On Memorial Day, 30 May 2016, after two hard days on the bike, I was out on a recovery ride on UT-65 headed up Big Mountain when I was hit without warning from behind. I remained conscious the entire time after I was hit, and I landed so that I was looking at the rear of the car that hit me, so I saw that the driver had not swerved, did not brake, and accelerated as he left the point of impact. I have no reason to believe the collision was anything but intentional.
Métier Vélo was recently featured in articles in Bikerumor and CyclingTips. Check them out if you haven't already. Bikerumor features my interview with Anna Schwinn at NAHBS2016. CyclingTips gives a more general overview of 3D printed parts in custom bicycle building.
Just a reminder that the MASM is a real product. Really expensive, but really real! Order yours from the Métier Vélo Store!
One MASM to rule them all: Spare sleeves! If you have several bikes with the same size seat tubes, I can print spare sleeves so you can use a single MASM on all your bikes. If you add up the prices of the high-end ISPs on all your bikes, the MASM compares in cost, outperforms in function, and launches your coolness into the stratosphere.
Price includes a custom accent printed right into the metal or other touches. 27.2, 30.9 and 31.6mm diameters available.
Printed to order. Contact me for lead time.
The dropouts featured on the NAHBS Winter Training Bike are now available to order in the Métier Vélo Store!
I can customize the frame interface for each set of dropouts for building into the frame of your choice.
They are printed in batches of 10 sets (left & right dropouts, road hangar, and spare hangar). Price per set includes customization.
Special pricing for a batch of 10 if only the angle needs to be customized for each set; each dropout can have different chainstay-seatstay angles if the interface style is the same. Contact me for details.
We brought the Winter Training Bike to show at NAHBS 2016 as a New Builder. There were some amazing bikes, and show was very well attended by both builders and the public. On Saturday the Sacramento Convention Center was packed. Even Valentino Campagnolo was there! My voice is still hoarse from all the talking. Usually I spend days in the shop or at the computer with only the dogs and cats to talk to. An exciting day is when our UPS carrier delivers something and takes a few minutes to chat. So I am still processing all the input. Thanks to Don Walker for putting on a great show, and giving Métier Vélo a chance to display the bike. And if you attended the show and stopped by our table, thanks for supporting small builders and taking time to check out the New Builders. Spread the word about handbuilt bicycles!
If you want to know about the show in general, BikeRumor and Red Kite Prayer have great coverage including descriptions of the award winners.
For Métier Vélo, the show was a success in three ways:
I think the best news for us is that NAHBS2017 will be held in Salt Lake City! I hope to up my game and bring a frame to enter in the lugged frame award division. The bar is high but we’ll give it a shot!
I hate seatposts. Hate them. They slip, creak, sieze, and the collar bolts have a bad habit of breaking at inconvenient times (who carries around a spare 5mm allen bolt? I’m racing, that’s 2 extra grams!). Speaking of extra grams, seatposts are heavy: manufacturers always claim low weights, but when you measure, they are always 250g or more. Seatposts don’t hold your seat very well, especially single-bolt designs, I once rode 140 miles in a race with numb…well, lets just say the saddle angle slipped after I hit a pothole hard early in the pre-dawn dimness. AND seatposts are hard to adjust; usually it is impossible to adjust the angle without messing up the fore-aft. Don’t get me started on the side-clamp designs—they only accommodate one type of rail, and it is always the wrong type. 7mm? 10mm?—AND they catch on the insides of your shorts.
Thus, I am pleased to offer the Métier Vélo Micro-Adjusting Saddle Mount (MASM).
I believe I have solved all of the problems associated with mounting one’s saddle to one’s bicycle securely, and adjusting it easily so that it stays put in the correct position. No more numb, well, TMI. Plus the MASM looks nice. Sort of like an upsidedown sock. The MASM has the following features:
The only problem is the price: currently (2016) $3,000 made to order or $2,800 option on a Métier Vélo frame. I wish I could give them away because I think everyone should have one.
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I just returned from my second North America Handbuilt Bicycle Show in Louisville, Kentucky. NAHBS does a great job of showcasing custom bicycle builders and the companies that encourage and support them. If you’d like to know more about the show, check out the 2015 NAHBS website or online news coverage at Bikerumor, roadbikereview.com or Cyclocross Magazine. My wife Alexa went with me to keep me company and also on track (focus, Jamie). We had a great time at the show and experiencing a little bit of Louisville.
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