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125214666 Behind the Curtain News & Narcissism

Today is the 1-year anniversary of the very first post we published here on the November blog. That marks it as the official public start of the company, though Dave and I had been working behind the scenes for about two months before then. Two months isn't a lot of time for planning and organization, to be sure, but we also launched early in order to show you all the planning, organization, decision-making and progress in real-time. Since that first post a year ago, we've spouted off over 100 more times here on the blog. It's all available over in...

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Mailbag Mondays, 6-27-11 edition

125214666 Behind the Curtain Mailbag Mondays

We spend a lot more time responding to email than we do engineering carbon fiber layup processes. Even though we answer each message specific for the person who emailed us, some of what we reply may be of consequence to other customers as well. So every Monday that we remember to do it, we'll publish Mailbag Mondays here, with a few of the emails we received and the responses we sent. Email #1: Wheel Weights Questions Hi, I am planning to preorder a wheelset in November. I thought I had my mind set on the 50mm tubular, because it was...

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Time and Space

125214666 Behind the Curtain News & Narcissism

Our significant others are remarkably accommodating women.  Mike’s main restraint is time, while mine is space.  Without support from our partners, we wouldn’t get around these restraints.  Mine has dealt with wheels (and bikes, and boxes, and various other stuff) crowding her out of our living room for so long she’s probably forgotten what it’s like not to have them there, while Mike’s family might be in danger of forgetting what he’s like (just kidding – it’s just a lot of work for him to cover all his bases).  We’ve often referred to the idea that space is just an...

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Carbon Fiber Violins and Scandium TT Frames

125214666 Behind the Curtain

Some of the suppliers we looked at when sourcing our frame are industry-agnostic specialists in material composition - carbon fiber, in this case. One we considered manufactures and sells bike frames and, among other things, carbon fiber violins. Now you're probably not in the market for a carbon fiber violin - but I am. My son is 9, plays second violin in the Levine School Junior Chamber Ensemble, and is also a pretty decent bike racer. He's one of the few people I know who would appreciate a carbon fiber violin. Which is to say, I'm one of the few...

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