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We still have a couple of Susie frames

They're up on the site now. Please add one of these instructional products to the cart so we know what to do with your frame. Also, lead times for builds are long right now, possibly as far out as August. They're so worth the wait though.

Shorty sub 24 hour overnight report (in my case sub 6 hours)

Campouts are fun even in bad conditions, but I could have done without the 30mph winds last Friday. It felt like someone yelling in your ears for hours on end. Stuffsacks flew away, it was hard to hear anybody speak, and every time I opened my tent it would fill up with grass being blown in.
James pic of me trying to get my poles situated
I also had a problem keeping my sleeping pad inflated and the wind made it impossible to find the puncture. My sleeping bag requires a pad, otherwise you're just on the ground. If I were on a bike tour, I'd put my z pad and sweatshirt underneath me for the night and figure out the puncture the next day, but because we were on a close-proximity S240, I hightailed it home around 10pm, so now I'm 0 for 2 on actually spending on the night on campouts these past two months.
On the way out - Sergio pic - we all keep cams on us
Like the last time I bailed early, the ride back was incredible, I had such a strong tailwind that I was coasting up hills that ordinarily require a good grunt to get up. I know the firetrails by heart so even though my little IQ-XS light didn't perfectly illuminate corners, I knew exactly what to expect.

According to Manny and Co. I made the right call - the wind kept up all night and no one got more than two hours of good sleep.
Antonio's view of the morning after
The day after I patched a hole in the pad, inflated it, and it was flat again in 10 minutes. It was only after I submerged it in water that I realized there were tiny holes all over it. It only held air after I patched it another seven times. Pierre, my cat, must have sabotaged it so I wouldn't be able to sleep out there and leave him alone, the little devil.

Despite the wind it was still a fun ride; we were able to find some shelter behind a rock wall where we could eat the burritos we brought, chat without having to yell and enjoy the sunset.

Manny took the most pics - they're all here.
It's probably best that Antonio's first S240 was of the "type 2" variety. Now all the other ones will be total vacations.

Appaloosa reminder 2/3

Next Tuesday, June 15th at 12 noon Pacific time we're putting the frames up on the website here. I think the middle sizes will sell out that day. My fingers are crossed for all of you, as useless as that may be.

The best way to make a grip bar-end-able

Easy and ultra satisfying! Find an old handlebar somewhere and cut off a section just for this purpose, unless you have a spare chainstay laying around like we do.  I use the side of the hammer because I'm worried I'll miss the chainstay and hit my hand.

We also filmed a video on how to overhaul MKS Monarch pedals - we'll have that up in a week or two. Mine was clicking like crazy but a glob of fresh grease solved it.

Another friction shifting advocate

Check out Russ's video on why friction shifters still rule even in this high tech, clicky age. We just set up a bike with a 7/8 Altus derailer, a 10 speed 11-36 cassette and a Silver bar end and it worked perfectly. More info on that later.

Just watch out for those sneakypull derailers.
Friend Bram shot a photo of friend Ben kickflipping his Clem L.  Ben does everything properly and has a good eye for skate spots.
There's a gallery of Antonio's ol' Ross up on the site here.

Back in stock 6/11/21

We got a bunch of Voile straps in yesterday afternoon - they're on the site now.

Spencer managed to get a good photo of our kitty.  I can get within 8 feet of it now without it scurrying away.

Have a good weekend,
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