Saturday, June 14, 2008

Jeff Jones at The Bicycle Escape

This Thursday's Jeff Jones visit was a great success. Jeff addressed a crowd of about 25 cyclists. He explained his philosophy on frame design and frame building. After the presentation he answered questions for attendees both young and old. It was fascinating to see Jeff’s Truss Fork spec’d with a 4” tire. It was even more fun to ride the steed. His short stays make the front end very light which gives the bike a playful feel. This playfulness led to some parking lot goofing around after the event.

Special thanks to the Single Speed Outlaws who help organize the event as well as Clipper City Brewing for helping us out with the beer.

Thursday, June 05, 2008


When I was a kid I use to flip through the Spooky bike catalog and dream about one day owning one. Recently I got to live vicariously through Ray, one of our customers. Ray was one of the lucky guys who actually owned a Spooky. An OG, real-deal, old school one, that is, and we converted it to a single speed for him.

We first laced up some White Industries hubs (the eccentric type) to take up the chain slack. Then we specked some Avid Single Digit Ultimate brakes married to Paul brake levers. A Thompson post and stem with an Answer carbon bar were next. The old school yellow Raceface cranks were highlighted with new Oury grips in a matching color. The whole bike tips the scale at 22.06lbs.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Jeff Jones Visits Maryland

The Bicycle Escape invites fans of handmade bicycles to our shop on June 12 at 8:30 pm for a presentation by frame builder Jeff Jones. Jeff's unique designs challenge traditional thinking and push the limits of hardtail mountain bikes. We hope you can join us on the 12th for light refreshments and great bikes.