North American Handmade Bicycle Show
Note: our Shipping Department will close at 12 PM on Thursday, February 25th and remain closed on Friday, February 26th so that we can enjoy the show.
With the North American Handmade Bicycle Show fast approaching, it’s an exciting and hectic time at Paragon Machine Works. Exciting because we’ll soon get to visit with our customers and see their beautiful and creative frame builds; hectic trying to get our display together and new parts ready to show, all while trying to maintain our normal inventory.
Being busy is a fortunate position to be in, and we relish the build-up and our time at NAHBS. There are a number of our new parts that we’re looking forward to seeing on frames: T47 bottom bracket shells, 1-1/8” steerers, front dropouts with an integral thread, headset spacers, and flat mount dropouts. It’s very rewarding to see our parts on a bike, it makes it worth all the effort.
NAHBS is a great time for us to connect with the frame builders to find out what their needs are, to hear their ideas for improvement, and to get information on upcoming trends in the bicycle industry. We always come back from this show motivated and feeling fortunate to work with such a great group of people.
If you’re attending NAHBS please stop by our booth #512 , say hello and pick up a FREE swag bag (while supplies last).
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NOTE: our Shipping Department will close at 12 PM on Thursday, February 25th and remain closed on Friday, February 26th so that we can enjoy NAHBS.
Better Pricing for Adjustable Sliding Dropout Frame Components
Due to improved machining techniques and increased sales, production costs for some of our adjustable sliding dropout frame components have decreased. We are passing these savings on to our customers by significantly cutting our prices on the following parts:
6/4 titanium: DS0001 (flanged)
Along with our frame components, we also offer a wide selection of replaceable aluminum inserts at competitive prices. We take pride in making aesthetically pleasing, high quality parts in the USA for reasonable prices.
Steel Flat Mount Dropouts for 12 mm Skewer
We have expanded our line of flat mount dropouts to include 58 (DR2085) and 70 (DR2086) degree frame components that are compatible with a 12 mm skewer. These dropout assemblies have been specifically designed to work with flat mount brake calipers and consist of three pieces: right and left 4130 steel frame components and a matching 1018 steel caliper mount. The caliper mount must be brazed or welded to the dropout by the builder; locating features are integral, no fixture is needed for location. The brake mount is 10 mm thick and the axle hole is 12 mm. The right side accommodates a derailleur hanger that is available for purchase separately.
Titanium Tapered Steerers
Our titanium tapered steerers are available in 9" (MS0085) and 12" (MS0088) steerer lengths. They are tapered 1-1/2" x 1-1/8" with a 1.592" crown race seat diameter. Machined from 1-3/4" OD 6/4 titanium bar, they must be finished to size after fabrication by the frame builder.
Steel Flanged Front Dropout, 15 mm Skewer, Integral Thread
We now make a 6/4 titanium (DR0048) and 1018 steel (DR2056) flanged front dropout, with integral M15 x 1.5 thread. They are compatible with our modified DT Swiss and PMW 15 mm skewers for dropouts with an integral thread only. The titanium dropout measures 1-3/8" OD x 1-3/8" wide, the steel version is 1-1/4" OD x 1-1/4" wide. These dropouts can be used in place of our DR0049 and DR2051, which require a nut and spacer. Trying to decided which one to use? Here are the pros and cons of each:
DR0049 and DR2051 pros: lighter, can use a stock skewer, nut and spacer can be replaced if they get damaged, skewer spins 360 degrees.
DR0049 and DR2051 cons: wider, needs a custom tap to clean up threads post-fabrication, must use a nut and spacer which means two extra parts per fork.
DR0048 and DR2056 pros: does not require a nut and spacer, no need for a custom tap post-fabrication, visually take up less space, less parts to deal with.
DR0048 DR2056 cons: major work to fix threads if they get damaged, heavier, must use custom skewer, with final tightening skewer hits dropout and cannot be spun 360 degrees without using ratchet mechanism.
T47 Bottom Bracket Shells and Taps
We have titanium, steel and stainless steel T47 bottom bracket shells available for purchase. Our next delivery of taps will be arriving in early April. Our current pricing is $300 which includes the right and left hand taps. Please call or e-mail us if you would like to have your name added to our waiting list.
We are offering 50+ pricing on all our parts that are used on a Bespoked 2016 bike through April 1st.
1) You must be a registered Bespoked exhibitor to receive the discount.
2) Parts must be used on a bike that will be exhibited at Bespoked 2016.
3) One order per customer.
4) Order must be placed by April 1, 2016 for Bespoked bikes.
5) Order must be placed by phone, fax or e-mail; no online orders accepted (we will not provide a refund for orders placed online).
Thank you for supporting Paragon Machine Works, we're looking forward to seeing all the beautiful bikes!
Do you love handmade bicycles and want to travel to the United Kingdom? Then Bespoked 2016 is the show for you! Bespoked is a celebration of handmade bicycles and those who make them (see our Bespoked discount offer above). It is said to be Europe's premier handmade bicycle show, attracting exhibitors, visitors and press from around the world. 2016 will be the show's 6th year and visitor numbers have increased each year with in excess of 6000 visitors in 2015. Bespoked 2016 will take place the weekend of April 15th - 17th in Bristol, UK.
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. During the month of December we raised $1,000 to benefit Gearing Up, a non profit organization that teaches disadvantaged women the practical skills needed to integrate biking into their lifestyle.
"There's nothing like biking up a mountain and looking behind you to see all you've accomplished". … Marilyn Price
During the months of January and February, we will donate all of these sales to the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Trips for Kids. Started by Marilyn Price in 1988, it has since helped more than 25,000 underserved children from the San Francisco Bay Area get off urban streets and into nature. Through mountain bike excursions, bike mechanic training, and giving young people the chance to earn their own bikes, Trips for Kids builds confidence, promotes a sense of achievement, and creates environmental awareness through the simple act of having fun.
Today, Trips for Kids has expanded to 70 chapters around the world, serving more than 15,000 children each year.
For more information: Introducing City Kids to Nature - by Bike
We appreciate your support!
Total amount donated to date: $14,669
• Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition • National Interscholastic Cycling Association • Friends of China Camp • SF Urban Riders (McLaren Bike Park) • Bike East Bay • Friends of Tamarancho • In Memory of Tom Polermo • Marin Museum of Bicycling • The Friends of Stafford Lake Bike Park • VetBikes.org • Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program • Charlie Cunningham Medical Fund • Gearing Up
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