Pneubar Pname

Posted on December 14 2016

Pneubar Pname

Here's a behind-the-scene top secret going-on-right-now event.

Practically, we don't need any new or different handlebars, but thanks to Amazon and the increasing popularity of NITTO products, some of "our" handlebars (and a few racks) became widely available, our sales dropped, and we come and go with sales. We could have asked NITTO if we could go back and claim our bars as ours alone, but that would have been awkward all around. The cat was out of the bag.

Noe we're designing a few new, proprietary bars and rax that, from the get-go, would be ours alone, so that's how it's going.

We have the Choco-bar--which may be my favorite, and seems to be Mark's favorite non-drop. No reason to change that, and no need. in a gray zone. Albastache, also gray, but I think we've got our exclusive mitts on that, too.

The Noodle and Albatross are the problem bars, and for now, we've tweaked the Albatross into a slightly new form that loses nothing from the old one and has a few extra plusses about it. Here's a top view. Keep in mind that it rises/drops about 50mm, same as the Albatross.

Look at the names:



It will likely be one of those, although Barabbas reminds me of scary Bible stories my mom used to tell me.

Maybe Handelbar would be confusing in conversation. Babs would for sure, so I can rule those out. I like the rest. I hate polling, but I do wonder. I've opened up the comments section. If anybody gets mean, it'll be curtains for the comments, but...I can't imagine.


The normal bike industry is hurting real bad, hugely due to changes in the way stuff's sold and distributed. Dealers are selling on Amazon, so a dealer in Tinytown can compete with the main chain store in Madison, WI.... They have the goods shipped to the buyer either by Amazon or by the mfr. And THEN the manufacturers---let's say, of a car rack—figures out the zip codes of all the purchasers, figures out it's an Amazon sale thing, and figures heck, if the BrickMorter store isn't even making eye-contact or talking to the customer or anything, we should get that sale. So they cut off the dealer (stop selling the dealer "AMAZON quantities" and starts themselves selling on Amazon...for less money than the dealer was selling for.

Regular bike parts wholesalers are being cut out, too. Sometimes they've sold Brand X for decades, but now Brand X wants to sell on Amazon, and either the wholesaler or the dealer gets booted out.

It's all technically legal, and in some way the dealer should have expected something like that, but these are tough times and everybody's so de

Countrywide, bike business is down almost 14 percent from last year. The industry is welcoming eBikes big time, half out of genuine enthusiasm, but half the time out of desperation & not wanting to miss the eBoat.

Most suppliers are nervous about Trump's high tarrifs on Chinese-made stuff. I bet it won't happen, but if it does, it will make things much harder for mainstream bike businesses. We're less affected by all of this because we don't sell Chinese stuff and for the most part, we don't live and die on commodities. Nobody's going to sell Appaloosa bikes on Amazon, or CLEMs or the new NITTO things.'s easy to feel sorry for normal bike shops.


We will absolutely run out of the Gransfors #420 ax within a week and a half. We have eight on the shelf and some may be spoken for (ordered, just not packed), and since we didn't get out big order (they didn't have them), this is it until Christmas. We get orders for these from, for instance, Oklahomaons who don't even ride bikes, and our past experience says that axes are bought at last-minute desperation gifts. We're doing OK on the smaller #415, but if you're even thinking about the #420, there you go---.



  • Grady: January 21, 2018

    What is the status of this project?

  • hiro: January 30, 2017

    Immaculate detailing. I like Grabar , Granolabar or Babar

  • Homer: December 31, 2016

    I prefer short names (or names that lend themselves to shortening), not too phonetically complex, pleasant to voice, and evocative. (As Ben said, “Babar makes me happy.”)

    I like, in no particular order:
    silbar, babar, handobar, and maybe even ambar.
    or flipping it, bartok and bar•doe

    From my coding days: foobar, though the evocation might not be what you intend.

  • Andrew: December 30, 2016

    How will it compare to the Albastache,, when used upside-down? I like the wider flats near the steam, and the curves look great. But I like a bar that drops, over a bar that rises…

  • Andrew: December 26, 2016

    The albatross bar did bear some resemblance to the bird of the same name, but nowhere near a kookaburra. If you’ve ever seen a kookaburra glide in towards you (and I do daily as they come to be hand fed on our back verandah railing) they have relatively short and stubby wings with a slight swing back, more like the BMW R100RS, or maybe with a little step up like some bars off an old hybrid I had that my son shortened for a fixie a few years back – then he realized that there’s no point being a fashion victim when you’ve got wide shoulders. Choose another bird, but make it another one with a wider wingspan whose shape is evoked by the bars.

  • Clayton Bailey: December 22, 2016

    Falcon, Peregrine, Swift, Icebreaker (looks like the bow) Manta, Abalone (cause’ it’s fun to say), Chickadee, (same), Rivwing, Silverwing, Silvbar, Silv…….Silvergrine (peregrine) Silverdee, ………KOOKUBAR is my vote above…

  • jim: December 20, 2016

    I like the idea of using the old iron brands for name, like ħ- R bar is is great too.

  • Tom: December 19, 2016

    Your new bar reminded me of the tell-take “m”-ish shape of the Osprey’s wing form. Maybe there’s an idea in there somewhere. Here’s one of many available Osprey pic’s:

  • Alfred Womack: December 18, 2016

    Is there a new Noodle in the works?

  • Rob: December 17, 2016

    I like babbar, with a little engraved elephant. But would there be copyright issues?

    The Petrel? (Like an albatross)

  • Turtle Hermit: December 17, 2016

    kookubar, yadda yadda yadda.

  • matt: December 16, 2016

    How about ħ? This is pronounced “h bar” and is notation for a natural constant of small scales. Get Max (Planck) comfort with the ħ!

  • John: December 16, 2016

    Kookubarra or Babar

  • Eric Rucker: December 16, 2016

    I like the handmans: Manubar, and Ben’s fractal-inspired Mandelbar.

  • M Roland: December 16, 2016

    Kookubarra sounds way too much like the wool wash, Kookaburra, though that is of course probably completely intentional, since it is just a letter change, and since you sell it and all. It will either confuse people or result in more sales for the wool wash.

    KuKoobar? I like it because it follows the vowel layout of Cuckoo, as in clock. You might think some people would be inclined to pronounce it with a short u, but that could be said of KooKubar as well (thinking Zanzibar). To be more sure, and to add mystery and excitement, you could put a straight line above the u.

  • Tom Allingham: December 16, 2016

    I’ve always liked the shortened names of most of the Riv bars — like, “I see you’re rocking an ‘Alba cockpit’”, or “Are those Riv’s new Chocos?” SilverBar, or iterations of that name, don’t work well for that, precisely because of the (I suspect very useful) ongoing Silver branding process. “Are those Silvers?” doesn’t work — you’d need the full name, “Are those SilverBars?” I always thought of Rivendell as the brand that identifies a unique (or at least unusual, and unusually functional) bike or component offered by Walnut Creek (Rivendell Grip Kings, Rivendell Albatross, and so on), but maybe it’s necessary in today’s commercial bike world to have some kind of sub-brand, I don’t know. If naming the new bars “SilverBars” helps keep Riv in the pink, I’m for it.

    But if SilverBars is no better or worse than any other name for Riv’s commercial health, I vote for Kookubarra or Kookabars, just because I could then rock a Kooky cockpit. And, uh, lend me your comb, wouldja?

  • Evan Elliot: December 15, 2016

    1. Kookabarra (because it’s a bird, kin to the Albatross).
    2. Silverbar (because it reinforces your brand).
    3. Handelbar (because it’s funny; then again, it might seem snooty).

  • Harry: December 15, 2016

    It’s spelt Kookaburra, so dunno if that works. My vote is for Babar

  • Josh I.: December 15, 2016

    Kori Bustard bar…Bustard bar for short, or ’starbar.

  • B Cole: December 15, 2016

    Kookubarra! Continuing the bird theme seems appropriate considering the origin of the project.

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