We are closed on Labor Day, September 1, 2014
Paragon Machine Works donates 100% of all revenues from the sale of our bottle openers and promotional items to non-profit organizations that promote bicycle safety, awareness, and community. Last month, we donated over $500 from these sales to the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition. With the start of school throughout the Bay Area, we thought it appropriate to donate September’s proceeds to another worthy organization, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA).
NICA works with high schools nationally to help create and maintain mountain bike teams by offering camps and clinics, races, and coach licensing programs. Its greater mission is to develop high school mountain biking teams coast-to-coast by 2020. NICA-sanctioned races and activities provide student-athletes an arena in which to set and accomplish competitive goals, and to achieve their personal best while developing friendships, confidence, and leadership skills.
"NICA and the Utah League have made a huge impact on my high school years, and on my future. It’s an incredible way to get more kids on bikes while creating a positive and fun environment.”
- Haley Batten, Utah 2013 Varsity State Champion & 2014 National Champion (age 15-16)
“The high school MTB team provides a unique opportunity to our students to be involved in a positive athletic activity. The program instills life-long fitness and encourages environmental and community stewardship.”
- Jim Slemp, Principal of Berkeley High School (retired)
Becoming a Member:
Paragon Machine Works is a Booster Club Member of NICA, and made/donated the aluminum component of the plaques for their 2014 awards ceremony. Our very own Shipping Department Manager, Rebecca Heisterkamp, and her husband, Jon Suzuki, share their mountain biking expertise with students by riding with and coaching some of the NICA-affiliated East Bay high school mountain biking teams.
We are excited to contribute to this outstanding organization and appreciate your purchases that help to benefit it. We provide monthly updates of our donation amounts on the home page of our website (see below).
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Giving Back Monthly Donation Amounts
Total amount to date: $553
Pink Socks Manufacturing Defect
A couple of customers have had holes show up in their gorgeous pink PMW socks after very little wear. We're sorry to hear this and have contacted the manufacturer, who is extremely apologetic and is taking it very seriously. If you get a blow out in your socks, please let us know by e-mailing orders(at)paragonmachineworks.com so that we can replace them at no charge. We apologize for any inconvenience.
We have two new right side replacement inserts available for our flat and flanged ToggleDrop assemblies. Made from 6061 aluminum, they are available without a derailleur hanger (DR4069 and B4069 – black anodized) and with a conventional derailleur hanger (DR4071 and B4071 – black anodized). A Shimano direct mount version is coming soon. Both are compatible with a Shimano 142 x 12 mm skewer and include a 21 mm long retainer and a M4 x 8 mm button head cap screw that hold the Shimano nut captive. There are nine notches in the retainer that index the notches on the nut. This allows the closed position of the skewer to be adjusted every 40 degrees for optimal location. The retainer can be flipped over to utilize nine more positions that are 20 degrees out of phase from the original positions.
PMW Baseball Hats
Back by popular demand, PMW hats! They are vailable in two colors: black with pink embroidery, PR91, and maroon with grey embroidery, PR92. The embroidery is outlined with a contrasting color to make it pop. Made by Flexfit, they are 64% polyester/23% cotton/3% spandex and machine washable. The front panel has our skull logo, the back panel has “PMW” in our signature bone lettering. They are comfortable and attractive, and are already a wardrobe favorite of our employees. Available for $25 in small/medium and large/x-large. Remember, all sales revenues will be donated to the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition (see above).
Bottle Opener with 15 mm Wrench and 32 mm Headset Wrench
Our limited edition bottle opener, BT0003, contains two essential tools: a 15 mm wrench for single speed applications and a 32 mm headset wrench. Bring it on your ride and then use it to open a beer afterward! Built to last from premium stock 6/4 titanium. Measures 5.5" long x 2" wide x .2" thick and weighs only 43 grams! 100% of all proceeds will be donated to the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition (see above).
1-1/8" x 1-1/4" Steel Tapered Steerer Tubes
Our newest tapered steerer tubes are made from 4130 steel and are tapered 1-1/8" x 1-1/4". They are available in 9" (MS2024), and 12" (MS2025) steerer lengths. The crown race seat is supplied 1.326" diameter and must be finished to size after fabrication by the frame builder.
Check out our photos from the Petaluma, August 2014 Meet Your Maker Tour on our News and Events page. They were lively events filled with great people, awesome views and riding, and many beautiful hand-built bicycles.
Meet Your Maker Tour, China Camp State Park
Save the date! Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Back Ranch Meadow Camp Ground
Paragon Machine Works will host a Meet Your Make Tour on Saturday, October 4th at China Camp State Park. The ride will start at 3 PM from the Back Ranch Meadow Campground, and will be a moderately difficult 11 mile single track loop that includes switch backs and some rocky/rutted terrain. There will be a staggered start with Shredders leaving first, followed by Nearly-Shredders, with those who want to move at a slower pace and take in the scenery going last. Kids are encouraged to participate.
Please join us after the ride for sausages and sides. Remember to bring water along for the ride and beverages for after. There are a limited number of tent sites available for Saturday night. Priority will be given to the Makers, with the rest filled on a first-come-first-served basis.
E-mail donna(@)paragonmachineworks.com if you are interested in staying overnight.
China Camp State Park
The park is nestled along the shore of the San Pablo Bay. The road through the park offers beautiful views of the waterfront. Features include an extensive intertidal salt marsh, meadow, and oak habitats. There is a variety of wildlife, including deer, squirrels, coyote, fox, bats, and numerous birds. The California clapper rail and the salt marsh harvest mouse are endangered species that live in the marsh areas of the park.
A Chinese shrimp-fishing village thrived on this site in the 1880s. Nearly 500 people, originally from Canton, China, lived in the village. In its heyday, there were three general stores, a marine supply store, and a barber shop. Fishermen by trade in their native country, they gravitated to the work they knew best. Over 90% of the shrimp they netted were dried and shipped to China or Chinese communities throughout the US. At China Camp Village there is a museum describing an early Chinese settlement as well as beach access, swimming, and picnicking available.
China Camp State Park is located four miles east of San Rafael on the shore of San Pablo Bay. From Highway 101, go east on North San Pedro Road until it enters the park. Drive past the main entrance to the park that will be on your right, and continue on North San Pedro Road for about one-half mile until you reach the Back Ranch Meadow Campground on your right. Plenty of parking is available in the campground parking lot.
Biketoberfest, October 11th, 2014
Biketoberfest is one of our favorite events! It is a lively, family-friendly event that is filled with good people, food, beer, and music. Please join us at this fun event.
When: Saturday, October 11, 2014, 12 PM - 5 PM
Where: Fairfax, CA - birthplace of the mountain bike!
FairAnselm Plaza 765 Center Blvd. Fairfax, CA 94930 (next to Iron Springs Pub and Java Hut)
Buy your beer tasting ticket in advance and save!: $25 advance, $30 day of event.
- • 70 bike exhibitors and a handmade bike show.
- • Over 35 varieties of beer from 20 West Coast brewers.
- • Live Music featuring Moonalice and Alice Drinks The Kool-Aid.
- • Cargo bike jubilee.
- • Group road and mountain bike rides!
- • FREE valet bike parking provided by Marin County Bicycle Coalition - ride, don't drive!
- Philly Bike Expo, November 8th and 9th, 2014
Paragon Machine Works will have a booth at the Philly Bike Expo filled with our precision frame building components, bottle openers, t-shirts, hats, and socks. We're looking forward to meeting up with the builders and bicyclists from the Eastern part of the United States and beyond.
The Philly Bike Expo is a celebration of cycling. In 2010, Bilenky Cycle Works aspired to broaden their reach and promote cycling culture. And so, the Philly Bike Expo was born. Now in its 5th year, the Philly Bike Expo promotes the fun, function, fitness and freedom to be found on two wheels. The Philly Bike Expo creates an environment that fosters relationships between the cycling community and the dedicated companies and organizations that are the foundation of bicycles as a lifestyle. This weekend celebrates the artisans whose craft enables us to ride two-wheeled art, to applaud the activists whose tireless efforts further our cycling infrastructure, and to explore cycling as a fun and efficient transportation alternative.
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