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 $800 from these sales to the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). We are pleased to donate all our October proceeds from these sales to Friends of China Camp (FOCC); a fitting partnership since we will be hosting a Meet Your Maker Tour at China Camp State Park on October 4th (for details see below). With its stunning natural beauty, unique cultural history, and miles of bicycle-friendly trails, China Camp is an irreplaceable resource not only for Marin County, but also for Californians and citizens everywhere. Those of you who have ridden or hiked on its trails have an intimate understanding of what a special place it is. FOCC ‘s mission is to keep China Camp open and thriving through community outreach and education, developing a sustainable funding plan, and maximizing efficiency of park operations. $711 raised as of 10/13/14, thank you for your support and let's keep it going!
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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Our Winter wool PMW sock in black, with a 6" cuff and our distinctive logo and bone lettering in pink. We've added hot new racing stripes to the design and they look sharp! We'll let you know the moment they arrive.
Check out our new video on How to Assemble a ToggleDrop starring our very own Mark Norstad. We think it is informative and will help make ToggleDrops assembly go smoothly. A big thanks to Rory Earnshaw, our videographer extraordinaire and our talented editor, Laura Lim of DACARY Productions, for helping us to make this happen.
Meet Your Maker Tour, China Camp State Park
Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Back Ranch Meadow Camp Ground
China Camp State Park provided an idyllic setting for the Meet Your Maker Tour hosted on October 4th, 2014 by Paragon Machine Works. The park is nestled along the shore of the San Pablo Bay, and under a cloudless sky, we were treated to beautiful views of the shoreline and sunshine glistening on the water.
Left: John Castellano of Castellano Designs yakkin' with Joe Peterson of PMW.
Right: Rebecca Heisterkamp, Shipping Queen at PMW.
The day started for some of the Makers with a tour of the once thriving shrimp-fishing village where nearly 500 people, originally from Canton, China, made their living in the 1880’s. From there it was on to the Back Ranch Meadows Campground where we started the ride. We had a great turnout of Makers that included Sean Walling of Soulcraft, Curtis Inglis of Inglis & Retrotec Cycles, Todd Ingermanson of Black Cat Bicycles, John Castellano of Castellano Designs, Robert Ives of Blue Collar Bikes, Cameron Falconer of Falconer Cycles, Chris Chance of Fat Chance Bikes, and most of the Paragon crew. The ride took us on 11 miles of single track filled with switch backs, areas of rocky terrain, swooping forested descents, and pristine views of the Bay. A group of riders stopped at the snack shack to imbibe some refreshing beverages and one of the riders noted that there “must have been about a million dollars’ worth of custom bikes leaning up against that building”. It was a beautiful sight.
Left: The kids group ready to shred.
Right: Bikes taking a rest after the vigorous ride.
Upon returning to the campground, riders were treated to sausages and brats and a campfire to relax around. The beer flowed freely. While the Giants’ playoff game streamed from the radio, we talked about bikes and machining, played cards, shared stories, and laughed. And some of us drank more beer. Nightfall brought out droves of raccoons that rooted through our left overs and stared down at us from the trees. One camper was even fortunate enough to get some bat poop on her pillow. Some of us stayed up later than others and hooted and hollered around the campfire, some got sick in nature’s majestic beauty, and some could be heard screaming “Shut the f***K up!” over and over. Eventually all was quiet and everyone hunkered down for some sleep under the stars. (Except for that one couple).
Left: Robert Ives from Blue Collar Bikes and friends enjoying a perfect fall evening at China Camp.
Right: A HUGE THANKS to Steve Paschaol for manning the grill.
Left: Game time and a rare sighting of Chris Chance (in pink) of Fat Chance Bicycles.
Right: Alec White of White Industries, and Mark Norstad and Luis Lopez of PMW geeking out about machine work.
Another beautiful day dawned and we indulged in Sean’s delicious buttermilk pancakes dripping with real maple syrup, banana muffins, coffee, and bacon (both floppy and crispy) cooked up by Mark Norstad. The adventurous took off on another ride to explore more trails while the tired, bedraggled, busy, and over-scheduled headed back to reality. It was an action packed weekend of single track and hanging out with fun people who like to ride and make bikes. Thanks for joining in.
Left: Curtlis Inglis of Inglis/Retrotec Cycles does a celebrity pancake flip.
Right: Sean Walling of Soulcraft Bikes grilling breakfast hot cakes. Thank you Sean for helping us pull this together and for the delicious buttermilk pancakes!
Left: Riders enjoy a pancake and bacon breakfast.
Right: Daniel Borman and Luis Lopez of PMW get a primer in frame design from Obi-Wan Castellano.
Left: Babes on bikes.
Right: Tyler Larsen of PMW teaches campers how to open a beer with a knife. Daniel Borman of PMW is ready to give it a try.
Best excuse for not doing a Sunday morning ride: "I have to catch a ferry so that I can propose to my girlfriend."
Worst excuse: "I forgot a second pair of bike shorts."
Biketoberfest, October 11th, 2014
Under beautiful skies, we enjoyed both the Meet Your Maker ride and Biketoberfest. There was a great turn out for both, and we're very greatful to those of you who bought our promotional items and bottle openers to help support Friends of China Camp.
The route took us on Trail 680, across Sir Francis Drake and into Camp Tamarancho. The terrain included steep climbing and sweet single track on the Flow Trail. The Makers on the ride included Robert Ives of Blue Collar Bikes, Alec White of White Industries, Curtlis Inglis of Inglis/Retrotec Cycles, Sean Walling of Soulcraft Bikes, Steve Rex of Rex Cycles, Otis Guy of Otis Guy Cycles, and Mark Norstad of Paragon Machine Works.
How can you go wrong with great beer, bikes, music, food, and people?
Right: Best Dressed Award at Biketoberfest.
Left: Future shredder.
Right: Mark Norstad enjoys the food and Chris Paretich's company.
Left: Sean Walling of Soulcraft Bikes
Right: Robert Ives of Blue Collar Bikes
Left (L to R): Gary Helfrich, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, Chris Paretich, and Joe Madrigali.
Right: Sam Shepherd, Programmer and Designer at Paragon Machine Works, and Rebecca Heisterkamp, Shipping Department Manager at Paragon Machine Works
Paul Component Engineering Meet Your Maker Tour
and 25th Anniversary Party Extravaganza
Saturday, October 25th, 2014
11 AM departure from the shop
Please join Paul Component Engineering for a lovely trail ride in Upper Bidwell Park in Chico, CA. It is a medium to difficutl ride, depending on whether you do the full on mountain bike or dirt road ride to the end (like last time). No drop, snacks and drinks will be provided. The ride will start and end at the shop and you are invited to stay after to help them celebrate their 25th Anniversary with beer, soda, water, hotdogs, and more! Limited camping is available onsite, RSVP to info(at)paulcomp.com. Check their Facebook page for updates.
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.
Total amount to date: $1,713
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