Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Removable rails

I'd been pondering the removable rail thing for a bit and finally got it to the point that I like it. It mounts to the existing hardware, so it retrofits to my existing racks and is only $40. I could make a taller, double layer version too on request that would be more of a basket. Careful now, don't get hyp-mo-tized by all the shiny.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I'm sponsoring a race?

So what the hell is a utility cycle company doing sponsoring a race? Well, it's a courier race.

The West Side Invite is the west coast's premier celebration of taking things places by bike and having a well earned pint or eight afterwords. Started by Portland messengers in 2001, this is the first time it will be held out of state. Seattle has been asking to host the race for years and we finally decided we could use a break, so Emerald City here we come.

I'm putting up two racks for prizes and if I have any sway with the organizers (don't think that'll be a problem) they will go not to the fastest, but to the awesomest. You know, "best use of a nipple driver", "least beer spilled while racing", those kinds of things.

Memorial day weekend, May 22-25. If you are not there I will be having more fun than you. :P

Price Hike :(

So now that I've made a few batches of the new design I'm realizing that I underbid myself and have to raise my price to $140 for the Pret a Porteur (TCB 3.0) model. I realize that percentage-wise this is rather drastic, and I'm really bummed because it feels like a bit of a bait and switch, but it reflects some hidden costs that were not being addressed.

I definitely believe that this rack is still a screaming deal and the best value on the market. You will not find any porteur as sturdy, modular, shiny and versatile in a single package near this price.

I apologize to folks who missed their chance at the introduction price and hope the quality of my product will make this glitch a small one.