with Marc, it wasn't even beginning to pretend that it was stinky. I plan on not washing it until it builds up a funk that equals that of a synthetic jersey after one ride, just as an experiment. I'll keep you posted, as I know you are all very interested in the smell of my cycling clothing.
We are also going to be customizing these jerseys and racing in them at 24 Hours of Old Pueblo in a few weeks. I plan on doing all my laps in the same jersey, just 'cuz thats how I roll.

We just happen to stock Swobo's merino wool jerseys, in both short sleeve and long sleeve versions. As well as their featherweight base layers (short and long sleeve), a selection of their 100% organic cotton tee's, which all have awesome designs, along with a selection of their socks, gloves, hats, and arm warmers. In general, we stocked up on Swobo gear, and I want to take it all home with me.

So Danny and I are heading to Boulder tomorrow evening, to attend a couple of days of rigorous schooling from the masterminds at Maverick. Upon our return, we will be the utmost authorities of all things Maverick, and we request you all to stop by the shop so we can wow you with our incredible newly attained knowledge.
I'm actually looking forward to it. It will be nice to be out of the shop for a few days, although I'll definitely be missing my baby boy the whole time. Oh, and my wife too, I'll be missing my baby boy and my wife. Love you honey!
We should learn how to be more eloquent in our attempts to convey all the amazingness that is riding a Maverick to our customers, and hopefully we'll get some technical training on their suspension service and tuning as well.
Charlie will be running the shop for Weds. and Thurs. during shortened hours, and it will be primarily sales, as Charlie's mechanic skills are very, very, very limited. Oooohhh, BURN!
But, feel free to drop your bike off, because Charlie is very good at taking notes, and the Dans will take care of you on friday.

And when you head on over to drop your bike off, our shop will be at least 18% easier to locate, now that we have a legitimate sign. Just installed this morning, we are now BIKE WORKS according to the front of our shop. But, don't be fooled, it is indeed us, BIKEWORKS in the shop. And, hopefully by then end of the week, our sign will be proper, and just one word instead of two.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Don't Underestimate Danny's skills!


Danny has managed to build a rapport with a gentleman who owns a completely pimped out Escalade with gold spoked 20" spinners.
The problem with gold spoked 20" spinners, it seems, is that the spinning part of the spinners have a tendency to get wobbly every year or so, and rub on the rim, thereby diminishing the awesomeness of the wheels. Fortunately for this gentlemen, he knows a guy that can fix them. That guy is none other than my business partner with the can-do attitude, Dan Swinton.
In the picture it appears as though there is a very bad glare as a result of me taking the picture almost directly into the sun. This is in fact not the case. The glare is actually the sun bouncing off of the gold spoked 20" spinners, and then bouncing off of another car's side view mirror. It's amazing, I know.
I've been keeping a print of the twisty spoke that Danny built a few days ago with me at all times, just in case I run into the gentleman who owns the escalade. I'm hoping he might be interested in customizing those wheels, and I think I know just the man for the job.
I'd also like to mention that it was about 35 deg. outside that day. Truly amazing dedication to customer service.

84 Serotta Murray 7-11 Bike

Our friend John Price dropped off a little gem for us to drool on today. He is fortunate enough to be the proud owner of an '84 Serotta made Murray branded 7-11 team bike. Of course since it belongs to John, the bike is completely original, chock full of beautiful and clean Campy and Cinelli parts. And a very nice touch is the 7-11 waterbottle, that appears to have never been used.
The story of this particular bike, according to John, is as follows: It was originally made for the movie American Flyers, which was released in 1985. The bike then was raced for a while, but never by one of the 7-11 pros. John came across it in Wheat Ridge CO.
Thats what I know. Of course, now I have to go rent American Flyers, see if I can spot the bike, and bask in the glory that is Kevin Costner.
Thanks to John for trusting us with his bike, so that we can share it's glory with all our fellow bike geek friends.









Used Frame Blowout!

Update: sold the Commencal, getting tired of looking at the BMC's. So how about $800 for the Trailfox, and $750 for the Superstroke. Is that any more enticing?

We have a little pile of frames that we're selling. It's part of the collateral damage of opening up our own shop. All of a sudden we have a bunch of bikes from companies we don't sell, and although we think they are good bikes, we're better served to be riding what we're selling (and the stuff we're selling is better anyways, otherwise we wouldn't have decided to sell it).

First up, is a 2007 BMC Superstroke 01, 19" Frame. Some specs are as follows:
  • Al-7005 Triple butted frame
  • Long travel geometry
  • cross country inspired all mountain handling
  • skeleton crosslock concept (SCC)
  • Adjustable 130/150mm travel
  • convertible dropout
  • advanced pivot system (think VPP or DW link)
  • Fox Float RP3 with AVA
This is a rowdy bike, definitely over built for a 150mm (6") bike, and ready to take some abuse. The frame has very few rides on it, and the only signs of use are the scuffs along the chainstays from Charlie's heels rubbing because he's so duck footed. Frame sold for about $2500 new, we're asking $800 OBO



Next bike is a BMC Trailfox 01, 19" Frame. The specs are:
  • Custom Ultralite Aluminum Tubeset
  • Skeleton Crosslock Concept
  • Carbon swingarm with 120mm (5") travel
  • Advanced Pivot System (again, much like VPP or DW link)
  • Dt Swiss SSD-190L with lockout rear shock (this shock goes for $300 new online)
  • Frame only 5.2 pounds
This is the lightest 5" bike I know of. It doesn't have very many rides on it, like the other BMC, it was a part of Charlie's arsenal of bikes, so even though he rides all the time, no single bike sees that much action (except of course the Maverick ML7.5, which I believe sleeps in his bed with him). Online, the "rock bottom price" at a few places is $2000. We're asking $1000 OBO

In the picture below, the Trailfox has a few parts on it. We're selling it as frame only, but if there's something in the pic that you want as well, I'm sure we can work something out.


Okay, last but not least is a 2007 Commencal Meta 5.5 VIP, 18" frame.
I don't have the full spec sheet on this one, a little harder to find. But here's what I know:
It is a 5.5" travel all mountain bike. 7.4 lbs on my shop digital scale. It has an RP23 shock on it (which go for nearly $400 alone), originally came with an RP3 but it was problematic and upgraded. This is the VIP model, which is their nicest one and not too common from what I can find. This actual frame was on display at interbike 2006, and we bought the demo model.
http://content.mtbr.com/TRP_13_296_6crx.aspx
unfortunately, it was packed poorly and the downtube received a lot of cosmetic damage in shipping. Like the other frames, it doesn't have many rides on it. If it wasn't for the scratches from shipping, it would look nearly new.
This bike gets really good reviews all over the mags and forums online. I believe it sold for around $1400 new for the frame. We're asking $500 OBO for the frame (pic of complete bike, obviously. Most the parts on the bike are around still too and for sale).

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Danny gets creative....



Danny decided he needed to expand his arsenal of wheel building skills yesterday, and built up a twisty spoke pattern we haven't seen before. We think it came out pretty rad, hopefully our friend Jeni thinks the same. She's gonna have the sweetest Schwinn Collegiate in Durango.

New Goodies! Velocity Wood Rims

We just got in a pair of "Wood" Velocity Deep V's. We saw these at the show, and new we would have to get a set. The original version was a wood looking sticker though, which isn't that cool. However, they just switched to paint, and we got us a pair. We think they will be making a track bike look very hot in the near future.
We're trying to decide if we want to leave them for sale as just rims, or lace them up to some hubs. Perhaps the Miche Primato's we have in the shop?

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Fox Fork Tuning Tips

I have a few year old Fox F100 RLC on my singlespeed. It needed a rebuild recently so I thought I would experiment. I used 2.5 wt oil, rather than the recommended 7 wt in an attempt to soften up the fork, which I've always believed is over damped (I'm 150 pounds). I also us Enduro seals, which are nothing new, but I've never used them before.
Results were very pleasing. I thought the fork was much more sensitive to small and square-edge bumps, and the seals seemed to be as stiction free as anything I've ridden after a couple-ride break in. Furthermore, the lockout still functions normally (I was afraid I might be able to push through it with such light oil) and the rebound gets more than slow enough. I would recommend the lighter weight oil for anybody who doesn't feel like their Fox fork is as sensitive as it should be.
Then on Sunday, about 3 hours into a 4 hour knee buster in the foothills with Marc, I noticed a significant amount of stiction in my fork (this was probably the sixth ride on it since the rebuild, many of them were muddy and wet). So I stopped, flipped the bike upside down, and cycled the fork a few times. This allowed the lubricating oil in the casting to flow up to the wiper seals and the foam rings. When I started riding again, the fork was back to it's normal smoothness.
Just a few thoughts for anybody out there that isn't stoked with their fork. Before you go sending it back to the factory, or off to Push, there may be a quick and easy way to get it to your liking.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Albuquerque's Next Alleycat


Just got this from our friend Dave Salinas. After snatching up all the good loot at the past couple of alleycats in town, he felt compelled to organize one himself. Should be fun, considering Dave knows how to get around Albuquerque on a bike like few others. One of the Dans will be in attendance.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Testing Testing




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