That’s a link that, if followed all right, will lead you to the radio thing I taped. It was on Wednesday the 27th at 8:30 a.m., and a guy named Joel was the guy interviewing me. The whole spot,when you come to it, is about 1:45 or so long, but I start at around :35 (thirty-five minutes), and go for 25 minutes or so.
Self-critique: I guess I just don’t like the sound of my voice, which I think we all know is common, but right now I’m not sympathizing with you, but feeling sorry for myself…or getting mad at myself. Something negative. If I ever do radio again I’ll talk louder and faster and be more chipper. I was thinking about the answers during all of the pauses and uh’s.
Anyway…good luck finding it. I had a hard time. My wife finally did it, then emailed me the link. The speakers on this laptop don’t work, anyway.
(poster progressives shown below, one or two every day, earliest on top, final on bottom. Scroll down…)
Update late June 21, a quickie and a peek.
The poster MAY be on Goines’s site, so all of you curious-but-yellow types can see it before you order; but first listen to this plan. We have a set of 14 or so “progressives,” which are the many-or-so layers, in order, from bare paper to final poster. AAAAA plan is to show you them one or two by one or two, in order, until we show the final. Or you can go to Goines’s site and maybe find it there. He does want it up at some point, and was nice enough to wait until we “released” it to him to reveal, and that we’ve done, today. But if you want the slow reveal, you’ll stick to this site for now, and check it daily, starting tomorrow.
You’ll notice we’ve raised the price to $50. You know it costs us, including box and mailing, about $22 or so. Close to that. And, the idea is that everything we sell will contribute to rent and salaries and business in general, and therefore we have to make something on it. But now we’re considering a second printing—-DLG has agreed to it sometime in the Fall or Winter. So the plan was to raise the price to $50 and increase it as stock dwindles, but now we’re considering a small reprint run, which may allow us to sell it cheaperly—maybe $32 or so. We don’t have to firm that up now. If you bought one at $50 and we later reduce, we’ll cover you. We gotcha. No yelling.
Here’s the first progressive (scroll down for it, and watch for the more recent ones below it, as we put ‘em up):
Now you know what it doesn’t look like. The next progressive goes up later today. The colors on the progressives are a little off, owing to lack of photoshop skills and the time to monkey-to-perfection…and other priorities. Check just below here after maybe 3pm Walnut Creek time today. I’m not trying to make a gigantic crescendo out of this…just testing patience.
How’s it coming along, so far? Next progressive, tomorrow sometime. Probably late, because I’ll be talking in Austin, then riding, then eating.
Late June 23 Sat
I’m in Austin, booktalk, tons of nice people and then a ride through town. And here’s the next progressive:
Another one tomorrow, maybe around mid-day.
John was looking at Goines posters on eBay and found this, which suggests we’ve got pretty good prices on it. The cheap ones are books of posters, not posters, by the way. The books are cool—-I’ve got one and I think John does, too, but when you see $17 or whatever on these items, note that it is a book of posters, not a poster. The tentative plan is to reduce to $32 IF we can get some more of them. Stay tuned…and if you buy at $50 and we later drop to $32 we’ll credit you $25. Too complicated? Well, probably. No harm intended, though.
Reveal 4: Scroll down for it. Small unrelated note. I’m in Nashville now, going to Ann Patchett’s bookstore in two hours, which is how much I slept last night, too. I had an early flight and was nervous about not sleeping enough. It’ll be fine. Here’s the next phase…
Next, with the blue suede shoes:
Whoa. First blue!
Below, mo’ blu..
Darker. I’ve skipped a couple of progressives that…got lost in my folder and weren’t that much different anyway.
Update June 29: I think this is close enough to the final poster…to not warrant another step in it. It’s Keven and Dynelle’s son, Milo, monkeying around with the front wheel on a Hunqapiller, bupcept the downtube decal says Rivendell, since this is a Rivendell poster. The poster is a mix of technical accuracy (the fork crown, dropouts, lugs) and artistic license. We’ve sold tons at the Early Adopter price of $20…then raised the price to $50, which is still cheap for a David Lance Goines poster, but then decided to get a few more (a few hundred more), and so we’re lowering it to $32 until further notice, and if you happened to buy one at $50, well credit your account the $18 difference.
Next posts will be less about the poster.
Update late June 20.
We have sold too many posters too cheap, so raised the price to make up for that and make the 200 or so we have left last. It’s really the only way. This poster thing was—-I guess still is—the most unpredictable, amazing luckout shock to us, ever. Thank you. I hope it doesn’t turn sour. In an internet age, anything can happen and nothing is surprising.
The idea of an early adopter cheap price was to raise cash fast so we could make the balloon payment. At that point, all that mattered was fast cash. So these posters that cost us $15 plus time each, used a $2 box, took non-free labor to process, and a few bucks to mail. It is gratifying and fantastic that so many of you bought these posters without even seeing the image. Man, thanks a lot.
And please, you can’t get mad at the new price. This is kind of the going rate for a David Lance Goines poster, anyway. Look ‘em up. When we’re down to 100 the price goes up again. This will no doubt make somebody mad, but when we’re down to fifty, the price will go up againagain. We want the remaining 200 to last ten years. Five, at least. It’s not like it’s true advertising for us. You’ll hang it in the hall, or bedroom or den. It’s art, and only barest of barely commercial. It’s art with faint commercial undertones. There’s a brand on it; there. We are happy with how it came out, and had little to do with it.
Update late June 19, or early June 20 if you’re on eastern time
A couple of days ago in Yosemite, this happened, and it is remotely related to the A. Homer Hilsen in ways you can guess at, but won’t get right, and we won’t reveal. It is a phenomenal story, anyway.
Update June 19: New rack update, picture of Sam with Fatty
Mark is not one of our most major rack users, although he has been on many S24O’s, and went touring with Rich last summer. But still, compared to most of us he’s a rack lightweight, which makes his rack-abilities even more remarkable. He’s working on a hub-area front rack, usually called a low-rider, and it’s coming along well. We have two sample sets. One’s here:
It works with small Chinese panniers, but part of the whole deal is Mark also developing a Sackville for it. Target: Early 2013. These things take time. Note the no loop, the nice look even when empty, and even that it can be mounted separately or with the Mini-front rack (or Mark’s rack, the sidepull version of the Mini-Front). Anyway, this is coming.
Last week we built up and will soon ship out this neat Sam. There’s a lot of neat stuff going on here, in the many photos below. The tire is a 45mm wide Schwalbe, a model without a real name, so we call it the 650B Fatty. It maxes out the sidepull, but it works. The pads don’t open quite enough to pass the tire through ‘em without deflation, but we make no claims that this frame will even take a 45, or that the brake can handle it, either. And we still won’t, but lookie this:
To me, that is flat-out gorgeous. I see a lot in this picture, and it’s all really happy stuff. Two more of the same bike:
You could force-fit fenders on it. It’s not impossible. You’re on your own, tho. We could do it here, but it takes tricks.
Here’s a bird’s eye view of the fork crown:
We are locking in this color, at least for the next many years.
YES, we are shipping out posters starting today. As for not posting the actual poster here so you can see it first: Hey, $20 thru 5pm westcoast time June 20—enjoy the surprise, and there’s no grace period. It’ll appear soon enough somewhere. The artist (David Lance Goines) shows all of his on his site, but has agreed to keep this one under the shroud until we valiantly or somebody else devilishly spills the beans. Until then, enjoy the not knowing.
I started to apologize for not posting more often, but then I figured that’s assuming you read the posts as a gift, or fantastic, and they’re not that, either. It should just be miscellaneous news and thoughts, usually but not entirely bike-related. Lately, a lot of book-related. The last one and now this one will be partly poster-related. This is an update.
Today’s Monday and we got 100 posters in stock. We got boxes, and the posters will be mailed tomorrow. We’re getting 1,000 posters. Thru the 20th they go for $20 delivered. After that, $25 plus freight. But once we’ve sold 500, we’re doubling the price to $50, and then once we’ve sold 750, if we get that far, the last 250 will be more expensive still.
There’s a good reason for this. The poster, like many projects we do, turned out to be more of a hassle than the artist and printer (David Lance Goines) anticipated. There are sixteen layers of color. Each has to dry before the next is applied, and drying takes 24 hours. He really doesn’t want to reprint any, and so we told him we’d stick with what we have, and that’s the plan.
Nobody has seen it yet (outside of we insiders), and we’re going to keep it that way until somebody who has one leaks it, at which point we might as well, too. What it looks like will be leaked, for sure. You don’t have to be the devil to do that; you just have to have a weak moment, or a momentary lapse of memory (not remembering that we’d rather you not show your poster online); or simply not knowing and innocently posting a picture of the poster online; or maybe you just figure we should Oh, Grow Up and do it ourselves, but since that’s not happening, you’ll be the dam-buster. We don’t mind.
But we do wonder how many we can sell sight unseen, and so that’ll be our MO until it’s been leaked.
Here’s a long explanation of the poster-making process.
Book tour update:
Saturday June 23
BOOK PEOPLE 603 North Lamar Austin, TX 512 472-5050
Talk starts at 5pm. Thirty minutes or so, then q/a and signing, then 6pm ride with Austin Cycling Association.
Sunday June 24
Parnassus Books 3900 Hillsboro Pike Nashville 615 953-2243
Talk at 2pm for an hour or maybe 90 minutes…then 3:30 ride to Green Fleet Hub for what is described as a “party” with socializing.
Parnassus is co-owned, and was founded, as I understand it, by Ann Patchett, a famous and terrific author. I would give anything to meet her or even see her, but I’m guessing she’ll be off somewhere. I will find her if she’s in the store. What a great writer, and what a thrill it would be to meet her. What bragging rights I’d have back home, among my wife and two daughters and mother-in-law. Plus, I really loved State of Wonder, and am reading Run next.