Saturday, November 26, 2005

T-Shirts and Cyclo-cross

Just in time for cold weather and the holiday spending season: Pereira Cycles Logo T-Shirts! Get 'em while they're hot...

The Cross Crusade Cyclo-cross series has wound down. What a riot it was. I met a bunch of great people and had tons of fun racing in a new discipline. I ended up tying three other guys for 6th, 7th and 8th in the Singlespeed class. I'm looking forward to next year...I'm really gonna train...really... Sounds like the Awards Party has a reputation for getting rowdy. See you all there.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Downtown Brown Gallery

Today has been fantastic. My long awaited Singlespeed Cross bike came home from the painter and it is by far the most beautiful bicycle I have ever seen. Ok...that may be pushing it a little, but since I built it I'm going to stand by that statement.

You will have to see for yourselves in the Gallery pages.

Dean and Bethany at Acme Bicycle Paint are incredibly skilled. They even seemed impressed with how well it turned out. They took great care with the details and the results are better than I expected and better than the pictures can do justice. When I have some more time I'll set up some lights and get better pictures of before I scratch it all up in the race on Sunday.

Notice that the bike is wet in several pictures. After holing myself up for the past two and a half days of sun, I finally get my brand new bike ready and it starts raining. in Portland. I'm getting used to it, but I just couldn't bring myself to head out on a night ride in the rain. Looks like tomorrow I'll get to ride during the daylight.

Speaking of riding here in Portland, it is excellent. I have actually developed an appreciation for road riding. On Sunday we had some nice weather and I took my road bike out for about 60 miles on the road with 10 miles of dirt thrown into the return trip. It rained enough that I got pretty muddy, but I kinda like that now.

Acme has helped me take Pereira Cycles to a whole new level. My skills are constantly improving, I'm branching into new types of bikes (look for Jared's fixie soon!) , building lots of forks and stems and with the spectacular paint I am very excited to see what will come in the future. Keep dreaming...your bike is right around the corner.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Joining the Circus

I can't get into my shop today so I'm taking care of "that list" of stuff I keep putting off.

Can't get into my shop.

Pereira Cycles has been a full-time endeavor for me for about two months now. After moving to Portland, Oregon I rented a space and set up the shop that I dragged here from Salt Lake City. Luckily I found a spot to set up right after arriving...unluckily it is located inside another business, so I only have access while they are open. Eventually the space will be improved and I'll have my own door. Since I couldn't get in today I had the opportunity to make some progress towards that eventual goal: filed my LLC paperwork, applied for a business license, filled out some insurance forms--all things that will be necessary for me to convince the owner of the building that I am serious and ready to take it to the next level. The insurance is the big one. The business I rent from is an auto repair shop. He specializes in some pretty high-zoot stuff. Lots of custom cars. I understand him wanting to cover himself--if I burn the place down or something horrendous like that.

Anyway...I'm Tony Pereira. I build custom bicycle frames. I think they rock. Now I have a blog too...just like everyone else.