Brunel's Old Station, outside and a view of the hall.
L: Egg-themed bike by Dear Susan
R: Paragon low mount disc dropout on a frame by Saffron Frameworks
L: PolyDrop on a Shand Cycles build.
R: Headtube on a Toad Custom Cycles frame.
Donna and Mark with Wittson Custom Ti Cycles
We were fortunate to be able to attend Bespoked, the UK Handmade Bicycle Show, in Bristol April 15th – 17th. The event was held in Brunel's Old Station, a train station designed in 1841 by one of the world’s most famous architects, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. With close to 100 exhibitors in attendance, the hall was packed with frame builders, bicycles, and people from around the world. The frames varied in material and from traditional to alternative (Dear Susan's egg-themed bike was quite a hit), but the quality and beauty of them all was consistently amazing. Our favorite part of the show was being able to meet the frame builders that use our parts, and to see them integrated into their frames. A sincere thanks to all the frame builders who made us feel so welcome, took the time to show us their work, and gave us feedback and ideas for improvement.
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Stainless Steel Syntace Dropouts
We now make dropouts that are compatible with the Syntace X-12 System in 17/4 stainless steel, DR1091. They are 25.4 mm wide and the right side frame component accommodates a concentric or eccentric threaded insert, allowing the wheel to be centered in the frame following any inconsistencies in frame construction.
The complete assembly for the Syntace X-12 System requires a right side hanger with screw, skewer, and threaded insert that are available for purchase separately here. Syntace compatible skewers are available at a reduced price when purchased with the compatible dropout.
Meet Your Maker Tour, Sacramento
Blue Collar Bikes is hosting the first Meet Your Maker Tour of the year in Sacramento on June 18th, to raise money for PB SOC and Chako Pit Bull Rescue and Advocacy. These amazing organizations in Sacramento work to better the lives of pit bull type dogs through shelter work, training, foster/rescue programs, and advocacy.
This event is hugely popular and offers fully supported 37 and 50 mile route options along the beautiful Sacramento Delta. There is no fee and they are casual and social rides. Everyone is welcome to meet and ride with some of Northern California's best bicycle frame builders and component manufacturers.
The rides will start and end at Bike Dog Brewing in West Sacramento where there will be builder displays, music, food and of course, great beer. If you buy raffle tickets then you'll not only feel good about helping man’s best friend, you’ll also get the chance to take home a custom bike, components, and a load of other awesome prizes from this year’s sponsors. 100% of the raffle revenue goes directly to support the PB SOC and Chako Pit Bull Rescue.
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 March and April we donated over $600 to One Tam, an organization that works to preserve Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, CA.
For May and June we will be partnering with Blue Collar Bikes who is hosting the first Meet Your Maker Tour of the year in Sacramento on June 18th. All revenues raised from this event and our promotional sales will go to PB SOC and Chako Pit Bull Rescue and Advocacy (for further information, see above). We are happy to be part of the worthy event and support such fine organizations.
We appreciate your support!
Total amount donated to date: $16,514
• 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 • Trips for Kids • One Tam
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