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"We're not too serious about what we do with our bikes...just serious about what we put on them." ~Paul

 

You're busy, we're busy, everybody's busy, but recently...

We entered a state of existence usually called crazy busy. 

We just had PAUL Camp earlier this month, as last year was a smash-up, radical success, so this year we adjusted our holsters and went Texas-sized BIG.

Right here in Chico Cali, we had TWELVE writers from different media outlets visit us:

The Radivist, Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, All Hail the Black Market, Dirt Rag, Bicycling Magazine, Gear Patrol, Bicycle Quarterly, Gear Junkie, Bike Rumor, CX Magazine, Bicycle Quarterly.

Then we had another component company on our guest list: 
White Industries

Then we had the frame builders:
Skylar, Oddity, Retrotec, Rex Cycles, Falconer, Caletti, McGovern, Hunter, Sycip, Blue Collar Bikes, Speedvagon. 

Aaaaall those folks were riding handmade bikes and intermingling, so that builders could showpiece their work and the writers could, in turn, get to typing and showpiece theirs.

 It was quite the symbiotic hoedown if there ever was one.

So, friends, that's all we're going to say about it right now. Articles are steadily coming out about it this very moment, so we're going to sit back, regroup, and make room on the Internet before we weigh in.

And it just so happens...

Paul and Burnsey of Oddity Cycles (who's also our 7 Questions guest below), worked out some kind of crooked, back alley deal, as people in the industry sometimes do, and now Paul has a sculpture of titanium artwork to ride in our local Bidwell Park. 

It would probably be enough to just say, "Damn it feels good to be a gangster." But we also have a video of Paul giving us the rundown on the bike. 

Rack Adaptor - The Missing Jigsaw Piece

We’ve been making these for years in relative quiet compared to the ruckus we make with our other products, so we got to wondering…

Do you peeps even know about these?!


If not, consider this our official ruckus making memo on this highly practical, brawny piece of equipment. You ready? Here we go:

Hey Bike Nerds.

We sell rack adaptors. And they just may be the missing jigsaw piece for your grocery-getting, stereo toting, hardware hauling, super commuting machine.


Some random deets:
  • We notice people buy these for their NITTO racks. (Our new polished retros happen to look choice with a chrome NITTO)
  • Our rack adaptor eliminates the need for janky-ass P clamps. 
  • You use a 14mm wrench to secure the adaptor to the cantilever post and, protruding from the adaptor, is a 5 mm stud which is what your rack goes over. 
  • We make these because our brakes use a recessed mounting bolt, so a lot of racks that attach to cantilevers won't work without an adaptor. 
Now, look at the picture above, take a sip of coffee, and just let this sink in.

This is one of those weird, random pieces where you may not need it right now, but it just may save your ass some day in the future.

So keep this info in your back pocket for when the timing is right. 

 

7 Questions with Sean Burns (or Burnsey), of Oddity Cycles


1. What inspires your frame designs? As in, what are you going for with each piece? 

We're inspired by the bikes we rode as kids; BMX, Cruisers and the like. What we do with each bike that we build is try and bring back the beauty and feel, even the memory of the bikes we rode as kids - but with modern geometry and personalized fit. We believe that there is a big misconception as to what a bicycle can be, what it is to an individual and more-so what it should or should not look like. Every other bike you see out there is a traditional diamond shaped frame. If we built bikes that looked just like every other bike...well, we just wouldn't be building bikes.

2. Can you describe for us your creative process for designing new handlebars?

With handlebars we think about what is readily available, what we personally, as cyclists desire, and what needs we see in the market. Much of what we do starts as a brainstorming session during a ride with friends. Then we prototype the idea, ride the crap out of it, and then if it works, we offer it to our customers. If it's horrible, forget about it. We also do a lot of custom bars for folks who just can't find what they want/need at a box store. Maybe a customer has a health issue and they need something more comfortable. Maybe more hand positions for multi-day rides. Maybe they just want something that reminds them of the bike they used to ride, something that makes them smile and brings back the childhood memories. Sometimes folks just want a functional, sexy bar to complement their custom bike. We try to stray from the norm and listen to our customers ideas and requests.

3. What other interests do you have outside of bikes? 

Outside of bikes we; love to travel, climb mountains, rock climb, play in the water, be outside as far away from pavement as possible, chill with friends and design/build anything from furniture to chicken coops as well as dabble in a pastime of tattooing.

4. What's your work atmosphere like? Who are you sharing shop space with and what's the vibe in there as a result? 

Our work atmosphere is generally that of creative fun, shit-talking and sharing the love of bikes. I share my shop space with another framebuilder, James Bleakley of Black Sheep Bikes, his son as well as one of my old rock climbing pals turned coaster-brake celebrity; Corbin Brady. We have a great time building bikes, sharing ideas, borrowing tools, playing practical jokes and of course; riding bikes together. We always motivate each other to push our designs to the limits, and often toss ideas around on how to improve our process and builds. I also have 1-2 interns around the shop learning the craft and work-trading towards building their own frames. All around it's an amazing space and a helluva fun crew.

5. Word is, you used to have a "real job" - What was that real job and what was the transition like to go from steady pay to frame building? 

True, I was a Project Architect/Draftsman by day, and a tattoo artist by night with no degree and a handful of art classes at best. One of my best friends pushed me to start something outside of Architecture, as I was pretty burnt out on that scene, which lead me to building bikes---I had been riding mountain bikes and racing singlespeeds for a handful of years. 

As far as the steady pay and the transition...well, I've never made as little money as I do now. But I make enough to pay the bills and keep doing what I love. It's not for the money, that's for damn sure. If I could give away every bike I build, I would. The money is often the hardest part of what I do. The art is so time consuming, each bike so unique it's in reality a prototype, and the materials are expensive. I do it to create and to see the look of joy as my customer rides off into the dirt.

6. What's your ultimate bicycle vacation and what are you doing to make it happen?

I simply want to attend Single Speed Worlds. This year it's in New Zealand, which sounds flipping amazing. What I am doing to make it happen is working 80 hours a week while trying to balance that with being a good husband and father. Doing my best work with every project, every interaction with someone on the trail or at he shop. I'm saving every penny (which is literally pennies), and keeping my fingers crossed that I can make it happen. Otherwise, I am perfectly content riding with my Pirate crew here in Fort Collins and visiting the 8Lumens posse back where I grew up, in Kansas City.

7. What genuinely awful song do you like despite your best judgement? 

The Day I Got My Spine Back - Deadbolt

This nearly made us choke on our morning croissant. 

Photo credit and reporting goes to velonews
Guess the hell what?

Our lever was at the Paris Roubaix. On an actual bicycle. John Degenkolb's bike to be precise. Right up in the mix of professional road cycling where every iota of feather weight matters.

Were we surprised? To be honest...a little. 

Like any company that plans to keep a presence in the world, we bend our minds into the marketing realm so that as we design, engineer, and manufacture our parts, we then sit back and think - Who're we talking to? Who's this for? Who's gonna get it?

The short answer is the adventurers, the gravel grinders, and the mountain bikers. The people who need their components to work impeccably and last forever.

So when your parts that are built like a nuclear missile silo show up in the glamorous carbon world of elite cycling where that year's model of bikes are handed out like peppermints, we were honestly a little like - get the fuck outta town, no way!!

But then, upon further thought, debuting at the Roubaix makes total sense:

The most famous sections are on cobblestone and it's traditional that riders experiment with new parts as they try staying both light and upright. And though the pros strictly ride their sponsors' product, neither Sram or Shimano make that lever, so if we've deduced correctly, Watson, that's how it was smuggled in.

Regardless, extra braking power in the hive of a peloton that's plowing over cobblestones is a fantastic idea, so we highly approve of Degenkolb's equipment preferences and safety standards.

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