Sick Family!


All 4 of us have some kind of awful upper respiratory green gunk (not quite the color of Colin’s hardtail, but close…) If it were just me, work would basically continue as usual but with the kids and Sarah also down, it’s unlikely I’ll be in the shop much until next week (barring a miraculous […]

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A tale of two bikes

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It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times… Sorry. I actually want to talk about a couple of really fun and really weird full suspension bikes I built in the last few weeks. But I promise it’ll be appropriately Dickensian. I worked my fingers to the bone for an unscrupulous miser […]

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The Fat+Plus+Skinny do-it-all FAQ

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I explain this over an over to people, so I thought I’d write a quick blog post that I can refer to going forward: Fatbikes can do a LOT of different things by using different wheels. To whit: -A 26×4″ fatbike tire is about 730-740mm diameter. That’s about the same as a 27.5×3″ plus tire, […]

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Giff’s Switch-hitter

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I’m a big fan of bikes that can do multiple things – and this one is a doozy. In no particular order: -27.5+ x 5″ travel. -29″ x 5″ travel -29+ x 4″ travel -27.5 x 6″ travel -Wacky combos of wheel sizes front/rear (ok, we’re pushing it here…)   Long story short, thanks to […]

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Miss Piggy *finally* rolls!


Don’t freak out because you didn’t see Chuck’s name on the waitlist recently. I wasn’t building his bike and not yours – I built his frame over a year ago, and he slacked off putting it together until now. In fact, Chuck probably had the first 150×15 axle rigid fork on earth back when I […]

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Winter clearance! Fatbike stuff for cheap!

Surly Nate 60tpi tires, very lightly used. $40 for the set. Waltworks 170mm spacing fatbike frame (details here) with Cane Creek 40 headset, Thomson post, and X9 cranks/28t ring. Roughly a size “large”. $500! Full build kit available if you need parts. Hope Fatsno 170/135 Stan’s Hugo wheelset. In great shape and excellent for lighter […]

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In defense of Surly

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That’s right. You read it correctly. I’ll just say it: I love Surly. What’s that? I’m a custom bike snob who should be turning up his nose at welded-overseas heavy cheap steel bikes? Wrong! 1: Surly keeps inventing (or reinventing, or popularizing) awesome new stuff. Freeride hardtails? 29ers? Fat bikes? Offroad touring bikes? Bikepacking setups? […]

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27.5+ is pretty awesome too.


Clint was kind enough to let me assemble and ride his new 125mm travel 27.5+ bike and after some ridiculous waiting for the I9 rear hub, it’s finally together. So I’ve got a few miles on it, and here are some random thoughts for those folks who are on the fence on 27.5+ vs 29+. […]

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