This one is a labor of love.
The idea of the Daily Grip came about when Max and I sat down to think about what could be possible, we wanted to stretch our range a bit. We knew we could make a wood grip; actually you can make a simple wood grip fairly easily but making a good one is tough, making a great on is artful. We wanted to make one that wouldn’t be just an esthetic statement but would be the best grip you could get that would last you a lifetime.
So how do we do it?
Well it’s a long story but the basic idea is to have a wood grip fit an aluminum core that way we can slide it neatly onto any handle bar so we press-fit our new proto onto a 7000 series aluminum tube.
We used this tube with an inside diameter of just over 22 millimeters to allow perfect fit without ever needing to use any glue or bonding material like you might need on simple grips, we use beautiful proprietary Chicago brass bolts for locking.
Rather than use locking rings like on other models we wanted to have an esthetic that modeled its look on hunting knives or gun handles with 2 brass screws in the middle.
This took a lot of work and we’ll be launching the Daily in a few weeks. Be sure to check it out when we do.
I think we've been using our FB page way too much instead of our Blog so we're making up some ground here.
We've been crazy busy finishing up our work on 700c fenders for Bricklane Bikes, they are just about done and came out amazing. We're doing Maple, Pine and Mohogany for all our 700c fenders.
Check out some pics here:
Man there’s a lot going on. We finalized designs for some of our stainless steel inlay wood fenders and are working hard on streamlining the fabrication process. The space has finally come into its own and we even have a big old fan to blow out all the leftover lacquer and saw dust. We’ve pretty much become a full scale workshop, we can tell because we talk about lunch breaks more than we do work. It’s a good thing. A quick update from the Wadi, we had a fantastic meeting with the folks there and kids seem tuned into a program we just might be launching in the next few weeks, using our tooling and local friends to do some surfboard building and boat building with the kids. I’ll share some pictures from that adventure for sure.
In the meantime checkout stuff in our new stuff category on our website and the flickr, lots going on there these days.
Yossi and Max.
It's been a busy week at the workshop. We're working on new stainless steel inlays for fenders and in the future for bags too. It’s a fun process and we're enjoying the testing and fabrication as we go. There's always a challenge in making these as the idea is to keep the production local. Stainless and wood suppliers are getting better at cooperating and the process of cutting and matching is now on its way to being perfect. Will be some amazing fenders for Bromptons and 700c clip-on style.
We have some new hardware for Bromptons. From now on all brackets will be with mirror finishes and the brass screws are now a bit flatter and better looking. Enjoy!
This is our new 700c clip on design. it will be out in a few weeks. pretty excited about it. we'll have there with stainless steel inlays soon too so keep an eye out.
New #Brompton fender designs . Stainless steel inlays, for release in the next few weeks. We're calling it a steel-tow fender. stainless on both ends for protection when the bike folds. We'll be posting here every few days as we fabricate, mold and render.
So we're settling in nicely in our new space and putting in long hours to get the kickstarter wood bits done for all the bags and fenders by the end of July (looks like we’ll be shipping at around the 25th of July).
We thought we’d just share with you guys some pictures from the wood workshop where all the bits are coming together very nicely. Perhaps next time I’ll share a bit from our friend’s over at the leather shop to show the bags being made, it’s an amazing process!
We made this custom press for all the bag spines and are fine tuning it to make sure we get a good seal and solid press for all the designs. We put all our Brompton fenders through it and it works incredibly well, just a few tweaks to perfect it and we’re good to go!
In the meantime enjoy the photos from our new space:
So we shipped our first batch of mostly notepads iPad cases.
I have to admit that it was something of an exciting moment. We gathered all of us at Max’s place and put all the new gear into envelopes, wrote up shipping tickets and sent the first batch all over the world. We looked at each other, smiled and went off to push on with our work on the new bags.
So we have this beautiful new space with several new tools now in it, a beautiful new upright power saw, precise drill, air pressure devices and more. It’s a fun process putting them all to work and making the space our own.
The challenge of the day is building a few custom tools of our own, as you guys can guess, the wood spine on the bags requires a precise press after the laser cutting is done. We decided to build this press on our own and max has been welding like mad to make a 10 ton press that will work with all the wood designs from bags to fenders. It’s a fun process and we’ll send some pictures of that as it comes together.
So we are on track for delivery in June for all the bags and combos, we should have all the tooling and processes done for mass production by the end of next week and then we turn into little worker bees in our new woodshop.
Thanks everyone, stay tuned and checkout some new photos from our first “shipping party”.
Sometimes we get so excited about our new creations that we forget to tell the world about them. Here are a few that we mentioned on our FB page but never made it to the blog. Enjoy. And Chris- those are some great pics and an awesome buid! checkout his Flickr here http://www.flickr.com/photos/7925003@N02/5867861742/in/photostream/
Belt drives have been out there for a while and getting some really good reviews so we thought we'd build one up as a Haifa Commuter. I think we're hooked. Our Gates Belt drive bike was designed around a simple and tough custom frame with super short stays for the downhills of Haifa and a Fixie Inc bracket for easy installation. Thanks to Holgar at Fixie for the piece' it's really simple and effective. Tubeset is a Columbus Life with uber simple lugs. The bike rides great and super smooth.
What started out as Max's student project became an awesome fender project. Our prompton specific and 700c fenders are tailer made, ultra customisable, 100% recyclable, almost indestructibe and arguably the coolest thing at Nisnas (except for Rimon's pickeles- they are amazing!!) more on pickles later, now lets talk fenders:
We love the old Yeti color scheme. So much so that we painted our lugged Columbus Max frameset with it. Thanks to Maxim for the awesome paint job. The tubeset itself is amazing and I'm happy we can readily get Max tube sets from Colombus again, yay! I really enjoyed the work on the seat collar; I think we'll be using this style for a while, super pretty and strong.