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Why is the Klamper Disc Brake Single Sided?
We've had a few people ask us why our Klamper Disc Brake is actuated from one side instead of both. The short answer is POWER. The long answer is, well.... this video!
Upper Park Ride With Ken Grossman

To put the cherry on the banana fudge sunday, AKA the Sierra Klunker, we put together a ride with Retrotec frame builder Curtis Inglis and Sierra Nevada’s founder and owner Ken Grossman. We were all on Retrotecs and had a blast on this fun mellow fully rigid klunk of a spin.

Check it out here!

Sea Otter - We Did The Dang Thing!
Sure, we didn’t go all and get one of those fancy booth thingies, but we were there none-the-less. Here at PAUL Component we try to not stray too far from our watering holes, which is why we posted up with our buddies over at Sierra Nevada and hung out in the beer garden all weekend. We took the Sierra Klunker with us and showed all of those fancy carbon kids what mountain biking looked like before all of the full squish, gel seats, and dropper posts came along.

Back when men were men and women were still sitting around on couches herding children.

Sorry, that’s a dig at some of the commentary by the announcers at the race, when they congratulated the woman WHO JUST WON THE PRO WOMAN’S SLALOM (!!!) for getting off of the couch and back on a bike after becoming a mother. What in the actual f#*k was he thinking?!? It’s 2019 bro, the least you could do is pretend that you’re not a sexist ass-hat while you have a mic in your hand. We can do better; our industry can do better.

So yeah, we went to Sea Otter, we had fun. It’s amazing to see all of the companies, the bikes, the races, and the amount of enthusiasm surrounding the event. It also feels a little like the Mall of America of bike events. But we were happy in our little corner of the beer garden, staring at the beauty of the Klunker, and giving high fives to all of the fans that we have gathered over the 30 years of making nice parts. It felt good.
Chico Stage Race 2019
Every year our town hosts the Chico Stage Race, a much loved and well attended event. Friday is the circuit race at Thunder Hill SCCA Racetrack. This is an automobile road racing track, much like Laguna Raceway at Sea Otter. Thunderhill is about 45 minutes from town, but it makes an excellent venue. Saturday is a road race on the west side of the valley near a small town called Paskenta. Sunday is the real fun with a downtown criterium and time trial from town to the Sacramento River. If you’re a racer or race fan we’d encourage you to check out the criterium at the very least.
Photo Credit: Greg Beliera
Part of the downtown criterium is a vendor area and beer garden. We set up a booth in it every year to display our wears. Being it’s our hometown I end up doing this and usually just setup the stuff and walk away. Working these things is fun but also exhausting. And I really don’t want to come across as a cheesy bike parts slinger, especially where I live.
This year was no exception, except that it was the first really nice weekend of the year so once the booth was setup I headed to Bidwell Park for a nice long and muddy mountain bike ride. Yes, I rule.
Conveniently, right next to our booth was the Sierra Nevada booth which was being held down by a friend through our work with them. A little too conveniently... all it took was a wink and a nod and my cup was full again. This kept me out of the Whiskey Drome, a circular wooden track that’s just a blast to ride and easier than you might think to get going in. The hard part is stopping. Especially if you’re about to vomit.
Our very own Myles (graphic arts, assemble QA, quick comeback specialist) had his team Draft Punk out for all events and teammate Frankie placed a very respectable fifth in the criterium.
Photo Credit: Greg Beliera
Griffin, Myles, Frankie
@draftpunkcycling
7 Questions with Anna Schwinn
We’re big Anna Schwinn fans around here. Like us, she’s been a passionate bike nerd as long as she can remember. She’s put a lot of hard work into the bike industry over the years doing everything from design engineering to journalism to creating race teams. Her engineering prowess is evident in everything from beautiful lugs for handbuilt frames to smart dropouts on production bikes (maybe even the bike you’re riding!).  

Beyond her engineering, design work, and journalism, we deeply admire her efforts towards creating initiatives and founding teams to bring better inclusivity into cycling culture on a local and national level. She founded Koochella Racing, a women/trans/femme focused racing team and club out of Minneapolis, then founded Danger Diamond Racing, winning USA Cycling’s “Best New Club” award for facilitating gender inclusivity within the domestic racing community through a network of US teams. Her outspoken social media presence is always thought provoking, and we consider her an important voice in contemporary cycling culture. Now it’s time for the interviewer to become the interviewee:
 
Are you a Prince fan? You had that bike made so I’d guess yes. Can you describe the feelings you had hearing about him dying and the lead up to building the bike? (Which she hasn’t actually ridden much because it’s been on display in the Prince Exhibit at the Weisman Art Museum)
 
I don't know how it gets better than Prince.
 
When I first moved to Minneapolis, you'd hear announcements over the radio for parties at Paisley Park. You'd read about Prince just randomly coming on stage at other musicians' shows and performing with them. Prince was a cheerleader for the city and for the music, pulling up an entire community and group of artists with him. The man was a perpetual all-star cast. His music - it's impossible to not dance to or respond to in some way. How can you not love someone like this?
 
That's why Erik Noren and I identified him as our chosen theme when I commissioned Erik to build me a bike. If I was going to have a travel bike, I wanted it to represent the best of my city wherever I would go. What better bike ambassador could you have for Minneapolis than a Prince-themed Peacock Groove with a matching custom Trash Bags coupler case?  
 
I was in London after Bespoked 2017, hanging out with the kids at SBC (a really cool little shop there, check it out http://www.sbccycles.com/) when I heard Prince had passed. My hosts played Purple Rain for me, which was very kind given the circumstances. Minneapolis had erupted into a massive party/memorial. It was at that point that Erik and I really put our heads together and started making calls around to blow that bike out of the water. You were instrumental about taking that bike to eleven, so thank you.
 
That bike was always intended to be ridden - it was never intended to just sit on display. I rode it a bunch before it was painted for Philadelphia Bike Expo - I even booked a special trip for it out west so I could enjoy it before it evolved into its final form. I rode it into the ground immediately after I brought it home from that NAHBS in Salt Lake - it was caked in mud and the paint was fucked within a week. It was glorious.
 
But then, yes, the Weisman Art Museum called and asked to borrow it. I got the bike back for a few months over the winter... but now it is in Seattle as part of an exhibition in the Museum of Pop Culture.
 
Then it goes on tour until 2020 - even saying that gives me a little lump in my throat. I miss it, deeply. I miss how joyful a bike it is to ride. I miss blasting Prince and navigating the nooks and crannies of Minneapolis with it.
Photo Credit: Zane Spang
So. Anna Schwinn. Schwinn. Any comment or are you done with even talking about it? Follow up question: are you mad at me for even asking? (Can’t help it, I worked in too many Schwinn shops not too)
 
I mean, walking around the US bike industry with that last name is a lot like walking around with a second head. People see it. Folks want to talk about it or have questions. I've definitely walked into offices at bike brands to see pictures of my family on the wall, for example, and there are folks out there who collect family memorabilia. To your question - around the right folks in the right place, yeah, we can talk about it. Just be respectful.
 
Generally, though, I have had to set some boundaries around my family and personal life. Just because a lot of my family stuff is public and on display doesn't mean that it is all open for discussion and that I'm obliged to be an on-call ambassador. People don’t seem to understand how deeply personal and inappropriate some of their questions can be. There have even been some mean-spirited folks who have used the affiliation to try to inflict harm.
 
Another thing I think folks don’t seem to understand is how frustrating it is to have worked so hard to accomplish all these things within cycling advocacy, sport, and industry - and to have what is basically an accident of birth completely overshadow all of that. All of the time. Always.
 
But for you, Paul, anything. We can hang out and have cupcakes about it sometime if you want. I want to hear about your dad and all the rad stuff he's into, though. It's only fair.
 
When I saw you at NAHBS this year you had some giant headphones on and were a little anti–social. It took a few minutes to realize you were actually working on something…….turns out it was the NAHBS By The Numbers articles in Bike Rumor. Damn, I loved those! Much more please. I can’t imagine I’m the only industry dork that ate that up. Are you getting good response and feedback from the industry as a whole? Plans for more?
 
I'm so stoked that you've enjoyed it! That's so rad! I really dig that stuff too. I worked really hard on it.
 
In my time in bike media, I have tried to come up with the kind of content I would have wanted to read back when I worked on the product side of the industry. That’s why I was big into those long form interviews with builders and industry folks for a long time. There were stories that were not being told, or that were not being told at the depth that would interest me.
 
For NAHBS this year, I was struggling because I felt like coverage of that show had gotten a little stale. Lots of photography. A little observational tech. I was personally struggling with going to the show because… why go to uphold the status quo? What was I going to write that would contribute beyond what was already going to be written?
 
I don't think the independent segment of the cycling industry is understood very well, so I challenged myself to come up with something that would tell the show’s story in a new way. What I didn't expect is how different the show looks when you only focus on the data! For example, looking at regional influences on the show at Sacramento helped me to understand how critical it is that NAHBS be a traveling show, to keep it fresh and bring regional talent and style into focus.
 
If you nerded out on this stuff, be stoked to know that there is more cool stuff already in the works. I love to find ways of telling stories that are difficult to tell. I love giving folks exposure to new facets of the cycling world they think they already know well. I love talking about bike technology and evolution. And I love making new, rad, geeky stuff. Obviously.
 
If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, and I hope it does, go to http://DiamondDuckInd.com and add your email for updates. I’ll start rolling things out next month.
You got me to stop following Drunk Cyclist, which at the time I thought was totally harmless. It took me awhile to come around, and lately I’ve been schooled on gender by our resident biologist Lindsay and trans cheerleader Travis. It’s been a really good experience for me, albeit sometimes confusing and difficult. I’m a straight white guy from some super safe and never very edgy suburbs of the Bay Area. What would you say would be the best one line you could have said to me 20 years ago? What would be one website to look at now?
 
If we’re being fair, I’ve challenged you on a lot of things, not just that particular platform. Plus, as you said, I was not the only one challenging you on that particular platform. Don’t give me too much credit there.

We aren’t in that different a boat. As much as I can speak to my own experiences being marginalized due to my gender in cycling, I have to step back and vocalize that I’m a cis white woman with a recognizable last name and a number of platforms from which to be heard. There are so many folks out there who are far more marginalized and less heard than I am, whose experiences within cycling are much more negative. Before I recognized this, I got a lot of feedback from folks who are more marginalized than I am - and I’ll be honest, that feedback challenged me, just like I know I’ve challenged you in our discussions. It made me defensive to hear that the language I used and that the things I liked were harmful to others.
 
I was a good person! I was helping! I wasn’t the enemy! I wasn’t intending to hurt anyone!

But, as Ayesha McGowan put it so well in her fabulous piece the other week on the problematic announcers at Sea Otter, “Intent is irrelevant if the impact is harm.”

That quote as a single line is critical - it’s been rattling around in my head since I read it. There is opportunity for all of us to understand this more deeply. Chew on it for a while, and play it back in your head the next time you’re challenged.

As for what would I tell Young Paul Price to put him on a good path? It wouldn’t be a single line. We’re both engineers, friend, so I’d keep it in those terms.

As an engineer, you know that just because you can’t see or feel something, it doesn’t mean that that thing doesn’t exist. We would never presume that the world is just what we make of it with our raw intuition and senses, that we’re born knowing everything we would need to know. To understand our unseen world, we develop and employ and rely upon tools and special sensors to inform us and we proactively educate ourselves about this world so we can understand it more deeply and make better choices. We would be considered poor engineers if we disregarded the necessity of this education or these sensors or tools. We would be unable to innovate. We wouldn’t be competitive in the marketplace. Our solutions would be limited.

Similarly, as a person with a lot of privilege, there are obstacles to cycling and the community around it that you don’t feel or understand. It doesn’t mean that these obstacles aren’t there, it just means that you don’t have the correct sensors/toolkit/education to see and understand them.

The critical thing here to know is that you can develop those sensors! You can build that toolkit! You can educate yourself! You can grow and change - and if you love cycling and want to share it, growth should be imperative for you. And really, that growth can start with something as easy as an internet search on the many already documented experiences of marginalized folks within cycling.
 
Similarly, it is also critical to know that when folks give us feedback that our sensors aren’t giving us, we need to value that feedback, drop the defensiveness, listen, and apologize when the occasion calls for it. The more challenged we are, the bigger the opportunity is for us to rise to - the bigger the opportunity there is to grow.
 
Heck, you don’t get defensive when your car’s fuel sensor tells you you’re out of gas - you wouldn’t rip out the sensor’s fuse because you don’t like that it’s implying that you’re a deficient car owner with its annoying yellow light. For one thing, that would be unreasonable. For another, ignoring the sensor literally doesn’t get you very far. What you do is you pull over, fill up the tank, and you might (if you don’t already know) educate yourself on why running on fumes is detrimental to your car and change your behavior.
 
You value that sensor, like many that have been developed for your vehicle, to help you maintain your car and keep it running.

So, given how you value good sensors, why would you run without them as a steward of cycling? Why would you presume that you’re fully informed on the experience when there is ample evidence out there that challenges that presumption? Why would you deny yourself the toolkit or education that would make you a better community member and advocate for the folks you want to share bicycles with?
 
Why would you treat people less well and with less respect than you do a car? Why would you treat folks’ feedback with less respect than you would a fuel sensor? Why wouldn’t you give the same respect to the complexity of issues around inclusivity in cycling?

I know you’re also putting in the work and building these sensors, Paul. I know you are always open to discussion and I see all the stuff you and Travis and PAUL Components do quietly behind the scenes to support marginalized folks within the sport and framebuilding. It’s one of the reasons that your components are some of my favorite to “wear.” I’m certainly not the only person who feels that way.
 
Did you ever see the Marzocchi porn girls at Interbike? You might not have been old enough. I was pretty disgusted by them even back then, like our little industry had really gone off the rails. Yet, those images still persist. IE: the gal in the bathing suit and spike heels leaning over a track bike. So stupid. What kind of long term impact do they have in your opinion?
 
Oh, I certainly remember.
 
Some of my earliest memories in cycling are of bike races where the most prominent women at the event were “podium girls” and trade shows where the most prominent women represented were “booth girls.” It really sends a message to have the only folks who look like you valued only as accessories rather than being worthy athletes and industry professionals in their own right. Heck, when I joined the industry ten and a half years ago, my company still had “booth girls” - which made me very uncomfortable as an employee of that company. When I gave feedback on their inappropriateness and my discomfort, I was told by leadership that I essentially didn’t understand how the industry worked, and that they were “fun and professional.” Rather than hear my feedback, I was dismissed. And I was mocked openly by “colleagues” for it and got zero support from my manager.

The long-term effect of those experiences on me was to set a tone where cycling wasn’t for folks like me. I still don’t fully feel like part of the cycling community because I know that for a majority of people in that space, what they see first when they look at me is my gender - rather than me as a contributing member of the community. I’m reminded of this every time I go to a new bike shop or to a public bike event. It colors and sets the tone for many of the conversations and interactions I have, and usually not in a positive way.

It makes me sad and frustrated - because I know that as frustrating and painful my experiences can be, they are so mild in comparison to those of others. As I said in the last question, I say this knowing that I have a ton of privilege in cycling. There remains little to no representation of people of color or non-cisgender folks. If cycling doesn’t value me, then it values them even less or not at all. At a time when many dealers and companies are freaking out about stagnation in cycling - there is a massive opportunity to address this head on.
 
This is where I should ask you about bikes, but if we even went there it’d go really deep really fast. So, what are some other interests? Any other fascination with other wheeled things like cars and motorcycles? Art? Gardening? Basket weaving? Pot throwing?
 
I really love internal combustion engines. I think they are beautiful and romantic - like beating mechanical hearts. They are why I initially went into engineering, and early on in college, before I started holding bike familiarization classes for women in the community, I had a baby pool in which I’d do engine dissection classes for other women in my engineering program. We’d tear apart five or six horsepower lawnmower engines, clean them up, and put them back together and help folks get acquainted in the process. It was messy and fun, but it was so cool to see folks learn and get stoked about how they worked.
 
I love cars (as a type, I tend way more towards “James” than “Jeremy” or “Richard”). One of these days, I’ll get a Series II Jaguar XJS to meticulously maintain and obsess over - it’s been my dream car to have since I was a teenager. Well, that and a Porsche 944. Well, it’s a long list if we’re being honest - but the XJS is at the top of it. I don’t have any car at the moment, so we’re a ways out from any of this.

I love motorcycles so much that I refuse to get into them because I can already feel in my bones what an obsession they would be for me. More than once, I’ve looked into switching from bicycles into motorcycles professionally.

Beyond that, though, I just generally like making cool things. Coming up here pretty soon, I’ll start tooling up a little personal shop to make bits, bike parts, whatever I feel like… and so I have an excuse to clean and pamper manual machines. Cleaning and operating a clean, well-maintained manual lathe or mill is just as fun and rewarding as actually producing a part as far as I’m concerned. Making perfect parts on well-maintained machines is just sublime. It makes me all tingly.
Ok. At least one bike question: fillet, tig or lug? (you can only pick one)
 
Why... why would you ask me this question?! It’s so complicated. You know I love everything for what it is. I’m definitely a complete bike person. If the bike is thematically pulled through and well-designed, well-constructed for its purpose, I’m a fan.

That said, at the moment I’m really tending towards fillet brazed frames. That process allows you so much flexibility in process and tubing and material and form. A builder can completely dictate the mood and character of a bike through fillets.
 
A good fillet is really tough to do, but when it is done really well, it takes your breath away.
 
Follow Anna on Instragram at @schwinnatallcosts for a peek into her latest projects.
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