Shop news: New blog address

It’s been a great year here and i hope you’ve had a great year too. Unfortunately, I’m ending the year with a cold virus (Yay) but am looking forward to next year and the bikes I get to build (and ride!).

A few days ago I had a shop visitor that is building a lugged road frame for his high school senior project. How cool is that?! I did my best to teach him framebuilding in less than 4 hours and how to braze with brass and silver. He picked up the heat control and adding silver really well and went home with a tube stuck in a seat tube lug that he brazed himself. Wish I had gone to THAT high school!

In other new, this here WordPress site will very soon become the ARCHIVE of the Meriwether Cycles blog to this point (12/31/2014), so please update your bookmarks.  The old blog’s photos will not link to the current blog without manually adding them and I’m not about to do that for the last 4 years of posts.

My Flickr site will still be used to share photos but I will also be posting the bike-related photos to the new Gallery on the new website.

The new website is:

www.meriwethercycles.com

and the new blog address is:

http://www.meriwethercycles.com/blog/

Thanks to Dan Cavallari for creating the new website and for many of the photos found on the new site. Tim of TimmyPphotography contributed many of the other photos and all of the shop photos.

Hope you like the new site and let me know if you have any problems using it or finding anything!

Happy New Year!

Whit

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 98,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Website update in the works

We’re working on a website makeover this week so things may come and go and definitely will look different very soon.

The http://www.meriwethercycles.com page will take over this WordPress site as the main portal to Meriwether bikes, but the blog should stay active until the other site is up. Stay tuned!

Truckee Wednesday night fatbike ride & a ski up Castle Peak

Got up to Truckee to partake in their weekly fatbike ride Wednesday night at Scott’s house. Thanks to Doug for the invite I headed up through sheets rain on the west side of Donner to reach a pretty much dry and absent of much snow Truckee.  Scott has a sick house at the end of a small road, surrounded by open space. He had built some trail on his property over the summer and invited the group to check it out. Pretty sweet to have that out your shop door! A huge variation of fatbikes was on display from a custom Ti Carver on-off (not to be produced ever again) to an unknown maker Chinese bike that was extremely cheap to buy but…is cheap for a reason. I’m a custom builder and bike snob though so don’t mind me!  I realize not everybody can or wants to add yet another bike to their quiver.  The ride was a windy singletrack out and back with more safety breaks than I think I’ve ever witnessed, it was classic. Warm at 32 degrees with dirt/snow mix on the trail it was a fun time and great to meet so many new people loving the fat.

I also got to take out the new-to-me skis up Castle Peak off I-80 at Donner Pass. Pretty mellow 20-25 degree slope with 4+ inches of new snow made for a great intro into the Dynafit Huascaran’s. They pretty much turn themselves and with the rockered tip i never had tip dive and floated over everything. I’m sold, even if they’re a little heavier than I’m used to for BC. There’s been a lot of moisture in northern California these last two weeks, constant rain in Foresthill and a lot of warm snow hitting the Sierra Crest. Raining in Truckee mostly but snowing up higher. The trees were plastered white up high like I remember the PNW and Whitefish, MT being like because of such high humidity. Some dudes were going off the north side chutes but I chose to stay safe on the south since I was solo. Fun stuff up there at such an easy quick skin from the Pass.

A classic Foresthill loop

I played hooky on Wednesday to ride before a big rain came in. Never know when the snow will shut if off up higher for the winter.  Where i live outside Foresthill is pretty far out. Heading up higher on Foresthill Road gets you even farther out.  There’s a big OHV park that’s got something crazy like 150 plus miles of trail several miles up from town. Some trails are just ok on a bike, some are damn good. The ones on the southeast side of the road are more remote, more technical, and have a bit of hike-a-bike. But they are pretty cool for the most part. The average grades of some are over 20% so they’re fun going down but up…? It can hurt. Never a mellow ride here it feels like. You start each ride in the opposite orientation than how I’ve always done it – with a downhill. You end the rides climbing a few thousand feet back up. Life on “the Divide.”

The Western States trail is no different. Steep up and down with lots of switchbacks going in and out of the many steep-walled drainages. You have to be wanting to suffer a bit because there’s not a lot of bailout points.

I hadn’t been on the Codfish Point trail (Trail 6) since moving here so I did a loop from China Wall staging area out to Codfish, dropping into Eldorado Creek, up to the WS trail at Deadwood (they’re still logging from last year’s American Fire so trail 6 on the Deadwood side of the ridge is closed), then down back to cross the creek lower down and head up to Michigan Bluff. It’s really not that long of a loop (maybe 30 miles) but the 5500ft of elevation gain just wore me down. But feels like a second fall, the leaves are pretty perfect up there right now.

Quality control

Meriwether Cycles Pilot Russell testing 1, 2 plus feet of air…

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Rabbit Hole wheelset FOR SALE

I’m selling my personal 29+ Surly Rabbit Hole wheelset with DT-Swiss hubs (240s front, 350 rear, with 9/10mm through axles). Black spokes and nips. The rear has a white Surly rimstrip and Gorilla tape so it can easily be run tubeless. The front has neither.

They are in good condition, normal wear from XC style riding.  Very well built (1 year old built by lacemine29.com), no rim strikes, have been run tubeless so the front has some Stans and Gorilla Tape residue.  The rear hub come with both a DT-Swiss XD-11 driver and the original Shimano version. Over $1K new.

Make me an offer if you’re interested…RH-wheels2

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