One of the things I like about NAHBS (besides the endless bike porn) is the other builders. It’s about the only time more than a handful of us are in the same place all year, and it’s a great time to catch up with friends, rekindle bromances and gain wisdom from some of the wisest sages in the industry. It’s one of those visits to a great oracle that leads me to this post.
You may (or may not) have noticed that the pricing/ordering page is gone. Yup, you don’t have to check (but you will) it’s gone like Alderaan.
There are going to be some changes at Edoz Bicycles, and they’re for the better. One of the drawbacks to having a good day job is that it’s easy to underprice your work, and allow your day job to subsidize your other business. You can also willingly let the business details slide because you have your main income acting as a safety net. It becomes easy to lose track of how much is coming in and how much is going out, and there have been plenty of good framebuilders get in over their heads like that and disappear. Then you end up with threadnaughts on the internet trying to locate said builder, armchair barristers giving dubious advice, jilted customers spitting venom and hordes of trolls piling on for good measure.
Not on my watch.
So, there’s going to be a price increase. It’ll be noticeable, but it will help ensure that the business can support itself, and that I’ll be around to provide customer support far into the future. (Not like time machine far, but you get the idea) It will also provide the means to grow the business with new equipment and products.
I’m also getting rid of the base powdercoat option. This is for the best, after all it’s a custom frame. Go big or go home. The up side is that the standard finish will be good stuff, and probably no upcharge for ceramic or film dip finishes.
It looks like I’ll also be adding Reynolds to my available tubing choices, and I’m excited to work with their products.
Details will come as soon as they’re finalized, in the mean time stay tuned for another Team Flying Dog frame and maybe even another one for me.