January 2010


It’s all in one piece. It rides noticeably better than our shop Pugsley. We believe the Larry’s are responible for that. It may be a geometrical difference. We’re probably just saying that to sound smart; we’re not even sure there was any change in the geometry with the new frames. We could probably look into that, but we’re too busy looking at the Pugsley. It’s here until Thursday, so come take a look.

more pics here.



Very few people will appreciate this spread. It’s taken some retail acrobatics to get it all in one place.

G. Sherck is happy. So happy, in fact, that he’s packing the dog and hitting the road to drive here from Ohio to pick it up in person. He’s been waiting since September and only in the last two weeks have all the parts become available. We will take this pile and make it functional over the next few days.


[Amendment: the build is now done… see complete build pics on the Flickr album.]

We just received our long-awaited arrival of new Pugsley frames.

They went back to the drawing board (which for Surly, is a slab of concrete where they draw with (lit) charcoal briquets) with the Pugsley and made a few changes. We’re excited to get them in and get them out. Come get one.

The color is something. Surly, depending where you look, calls it Split Pea Green or Grampa’s Jammies. Both are close. We know Surly makes it a point to bust all trends with its color choices, but this is the new champion for unique bicycles colors. Both of my mechanics are color-blind, which left me with the difficult task of describing this color using other colors – a difficult task. Brown family? Yellow based? Inbred Green relative? Other names that come to mind are Bung Khaki, Vomit Comet, Pugly, and Harvest… something.

We also received a pair of Larry tires for G. Sherck’s Pugsley project. Nice tires.

The new Pacer complete is a smart bike. We’ve been fans of the Pacer for years and I think having a stock complete will help spread the love. The complete comes with Salsa Short and Shallow bars (nice bars) and 700×28 Conti tires (nice tires). We added the Brooks Pro and brown tape to finish it off (makin it nice).

Nice stuff.

North Central Cyclery is proud to announce an exhibit of the exquisite work of artist Kara Ginther opening February 6th, 2010. The exhibition will include an array of custom carved leather Brooks bicycle saddles and a few other rare Brooks Saddles owned by North Central Cyclery.

Kara Ginther is a leather artisan based in Madison, WI and while her work has been widely shown on popular cycling and bike culture websites, this will be the first physical exhibition centered on her saddles since she began carving them a few years ago. The exhibit will include 2 saddles from Ginther’s Mobile Museum of Material Culture, a tandem bicycle modified to be a mobile art exhibit. Also on display will be a few never-before-seen saddleworks Kara has been working on this winter. One saddle is being commissioned by NCC specifically for the exhibit.

Kara Ginther studied textile design at the University of Wisconsin and her work was born from a love of all things vintage. Much of her creative process stems from that inspiration. Her embellishments to Brooks Saddles add to their beauty without diminishing their purpose.

Along with Kara’s saddles, we’ll be displaying our tidy collection of rare Brooks saddles as well. We have

 the White Swallow, the Shaggy B17, A Bicycle Fim Festical Green Swallow, an Alpe de Huez Team Pro (designed by Dan Funderburgh), and the brand new White Team Pro.

The exhibit will be at NCC until the 13th and can be viewed during our normal store hours. The exhibit will then be packed up and sent to Denver where it will be on display at Salvagetti’s Bicycle Workshop and then on to our friends at Topanga Creek Bicycles in LA.

Click here for full tour info

Our Opening Night will be Saturday, Feb 6th at 6:30pm. Wine and cheese will be provided… and it would be safe to assume there will be some New Glarus there, too.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please feel free to call us at 815.758.2403 or email tobie@northcentralcyclery.com