Saturday, December 30, 2006

Saturday Extremes

Today I woke up to a 26°F temperature and icy street. Great way to start a 6 hour ride. I cautiously rolled down to Scott's Cycle for the 7:30 ride. When I get there nobody is kitted up and they're trying to figure out where to go to breakfast...whatever, it's not that bad out. Anyway Kyle Gritters was in town and he was at the shop ready to roll, so roll we did with two other brave souls. It was a great ride, a little sketchy at times but great none the less. About 1.5 hours into the ride disaster strikes. As we were all riding relaxed, feeling that the ice was not a problem, we turned left onto a side road. First down, Kyle. Second down, Matt, after rolling over Kyle rear wheel. Third down, Lauren. Of course I stayed upright because I was on my custom made Marcroft that tracks superbly in the snow and ice. After the melee we were down a rear wheel and a rear derailuer on Kyles bike. After jimmying it back together we limped back to the shop. Luckily the temperature was rising, Steve and John got the bike running again and we were able to continue the trek. Six hours, 3000Kjl.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Vertical Integration

I've been trying to get a website up for Marcroft Cycles for quite some time now. Well, after coming to the realization that someting on the web is better than nothing, I started work on the site myself. I'm no programer but I was able to get a program that writes all the html code for you. Here's a sneak peak.

I'm going to try to get the site uploaded this week and a better gallery dialed in.

I hope the pictures of me aren't too much. I'm just trying to bring sexy back.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

It Figures

The day after Christmas and I don't have to work. Great time to burn off some holiday crappy weather. I'm so tired of riding in the rain.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Titanium Push

I've decided to push forward with offering titanium bikes. This is quite a large undertaking as the costs are much greater than building steel bikes. I only need to do a few things to the shop to get it dialed in for building bikes out of Ti. I'll need to do a proof bike too. I wonder what kind of bike I should build? I already have 4 road bikes, 2 mountian bikes, a TT bike, track bike and cross bike. It'll probably be another road bike, they get used the most.

Marcroft Cycles Flyer

I had this flyer made up about 6 months ago. It went up in a few shops around town. Check it out.

Monday, December 18, 2006


Here are some frames:

This is my new road bike for next year. Columbus Spirit tubing, it's sick light.

Doug's bike back from the painter. I'm looking forward to seeing this built up. Should be sweet.

David's rain bike finally with all the braze-ons. Still nasty with the flux too. It'll be back from the powder coater by Christmas and ready to ride for the new year.

Marcroft Cycles quality control going over a passed.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Finishing Up

I always do this. I'll end up with two or three bikes 80% finished. This weekend I should have them done and ready for the painter. I'll post a few pictures before they go out the door.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Trimmed Up

I almost busted a gut when I saw this.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Enough Already

Alright we get it, cyclocross racers are 'zany, cooky, dudes.' They like to drink beer and wear speedos while racing in knee deep mud. But you know what, when everyone else is doing it, you're no longer unique.

Cyclocross was at one time a fringe sport of another fringe sport (road racing). Now it's all mainstream. I mean the New York Time ran an article about it for christs sake.


Sunday, December 03, 2006

Goes Around, Comes Around

After one seriously wet and nasty November, December starts out with blue sky and great rides. We'll see how long it lasts.

I have a theory: Every year we accumulate X number of inches of rain. Every year its roughly the same number. That means we ARE going to get X inches of rain. The question is how are we going to receive it. One week, 5 inches followed by a week of nice, or will it be steady drizzle for a month? I prefer a nasty week followed by a nice period. I guess we're in that nice period.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Some Bikes

I'm too tired to efficiently build bikes this evening so I thought I'd post some pictures of some bikes Ive already built.

Anthony's Road Bike. This photo doesn't do the finish justice. It's certainly the color of money

My TT bike. Don't let the 54T front ring fool you, I'm still slow on it.

Chris's TT frame. I really like this orange. In fact I think this will be the color for my next road frame.

David's rain bike in progress. It just needs brazing and a Canadian flag, eh.