being a hypocrite

Posted in Uncategorized on April 12, 2009 by teamsexypants

if you have any thoughts of doing the environmentally & socially good thing in business. you think buy ,buy small. so when i have been looking for the best materials to build bikes out of. i have been keeping this in the back of my mind. kind of a guiding principle . henry james  is the paragon of this idea. they have only usa made items. true temper tubes & henry james lugs. they stick to their guns & walk their talk. how many of us can say that

the only problem with that is it limits what i can do with frames. the possibilities are not so good. columbus & reynolds makes some great tubesets. kirk pacenti makes some other cool lugs. his new mtb & randoneering fork crown lugs are a frame builders dream. so do i limit myself to usa only . do i find someone to make them in america & design them myself? do i have the time to do all that & make frames?  pacenti ,   richard sachs , & rivendel has their lugs made in Taiwan. is it  a choice they made based on cost? or ease of finding someone who would make something like this.? i don’t know. at least for the titanium bikes i have planned ,i can get usa made ti that is the best par none.

well i’m thinking that my frames will be primaraly usa & local materials. if someone want’s a pacenti fork crown i will do it no problem. but i will search out usa made parts even if they will cost a little more. i think i will need to get into the lug making or finding someone kansas city who can make lugs. a good lugset for cross & mtb with a  cross & mtb fork crown is so needed to a frame builder that i may need to design my own.

the balance between being a craftsman who wants to make the very best & a socialy responsible human can happen.

big grin…joel

dream  beautiful dreams


well well i’m finishing the building for the mad genius.

Posted in Uncategorized on November 10, 2008 by teamsexypants

hi you good lookin people,


  justin at hlt-c ( happy little tree-construction) is putting up the walls of the home of grincycles as we wright. i just refered to myself in the plural , wow i must be smrt. so the bikes will be a rollin soon. when i get back home  i will be getting up some pictures of the projects iv’e got started. some fork ideas , ti for camron , & very wierd. a large bmxish frame a take off on nemisis project with my twist. look them up  they are very cool.

so for now think beautiful thoughts.


joel grin dyke

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Posted in Uncategorized on November 10, 2008 by teamsexypants

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