Feeling Thankful

At this time of year, we like to take a moment to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for.  A good time to do this is as you’re flying down a trail on your bike, focusing on what’s right in front of you, rather than what you’ve left behind.  As the endorphins surge you get in touch with what matters:  appreciating the moment, challenging your body, spending time in nature, sharing the experience with friends, and the deliciousness of a post-ride meal.  There are times at our shop when we get this clarity:  the machines are running smoothly, parts are to spec, the staff is dialed in, and we feel like we have a handle on the chaos.  The phone rings and the person we talk to is courteous and appreciative.  It occurs to us that “these are our customers!”, and we can’t believe that we have the good fortune to work with people who love what they do, and are willing to freely share their passion, knowledge, and ideas.  The same could be said for our employees:  they’re eager to learn, willing to accept any challenge we put in front of them, and continually strive for improvement.  Paragon couldn’t work without our customers or employees, both of which we truly appreciate and are thankful for.

- Mark and Donna Norstad

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Holiday Schedule

We will be closed for the following holidays so that we can spend time with family, friends, and on the trail:

Staff Appreciation Luncheon

• Closed after 11:30 AM Friday, December 19th

 

 

 

Christmas

• Thursday, December 25th

• Friday, December 26th

• Monday, December 29th:  Shipping Department only

 

 

New Year's

 

• Thursday, January 1st

• Friday, January 2nd

 

 

 

 

Happy Holidays!

 

New Products

Our cool weather socks have arrived!  They are made from Merino wool and are sure to get you noticed on the trail, road or just walking around.  They have a 6" cuff and feature our distinctive logo and bone lettering, as well as a sharp looking racing strip down the back, all in a bold pink!  Made in Colorado, USA by Save Our Soles.

 

Holiday Specials

If you’re looking for great gift ideas, then check out our selection of promotional items and bottle openers.  Here are a few reasons why you should consider purchasing one for a friend, foe or loved one:

1) They are non-denominational which makes them appropriate for any holiday or party.

2) If it has our logo on it, people may ask if you’re a pirate or part of a cult.

3) It has been scientifically proven that giving makes you feel good and prolongs your life.

4) Our bottle openers are hands down and bottles up the finest around, and they’ll last forever.

5) All of our promotional items and bottle openers are on sale through the end of December, making them an even better deal than they were before.

6) And finally and most importantly, ALL proceeds from these sales during the month of December will be donated to Bike East Bay (see our Giving Back feature below for more information).

 

Giving Back:  Bike East Bay

$1131 raised as of 12/18/14

This is the most we've ever raised in one month for our Giving Back Campaign.  Thank you!

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 November we raised over $700 for SF Urban Riders to help them make the McLaren Bike Park in San Francisco a reality.

In December we will donate all revenue to Bike East Bay (BEB), a bicycle advocacy group based in Oakland, CA that promotes safe, convenient, and enjoyable bicycling for all people in the East Bay.  Not only do they work tirelessly to make the East Bay easily accessible by bicycle, they are advocates for a project that is near to our hearts and homes.

In November, our Shipping Department Manager, Rebecca Heisterkamp, was hit by a car while riding her bike in the East Bay hills near the Oakland/Berkeley border.  Specifically, where Tunnel Road splits and cyclists are forced to cross a lane of oncoming traffic to continue onto the next section of the bike lane.  Fortunately Rebecca survived with a severe concussion and hand injury, but others might not be so lucky.

BEB is working hard with the cities of Berkeley and Oakland to get approval for a continuous bike lane in the uphill direction on Tunnel Road, and have a traffic light installed at the intersection of Tunnel Road and State Route 13 onramps; eliminating the dangerous merging that bicyclists have to do.  The project also includes a dedicated green light to cross and continue uphill on Tunnel Road.

The funds from our Giving Back Campaign will support Bike East Bay's staff as they work to build community support, advocate with city staff, and shepherd this critical project to completion.  For those of you who would like to voice your support, call or e-mail the City of Berkeley Project Manager, Farid Javandel at (510) 981-7061 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and let him know that you want a "continuous uphill bike lane on Tunnel Road".  The Berkeley Bike subcommittee will review these plans in January, 2015.

To get involved and help build support, contact Dave Campbell, Bike East Bay Advocacy Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  More information is available here.

We appreciate your support!

Total amount donated to date:  $3247

Previous Beneficiaries

• Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition • National Interscholastic Cycling Association

• Friends of China Camp  • SF Urban Riders (McLaren Bike Park)

 

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!

 

Upcoming Events

NAHBS Logo

Please join us at the 2015 North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Louisville, KY, March 6th - March 8th, Kentucky International Convention Center.  This venue showcases some of the finest work by custom bicycle frame builders in the United States.

We will be in Booth #419 and have our frame building components on display, as well as our promotional items and titanium bottle openers for sale.  Please stop by and visit with us.


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