Friday, December 30, 2011

New Bike Rack

Our second of an eventual three main bike display racks came in yesterday.  It will allow for 10 more bikes to be on the floor, all in a much more usable, presentable package.  In addition to normal bike storage, this rack is custom made to allow the display of fat bikes with their ultra wide tires.  The improvement in the shop is already noticeable.  The third rack to arrive in two weeks.

When we're done up front we will be completely remodeling our rear shop area.  All of this will lead us into spring being much more organized and efficient.  I can't wait.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Toys, and More Mukluk 2's.

Today should be a great day at the shop.  We're expecting the arrival of one of two new bike display racks from Rudy Rack.  These will serve to complete our sales for redo we started last spring.  The new racks will provide space on the floor for 15 more bikes.  They will also greatly streamline our kids bike and BMX bike sections.  We had some of these racks custom made to fit fat bikes, which are notoriously hard to display well.

We are also expecting a few more Mukluk 2's for stock.  We were able to get a XS, S, and XL complete bikes for stock.  These will go quick, don't hesitate to get one if you're interested!

We're also expecting our first shipment of Surly's new Marge Light fat bike rims.  These are way light, and should be a near perfect summer/light winter rim.  I'm planning on setting my Pofahl fat bike up with these.  We've been looking forward to these for some time now.  Stop in and check them out, they'll be here this afternoon.

And now, some Monty Python.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuesday Night Ride.

We will be having our Tuesday Night ride leaving from the shop at 7pm tonight.  All signs of snow have gone, any mtb would do fine on the trails as they are.  We hope to see you tonight, have a great day.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Snow remembered.

A reminder of what trails look liked last weekend with even a little snow.  I want more snow, now please.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Custom Bike Build: Mike Pofahl's Pofahl.

Mike Pofahl stopped by last weekend with his new drop bar fat bike.  It's construction is similar to the bike he made me last year.  This bike is truly a stunner.  This bike will eventually have a Pofahl fork and matching custom stem once the position is dialed.

Full internal cable routing to the rear is gorgeous.  Smooth fillet brazing is complimented by the classy gray paint.

Another angle.  Love the head tube reinforcing rings.

Paragon Machine Works dropouts are super clean looking.  These are the same dropouts that I have on my bike.  I love the aesthetic.

This is another great bike from Mike.  I love how it turned out, and he loves the ride with the fat wheels!  I'll throw some photos up of the updated build when he gets the fork and stem made.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Tuesday Night Ride

Warmer temps have all but decimated our snow locally.  That said, it's opened up a lot of trails again for non fat bikers.  We will plan on riding in Faribault, leaving from the shop tomorrow night at about 7pm. 

We hope you can join us, the riding has been great lately.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday Mukluk Ride

Awesome ride with friends. A perfect way to start the day.  Have a great weekend folks.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Mukluk Morning.

Perfect way to start the day.

Friday, December 16, 2011

They have landed.

Surly's long awaited Moonlanders have arrived and are in stock.  These bikes are as big as they get, and the tires are larger than life.

These are the whole reason this bike exists.  Surly's Big Fat Larry's on Surly's Clownshoe rims simply dwarf all other rim and tire combinations out there. This whole bike exists to be able to fit this combination while allowing for full drive train use.  The clearance around these tires is also huge.  There's nearly three quarters of an inch of room around all contact points between the tire and frame.

Surly calls this color Space.  It's easy to see why.  There's so much metal flake here it's nuts!  I love it, and it fits the bike perfectly.

In addition to the 100mm bottom bracket, Surly uses a special version of their cranks on this bike.  The spindle is wider than on a standard Mr Whirly cranks.  The rings are also offset to insure the chain clears the tire and rim.  Lots of bolts down there!  Again, the color of the bikes is just awesome.

The Moonlander comes standard with Avid brakes and levers, along with excellent thumb shifters.  There's almost nothing I would changes on the build of these.  They just come out of the box done.

We have several of these fine bikes in stock for purchase.  Stop in and check out the latest in fat bike arrivals .

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Custom Bike Build: El Mariachi SS

This bike speaks for itself.  High quality parts, hand built wheels, 23lbs, reasonably priced, and no waiting.  It's a single speed for single speeders.  $2199.99.

Salsa, Avid, Cane Creek, White Industries, Whiskey and Stan's round out the big name parts on this bike.  It's all good, and it works great.  

Simple and elegant.

This is a bike Curtis and I would build for ourselves.  I think it's easy to see why.  Come check it out today!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Shop Write Up. is a site run by Gary Lake dedicated to all things fat bike.  It's a great resource and community.

Check it out.

A few liberties were taken by the articles author, infamous suburban bad boy Soupboy.  It's pretty much spot on though.  

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Custom Bike Build: Mark's Ti Mukluk

Mark approached us late this summer wanting a go fast Ti Mukluk.  He owns a standard Mukluk, liked the handling, but wanted a lighter bike built with top shelf parts.  After careful deliberation Mark decided to keep his current bike and go ahead with this build.  We decided to add Big Fat Larry's to his current Mukluk for full float capability.


This bike was to be built with excellent parts throughout.  The goal was to build a bike with very light wheels shod with 3.8" tires, a killer drive train, good brakes, and top shelf contact points.  The sum of all these parts is impressive to say the least.  This bike flat out kills it.


Any build starts with a frameset of course.  Here a medium Salsa Mukluk Ti is mated to a White Brother's carbon fork.  A Sotte Voce Kind headset rounds out one of the nicest framesets you can put together.

Handlebar set up is also visible in this photo. A Truvativ Stylo stem holds a Salsa Promoto Carbon handlebar.   Shifting is handled by Shimano Dura Ace shifters and Paul Thumbie mounts.  Brakes are Avid's excellent XO hydraulics.

Up front a Shimano XT double derailleur looks and works great with The e13 fat bike crank and e13, 32t-22t stock rings.  I love the brushed titanium finish against these sharply machined black parts.

Ti Mukluks use a cable saddle on the seat tube instead of a cable stop.  The cable housing runs full length down to the derailleur itself.  This is really clean looking, and works great.

No step.

One of the crowning pieces of this build is a gorgeous Brooks B17 ti.  These are nearly half a pound lighter than a standard B17, and they are just gorgeous.  I have one of these on my Potts single speed, it's the most comfortable saddle I've ever used.  It's the perfect saddle to top this wonderful build.

This is certainly the nicest fat bike we've had leave the shop.  It's built with high quality, sensible parts.  The frame should last darn near forever, and the ride quality is pure velvet.  Even with the Brooks and inexpensive flat pedals this bike weighs in at 30lbs, 11oz.  Not too shabby at all.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A new titanium arrival.

We received a good customer's Steve Potts titanium road frame yesterday.  It's gorgeous.  Steve's bikes have a quiet, understated quality to them that simply exudes class.  This will be built up next week with a set of top notch components.  We will have a build write up on that when it's complete.  For now I'll leave you with this.

Have a great weekend all.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Another Salsa Frameset Package

Not long ago we offered a Salsa El Mariachi frame package with a Cane Creek 40 and a Whiskey carbon fork. These looked great, and were really well received.  We've decided to offer this set up with Salsa's alloy Mamasita frameset as well.

The Mamasita is a great bike from Salsa.  It's a very light, stiff frame that manages to not beat the rider up.  Lipstick red coloring with bright graphic logos really jump out and grab you.  Combined with the gloss Whiskey fork it makes for an amazing looking package.

This package is for offer at the same price as the El Mariachi set up, $975.  For those wondering, as photoed below the total weight with headset is 5.4 lbs!  This is with an uncut steer tube!  Talk about sexy go-fast.

Bang for the buck this is a lot of bike for the money.  Built any number of ways this would be a great bike.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Titanium Mukluks Have Arrived.

Salsa's long awaited titanium Mukluks have finally arrived at the shop.  It goes without saying that these are beautiful things.  I love the brushed Ti look.  The subtle media blasted finish on the Salsa logo is a wonderful compliment.

Geometry wise these are basically the same as standard Mukluks.  All parts will swap over easily, so if you have a current bike you'd like to upgrade that can be done quite simply.

Ti Mukluks feature Salsa's excellent Alternator dropouts.  These allow for dead simple chain tensioning for use as a single speed, or chain stay length adjustment on geared use.  The bikes are shipped with the SS dropout installed.  They come with the geared dropout as well.

Welds are top notch on these US built frames.  The seat tube cluster is particularly photogenic.

These represent the pinnacle of fat bikes currently available.  It simply doesn't get any better than this.  For those wondering, there is a hugely noticeable difference in ride quality between these and the standard alloy Mukluks.  These offer a light, springy feel that the alloy Muks simply don't offer.  It is noticeable even taking into account the low tire pressures.  These are hands down as good as it gets.

Mukluk Ti frames come standard with Salsa's Enabler fork and a Pewter Salsa seat clamp.  Price on these is $2099.99.  We have medium and large frames available in the store.  Other's are order able on request.  

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Fat Bike Maiden Voyage.

Last night was my first real ride on my new Mukluk.  Temps plunged from a balmy 23 degrees at lunch time to around 6 degrees come 7pm.  Adding to the temps the night seemed abnormally dark for some reason.  Although this was likely psychological, Curtis and I were having a bit of trouble getting excited to ride.  As the time neared ride time we were both in street clothes BS'ing about this and that.  Neither of us were looking out the back door with much longing.

At a quarter to seven Evan walked in, sealing the deal.  The ride was on.  We suited up quick and started down the parking lot.  Immediately the chilly temps were forgotten.  All of us had proper clothing and bar mitts; I was actually over dressed for most of the ride.  We received 3-4"s of fresh snow over the weekend.  With cold temps since then, the snow was in great shape.

We bombed along the twisty technical singletrack along the river to start.  This trail gets a fair amount of walking traffic.  It was a bit bumpy from all the footprints, but was decently packed which allowed for good uphill traction and higher speeds.  I love this section of trail.  It's recently be updated with two new bridges over ravines, and some really nice bench cut trail sections finished with found stones.  It's even prettier in the winter, and parts are quite a technical challenge on a fat bike in slippery snow!

Once through the singletrack the trails open up onto snowmobile and mixed use trails in River Bend.  These are doubletrack width and are for the most part groomed.  They are open to walking as well as skiing, though there were no real ski tracks to speak of yet.  Going was a little harder here due to the groomer, the snow was a harsh fluffy sort of thing.  The tires were clearly working harder to push through it.  Untracked sections of new snow were a quiet joy to cruise along through.  These sections were my favorite.  The tires just floated along quietly and smoothly.  Downhill trails leading to the river bottoms were a blast.  I opened up the bike and just let the tires run.  The river is just starting to ice up, and was gorgeous in the moonlight.

Once through the main loop of the Nature Center we headed back to the shop.  Running again through the singletrack I chose to take the much hillier uphill line.  This was quite a technical challenge.  The trick was trying to balance uphill traction, side hill slides, and downhill braking controlled slides.  There's no shame in saying I walked a fair bit of it.  I think this will be a great challenge for me this year.

Back at the shop we all discussed how relatively hard it was to get going, and how grateful we were for having made it out.  For me riding with people on scheduled rides is by far the best motivator for winter riding.  This time of riding lends itself to having people with you.  There's a sense of camaraderie involved when laughing with each other when you fall.  Congratulating each other for cleaning some tough section feels way better than smiling to yourself.  Most important though it having someone with you to give you that little push.  Someone to help get you out there.  Someone to tell you to provide encouragement on the ride, to tell you to try that section of trail.  It's people that make rides like this great.

A big thanks is due to Evan for giving Curtis and I a needed push last night.  It was a fabulous ride, thanks for joining us!

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Fat Tuesday Ride, 12/6/12

This coming Tuesday we will be riding from the shop at 7pm.  We will be riding mtb's and fat bikes in River Bend Nature Center.  The riding should be great, especially if this weekend's promised snow comes through!

We hope you can join us, have a great weekend!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Eriksen Sweetposts

These fine seatposts from Eriksen are back in stock.  We have the 27.2mm and 30.9mm in stock in 400mm lengths. Both are of the set back variety.  These are in stock with black and red hardware.  Other lengths and colors are easily ordered to suit your fancies.

These are great pieces that add comfort and style to any bike.  They are not inexpensive, but are simply gorgeous.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Revelate Stickers.

They make great head badges.

We've got a few of these in the shop.  Stop in and pick up your's today.  Hug the bunny!