A few months ago our friend Ben from Argonaut Cycles approached us a with an interestingly simple proposition — "help me make bikes." Hmmm? After spending a few nights researching carbon layups and oxy acetylene tanks we finally wrote back with an equally simple question for him — "what do we have to do with making your bikes?" Our hopes were high that we were actually the key to making handmade bikes - that our dreams would finally be realized as artisans of the highest level. Turns out we aren't. However, that didn't mean that we couldn't help Ben hone in on his craft.
As it happens, packing, shipping, shooting photos and posting items to your website for sale can take a lot of time (something we know a lot about). Time that, in Ben's case, is taking away from actually being able to work with his one cohort Boone, building bikes (something we don't know a lot about). Ben had the desire to continue making kit as well. As we all know, it is important for his customers to look as good on the bike as the bicycle itself. It's a complete picture, the kit and the bike, we all know that. Turning, once again, to Endo Customs to produce a kit that would be in keeping with last years Rouge Roubaix experience was the only place to go. But, that still didn't get Ben back to the workshop and building bikes.
That's where we come in.
Upon talking with Ben it was realized that we could provide the venue for getting his clothing out into the world. We have a retail option if you want to come in and check it out yourself, maybe shimmy your way into some of those hot pants? We also have (this is where you push your glasses back up on your nose) a global web portal interface that could help move these kits on an international level.
Suffice to say, minds have been blown.
Tomorrow morning (or super early afternoon depending on how tonight goes) we will be launching this kit into the world. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter, which will give notice as soon as the kit goes live.
We did get out a couple weeks ago in the sunshine and get a few "action" shots of the kit as well, so this could serve as one of those "sneak peek" situations. We went out into the hills with a little point and shoot and pointed it at these kits. These images are the result of that little ride.
We should also note, as you'll see from the photo below. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring back one of our most beloved socks. The Zig-Zag was possibly our hottest sock of last summer, plus, the wool version that we did with it happened to match up oh so well with the Argonaut kit. Why not? Why not invert it to make it pop with the kit? So, we'll have that little addition to the kit setup as well.