Morning on my Mariachi

Winter in Minnesota obviously brings cold temps and snow, but they also bring incredible color to the sunrise and sunset. This morning I got up at 4:45AM to ride to breakfast and meet the crew. I went outside to feel the temps and looked in the sky. I knew the sunrise was going to be spectacular. At last minute, I decided to not go to the breakfast ride and head out into the country instead. I must say it was a great decision. Check it out.  

Yes it was an incredible morning with some very intense colors.

Speaking of El Mariachi's, we just received a couple of new items. Check out the right side SS specific drive side swing plate for the Alternator drop outs. Hot! These work on Alternator equipped steel El Mariachi & Ala Carte. They will also come stock on the upcoming Selma ti single speed frameset (due late January 2011).   

We also received replacements with the derailleur hanger. Here are the QBP part numbers.

  • FS1318 - Drive side SS hanger
  • FS1312 - Drive side geared hanger
  • FS1313 - Non drive side hanger

All in stock and are $20MSRP.   Sweet.

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Jason Boucher

Jason Boucher

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.


Fonk | December 3rd, 2010

That first pic is a really cool pic!  Beautiful early morning sky.

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scott | December 3rd, 2010

Are those prototype Salsa bars?

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Chris Crash | December 3rd, 2010

Nice post. Nothing like a sunrise ride even in winter.

Dropouts and Selma Ti - am I correct in assuming the Selma Ti could also be run geared? Just swap out the drive side dropout? Will there be cable stops for it? I like the concept of a beefier stiffer ti frame than the El Mariachi, just way to mountainous where I live to get much utility out of an SS.

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Tim Ek | December 3rd, 2010

Jason, in Duluth I was treated to an amazing morning as well. It was minus 12 with the wind chill when I rolled out. I aprehensively took my “long commute”, but found myself saying, “Huh, it’s not that bad out here, in fact it’s kinda nice.” Then, with about a half hour to go my toes were heading to that bad place, but other than that I completely agree about the Minnesota morning.

Thanks for the post.



Gnat | December 3rd, 2010

@Fonk - Thanks.  It was a beautiful morning for riding and taking pics

@Scott - Yes, those are new prototype bars.  They are almost finished.  Late winter/Early spring arrival.  Intro coming likely in January 2011.  Also, Selma - The Selma ti is SS specific, meaning no guides.  You certainly could put a geared drive side swing plate and run full length housing though. 

Tim - Good on you for getting it done in Duluth.  You are a tough man my friend.

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Hankystar | December 3rd, 2010

Oh, I’m so getting one of the SS dropouts for my future El Mariachi Tandem! Any word on when can I plan on seeing a part number for one of those long bikes?

MG | December 6th, 2010

Love the look of the new SS dropout!

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John (aka Wish I Were Riding) | December 10th, 2010

When will there be more info on the Ti Selma?


Gnat | December 10th, 2010

John - Sorry about the lack of visibility of the 2011 Selma Ti and El Mariachi Ti.  We are working to get them live on the site soon. 

I suspect the Selma ti will be in stock end of January/Early Feb.  SS specific.

Mtnbikerfred | December 23rd, 2010


Those look familiar…

*Cough* Black Cat *Cough*

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