What We've Been Up to

So, after nearly 6 years of the shop being open, it should be blatantly obvious that I'm not the best at keeping things fresh on the website-- or really social media as a whole.  I've always been curious how companies, people and brands that find enough time in the day to constantly keep blogs, Instagram, Facebook, their websites and everything else computer based up to date and exciting.  It was, truly, only recently that I realized that most big bike shops actually have someone who's job (or at least some part of their job description) it is to keep new content coming to the digital masses.  I'm here to say I'm going to give this whole updating things regularly a shot. 

Let me be totally clear, I'm not saying that there will be some certain number of posts per day, week, or really even every month.  I will say, on the record, that I am going to try and do a better job of, even if it's only a few sentences and pictures, keeping everyone updated of whats going on in the shop.

Let's start with the important things. 

Mud doing what he does best.  Napping and farting.

Mud doing what he does best.  Napping and farting.

#mudthedog (ugh, whose #hashtag has recently been blown up with a little dog so lets work on that everyone) is healthy and pretty much still happy as long as there is a box to lay on and a blanket to be covered with.  He's now accepting tips and loves pizza crust. 

There have been a few visitors through the shop as of late.  None of which are as famous as this guy

His name is Watts.  He's really good at drinking small beers.

His name is Watts.  He's really good at drinking small beers.

His name is Watts and he owns Revolution Cycles in Greensboro, North Carolina and adds to the number of words on the internet over at The Revolting Cogs.  It's a much better blog with extremely regular updates.  And its funny.  Go read it.  It's always a pleasure to have other shop owners and mechanics come through and chat.  It's especially fun when they bring bikes and beers and you end up getting a little day drunk.  Me, not him, of course.

What else has happened?  Well, it seems that from the middle of 2015 all the way to current day, titanium as a frame material has become extremely popular around here.  We've been building a good number of Ti Fargos, Ti El Mariachi's and Ti Vaya's. 

This is a horrible picture of some sweet titanium goodness.

This is a horrible picture of some sweet titanium goodness.

I've got no idea what changed peoples minds but I'm definitely not complaining.  Getting to build up folks' dream bikes and then watching them ride the hell out of them is awesome.  So much so that it really gets everyone in the shop excited all over again to be working on bikes and keeping people pedaling.

Speaking of keeping people pedaling, a really cool El Mariachi build we finished a few months ago just powered a great customer and great friend Sean to his much-needed completion in the Huracan 300 (a sick bikepacking loop/race/party ride).

Yep, 27.5+ in an El Mariachi.  Don't call Salsa about it.

Yep, 27.5+ in an El Mariachi.  Don't call Salsa about it.

Sean's El Mar ended up super sweet with a smart blend of XX1, X01 and X1.  We fit some 27.5+ wheels in it with plenty of room to spare.  No, they don't fully measure out to 2.8.  No, a set of scraper rims and 3.0 tires won't fit.  These do though and it's awesome. The bike performed nearly flawlessly over the 350ish mile course in Central Florida.  Also, all three of those Titanium Salsa above participated in the Huracan and two of the three finished. 

Other than that it has been pretty much business as usual.  The neighborhood is still great to us, with the help of an awesome guy named Michael, who just happens to own a rad bike shop in Florida called Ace Metric, we managed to get another unicorn out in the wild.

Joe clearly has great tastes in bikes.

Joe clearly has great tastes in bikes.

Yeah, other than that you are pretty much caught up.  I doubt anyone will make it this far but I'd like to close by saying that Kate is really creepy in this picture. 

Hey Kate

Hey Kate

Everyone likes creepy clowns right?

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