One of our favorite things to do is build nice bikes with nice parts. I’m betting most of you reading this blog like building nice bikes too. In some cases, thinking about and picking each and every part is as fun as building the bike itself. Heck, I bet for some people building the bike itself is more fun than riding it. Back in my bike shop days, I had a boss that would carefully plan every part for his new bike. He’d then buy all the parts and wait for his new frame to arrive. Once it arrived, he’d start the build process. His build process allowed only one part installation per day. After installing it perfectly, he’d sit back, look at it and enjoy the beauty of each part. His builds took a month. I bet you are wondering where I’m going with this?
Well, the combination of blog comments and this memory gave me an idea. Why don’t we build one of our new top secret road bike models over the next month and then feature it here on the blog after we’ve showed the new model at Eurobike?
So, over the next month we’ll be asking questions here on the Amigo’s blog regarding component specifications and help. For all those bike building junkies out there, this is your chance to comment and share your knowledge and bike part desires.
Every game has rules and here are a few I can think of. More might come later.
1) Share your ideas. No put downs of other’s ideas. If you don’t agree, simply state your choice. Put downs and questionable language toward others ideas will be deleted. Zero tolerance here. No questions asked.
3) This isn’t necessarily a democratic system. Salsa is a dictatorship and in some cases, we reserve the right to overrule popular vote. Things like safety, cost, availability & delivery in the next month, brand values and overall aesthetics come to mind. I’m sure there are others, but I think you get the point.
4) Not every component will be discussed. In the interest of time, we’ll make some decisions.
5) I’m sure some of you detail orientated folks will want to ask questions that make us reveal more than we want too. We will not answer things that we don’t want to answer. Besides, I like being a bit cagey.
One note, if this works well, we’ll do this with another new model that we will reveal closer to Interbike.
Tomorrow, we’ll start so make sure to shave your legs tonite and put out your white socks, shoes and gloves. Let’s have fun with this.
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Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.