Hi, it's me, Jeffrey Gene Frane, the mouthpiece for All-City.
About this time every year you'll find a whole bunch of blog posts all over the internets about people wrapping up their year, thanking their customers/friends, and getting all emotional about life, their place in the world, etc. So why should All-City be any different?
So, here we go with a little wrap up of what's going on / has gone on.
Basically, we blew the fuck up. (sort of, as much as a brand that 99.9% of people who ride bikes have never heard of can)
This past Spring we released our first geared bikes, and what do you know? Turns out people really like geared bikes, and shops really like geared bikes because there are way more people willing to buy them than single speeds or fixed gears.
We made a whole bunch of new friends with the Mr. Pink, Space Horse, and Macho Man, took on a number of new dealers, and started reaching folks from a wide range of cycling backgrounds. While obviously more models, dealers, sales is super important (we like to eat and pay our bills), the most important thing is that we're very very proud of these new bikes. They continue the aesthetics, ideals, ride quality, etc of our Big Block and Nature Boy while allowing us to take our riding ever furthur.
No one was making our dream road bike, so we did. No one was making our dream rando/urban explorer/touring/rough road/whatever the hell you want to call it bike so we built the Space Horse. Our cross bike flipping slays, but gears are cool too, so we made a dedicated derailleur model.
In short we got to live out a few more of our bike shop fanatasies by putting a bunch of stuff that we've been dreaming of making into production. That my friends, is the best part of our job, wish fullfillment, and we're so glad that it happens that plenty of other people are looking for the same things in a bicycle as us.
Then there were our backpacks, and our first run of wool clothing, and our team rider winning the World Courier Championship, and the stainless cups, and an aluminum track racer, and blah blah blah. The thing is, people, without you we wouldn't get to do jack shit and would have to go back to whoever the hell would hire a bunch of stubborn, opinionated jerks like us to work for them. We'd be yes sirring and ma'aaming and have to comb our hair everyday and we would hate it. (notice that I'm using the plural here, because while I get to grab the spotlight as the front of the brand, there's a whole team of amazing folks who bring this stuff to you. Expect to see more of them over the coming year)
AC exists because people like you are into what we're doing, and I'd like to take a minute to thank you. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to have the best job in the world, to espouse the #partybrand ideals, and to keep having our bicycle related product wishes fulfilled. Thanks for the high fives, and the wag of the finger when we're bad. Thanks for riding a bike, thanks for the beer hand ups, and thanks for not getting all pissy now that we've got geared bikes too. (and an Aluminum one)
You, you're the best. I hope you know that.
the whole All-City team