Thursday, January 24, 2008

time flies.

hey all.

first, finally got around to building up a wheel around the ENO hub that's been sitting on my desk since April. Bolted up a 19 tooth and it feels like cheating. A fixed geard Dos Niner just isn't right. Full suspension fixed, who'd a thunk it? Only a couple rides so far, ski season has turned on, maybe briefly, so gotta get it while it's there.

that said, sorry about the few days lag in getting cogs out, been selfishly playing in the snow 5 out of the last 6 days. but, I am shipping out any order that I had up thru lunchtime today. hitting the post office before heading out for Friday night beer league ski racin'.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

hey kids!

just a quick p.s.a.

after you've installed and ridden
your new fixed gear bliss for an
hour or so, make sure to check
all the bolts both at the cog and
the chainring. hate to see ya
strand yourself an hour out from
the car on a 20 couple degree
January night.

glad I heard that odd clunk
and had that tool......

Friday, January 11, 2008

woo hooo!

If you've ordered a cog,
it's now in an envelope
and will be taken to the
post office this afternoon.

Also now have a handful
of each size 'in stock.'
kinda short on 20's though......

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

the process

ok, the ball is really rollin in the basement workshop, but I've been wrestlin' with thoughts of what the finished cogs should look like, what sort of finish I want to present. I figure I should share this with ya'll, just so everybody's on the same page.

I'm doing this project to fill in an empty niche and I'm kinda feeling a connection with the old school mtn bikers, from wayyy back in the day, cobbling together bits of bike in a garage or basement to make something work. A throwback to the heyday of boutique cnc'd small batch parts. Remember all those funky brakes, lego block derailleurs, homemade barends, blingy quick releases, etc. I'd like these cogs to reflect those bygone days, and retain the character of one off, hand finished parts.

That said, I've decided that I'm going to leave the finish be and send them out raw. Thought about hitting the backsides with a finishing wheel, to put some type of uniform grain into it (a few of the first I sent out do have this look), or maybe polish 'em up somehow, or bead blast, or maybe tumble..... But by doing that, I feel like each individual cog loses part of its character, each one just like the other.

I'd like the cogs to reflect the one at a time, hand finished in my basement workshop heritage. So, I'm leaving them be. When you get your cog, you'll see the surface markings on the back from me deburring each cog with a plain flat file, you'll be able to pick out where I cleaned up the edges here and there. The front side will reflect the handling of each piece from the marks on the raw sheet, to scuffs and whatnot from stacking, then into boxes, to restacking & shuffling and stacking and finally packing and sending.

Each one is unique, and that's how I think they should be sent out. They aren't meant to be a blingy high polished work of art for your hipster coffee shop bike, these are meant to be abused out in the woods, on the trail, thru the muck and yuk. These are about the down and dirty silliness that offroad fixing is, nothing more, nothing less.


Friday, January 4, 2008

pile of cogs

feeling like George Jetson,
or maybe Mr. Spacely.....

an update

wow! lots of response,
which is awesome. thanks
for all of the interest.

will finish cutting the first
batch of blanks today. need
16's, 17 thru 20's sitting next
to me in a box. still on schedule
to begin shipping mid-late
next week. sent out a handful

A couple of questions coming
in via email, will get answers
to ya'll over the wknd when I
can catch my breath, hold tight,
I'm not ignoring ya.....looks like
everything that's been requested
should be doable.

except for the T-shirts/shwag. no
plans for any of that type of stuff
right now, sorry.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

here we go!

well, the shopping cart buttons are live,
over there in the sidebar. went with
PayPal, so, looks like this is a go.

Expect to have 20pcs of each size
ready to ship mid-late next week.

get 'em while they're hot!

oh yeah: right now, here's what I have:
(1) 16, (3) 17, (4) 18, (1) 19 & (1) 20.