First off, I’d like to show everyone some photos of the Spurcycle bells. They are clean, simple, have sustain for days, and they are made in the USA. What more could you ask for in a bell? Yes, they will fit all diameter of bars as well. Black ones are $49 and silver ones are $39. We have them in stock.
Secondly, I’d like to remind everyone that it’s summer, and prime time to go ride your bike, and maybe camp? Spent a little time in Chattahoochee National Forest last weekend in Northern Georgia, and would recommend the roads, people, and swimming holes heartily to anyone willing to listen.
Since it’s been raining cats and dogs every time you think about looking at the weather here in Lincoln, you’ve got to look a bit further to get the dirt fix. Maybe not Kansas further, but we did anyway. It’s a four hour drive from Lincoln to the Switchgrass Mountain Bike Trail at Wilson Lake in Kansas, but it’s totally worth the trip. 22 miles of singletrack with IMBA epic designation make for a heck of a ride. The camping is excellent right near the trailhead, so we drove down after the shop closed on Saturday, had time to sit around a campfire, get a good night’s sleep, and get down to brass tacks early on Sunday morning. I can’t believe that we have anything like this anywhere in the Great Plains and I think that it’s really cool to be able to make a quick trip to ride mountain bikes without spending the extra time to get out to the mountains.
PART TWO NEW STUFF
I made a post a little while back about how much we like the lovely Pass and Stow racks made by our friend Matt Feeney. In it, I waxed poetic about the quality, the versatility, and the overall bad-assery involved in the making and the using of them. You can see all of that here. When I made that post the three racks sold almost immediately, however, we just got another shipment of three, one of which is already gone, but we have two black standard racks in the store- ready for whomever wants them. $280 per rack, and we’ll even install them for free.
racks on racks on racks
Also, we finally got with the times and made some PATCHES. These are designed to be affixed to other things, like bags, hats, jackets, or whatever you fancy. They cost $3, and we have many of them. Plans are in the works to sew some of them on the front of hats, and then to try and sell those to you, too.
Lastly, I get pretty excited about dynamo hubs, and power coming out of my human powered bicycle. Last week I hooked up a Supernova “The Plug” to my All City Spacehorse. It enables me to harness the power from my hub and charge anything that takes a USB charger. What this means for me practically is that if I’m on a tour or camp trip or whatever, I can charge my auxiliary battery pack during the day, and then use that to charge my phone, camera, etc while I’m sleeping at night. Pretty cool, huh? So far it works well, and every review that I’ve gotten from anyone is pretty stellar. I know that Vince from Nebraska Territory has been using his for quite some time, and couldn’t be more pleased. As always, we are happy to talk about dyno stuff, and let you know what it would take to do something like this setup for your bike!
It’s that time again where we ran out of shirts, and had to order a massive amount of new ones. All of the shirts are $20, except the green, black, and silver ones which are $25. All are printed on 100% cotton American Apparel T shirts, and are available in S, M, L, XL, and XXL. The blue shirt and the black shirt are additionally available in womens’ S, M, and L. If you happen to live out of town, and still would like a shirt, we happen to be happy to mail them to you. Just call down to the shop and we’ll get you taken care of. 402-477-4104.
It’s no secret that we love nice bits made by good people. That’s why we try to keep a smattering of some quality handmade goods in stock at the headquarters. A lot of times, these products cost a bit more than run-of-the-mill mass produced stuff, but we think the extra thought and craftsmanship is well worth it.
Randi Jo Fabrications is a wonderful sewing operation from Elkton, Oregon. Randi and her husband Eric develop and create products that are useful, elegant, and durable. We’ve been selling hats and bags for years now, and have personally burned through several generations of her aprons in the shop. We’ve also had a previous run of her “bartender” and “M.U.T.” (Multi-use tote) bags that we have already sold through. The bartenders and M.U.T.s are back in stock! M.U.T.s are available in army green or black waxed canvas with white embroidery, and bartenders are available in waxed canvas in tan, grey, black, or denim(y). Some of our favorite bags.
Matt Feeney of Pass and Stow Racks is based out of Oakland, California. Matt is a metalworker that has built frames before, but has devoted his time and effort to producing a nearly universal front rack that excels at touring, commuting, or just about whatever you throw at it. The Pass and Stow design incorporates a large platform on top with pannier mounts underneath. The pannier mounts are a bit higher than a normal lowrider front rack, which makes them ideal for bikepacking, or riding off road, keeping your bags up and clear of rocks and ruts. The Y shaped yoke that connects the rack to the fork crown gives the rack the stability that sets it apart from every other cargo rack we’ve encountered. The same triangular shape that gives a bike its rigidity keeps your load tight and secure to your steering platform. Matt makes three different legs to work with nearly every bike setup you might have. The shortest legs will work with any 26″ bike, or any 700c bike up to a 45mm tire. The middle length legs work with a non-suspension corrected 29″ bike, and the longest ones are designed around a suspension corrected 29″ bike. The rack works great with fatbikes as well, Nate has his short leg version mounted perfectly to his Surly Pugsley fork. The racks also come standard with a light mount that is internally routed for a dynamo lighting system.
We absolutely love our friends at Paul Component, and all of the wonderful bits and pieces that they make. We piggybacked some skewers on top of an order of blue parts that they were already anodizing, you can’t go wrong with more colorful bits! These really are some of our favorite skewers… they look good, and they have mean clamping power to match. Of course black skewers are in stock, as always. Pricing is $100 for the set, $50 per skewer.