Friday, October 30, 2009

Brooks Saddles!

Still have some Brooks showroom samples left over from our remodel. Head over here and take a look!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New Fyxation Rear Tires!

Boy do I love it when companies honestly listen to customers.
There were a few people who were burning thru their rear colored tires too fast and Fyxation came up with a great a medium compound stripe right where it matters!
Don't be mistaken, it's not just another black tire with stripes of color. Since this is a full color tire with a black center stripe you'll still get the tacky soft side compound for cornering.
Now you can add some color to your ride, have a full color tire in the front to take advantage of the grip that the softer colored tires offer and add some longevity to your rear at the same time.
It is said these will be available before Christmas.

Oh and those who are looking forward to the whitewall version (wider black or brown center tread), we should see those in about 2-3 weeks.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Bruiser Getting Down and Dirty!

Photo Credit brunoj

This is great to see and shows how limitless a bicycle can become with an open mind and a little dexterity. Many have threatened to mountain bike the Bruiser because of the sheer beef of the frame, tire clearance and the ability to run brakes. However, Chris Tavel took it one step further...fixed Cyclo X! From the sound of it, he has been doing quite well too. Nice job Chris!

Holdfastordie Bruiser

We have been getting tons of questions concerning the colorway of the Hold Fast Bruiser. The frame is Gun Kote Clear Coat Raw and the fork is Atomlab Red (standard wet paint). The Gun Coat is an option in the paint drop drop menu in the Bruiser order page. It costs 125 extra, takes about 3 weeks for our coater to turn around and that includes a coating inside the frame as well.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bruiser ReStock!

Bruisers are scheduled to be delivered tomorrow, Wednesday 10/14. We put them in stock and available for purchase. As usual, it is first come first serve. Turn around times are posted in the ads.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Bruiser Fork Expanding Steerer Plug

We have been hearing some confusion about the Bruiser fork expanding top-cap plug (included with every Bruiser frameset and Bruiser Aftermarket Fork order); from installation and use, to the plug pulling out of steer tubes when trying to tighten headset. We have illustrated the proper method to install and use this steerer plug.
This expanding plug is our replacement for the traditional star nut, because the heat treatment done to our forks does not allow a traditional star nut to properly bite the inside of the steerer.

In addition, we wanted to know how much force (in/lbs.) it took to pull the plug out of the steerer.
We clamped a stem securely to the steerer at the appropriate height (3-5mm) above the steerer top. Tightened a top cap and screw finger tight, then used a dial indicator in/lb torque wrench to load the plug / top cap until plug started to pull from the steerer tube.
In 5 separate pull tests, with 5 separate forks, it took approximately 80-90 in/lbs. of load to pull the plug from the steerer. This is 8 to 9 times the amount of force headset manufacturers recommend for proper bearing preload.

-Make sure stem's steerer bolts are completely loosened when preloading headset.
-Chris King states top cap preload 4-10 in/lbs. (15 max)
-Many other manufacturers state "Caution - Preload torque on top cap adjuster should only be enough to take the play out of the headset. More than that will cause headset binding and/or premature wear."

Friday, October 2, 2009

Bruiser Build Pics - Keep Them Coming!

If you haven't sent us your Bruiser build yet, put that index finger to work!

Send us your Bruiser pics and we'll post them on our website and Flickr so everyone can see your creation. Everyone who participates will get a 20% off coupon* for our website! Start snapping!!!!!

PS...please mention your frame size in the email!

*Coupon cannot be used for frameset purchases. If you do, the order will be canceled.

Boobleg Sessions!?

Boobleg Sessions from John Prolly on Vimeo.

Anyway, it's great to see Tony back on the bike! Burd officially announced that Bootleg Sessions v.4 is underway; can't wait to see what's up. If you haven't seen Burd's new bike, check it out!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

John Prolly in Japan Recap!

Prolly wrote a great recap on Mishka's blog about trip to Japan. Be sure to check it out!
Man, that foot is all sorts of wrong.

Celebrating Biketober!

To celebrate Biketober we are giving away a medium moss Brooks Barbican!

How do you enter to win this phenomenal leather shoulder bag? Simple! When you place an order through our website you are automatically entered!

At the end of the month we will compile all of October's entrants and the winner's name will be randomly selected from a hat (or similar device). As always, make sure your contact information is up-to-date when placing your order.

The fine print~
"Biketober Barbican Giveaway" is void where prohibited by applicable law. The "Biketober Barbican Giveaway" will begin on October 1, 2009 and end at 11:59 PM Central on October 31, 2009. If you wish not to participate in the "Biketober Barbican Giveaway" you must drop a note at the time you have placed your order stating you wish NOT to participate in the "Biketober Barbican Giveaway".

The winner of the
"Biketober Barbican Giveaway" is responsibly for any state,federal and local taxes (of the value of your prize). Shipping is FREE to receive your Brooks Barbican shoulder bag, FREE SHIPPING DOES NOT INCLUDE any international taxes and brokerage fees, which will be collected at delivery. International participants are responsible for researching these fees. will NOT be held responsible for any taxes or brokerage fees you may have to pay to get your package from your customs service. International entrants: Bag will be shipped as gift with bag's full retail value stated on international shipping documents.

Any potential winner who cannot be contacted via email or phone within five (5) days of first attempted notification will forfeit his/her prize and will result in the selection of an alternate winner. No substitutions are permitted.

*Ebay or Vendio store orders are not included in this drawing. This drawing is limited to orders'/customers' placed on during the month of October/Central Standard Time.

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