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Another late night
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It’s late.  I look out the office window and I can see Sam still working.  I haven’t left the computer since the last time I got up to add wood to the fire.  It’s the time of night when you should be sleeping or at least hanging with friends at the pub. It is Friday night after all.  I’ve got my own personal party here with a little music and a little bit more of wine.  The stress level is mounting. Sam, Aran and I have been working on this project for many weeks now.  This is the point where [...]

Bike #1 nears completion
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The Naked workshop has been a flutter with flying bits of milled stainless, sketches drawn and crumpled. All is proceeding along nicely. A few new idea and ways of doing things but for the most part I am borrowing heavily from past experience. Putting bends in the super strong KVA tubing is proving a herculean task. How can a material be so strong and thin, and yet when it finally gives into persuasion from kind words, threats and some very long levers, it finally complies in the most elegant of fashions and leave me with some beautiful Art Nouveau swaggers? [...]

Schwalbe North America
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One of our goals with this adventure is to focus on a few companies that we respect and we think are doing amazing things in the bike world. Building a bicycle isn’t just about the end product, it’s also about all of the work and passion that goes into it every step of the way.  We made up a few questions, not too many, just enough to get an idea of the people behind the companies.  The questions are: 1. Why bikes? What makes you passionate about riding? 2. Why have you decided to work with the handmade bicycle manufacturing [...]

Bike Categories
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I realized two things today as I headed back to the “Yak-Shak” after 6 or so hours of riding with an unbelievably cool and motley crew of two wheel compatriots.   The first is this: We don’t fit the mold.   Let me explain. A few days ago as part of the lead up to the big show, we received a note from NAHBS organizers, asking us to fill out a form explaining what judging categories we wanted to enter our bikes in this year. This seemed very simple at first. The categories are pretty straight forward and understandable in [...]

The Current State of My Brain
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      It is right about now, when the firewood is low and the flu season is high that I ask myself the annual question. WHY? Because it will be worth it right? My brain is overflowing with stress and ideas and not always sure where one begins and one ends. The romantic view of the suffering artist? A master craftsman in search of some higher calling? Ha! That’s me right now baby. It sucks. I’m sick as a dog, time ticks on and the money flows out the door like a Belgian ‘crosser going for the hole-shot. Should [...]

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Hooray! On an island where ferries shut down and the power goes out frequently in the winter,  we are pretty damn lucky to have a such an efficient and helpful postal staff.   2 boxes came in today.  One from KVA – the tubing for the cargo/city bike. The other from Gates Carbon Drive – also for the cargo bike.  And so begins the rest of the design process.

A view from the top of a mast
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Nothing like starting at the top. Which, in this case also happens to be the ass end of things.   I have a real love/hate relationship with seat masts. They have the image of being simple and clean but in reality are often heavier and fugglier than a classic post setup. I have created quite a few over the years and have included them in the gallery below. The first one I ever built was on the second bike I ever built way back in 1998. This also included a brake cable coming straight out the back. This is the [...]

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So there we are having our Morning staff meeting. This always involves a  couple cups of coffee and snuggling back into bed to plan such tasks as: who is going to the post office? Or, as we were this morning, working on the big picture themes for the naked Bicycle Empire. This boiled down to an all familiar conversation thread.   What the hell are we going to do for NAHBS this year?!   Every year we look for an interesting angle. Not just stand out in the crowd but really offer something to the conversation. A brief history: 2007 [...]

The Road to NAHBS
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This website is dedicated to our journey to NAHBS 2012. This year we are embarking on an unusual project.  We are RIDING our show bikes from N. California to NAHBS in Sacramento.  We really want to make a meal out of the prep and journey of getting to NAHBS. In the days to come, we’ll be documenting about the bike designs and build, choice of trip equipment and clothing, the trip itself, the people we meet, the places we stay and finishing off on the last day of NAHBS.  We hope to show the amount of work and passion that [...]

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