This update will be even quicker and concise-er than the last one:
As of this afternoon, all of the bicymple frames are back from final welding and the fork legs are all bent to shape (Gabe and Josh are going to be sore from that). Next steps: Sandblasting and powdercoating for the frames, cutting and welding for the forks. It's coming together!
Production is in full swing and coming together nicely. The frames are again with our welder for their final bit of welding. We should have them back in our hands in the next couple of days. From there, we'll be sandblasting them in preparation for powdercoating, which should be happening in the next week.
Our fork-specific tubing bender will be arriving today and we'll be getting started on those as soon as possible afterwards. Once the fork legs are bent to spec, they'll be coped and mitered to length and passed along to our welder. All of this should take place in the next week or two. Once welded, the forks too will then move along to sandblasting and powdercoating.
There are a number of pieces that must be custom fabricated for the bicymple (hub components, dropouts, saddle mounts, disc brake mounts) and all of those are scheduled to get done in the next couple of weeks, while the above items are taking place.
We're just about to place our component order, so all of the off-the-shelf parts will be in our hands for when the frames and forks back from the powdercoater. At that point, final assembly will begin!
THANK YOU, as always! It's a thrilling ride to be on and we owe it all to you, our Kickstarter backers!
With most of the planning and logistics complete, it is all about action for the bicymple now. As such, we're going to let the following photographs and their respective captions do (most of) the talking in this update. Enjoy!
That brings you up to date on the latest from the fabrication side of bicymple production. We'll be posting more frequent updates as we move along much more rapidly now! Keep an eye on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for smaller updates, photos, and general goings-on.
A huge thanks goes to Greg at JM Fabrication for his welding talent, general fabrication knowledge, and for connecting us to some great folks in the industry; to Dan at PFC Manufacturing for the waterjet cutting work (more yet to come) and his willingness to try new things for our project; and to Dave at RAS Manufacturing for his materials and manufacturing input and fantastic machining work! A unified thanks to all of them for letting us get up close and personal with their workspaces for taking these photographs, answering our copious questions, and just generally feeding our curiosity for every step of every process!
We say it in every update, but we are so grateful for all of the support we've received and guarantee we are putting together the best product we can to repay you all for it! We have personally touched every single part of these bikes (some parts several times now!) and there is an abundance of heart and soul in every one!
If you've been following our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/bicymple), you've seen the early signs of production! YES! It is happening--so here's the latest:
The bicymple is being fabricated, finished (powdercoating and decals), assembled, and packaged all in the Pacific Northwest (to those not sure where that is, it's what we call the northwest corner of the USA). Many of you already know this, but the Pacific Northwest is home to a few great bike companies and some of the best mountain biking in the world--Vancouver's fabled "North Shore" is only an hour or two from our home base in Bellingham, Washington. As such, this area is full of incredibly knowledgeable bike folks, many of whom have helped us immensely along the way.
As a very small company just getting started, we don't have the financial capability of setting up our own manufacturing facility. So over the last year, we've reaching out to fabricators and manufacturers in our community, building relationships, testing work quality, creating prototypes, and just generally getting to know this great group of builders right here in our own backyard. It has been a great experience for us, but it also means we've been able to pull together a remarkably talented group of people to collaborate on the bicymple.
Our custom rear axles are being built by a machinist who is a bike enthusiast and works on incredibly precise projects that at a glance look more like fine jewelry than the industrial components they are. Our main tubes are being precision cut on a waterjet machine--if you've never seen this process before, it's nothing short of fascinating and allows precise cuts in ways that otherwise would be very labor intensive or very near impossible! All of the welding is being done by a former bike builder who now welds ultra-precise components for the aviation industry, as well as a wide array of other projects. The finishing will be handled by a powdercoater well known for his attention to detail and his ability to produce top-notch finishes. His portfolio includes custom powdercoat jobs for one of the big names in the bicycle industry! We are confident we could not have found a better group of people to come together for this project.
The only (and we do mean "only") downside to this approach is that our production timeline is somewhat out of our hands at this point. We are on everyone's schedule and all pieces of production are clearly laid out, we just have to wait our turn for each step in the process. While it is disappointing to not be able to run at full sprint to the finish line, we are confident that this approach is the best one for us, and ultimately for you, our backers. The bicymple IS coming, and it will be created to the absolute best standards. It's just going to take longer than anyone had hoped.
Here are the next steps, in abbreviated form (lots of other things will be happening during this period, but these are the main things that are dependent on our contract fabricators' schedules):
Again, we apologize for being behind our initial projected delivery date of year's end, 2013. We greatly appreciate everyone's understanding and patience. We're at the really exciting point now, though, where we all get to see the pieces coming together. We'll be quite active in the coming weeks both here and on our facebook page, posting photos of each step of the manufacturing process.
Stay tuned, and as always THANK YOU to all of you who backed the bicymple!
It was one year plus one day ago that the bicymple Kickstarter campaign was launched. We just want to take a second to catch our breath and thank everyone for the support we've gotten in the last year to get to where we are now. So THANK YOU!
It has been an incredible journey and we are on track to begin production at the start of the new year. Here's how it's going to go down:
Machining of tubing and other parts comes first, then welding. After the first round of welding, the frames will be sent to get waterjet cutting done. At the same time, the rear forks will be getting some additional machining done.
Next comes final welding, and after that, finishing. We'll be powdercoating them in a 3-step process--applying the color coat, then graphics, then a clear coat over the top.
After the frames and forks are finished and looking pretty, final assembly will begin. The last step for us of course, is to send them out to all of those who backed us!
We'll be posting lots of pictures and updates in the next few weeks as all of this comes together so you're included as much as possible in the whole process!
To the backers who are waiting to receive bicymples of their own, thank you for your patience. Expect to get a survey in the next couple of weeks for size and color selection, as well as shipping info!
Again, thanks so much for all of the support! We are forever grateful for the opportunity to share the bicymple with the world!