This picture is the bottom/base of a Walnut Creek BART station light pole, but the thing is, it could be any of hundreds or at least a hundred of crumpled BART light pole bases. The question I’ve had for decades (three…) is: How does it happen? I can’t imagine anybody bashing them with a hammer. It wouldn’t happen in the daytime. A crazy nocturnal angry-man? One who manages to travel around to the assorted BART stations when BART’s closed? If you’re local, check out the BART poles at the outside stations. I’m sure there are smooth, uncaved in ones somewhere, but I don’t recall seeing one. This one is typical.
I like the look, but I didn’t do it.
Two days ago we got in three sample Cheviot frames, one each of the sizes we gonna offer: 50/650B wheel, 55/650B wheel, and 60/700C. Mark assembled this 55.
The drive-side decal spell Cheviot properly, and is cream.
The left side decal is blue, because we liked both colors and couldn’t decide. This is the phonetic spelling, so you won’t be tempted to think it’s a French word and drop the “t” at the end. The intentional misspelling combined with a different left and right side color may be a first, but that’s not what we were shooting for. No doubt it will scare off a few, which is also not the intent.
Mark did this. Not quite over-the-top, but just right. That’s navy blue twine there, not black electrical tape.
More blue twine here. Needs a black foot. It wouldn’t match the tape twine, which by now you know is navy, but it would match the derailer cage, derailer clamp, and tires..and the saddle too, if it were black. The first build-ups (for the unveiling) generally get the full-dandy treatment, but don’t underestimate the Cheviot on accounta dat. If you’re local, please ride it. ..Anyway, I hope it’s fine to say we think it’s a beautiful bike with lots of invisible beauty masquerading as secret function,
Here you can see both decals at once. The orange is a slightly burnt orange.
The lug fills are blue. Not all lugs are filled, but you know what? It’s not hard to do; absolutely is a home-job. A drop or two of nail polish or model paint, and bazinga! We don’t have a color code for the blue. It’s “eyeball blue.”
The fork has a nice bend and taper, and the dropouts have two eyelets.
In Roman times, the Wing-ed sheep was a symbol of strength, virility, and sensitivity…not to mention wisdom, kindness, and empathy. This is my sense of it, but of what else could it be a symbol of?
The crown got blue details. Almost mixed blue and cream, but Olivier Chetelat, who did the decals and head badge art, thought it looked funny, and I/Grant tend to believe him in all matters like this. I’ll ask him about the sheep. I picked the bikes name/mascot. Now that we no longer have a Rambouillet, and most sheep-breed names weren’t good enough…
The two-strut rack isn’t stock, but Mark-Brian-Jared will do it on reque$t. Cream fender: A good choice for this bike. Bikes CAN be too overcoiffed, but cream looks pretty normal on this bike. Silver’s the other option, that would be fine, too. Blue and cream checkerboard—-no.
Here’s the head badge. My, what a spectacularly clear photo that is. I really had no idea. It’s a Sony X100 camera, I think. A small black one with a Zeiss lens and far more capability than I am able to take advantage of, but that’s always the case with cameras, isn’t it? BIkes, too. Hatchets, too. Almost everything, too.
That is a Cheviot sheep. Most are hornless, but not all are, and Andrew Denman drew a hormed one from a photograph he took, so if you fancy yourself an internet-educated sheep expert and were about to cry foul at the horns…no need!
At some point soon Dave will make up a plan to offer a kind of early buyer discount, to help us pay for the order. It’s a beautiful bike. Same as the Betty, but longer chainstays. No noticeble difference in the ride, but it can’t hurt.
IN a day or today I’ll shoot the kickstand and handlebars, both wrapped carefully and in colors that go with the bike.
Get a good deal on a great bike.
Plop down $1225 for the frame to lock in the “old price.” When they arrive the price is going up… how much? Dunno. Depends on a few things but we can’t announce it yet. In short costs when up. So prepaying is your ticket to a smashing deal on this new orange mixte. We won’t make a whole lot on your presold frame, but you help us pay our bills and that’s good, so don’t feel bad!
Let’s sweeten it even more… prepay before January 10th and we’ll throw in a free kickstand.
Also! The parts! Build kit prices are going up too on the 10th. They’re currently too low if you do the math… the prices of the individual parts went up over the past few years and we never properly adjusted the build kit price. Again, we can’t say exactly how much, but if you prebuy the frame and spec it out with a build kit before the 10th you’re looking at saving a few HUNDRED bucks on the total.
The only way to get one is to call us 800-345-3918 or 925-933-7304.