Since I have not raised the prices in over 2 years and almost everything is more expensive than it was 2 years ago - I am forced to raise the Prices on some items on January 1, 2016. Those who want the current prices should order before the end of this year.
Not all things will be going up - Tires and T-Shirts and a few other things will NOT Change.
Well - The Cat is Out of the Bag.
The people from Swallow Bicycle Works from Loveland, Ohio are moving to California to join me at my shop.
They have just completed a cross country tour from the coast of North Carolina to the Oregon coast - they did it all on dirt roads - WOW!! And they did it all on my Rock 'n Road tires.
The joint venture came from out of the blue - they were going to stop by the shop for 15 minutes or so - they stayed for 2 days, and we discussed the future of Bruce Gordon Cycles.
Tom Swallow is an accomplished bicycle mechanic and will be doing repairs, fitting, wheel building and the putting together of complete bikes. His wife Sarah Swallow will be manning the phones, IT stuff, and running the store which we are planning to expand. I am excited to have their experience in adding to the shop, especially the "Adventure Touring" stuff. Nobody can claim that they don't know what they are talking about - they have done it - about their trip.
I have spent the last 40 years primarily building "Traditional Touring" bikes (with panniers and racks). I am very excited to expand into the "Adventure Touring" segment, and to have some help around here.
They seem like a perfect fit, besides they are nice people. So, those who are afraid of Bruce Gordon, will soon have a friendly person to talk to in person or on the phone. The target date is February 1st 2016 for the new shop.
We have more coming because I'm having more made to go to Circles Bicycles & BlueLug Cycles in Japan. I'm having a SALE on the 27.5 (or as I call them 650b x 43c) tires. They will be on sale until Saturday October 31st - Halloween. I'm putting them on sale to introduce this size to all the people who are riding newer 27.5 mountain bikes or anyone who is riding a bike that will accept 650b x 43 tires. There is much talk on the "Interweb" about putting bigger tires on 650b bikes.
This is my "Over the Top" City Bike and one of my favorites.
I made it in July 2004 for Interbike. It is like my Last City Bike (previous post) on Steroids. It is made with Cinelli Stamped Steel Lugs that I finished the edges in my Traditional Wave Pattern, I made a Lugged Stem to match and a Wagner Fork Crown which I also modified. The geometry is 73 degrees parallel, 4.8 cm fork rake, 42.5 cm chainstays, 61 cm seat tube and a 58 cm top tube. Like the last City Bike it has a Union Generator by the bottom bracket which is turned on and off by a lever on the left side of the seat tube.
It is equipped with a 10 speed Shimano Dura-ace parts.
I turned down a 50 tooth Dura-Ace chainring to make a Custom Chainguard. Because I felt the Black Plastic Strapless Toeclips looked cheap, I made the First Bruce Gordon Strapless Clips which are still available today.
The Seat tube is one piece from the Bottom Bracket to the Seat with a steel top I made to accept Campagnolo seat post parts. It is not adjustable - but cool.
I made a Titanium Headlight holder and ran the lighting wires through the frame tubes and the rear rack.
It has Honjo Hammered fenders and Custom Titanium Handlebars bent by Chris Paretich of Axis Machine.
My favorite features are the Titanium Rear Rack & Titanium Baskets. Please don't ask me to make more because I doubt you can afford them. I know they are small, but, I just need to carry a few clothes, a bottle of wine, bread and cheese.
I like City Bikes - I thought it is time to spotlight my Personal City Bikes. The first one I made was featured as my Second in the Series - http://brucegordoncycles.blogspot.com/2015/01/second-in-series-of-bruce-gordons.html
This is the second one. After going to Switzerland a few times and sitting having coffee, I noticed everyone riding bikes. In Switzerland almost all City Bikes have Fenders, a Bell, Straight Handlebars, a Rear Rack, Lights and a Bell. Many were older racing bikes (like the bikes I made in the 1970's) with the above modifications. So when I came back to the US - I decided to make one for myself. I used a Union Generator Light where the generator is mounted behind the bottom bracket with a lever on the seat tube to turn it on. You can see the setup in the following photos.
It was built in July 1997. It had a Sachs Plasma 8 speed rear derailleur, and a Sachs Twist Grip. I equipped it with a Single Chainring with an Older Cook Brothers Crank and a Spot Brand Chainring and Chainguard. It had Paul Components Motolite brakes and Levers, Titanium Straight Flat Bars.
It has Specialized Pedals and Ugly Black Plastic Strapless Toe Clips. After this bike I decided to make a better looking Bruce Gordon Tubular Stainless Strapless Toe Clips
It is one of the few Fillet Brazed frames I have made.
The angles are 73 degree parallel, it has a 58cm center to center Seat Tube, 57.5cm Top Tube, 42.5cm Chainstays, 7cm Drop, and 4.8cm Fork Rake.
It is like the road bikes I used to build in the 1970's only with Flat Handlebars and fittings to make it usable for city riding - day or night - rain or shine.
I really like making and riding City Bikes. The next installment will be a Lugged Framed City Bike with all the Bells & Whistles - One of my Favorites
This is about the Last Loaded Touring Bike I have built for myself in September 2002. It is a 29er (which will fit my Rock 'n Road tires). It is very similar to my Rock 'n Road Tour, but has 2 forks - one Rigid one (pictured) and a White Brothers 29er Suspension Fork, and Disc Brakes.
It has a 9 speed Shimano XT Group, a Chris King Headset, Avid Mechanical Disc brakes,
"Old" Mavic M-231 Rims, and Bruce Gordon Racks front and rear.
It has a Rigid Segmented Suspension Corrected Fork that I made with a 1 1/8 steerer fork with a Aheadset Chicken Neck Stem. Everything is Powder Coated my favorite color -"Rust".
My next Blog about my bikes will be on my City Bikes - which I like a lot.
The first City Bike I made has already been reviewed.
I built a Loaded Touring Mountain Bike for myself in August 1985. This was the first of my Mountain Touring Bike which I built and took to Crested Butte Colorado for the Mountain Bike Festival.
Me - riding through a stream in Crested Butte
Me - trying to sell some "Cosmic Whirls" in Crested Butte
The Specifics on the frame - 60cm Frame (center to center), 61cm Top Tube, 70 degree Head Angle, 72 degree Seat Angle, 45cm Chainstays, 4cm Bottom Bracket Drop, and 5cm Fork Rake. It has Columbus SP Tubing & Tange Chainstays and Fork Blades. Shimano SFR Dropouts (I would love to find more - if someone has them), and Japanese Lugs (with my Traditional Asymmetrical Hole Design) and a Japanese Bottom Bracket.
As for parts - they are a mixture of parts from Shimano, Specialized, Sun Tour, Campagnolo, and Salsa Cycles
Specialized Rims & Ground Control tires
The Original Salsa Stem with a roller (If it ain't Moto - it is Worthless)
Sun Tour RollerCam brakes - licensed from WTB who made the originals.
I'm having a SALE on the 27.5 (or as I call them 650b x 43c) tires. They will be on sale until Tuesday July 28th. I'm putting them on sale to introduce this size to all the people who are riding newer 27.5 mountain bikes or anyone who is riding a bike that will accept 650b x 43 tires. Please take measurements to see if they will fit - http://brucegordoncycles.bigcartel.com/product/rock-n-road-all-terrain-650b-x-43-tire-free-shipping
I have both Skinwall or Blackwall - and they are "Tubeless Compatible".
Until Tuesday the 28th they will be $50 each including shipping
Because I'm putting Touring Bikes on my blog - I thought I'd describe a later touring bike.
This post is of a Touring Bike that I built in June of 1982 (Wow that was 33 years ago).
This was "State of the Art" Touring parts before Mountain Bike parts became common.
The frame was built with Columbus SP tubing with a Reynolds Seat Tube and Seat Stays.
It was 65cm c to c frame size with a 57.5cm Top Tube, 44cm Chainstays, 5cm Fork Rake, and a Drop of 7.5cm. It has a cast Cinelli bottom bracket, Henry James lugs with my "Wave Pattern", a cast Cinelli MC fork crown and Long Campagnolo dropouts.
Included were a Huret Duopar rear derailleur, and Suntour front derailleur and a Custom Drilled
Super Record Crank to take a 30 tooth chainring rather than the 36 tooth that was the standard Campagnolo triple ( I can still drill Campagnolo Cranks for the smaller ring - because I still have the drilling fixture). It has "Half Step Gearing" with 50/46/30 rings and a 6 speed 13/30 Suntour Freewheel and 700x28 Specialized tires (Yes - I went touring on 28mm tires). Included were my Racks Front and Rear that were brazed at the time.
Hard to believe that I rode that as a Touring Bike - times have changed.
I drilled the stem to internally run the wires for the early Avocet Cyclometer.
I rode this bike fully Loaded from Eugene Oregon to San Francisco California.
This is the first Touring Bike I made for myself in June 1979. That was back when frames all had level top tubes, 180mm Seatposts, and Down Sloping Stems so everyone rode a much larger frame.
This was the First Low Rider rack I made, along with a matching Low Rider Rear Rack.
The bike Originally had Eclipse Panniers & and Campagnolo Nuovo Record Parts.
The Front Low Racks are much the same design to this day.
The lugs are Old Stamped Steel Cinelli - the Bottom Bracket & and Fork Crown are Cinelli investment castings. It is built with Columbus SP tubing and a 4130 Chromoly Seat Tube.
This is a very old version of the "Wave Shaped Cut Outs" which I still do today.
The frame was initially painted by Les Lunas of the Miracle Paint Co. - it was restored to original paint by Ed Litton Cycles.