09 August, 2006

Updates and New Items

The Ostrich bags are booked on a ship due to arrive on 8/27. If there is no trouble with typhoons, pirates, or customs, we'll have them a few days to a week after that date.

We now stock Nitto Noodle and Classic handlebars.

There are two new shades of elk hide bar wraps, light brown and honey. We're also using a new thinner and narrower tape that makes them easier to install. We'll post a photo soon.

Cork grips for city bikes are available for $10. A shellaced version will be $18.

The first batch of Randonneur frames are sold out. The next batch are available at $1450. And we have decided to add three optional colors, French blue, orange, and black.

8 comments:

C said...

Anyway to reserve an Ostrich bag? Congrats on the randonneur frame being a near sell-out!

Chris Kulczycki said...

Sure C, just send an e-mail and we'll hold one for you.

Neil Berg said...

Are the new "wraps" actually wraps or lace-on covers? I have nice leather wraps made by a harness maker, but I don't remember who I bought them from. They are thick with beveled edges. They look and feel good. I know you can't stock everything, but I would really like lace-ons made from the heavy leather like the toe clip material. I have a feeling the stitching on the elk may tear out over time.

Chris Kulczycki said...

They are covers; I mis-wrote.

david_nj said...

You know that's a good idea Neil. Would be a little more industrial duty and last a bit longer. God knows the fewer times you have to sew these on, the better.

However, the fact of the matter is, I must say that the plain old cloth tape heavily shellacked is just about bombproof. Twice a decade you can just put some more shellac on there. The brown tape looks very much like brown leather with a few coats of clear shellac. And four-legged mammals far prefer it to boot.

Neil Berg said...

I really like the feel of the leather though, both elk and cowhide. Of course the shellaced tape is really classic for a French inspired bike. If we're really worried about our four-legged friends I suppose we could ride on plastic again.

blipzandstripz said...

I have shellaced cork grips for my girlfriend and she found them unrideable because sweat made them slippery (and she doesn't wear cycling gloves). I haven't tried them because she had me replace them after 2 rides, but just thought I would bring that up.

Chris Kulczycki said...

blipzandstripz,

There was too much shellac on them and no texture left. That's why they were slippery. Next time use 3 coats, no more. I've had them on my city bike for over a year and find them just perfect.