spooky bikes

It’s been a hell of a month

Posted in Uncategorized by Mickey/SpookyBikes on January 16, 2008


The rest of America seems to close between Christmas and New Years. What a phenomenally stupid idea.

What should at the most be two or three days off turns into a forced 2 week lay-off from productivity. All that bottled up communicative vigor is unleashed on January 3rd like a volley from Artemis on the death of Hippolytus…


Ten hour work days turn into 18 hour days, food becomes as interchangeable as diesel fuel, and your whole brain becomes a bomb-calorimeter metering ketones, caffeine and ideas. Ideas that burn, burn hot and the colder concepts are swalloed by entropy into the realm of the unconscious.

What good is a forced vacation if the end result is madness?

Turns out it’s pretty damn good actually.

I’ve been busy, Niall’s been busy, Chris at 3D has been busy, and the end result is things coming together in a sort of rat-a-tat-tat rapidfire melee of ideas, raw material and blisters.

I sailed the eastcoast in the E350 land yacht, from Mass to Florida and back again. 18 hours at a stretch, deep into the cobwebbed regions of my primitive mind. There is likely some sort of reversible lobotomy process that will be available soon for long-haul truckers. Might want to look into it for endurance racing as well. Like floating in a void of lukewarm Micturiant and Redbull, it’s a dirty, uneasy off-kilter kind of feeling.

The natural antidote is long rambling phone conversations with customers, friends and vendors.

Dire boredom can be an amazingly effective social lubricant, and as such, man, have we got some cool crap coming down the pipeline. Forks, heretical wheelsizes, a UCI xc tradeteam. It just keeps going.

I was down in Gainesville, FL meeting up with Paul and the crew from Bikes and More, and dropping off a Kittenpaste frame for them.

 It's krinklier than you can possibly imagine.  The best way I can describe it
in person is that It reminds me of David St Hubbins' leather trousers...

And man, is it hard...

It has a ceramic coating designed to protect Soviet Kosmonauts from heat
and plasmatized bugs on re-entry...  Stain resistant, saves 40 kilojoules
an hour in wind resistance, completely corrison resistant, smells like
cranberries and absorbs all radar signals.   The only problem is that it
interferes with the transmission of wireless cycling computers and
heart-rate monitors.

That’s a complete lie actually. But it is a wild combination of basecoats and a textured black powdercoat that yields a finish that is literally tough as nails.

Gainesville Florida is a hell of a town.

Bikes and More alone is full of an awesome collection of freaks, from Dan Action

the hero of knitters everywhere with his amazing wool skinsuits for the equally amazing Circle A ‘cross team. I’m not going out on a limb here to say that I think Circle A out of Providence, RI is just about the coolest bike “company” ever.

From their website;

“We specialize in custom steel frames, lugged, tig welded, and fillet brazed; frame repairs and repaints; and in our spare time, smashing the state. “

To say that the bike industry needs more Circle A and less Specialized is an obvious statement.

Another notably awesome guy who part-times at Bikes and More is Steve Z.

He isn’t just awesome because he has a flo-yellow Metalhead, and that he leads fast XC rides on it. He’s also one hell of a machinist. I had the supreme pleasure of using one his lights to go for an amazingly fun night ride last Thursday, and to say that it’s the best light I’ve ever used would not be misleading. It’s a product that’s already lighter, brighter and longer lasting than everything out there in proto-type form. Can’t wait to get one for myself!


Proving what a small world it is, another employee of the shop is a UMass grad student that I regularly run into here in the valley. Guess who just signed up for Niall’s frame building class!

Speaking of frame builders, Gainesville is the home of Villin.

Builder of very keen steel frames, former owner of the shop, and guy who thinks about making good bikes in a way that I find refreshing…

When I describe the overall advanced level of mtb culture in Gainesville to most people they are in disbelief. Group night rides 3 days a week year round, 50+ miles of great trails downtown, and some amazing events like last weekends Tour De Felasco, a 50 mile two loop epic singletrack funfest. Within an hour of Gainesville there is probably 200 miles of sweet singletrack. And a good place to buy a Spooky.


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