DKCB Making Bikes in Seattle

bill and max

Bike-making Ballahs at DKCB

From the center of the universe, at least the bike one in the Pacific Northwest, Bill and Max are making bikes.

machine

Where Bill machines stuff

We attended their grand opening last night and it seemed like so did everyone else. Enjoy the photos and please do stop by for a tour of the showroom and shop. Also see Mark’s post on how the three of them ended up in Fremont.

marj bag

Mark hangs his bag here



Issue 21: Drop Bar Playground

diverge photo

Ridden with Patrick Brady from Red Kite Prayer enough now to know when he’s really into something, like more than the usual “Fast, new bike from whoever or whatever,” but something that put him at the “intersection of road bikes, unpaved roads and wildly varied terrain.”

Like the Diverge.

He loved it and told me so wild-eyed, sweaty, and almost spitting his words. Seeing him so lucid with expressions about the gravel bike, I insisted he write the experience down and he did.

Drop Bar Playground is included in Issue 21 of our magazine.

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Santa Cruz Stigmata: Skinny Bikes are Cool Again


An addition to a brand’s product line hasn’t driven this much traffic and conversation since tubes were shaped to cheat the wind, and aero road bikes became a category. Comments I’ve read about the Santa Cruz Stigmata include

What has Santa Cruz become like Spesh and are making Coastal bikes?

Gravel bikes are to bicycles what the El Camino is to cars: a vehicular hermaphrodite.

and “Skinny bikes are the new fat bikes.” For the record, I was dissing fat bikes, as being over-marketed beyond a few select purposes, before it suddenly became cool.

In Issue 21, we have two stories – both for and against – about fat bikes.

From Matt Haughey

Fat bikes are machines that emit joy, both for the rider and everyone that encounters them.

and Nathan Wright

It is not that fat bikes are bad, the truth is they are great for their intended purpose (as Matt shared with us in Issue 17 and 21), but the way they are being marketed will be their undoing and illustrates the biggest issue facing the bicycle industry, an issue that can be summed up with a joke. How do you make a small fortune in the bike industry? You start with a large one. Welcome to the reality of the bike industry.

And with much of the country snowed in, it’s expected fat bikes are having a great season.

A fatbike isn’t gonna ride through a snowbank either, but it will handle the thaw better than most; except perhaps a good cross bike, like you can expect the Stigmata is.



Youth Bike Summit

An event I regret missing happened last Valentines Day and it was the Youth Bike Summit


This annual summit aims to transform local communities and strengthen the national movement by empowering youth bicycle leaders. Youth from across the country will meet at Bike Works and nearby neighborhood locations for 3 days to share ideas and learn together.

In the last five years the Youth Bike Summit has grown to be a national event drawing people from 26 states and 4 countries last year! 484 youth, adults, educators, bikers, crafters, makers and enthusiasts attended last year with 125 additional participants watching online.

Good stuff and I hope to attend next year. The organizers uploaded the keynotes to YouTube and they’re shared above.



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