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Procedure standard

PROCEDURE: A series of steps followed in a regular definite order. Synonyms include: Course of action, plan of action, action plan, policy, series of steps, method, system, strategy, way, approach, formula, mechanism, methodology, modus operandi, MO, technique; routine, drill, practice, operation. Editors Note: I particularly like “Plan of Action” as it implies that, in this case a fabricator, must set out a path towards an end goal which requires trial and error, all executed by definitive action. There is no idleness in procedure; only one of industriousness, critical thought, and creativity to achieve improved result to solve a problem.

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Weather standard

I know a lot of you have been experiencing the same odd weather as we have here in New England. This winter has been exceptional in the sense that temperature swings have been quite dramatic. So much so I could wear shorts one afternoon and then be ensconced with goretex and layers of insulation the next. I’m talking 65° and sunny on a Monday and 5° and bone chilling on Tuesday. Needless to say it’s been tough riding this past winter. We’ll get really great snow but followed by rain or freezing rain the next which essentially throws that days enjoyment out the window. We did get a streak there in January and into early February where it was consistent ...

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Oranged 27 Plus standard

So it appears that Plus sized bikes have finally worked their way east into the collective conscience of my client base. A good majority of my clients call home here on the east coast. A good majority also hail from the mid-west too and if I were to take a guess, that’s where the majority of Huntsman builds have accumulated. But with Plus comes the advantage of traction, control, improved cornering capabilities, and ride quality all packed into a wheel size that’s just a bit under the diameter of a 29″ wheel. So that also makes it a really interesting wheel size that fits a lot of different rider heights. A lot of my clients here on the east coast ...

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What I See standard

Occasionally, I take a picture of what I see. Not what it is that I happen to be working on, but what I “see”. A lot of what I see is often looking past the surface. And that gets at the type of work I do. It’s the type of work that requires you to listen with all of your senses. It’s the type of work where reliance on intuitive motion is essential. But it’s also one which requires a foundation of skills and a foundation of movement achieved through patience of time and dedication. It’s an immersion of your faculties. That type of motion where tool and muscle mate as one to an end purpose. A union of coexistence ...

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Set the Example. Lead by Example. standard

Although I have lived a life so far of relative comfort, I haven’t lead a life of so called “success” in the most traditional sense of the word. I’ve had my share of steps forward only to be met by steps backward. Narrow victories followed by immediate and devastating losses. Improvements made while then faced with a tough road forward. And on occasion no way forward but to start anew. But no matter what the challenge, I’ve taken it head on, head up with a clear mind and emboldened resolve not to be beaten by the machinations pending or imposing. My shield: My determination. My weapon: My intellect. My way forward: My talent. Questioning; listening. Reflection; acceptance. Then, stepping forward ...

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In Short // On all things Curved standard

I hear this word a lot: “Curvalicious”… However, when I see what’s cited or given as an example? All I see, for the most part, is disjointed, haphazard connections with no respect to functional application and literally no eye for negative space. Me? I like to push and pull the eye in and through both positive and negative space in search of functional balance. I like my curves simple. I like my curves functional. Good design is as little design as possible. Everything has a purpose. Everything must be considered. I have to admit. I’m an Industrial Designer. Don’t get me started. For the pedantic types: haphazard adjective Shelley’s haphazard piles of laundry: random, unplanned, unsystematic, unmethodical, disorganized, disorderly, irregular, ...

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Negative Space standard

So let’s talk about negative space. Negative space is defined as the space in or around an object or within the subject of an image. It’s that space that the object or subject resides. It plays a huge role in composition of subject matter and when properly addressed, can silently underscore the subject matter. My own opinion is this space is as important visually, if not more important, than the object itself. It pushes up to and against the object, carving out it’s own space and language. And in that sense, it helps to support the very object it’s outlining. Kind of like an underline. Visually speaking, these two need to work in harmony with one another. A balance. When ...

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Feeling Nostalgic standard

I started mountain biking sometime around 1989 or 1990. I had been riding road for much longer up to this point and of course my fair share of BMX. Mountain biking combines the two nicely: Going fast and getting RAD. Finding mountain biking for me was like coming home. Saved perhaps. But my first mountain bike was a Trek 830 Antelope. Florescent yellow with black splatter paint accents. I saved for months and still didn’t have enough… My Dad took me over to T-Town Cycles in Trexlertown, PA and said he’d make up the difference if needed (which he did – what a pal). I rode that sucker to hell and back again until she finally cracked up by the ...

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Marauder 2×11 standard

Next up as a result of all those patient clients waiting for top mount decals is a long time client out of Arizona who used to call Lyndeborough, NH home. This one’s built around a 100mm Fox Fork, will take a 30.9mm dropper and can go dedicated 1×11 or 2×11. Classic external cable routing to keep things clean and simple. Flat black powder with gloss silver metallic decals. This one went out the door as soon as the decals were applied and has been built up. Just waiting on that first shake down ride notes from the stoked owner. Here’s a few to keep you warm at night. Looking forward to more of these builds as they come up in ...

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Fistful of Fat standard

It’s that time in the list. Fat bikes abound. In the next two weeks or so, two fat bikes should be done, 4 x 135mm unicrown steel forks should be finished and 3 different giant wheelsets should come in and out of the shop. 2 of which are HED Big Deal’s laced to I9 in 170 and 190mm spacing. There’s a 3rd secret bike happening in August. That’s all I’m saying on that one. You’ll just have to keep your nose to air for the internet scent to be picked up when the time comes. Here’s the start of Gordon’s Fat bike, 135mm front, 190mm rear. I’m considering rebuilding my own around 190mm to make more room for those 5″ ...

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