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Sunday, August 30, 2009

We Are Moving!

We've been missing in action a bit since we are moving our shop this week. Despite the move, it is pretty much business as usual. We already have nearly all the inventory moved to the new location, and the computer/phone system gets switched over on September 2.

The new location is in the same building, but on the front side, and has much better visibility. More importantly, the shop will be TWICE the size (we're going from small to less small). This will enable us to have a much nicer and more open area for retail display of our bicycles and parts.

Now as we've been moving stuff, we're thinking that we might have a celebratory moving sale sometime this week. We are accumulating demo bikes, have some cool vintage machines, and have some other assorted bits that we really haven't tried to sell but which are taking space and tying up capital. So stay tuned to our on-line store as soon we'll have a "moving sale" page their with some cool deals.

Oh - we almost forgot to mention, the Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show last weekend was a blast. We met all sorts of folks from the area and did a brisk business with our randonneur and vintage offerings. And we also introduced a new randonnuer frame which we'll talk about more in the next week or two.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Big News and the Bicycle Show

August 22 and August 23, we'll be at the Rocky Mountain Bicycle show in Denver. Rene Herse Bicycles will have bikes and cool Rando (and maybe some vintage stuff) for display and sale. It should be lots of fun. Builders from all across America are coming to this event.

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For fun, the gang at Rene Herse Bicycles is also putting on a display of vintage racing bicycles which should hit on many of the key events that led to the evolution of the modern bicycle. For rando oriented folks, their will be something sure to please as well.

In other news, we're thinking that we may have outgrown our current digs. We are in negotiations to take on a larger space (in the same building) with a much larger area and with better street visibility.

In Rene Herse news, we finally have our twin plate forkcrown blanks competed at the machine shop. These are the ones for Continental oval. For those wishing to use Imperial Oval (the old classic shape), we are hoping for confirmation that those will be available soon (they are currently in production and we plan to sell them in the US).

So its all great news here in Denver. Now to keep getting ready for the Rocky Mountain show...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Prototype Decaleur on Boulder Bicycle

A big issue is a lack of decaleur options for use with threadless stems. Here is one idea we've been tossing around. This one is a rather crude mock-up, but we've been testing it so far with good results. Essentially, we've taken a classic Rene Herse decaleur design, and modified it a tad.

The typical Herse decaleur attaches by the stem bolts to the underside of an Herse stem, with the bolts going vertically (perpendicular to the ground).

What we've done, is taken a "rejected" Herse decaleur, and brazed 1/4" tubes on top of the decaleur, filled in with an ugly fillet (this is a prototype, not something made by Mark Nobilette), and away we go. It attaches to the stem quite nicely. If we went with this design, we'd tweak it a bit for cosmetics and get some longer stainless bolts for mounting. And chrome it too (or powder coat if under the Boulder Bicycle name).

One downside, though, is that this results in a bag that is mounted pretty high. We could modify the bag attachment, or perhaps increase the drop of the decaleur, to use a smaller bag. So with the current arrangement, for a frame that is essentially like a 59cm, with an inch and a half of drop between saddle and bar tops, the necessary bag is a Berthoud 28.

So if this design has some appeal, let us know and maybe we'll run a batch. We probably would use a maker somewhere in Colorado for this, but probably not Mark Nobilette as he is so busy.