Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The status quo

Just a quick update on the current state of the Mountain Goat herd:

#20 is the 20" wheeled bike being done in a reverse team splatter (but in pink and white instead of green and orange)with a matching fork and stem. This one shipped from Russ and should be getting to us next week. We'll check it out, take pictures, attach the head badge and send it to its new home in Germany.

#21 is heading our way and is available for purchase. we have kept it unpainted so it can be done in your choice of colors. 17" w/ Paragon sliders.

#22 is being painted by Russ and should also be heading our way soon.Purple with Hot Rod flames should be very nice. This one has already been adopted.

#23 is now at the shop and is complete. 19" Route 29 single speed with Paragon sliders, finished in red powder coat. We have built this one up with a Bontrager Switchblade fork, El Camino disc brakes, Salsa rims, Thomson post.....I'll post pictures soon. If we built this one up for you, it would have been $3,300 but since it is a spec bike, $2,999

#24 is also available now and is awaiting your choice of finishes.

#25 is being built as a Surly Puglsey replica bike using the 26" x 3.7" tires on Large Marge rims with a Rohloff internal 14 speed hub. This should be a fun bike to play with.

There are a couple of bike that we will hopefully be ordering soon. Just finishing up the details.

Mark Lynskey, of Litespeed fame, stopped in the shop last week and we had a productive talk about titanium Goats. The Lynskey family has set up shop under the family name and is building bikes again. I think we have most of the details figured out so if you are ready for a Ti Goat, we can make it happen.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

The Humble T-shirt

Working around the shop is hard on the ole wardrobe. Over-lubed chains,greasy bearings, dripping hydraulic lines, Chinese food........all take their toll. This is probably why the t-shirt has almost become the business card of the bike industry. They get used until they are demoted to shop rag status and replaced by the next one in line. This is probably the reason that we have done literally every-color-under-the-sun in the First Flight Bikes t-shirts.

When we brought Mountain Goat Cycles back, it was time to work on t-shirt designs. The first one we did was the old style head badge shirt. After we designed the new decals and modernized the Goat, we did a two color design. This has become our "stock" shirt that we will keep on making. It was kinda fun to come up with new designs and we decided to offer the t-shirts in limited numbers, like Princess Di commemorative plates. We had done about 85 of the first design which seemed like a weird number so we decide to go with 100 for the second edition shirt. The original
Mountain Goat catalog art, circa 1981, was a great design so it became number 2 in the series. We ordered 100 of them divided amongst 5 sizes.

Number two was selling nicely so we wanted to have number 3 waiting in the wings. I talked to my brother-in-law, Gabi Campanario , who has worked in the art departments of various newspapers, including the USA Today, for ideas. He sent a couple of designs and they were all great. We chose the
artwork for number 3 and had a run of 100 shirts done in this design. We have only had them for a week and it has proven to be very popular already. Check it out If you like 'em, go to and pick one up.

As the old commercials used to advise "collect 'em all"