Thursday, January 22, 2015

Goodbye

His hips finally gave out, and when he couldn't even walk to have his breakfast, we knew it was time. Thanks for the last 12 years, buddy, and I hope there are lots of rabbits where you are now.






Sunday, January 18, 2015

29+ wit a Leftie

Mike came out for a framebuilding class in the fall and built this beauty.

You too could build yourself a dream bike...
I still think Lefties look weird

Yes, those are very short chainstays. No boring bikes at the WW frame school...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Goodbye, Shimano

Dear Shimano,

I love you. My first ever bike had STX-RC parts and I was convinced that because they had an "X" in them, they must be as nice as XTR. I loved that bike. I rode the living hell out of those parts, and they worked flawlessly until my ineptitude (both riding and wrenching) eventually destroyed them all. I've had a billion bits of Shimano wizardry on my bikes over the years. Today my XT brakes are the best I've ever used.

We've had our differences in the past, Shimano. Your answer to SRAM's XX1/XO1/X1 11 speed is too little, too late. Electronic shifting? Neat. But most of my customers want stuff they can crash and replace without selling their cars. I've sold 95% SRAM stuff ever since XX1 came out.

But that's water under the bridge. I'm sure you'll come around and a mechanical XT 1x11 group is just around the corner.

Here's the real problem, Shimano: I can't sell your parts to customers anymore, because apparently you aren't interested in letting me. The only OEM distributor (Security Bicycle) for your parts in the US just got dropped. What's that, you say? I can get your parts through QBP? Hurray!

But Shimano, an XT brake costs $100 at QBP. It costs $80 online from overseas. I can't sell my customers a part for *over retail* on their new bike. Heck, I don't know how a bike shop can sell an XT brake for the supposed "retail" price when they're being undercut like that. If what you want is to go entirely consumer direct, Shimano, just f***ing do it yourself. It's embarrassing for me to quote people what I think is a really good price on the newest, nicest Shimano stuff (a price at which I'm hardly making money) and have them find the same thing for 20% cheaper online.

What's that? I can buy direct from you? Great! Wait, your direct prices are the same as QBP's unless I buy, say, a thousand brakes. Shimano, I only build 50 bikes a year. That's why all the small builders used Security as their distributor. You know, the distributor that can't sell your parts anymore.

It's probably not even worth your time to worry about builders like me, Shimano, because you certainly aren't making the big bucks off us. But would it really take that much to give us a break and let us put your parts on the bikes that the true bike nerds drool over?

I still love you, Shimano. I just don't know if you love me.

Still your friend,

Waltworks

Friday, January 09, 2015

Doh... stupid metal bits

A tiny chip snuck it's way onto my headset press and put this ding into the top cup of a nice blue King I7 (that's for a tapered steerer/44mm head tube) headset.

I'm replacing it with a new one for the customer, so it's up for sale. $90, or free to the next person to order a frame.


Thursday, January 08, 2015

Almost done with Giff

I coulda/shoulda finished up but the fine folks at the golf course across the street started grooming for skate skiing... so I've been ski-breaks at lunchtime instead of just wolfing down some eggs and going back to work.

Now we just need more snow. It was 50 degrees here today!

Yes, Sarah's fatbike is still unridden. We need snow!

Garro style booty shot.

Home Depot had LED bulbs for $3. I did the whole house plus the shop - much better lighting.

Monday, January 05, 2015

New Year's Random Photos

Sarah is functional again and I'm back at work!

Here are some photos from the last week or so.

Felix's low-Q 83mm BB fatbike.

Unpainted not really recommended. Long story but Felix talked me into letting him get it this way.

"26# of awesomeness", says Felix
Where did William find dry trails?

KOMS are due to the rider, not the bike, Will. But thanks for the compliment!

Homemade pogies from Miguel at Marshall

New HT decals available for fatties only!

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Mega Strep

Sarah's entire neck is so swollen she can hardly breath, so we're off to the ER. Don't expect any replies to emails or phone calls until further notice, folks.