Wednesday, June 15, 2011

ABSHWDD: More, More, More! (and a Pre-Ride)

With all these folks coming to the Handbuilt Whoop-de-Doo, we figured we'd host a group ride before the show. There will be two courses: an 18 mile there-and-back with Bruce Gordon, and a longer (roughly 27 mi) loop with Sean Walling of Soulcraft. Both groups will ride as a big gang for the first 9 miles, then the Bruce group will head back. This will all be on old country roads, so bring a road, cross, or touring bike.

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The 18-miler (Bruce's group) will go from point A to point C, then back to A.
The 27-miler (Sean's group) will go from point A to point E.
Both groups will leave from Bruce Gordon Cycles

at 409 Petaluma Blvd South
We will leave at 8:00 am sharp.

In related Big Stinkin' news, both the rescheduled Annadel XC race and the Giro Bello (Steven Cozza's fundraiser ride) are happening on the 25th, the day before our big event. They're both raising money for excellent causes, so support them if you can.

I'm also very happy to let you know that BORN + RAISED will be serving good food at the Big Stinkin' Handbuilt show. Because I (Nick) am one half of B+R, I'll try not to oversell it. Just know that I'm very excited to be putting together an event at which both of the things I do can coexist in the same place and time.

In the next entry, you will find out what has been brewing in the workshop over the last week.

Until then, keep the shiny side up and the rubber side down.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The BLT: An Endangered Species

The Basic Loaded Tourer is being discontinued. Our attempt at offering an affordable, off-the-rack tourer to compete with Surly’s LHT has been in vain, and we ended up in the import business, which is not and has never been what Bruce Gordon Cycles is about. We are refocusing our efforts and restructuring everything in order to do what we do best: produce the very best bicycles and components right here in Petaluma, California.

NOW you can order one of the last BLTs from our online store, just click HERE.

We still love the bikes and we stand behind them 100%- they are the best non-custom touring frames on the market- but once the last frame is sold, then they’ll be gone forever. Or as “gone forever” as a TIG-welded steel bicycle could ever be, which means your great-great-grandchildren will be selling them on eBay or riding them on the moon.

BLTs come with Bruce Gordon front & rear racks made by hand in my shop in California. These are the very best racks you can get anywhere, and that’s a fact.

They are usually sold separately, but they are included in the BLT package. The BLT Frames are not sold without Racks.

When you order one of the last BLTs, you’ll get a frame, fork, headset, stem (all made in Taiwan to my specs), and my front & rear racks (made in California by Californians) for even less than a LHT with the same components and racks.

Check it out:


$750 + shipping & handling*.

The BLT is available in five production sizes: 39, 44, 48, 52, and 56.

I am 6’3” and I usually ride a 62cm bike, but I fit on a 56cm BLT.

Take a look at our Sizing Page to get a better idea of which size would be best for you.

Call the shop if you have any questions or to place an order:

(707) 762-5601


Parts Packages are available, chosen for their reliability, quality, and value, to build up a whole bike (except pedals):

You get a full Shimano SLX Group, handbuilt wheels with XT Hubs laced to Mavic A119 Rims or Alex Adventurer Rims:

$975 + shipping and handling*

Call the shop if you have any questions or to place an order:

(707) 762-5601

That means $750 (BLT) + $975 (Parts Package) = $1725 (+ shipping & handling*) for a complete bike!

*About Shipping & Handling: If you are ordering from outside California, you will not pay sales tax. In many places, the amount you pay for S&H will be about the same as what you'd pay in sales tax.


We have a limited supply of remaining BLTs... Below you will find the exact amount. I will be revising these numbers weekly, so check back often OR BETTER YET, order yours now.

Call the shop if you have any questions or to place an order:

(707) 762-5601
Call us. You will speak with either Bruce Gordon or Nick Haig-Arack, both of whom would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Talking on the phone is better than e-mailing at this point.

Here they are, the last BLTs (last updated June 22, 2011) :

Sold Out!
48cm...Sold Out!