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HAPPY NEW YEAR - We have some news:

If You Ride Campy....

We have a Campy compatible Klamper.

Important because - Campy brake levers have a pull that's much shorter than Shimano or Sram levers, and even short pull Klampers weren't short enough.

So! We produced an arm that's compatible. Now you can order Klampers with said arm OR you can order the arm separately if you need it to fit on your existing Klamper. 

And now that we've cleared that up...

Let's talk pad adjuster tension. We don't want to point fingers, but sometimes people fiddle with the ball plunger which controls the pad adjuster tension. Too much tension and the pad adjuster doesn’t move. Too little and it's squirrelly. 

So watch this video starring Lindsay if you have a Klamper. She has some info you need to know:
NOTE: If you need a new pad retention screw, we're more than happy to send you a new one that's the right size. Seriously, just watch the damn video, Lindsay will explain everything. 

Awww, Shi(f)t!! 

Thumbie update: We've added another Microshift Thumbie configuration to our expanding offer of compatibilities. 

Now we have a 31.8 Microshift Thumbie.

In case you don't know: Microshift makes a shifter and bar-end shifter that works with a Shimano mtn bike drivetrain. With our Thumbie, you can use that shifter, plus our mount to mount it on your drop bars.

Note: Shimano road shifters are not compatible with Shimano mountain bike derailleurs. 

Anyway, this allows you to have a thumb shifter on your drop bars. Fits right next to the stem, and the hinged clamp lets you mount it without unwrapping the bar tape. 

7 Questions with Julie Pedalino of Pedalino Bicycles

1. Lugs! Tell us about your lug making process and how you learned how to do it.

I started off hand cutting lugs with a jeweler’s saw and needle files.  I was taught by Doug Fattic during the frame building class I took with him a couple of years ago.   Luckily, I had dabbled in gold smithing in the past, so I came to the whole thing with a nice degree of comfort around using hand tools.  Doug does all his design work with pen and paper, but I’m a pretty type-A person so in the beginning I did the designing with Adobe Illustrator.   Once I had a design template ready, I would print it out, glue it to a tube, and get ‘a-cutting.  

Nowadays, I do all my design work in CAD - I use Rhino 3D.  I start with the frame geometry, trim miters into the tube models and then run a command to unroll the tubes, which gives me a flat patten with the miter curve on it.  I design flat using this template as a reference, and then re-wrap the artwork around a tube profile in order to check out what things are looking like in three dimensions.  This is a huge improvement from working strictly in Illustrator because it helps me think about all angles of a design - not just the side.   Once I get a design looking right, I’ll use the model for the CAM programming with RhinoCAM and get ready to machine the lugs on my mill on the rotary 4th axis.

2. As fellow machine dorks, we want to know why you use CNC machines to cut out your lugs. There are definitely other methods, but yours turn out beautifully - what sent you down that path?

The old hand cutting process worked, but was pretty imprecise and took an awful lot of lady-hours to complete a set of lugs.  The time and labor involved put quite a damper on what I was able to make and was honestly unsustainable in the long term, but it was the only thing I knew how to do.  Luckily, before I worked myself into the ground hand cutting lugs, the universe put me in the path of Warren Moore - a tool and die maker running a prototyping business called Protocall Design.  He saw the potential in what I was doing and offered to take me on as an apprentice.  It was Warren who put the bug in my ear about cutting the lugs on a 4th axis!  

It took a while to get going because I was starting from absolute zero as a machining newbie.  But once I switched over to CAD design and saw what the machines were capable of, I started to realize the potential and there was no looking back for me.  Now I can not only machine prismatic lug designs, but I can engrave and create designs that would have been nearly impossible or time-prohibitive with a jeweler’s saw.  At this point, my only limitation is in the tooling I have access to - but I’m about to upgrade my mill with a belt drive, which will allow me to use a wider variety of tools and improve my program speed.  This means that I can start playing with 3D features, unleash my imagination, and make the lugs and appliqués that are truly sculptural.  (Watch out for a super embellished rococo road frame…)  The best part is that I’ve just started to scratch the surface of what is possible with a CNC workflow.  I’m stoked to keep exploring!  

3. In a previous life, you worked in fine arts and graphic design - what kind of work did you do back then? Were you often behind a computer, and if so, how did that go?

I still do graphic design work, and to be honest, I consider myself an artist! It’s just that my medium is now bicycle frames and parts instead of pen and paper or paints.  My work has been tied to the computer for quite a long time, which is nice, because all that experience helped me pick up CAD/CAM design without too much of a struggle.  

I’ve been quietly making art for a long time now, but nothing ever really engaged me in quite the way that frame building has. I think it’s because frame building uses every one of my skills, and in the end the finished product is functional.  It’s the perfect mix of computer stuff, hand work, problem solving, color play, and design.
4. Tell us all about Beth. How did she come to work for you?

Beth and I both cut our builder teeth by learning to wrench at the same bike shop, Velo+. The owner at the time, Vincent Rodriguez, is a frame builder himself and is very generous about facilitating learning.  A couple of years ago he kindly allowed me to hang around, learn stuff, use tools, and see how bikes come together. Beth came along to apprentice at Velo+ after I left to set up my own workshop.    

After learning at the bike shop for a while, Beth approached me to see about getting a taste of frame building.  My suggestion to her was to get a proper education with a master builder. While I was happy to have her company and extra pair of hands around the shop, I am in no way qualified to teach someone from the ground up about frame building.  I’m still very much learning myself!  Beth took my advice, and went to study with Koichi Yamaguchi.  After her class, she lent a hand during the design and building of the Star Trek bike, which is now her personal touring/gravel bike.  I think she has great potential to be a killer builder and I can’t wait to see her continue to develop her skills!  

What you might not know is that Beth is (literally) a certified badass.   She is a certified, Olympic-level sports massage therapist with over 14 years of Division I, professional, and Olympic massage experience on and off the road, including being on the sports medicine team for Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games (!!) in Rio de Janeiro.  This background makes her an invaluable addition to the sizing/fitting part of my build process.  
Photo by Brett Rothmeyer
5. The Star Trek bike. We heard it was getting a new paint job since Philly Bike Expo. What are the challenges of getting the paint dialed in on a bike like that?

Ah, paint.  When I was starting out, I never would have guessed that the finish work on my frames would be such a source of frustration!   Perhaps unsurprisingly, my ideas about paint can be just as complex as the designs of the frames themselves.  It’s been hard enough for me to find a painter or powder coater to work with on plain fillet brazed frames, but when I add the fancy lug work and appliqués the finishing becomes extremely difficult for them.  It’s pretty tough to sort out a way to finish the frames that shows off the metal work properly and isn’t totally cost prohibitive.  It’s a work in progress and I certainly don’t have the answers yet!  My latest plan is to start with a powder base coat, do paint embellishments myself, and have a professional clear coat the whole deal when I’m done.  I have a few frames on deck, including the Star Trek frame, that I’m going to try this new workflow out on… Wish me luck!
Photo by James Huang
(To see the new paint job when ready and other bikes by Julie, follow her on Instagram )
6. Tell us about your best time on a bicycle.

It’s hard to pick just one!  So, I’ll go with the time I got the raddest:  Last year I went to Leadville with my boyfriend Kurt.  He was there to race the Leadville 50 (on his Pedalino drop bar fat bike of course), and after the race we found time to sneak in a bit of mountain biking together.  It was so fun to play around on the trails - in real mountains, even!!  Leadville is amazing for cycling.  I would love to have so much awesome trail and road to ride in my neighborhood! 

7. Pedalino.  Get it? Pedal - ino. Seriously, is that really your last name!?

It is, indeed!  Grandpa Pedalino’s family hails from Sicily.  It’s probably hard to believe, but no one seemed to take notice of my last name until I started all this bike stuff… 

Bidding Farewell to 2017

We can't close out the newsletter without a nod to our company holiday party. The itinerary was as follows:

Work Hours: bowling and fried pickles.
Later: Fancy party at Paul's house with burrito fixings.
Much Later: Firework tossing in fire pit. 

A nice close to a crazy year. Happy 2018 everyone!


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