Mar 30  |  Big Week

Posted by , March 30th, 2012 at 12:11AM    

Thanks to Scott, Greg, Mike and Jenn in the frame shop and Patrick, David and Birger in the pain(t) shop we sent 11, count ‘em ELEVEN bikes out the door this week including:

3 to England
2 to Japan
1 to Germany
1 to Singapore
1 to Ohio
1 to Cali
1 to Jersey
and shit, someone that lives here in Portland even came and picked up a bike (thanks Josh).


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Mar 29  |  Statistics 3-29-2012

Posted by , March 29th, 2012 at 5:58PM    

Between our pain(t) shop and our frame shop, there are currently 7 of us. What happens here other than building and painting bikes? Our domestic side? Here are our stats:

TRANSPORTATION:

rode bike: 4 (18.5 round trip miles)
drove: 2

CONSUMED:

beverages:

cups of coffee: 8
cups of tea:4
other: 0

food:

bought lunch: 5 (everyone ate burritos at Cha-Cha-Cha! and then promptly finished off a bag of Newman O’s)
brown bagged it: 1

RECENTLY OVERHEARD:

“I just want ice cream to be ice cream” – Patrick

LISTENED TO:

“Coming Back to A Man” – DAWES
“Home” – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
“Bringing Sexy Back” – Justin Timberlake

HOURS SPENT:
Metal fabrication: 10
Painting: 23
Administration: 38
Working with customers: 1

Mar 28  |  Statistics 3-28-2012

Posted by , March 28th, 2012 at 5:22PM    

Between our pain(t) shop and our frame shop, there are currently 7 of us. What happens here other than building and painting bikes? Our domestic side? Here are our stats:

TRANSPORTATION:

rode bike: 4 (30 round trip miles)
drove: 2

CONSUMED:

beverages:

cups of coffee: 6
cups of tea:5
other: 0

food:

bought lunch: 2
brown bagged it: 3

LISTENED TO:
NPR
“Southern Cross” – Crosby Still Nash & Young
“Midnight City” – M83

HOURS SPENT:
Metal fabrication: 10
Painting: 24
Administration: 9

Mar 27  |  Statistics 3-27-2012

Posted by , March 27th, 2012 at 5:54PM    

Between our pain(t) shop and our frame shop, there are currently 7 of us. What happens here other than building and painting bikes? Our domestic side? Here are our stats:

TRANSPORTATION:

rode bike with dog: 1 (2.5 round trip miles)
rode bike without dog: 5 (44 round trip miles)
drove: 1

CONSUMED:

beverages:

cups of coffee: 10
cups of tea:4
other: 0

food:

bought lunch: 3
brown bagged it: 4

RECENTLY OVERHEARD:

“My neighbor lady sees me in my underwear every morning….” – Greg

LISTENED TO:

“Midnight in Paris” soundtrack
Flying Burrito Brothers

HOURS SPENT:
Metal fabrication: 10
Painting: 21.5
Administration: 9

Mar 26  |  Statistics 3-26-2013

Posted by , March 26th, 2012 at 4:51PM    

Between our pain(t) shop and our frame shop, there are currently 7 of us. What happens here other than building and painting bikes? Our domestic side? Here are our stats:

TRANSPORTATION:

rode bike solo: 5 (42.6 round trip miles)
Rode bike with dog: 1
drove: 1

CONSUMED:

beverages:

cups of coffee: 10
cups of tea:9
other: 0

food:

bought lunch: 2.5
brown bagged it: 4.5

RECENTLY OVERHEARD:

“There are still frogs in the garden…”

“I have a hair growing here?… Weird.”

LISTENED TO:
“No Ones Gonna Love You” – Band of Horses
“Into the Morning” – The Weekend
“Legend” album – Bob Marley
“Money for Nothing” – Dire Straits

HOURS SPENT:
Metal fabrication: 10
Painting: 21.5
Administration: 9

Mar 24  |  Brushing dropout faces

Posted by , March 24th, 2012 at 8:05PM    

The dropouts that we make for the geared SV’s have a steel main body for strength, but we still want stainless steel where the wheel is interfacing with the frame; the faces of the dropouts. The inner face is brazed onto the dropout with silver, prior to joining the drops to the chainstays. The outer face is bolted on with 4 size 2-56 (small) stainless torx bolts after the frame is  painted. We have the outer face laser cut from 22 gauge 304 stainless steel flat stock. Laser cutting is precise and makes for a nice part, but because of the heat, it leaves a burr on the edges of the part where the laser penetrates (yes this whole post is just an excuse to say “laser penetrates”) and a not totally consistent finish. This is a video of Mike putting the final brushed finish on a face before it goes onto a new SV road frame. Maybe your SV road frame!!!!

Mar 21  |  Wednesday in the pain(t) shop

Posted by , March 21st, 2012 at 11:29PM    

Mar 20  |  Concerning Tiny Bikes: Part 1

Posted by , March 20th, 2012 at 5:55PM    

People think I’m pretty hard.  Supper tough and gritty and all that.  It’s easy to see why, especially if I have some stubble, which I totally do a lot of the time.  In fact, if a stranger had to describe my whole vibe – my thing, if you will – I’m almost positive that the word they’d use would be “street.”  Hell, if I had a half-link for every time somebody mistook me for Omar Little from The Wire, I’d probably be able to make one of those weird half-link chains by now.

the resemblance is uncanny indeed

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Mar 15  |  E.C. B.L.I.N.G.

Posted by , March 15th, 2012 at 4:01PM    

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Mar 15  |  last of the mohicans

Posted by , March 15th, 2012 at 3:36PM    

And by Mohicans, I mean bikes that need SS’s

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