Giving Back: McLaren Bike Park
McLaren Park present day. McLaren Park with proposed bike park.
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 Friends of China Camp.
This month we're partnering with SF Urban Riders (SFUR). They are leading the effort to create a bicycle park at McLaren Park in San Francisco that benefits all users, regardless of age or ability. The location they have identified is a decaying asphalt wasteland that has been used for dumping trash. The SFUR plan would remove the asphalt and mitigate the trash dumping, resulting in a recreational facility for the community that includes park land and picnic facilities.
SFUR is working with Alpine Bike Parks to ensure that it will be professionally designed and constructed, making it a unique draw to visitors from the Bay Area and beyond. Its design will contain elements appealing to families with children just getting comfortable on two wheels, young adults seeking the thrills of a jump park or wanting to improve their technical skills, and anyone that wants to experience the joy of riding a bicycle in an off road environment. It will feature beginner to advanced level features such as flowing trails, berms, progressive table top jumps, dirt jumps, wooden ladders, wall rides, a pump track, and much more.
The estimated cost for the Mclaren Bike Park is $1.25 - $1.5 million. SFUR has funded the outreach and conceptual design process through small grants and donations ($20,000). In January 2013 it was awarded a grant to fund Phase One Construction costs ($250,000), which was followed by a matching grant from the Land & Water Conservation Fund to cover Phase Two Construction costs ($250,000).
We are excited to contribute to a project that will benefit the community at large. We provide monthly updates of our donation amounts at the bottom of our home page.
$726 raised as of 11/25/14!
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We will be closed for the following holidays so that we can spend time with family, friends, and on the trail:
• Thursday, November 27th
• Friday, November 28th
• Friday, December 19th @ 11:30 AM for our Staff Appreciation Luncheon
• Thursday, December 25th
• Friday, December 26th
• Monday, December 29th: Shipping Department only
• Thursday, January 1st
• Friday, January 2nd
Our New CNC Lathe Arrives!
Our new Cyclone 32-CS seven axis lathe is delivered. A big machine requires a big fork lift.
With a 32 mm bar capacity, bar loader, and 1K PSI coolant, it will make beautiful parts with great efficiency.
Rearranging machines to make room for the new one.
The Cylcone 32-CS moves into position. Daniel Borman admires its guts.
Mark is happy!
Our new left side inserts for our PolyDrop assemblies are made from 6061 aluminum and are compatible with a DT Swiss or Shimano 142 x 12 mm skewer and a 140 rotor. They are available without eyelets, PA404 and PB404 (black anodized), and with eyelets, PA412 and PB412 (black anodized).
Titanium Triple Stop
Our CP titanium triple saddle cable stop, CS0322, can hold one, two, or three cables and allows for a disc brake hydraulic hose or full-length housing to be attached to the frame with a zip-tie. It has four ears forming a miter that are meant to be fusion welded to the tube, eliminating the need for any filler material at the weld. Measuring 12 mm long, it has a 1/8" slot between the ears to allow for a small zip-tie. It is mitered to fit all main triangle tubes 1" to 1-1/2".
Our Winter wool PMW socks have arrived! Made from Marino wool by Save Our Soles in Colorado, USA, they feature a 6" cuff, our distinctive logo and bone lettering, and a racing strip down the back, all in hot pink! We trialed a sample and love them; they are supremely comfortable and look great. Keep them in mind for holiday gift giving and remember, all proceeds from these sales go to bike-friendly organizations.
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.
Phone App for Webstore
In an effort to keep our phone app current and make it more user-friendly, we have decided to make it a product resource and ordering tool only. The informational pages have been removed and only our contact, product, and ordering pages remain.
Due to issues with documentation requirements and delivery, we will no longer offer a USPS shipping option for international orders valued at $2500 or more; they must be shipped by UPS.
We have noticed an increase in delivery problems for both domestic and international packages shipped by USPS over the last month. We have contacted our service representative and are doing what we can to advocate for our customers. We apologize for any inconvenience that you may experience and hope that we will see an improvement in their service soon.
Paul Component Engineering Meet Your Maker Tour
A big thanks to Paul Component Engineering for hosting the latest Meet Your Maker Tour in Chico, CA. Here are a few pictures from the event:
Una Pizza Bike Show
Una Pizza Napoletana and Soulcraft are joining together to host a bike show at Una Pizza Napoletana on Sunday, December 14th from noon until 5 PM. Not only will you be able to eat artisan pizza and drink amazing coffee by Four Barrel, you'll be able to hang with some of the premier bicycle frame builder and component makers in California. This is one show you don't want to miss.
Total amount to date: $2518
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