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  • Snakedriver FS Prototype

    Growing up, part and parcel of my childhood and early teen’s was heading over to “The Hog Pen” to see my Dad’s best friend Marshall. Marshall had refurbished an attached portion of a large family barn which actually had been a hog pen into his home. It was quite the transformation! Between the Hog Pen …

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  • My Marauder Ti SS

    Hey there singlespeed fans! This season I made a handful of updates to my personal Marauder Ti Singlespeed and I figured I’d share them here with all of you, my humble readers. This wasn’t necessarily by design but rather as new parts and problems arose, and some of which I broke… I made updates and …

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  • Pink Marauder Singlespeed

    So Dave’s dedicated Marauder SS is finally all finished up! With the Pandemic I’ve been experiencing some delays on components and I’ve seen a backlog of about 8 bikes slowly coming together in the assembly process. All of them waiting on just one component! So when Dave’s dropper finally arrived, I hopped to it and …

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  • Huntsman SuperTrail Prototype

    When we first moved to NH in 2006, it became quite obvious to me given the giant cache of dirt roads right from the shop doors that a skinny tire road bike just wasn’t going to cut it when it came to my local terrain.  In response, the Huntsman was born.  Ironically, that first Huntsman …

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  • Laywire 101

    Back in 1995, when I was a Sophomore at Penn State University, I was across the street from the Jewelery Departments studio spaces in the Arts and Architecture building’s shop space. Well outfitted woodshop dovetailed to a metal shop. Over on the metal shop side, I noticed a big Miller TIG Welder. When we all …

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  • Tack Sequence

    Over the years I’ve been asked about my weld sequence.  I’ve been asked it enough times and I’ve written it enough times that I think it’s about time I make it permanent here, in ink, on the 44HQ Blog.  Apologies for the radio silence for some time.  With all that’s been going on, I’ve honestly …

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  • Trespassing

    I’m sure we’ve all had our brushes with the law.  A recent article I read about a bikepacking trip in California left me scratching my head a bit.  I get it: Sometimes, you get to where you’re going and are met by a gate with a NO TRESPASSING sign. You’re out in the middle of nowhere. …

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  • Fruits of Labor

    This past winter, I decided to build a new Marauder prototype to try out a few new to me concepts. Most important of these concepts was a short stem/long top tube with a slack front end. I was curious about what effect wheelbase played when it came to handling. During that same time span, I …

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  • Ovaltined

    So here we go! Old technology is new again. Or is it rather Deja Vu all over again? It seems this is a theme when it comes to the world of cycling parts and technology. Every once in a while something comes back. Take flat mount for example or… more apropos, oval chainrings. Biopace anyone? …

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  • Respect the Mountain

    I want to address trail etiquette, ethics and our collective responsibility as mountain bikers to The Mountain. I’ve ridden my fair share of single track over the years and and the more I frequent specific systems, the more I start to notice wear and tear. Some of it’s just what goes along with the territory …

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