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Supersprint Hubs Now Available! 

At long last Victoire's beautiful Supersprint track hubs are finally available. And in some interesting colors as well. While the stock colors are Black Silver and Grey shone here is Brown. Other colors are available such as blue, red, orange, yellow, green and yes even purple. There is a small up charge for colors other than the the stock colors. And as always they have their customary 6/4 titanium bolts, stainless washers and 7075 Aluminum lockring. 

MSRP per pair is $550. Available as wheels only with a verity of rims. Dealer inquires Welcome and encouraged! 


Subliminal Customer Service

Here at Merlyn Mechanics we have a sleep in policy on Mondays. So we usually sleep till noon. We do this because we can and because most people wish they could. Think of it as some kind of subliminal customer service. Be well!


Between Christmas and New Years

In this time between Christmas and New Years we at Merlyn Mechanics find it difficult to be serious about the way we spend our time. Real business will resume after the New Year. We did clean the shop and watch a bunch of movies and slept late. But some time last night we became obsessed with Leslie Hall videos. So we thought we would share... Have a look.


New T-Shirts Available

The new Merlyn Mechanics t-shirts are now available. They are dark green with grey lettering. (See photos) And 100% cotton. Made in the Americas (not China). It's possible that you could have seen these shirts already if you were in any of the following places, Las Vegas, Chattanooga, Philly, Texas, San Fransisco, Jacksonville FL and Austria.... If not then perhaps you should get one of your own. Click here to order.


Just because someone carries a wrench doesn't make them a mechanic

Race bikes need to be built right the first time. Really all bikes should be built this way as well, but I will limit this conversation to race bikes for now. Race bikes are expected to go faster, and have fewer problems than other bikes. This is not always the case. It often depends on who builds the bike. It’s also very important that the racer has full confidence in their bike. Confidence that it was built right the first time, by someone who knows what they’re doing. If the rider loses confidence in their bike, because it breaks without a crash, or the mechanic either forgot to make it right or didn’t know how to make it right in the first place, then the rider will not race to the full limit of their ability, and subsequently probably lose the race. We don’t race to lose; we race to win. Right?


One mistake that shops often make is thinking that they know more about the bike than the rider. And that if the rider isn’t building it themselves, then they don’t know how the end product should look or function. 


Today a racer brought their bike to my shop because they had lost confidence, not only in their bike, but in the mechanics that worked on it previously. That shop/mechanic apparently had no idea what in-line cable adjusters are. So they covered one of them with bar wrap. Then left the other one uncovered, but too close to the handlebar to be used effectively, if at all. Also bar tape should be neat, clean and consistent. The electrical tape that we use to finish the wrap should be an even distance from the stem and wrapped the same way on both sides. I always start and end the wrap, and the tape, under the bar to keep things neat. Sometimes I’ll add a strip of color within the tape to tie the bar to the bike color wise. I also used 18” less wrap, on each side, than the previous ‘mechanic,’ because I pulled it tight enough that it won’t unravel in a few rides. The other mechanic left gaps in the bar wrap in various places, which left a sloppy appearance. 


I think if you are going to take the time to learn how to work on bikes, you should learn how to do it right. If you don’t know how, or are just unsure, then you should ask someone who does. There is no shame in asking or learning. Having low standards is the same as having NO standards. I can’t let crappy work out the door. My conscience won’t let me. Plus I don’t want anyone getting hurt riding my work. One would think this would be true of all mechanics. Or you would think that the shop owner at least, would think this way. This is apparently not the case. Unfortunately for the rider, there is no way of telling if the person carrying the wrench is really a mechanic, or even if they are any good. All the certifications in the world isn’t enough to make one a good/great mechanic. In some cases, reputation isn’t a good reference either. Reputation at times is the impression of a person, with either a low standard, or a person who has never experienced a really good mechanic. Sadly in many cases, finding a great mechanic comes down to trial and error. The exception may be getting the opinion of several people from a variety of cycling forms.

I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you....