Riding Into Spring
Despite the lack of rain in our area, Spring has arrived full of color and promise. The wisteria outside our shop is laden with purple blooms, and our resident Mama Hummingbird is busy feeding her second batch of chicks in a nest she built in its gnarled vines.
The longer days, soft light, and warmer air energizes and motivates us to ride our bikes, clean house, and turn conceptual ideas into new products.
We’ve lowered the prices on our t-shirts and socks to help clear out our old stock and make room for new products. You can get a great deal while helping to promote bicycling welfare since all our proceeds from these sales go to a bicycle advocacy group (for more details, see article below).
While our first priority is to increase our inventory levels and get our current items back in stock, we have started working on some exciting new products. We are developing a mount for the Shimano Total Electric Power System (STEPS), and will increase our line of products to include a titanium tapered steerer tube, an elegant headset spacer that integrates seamlessly with our stem parts, and a flanged stainless steel version of our ToggleDrop.
We are looking forward to a busy Spring making more parts and developing new products. We are up for the challenge and as always, appreciate your support and feedback.
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We have two new 3/2.5 titanium bottom bracket shells, BB0026 and BB0039, that are designed specifically for the 41 mm press-fit type bottom bracket. Based on feedback from frame builders, we have provided an extra 1.5 mm for facing after welding; BB0026 is 88 mm wide and BB0039 is 91 mm wide. Both have an outside diameter of 1-3/4, and an inside diameter supplied .5 mm undersized to 40.5 mm (1.595") that must be finished to size after fabrication by the frame builder. They are relieved in the center for weight reduction to 42 mm (1.653").
We would like to welcome Joey Camello to Paragon. He is our new Machine Shop Assistant, helping the shop run smoothly and safely by doing cleaning, organization, carpentry, and product finishing, among other things. Joey comes to us with a diverse background and interests. He has extensive experience in the print industry, does freelance graphic design for bands/record labels, runs his own record label, and is a musician. He enjoys seeing the full cycle of raw materials coming off the truck to finished products going out the door. We are happy to have him on staff.
Rebecca's New Bike
When our Shipping Department Manager Rebecca was hit by a car last year, her road bike was destroyed. Nothing speeds up healing like getting a new bike, and she chose a Planet X cross bike frame from Independent Fabrication (photos courtesy of IF). It is stunning and we know she will get miles and miles of pleasure out of it. We are glad that Rebecca is feeling better and able to ride again!
Meet Your Maker News
The Meet Your Maker Tour is your invitation to ride alongside and hang out with some of Northern California's best bicycle frame builders and component makers. No stuffy convention halls, no dim fluorescent lighting, just a good time hanging out and talking shop while partaking in the incredible road and mountain biking we are so fortunate to have around the Bay Area. If you are in the market for custom bike, come on out and talk to the local builders in person while we spend time doing what we really love, riding bikes! A number of fun and entertaining rides are planned for 2015. We will keep you posted and you can visit the MYM website for updates.
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. In March we raised $1,000 for the Marin Museum of Bicycling.
This month all proceeds will go to The Friends of Stafford Lake Bike Park, a nonprofit organization specifically formed to support Marin County Parks’ efforts to build and maintain a Bike Park at Stafford Lake County Park in Novato, CA. The 17 acre bike park site is intended to provide a bicycle riding area for the public designed for riders of all ages and skill levels, beginner through expert. The park is progression-based and is slated to include a single track loop trail, gravity fed flow trails with jumps and berms, several pump tracks, north shore style elevated trails, a dual slalom course, kids learn to ride area, and much more. The goal is to promote a community of learning and advancement while providing safe, fun, and exciting bike riding experiences. You can also support this worthy project through a tax deductible donation.
We appreciate your support!
Total amount donated to date: $6823
• 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
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