My mail carrier rings the doorbell when he has a package for me. It would be within the realm of reasonable behavior to leave the package on top of my mailbox, but he takes the time to ring the bell and wait for me to bound to the door like an oversized puppy. I try very hard not to order things that suck, so every time the bell rings at this time of day I feel ten years younger and I get to the door faster than I do most anything else.
Today was no exception. I had been tipped off by the internets that today should see the arrival of my White Industries pedals from the Milwaukee Cycle Co. None of White Industries, the Milwaukee Cycle Co., the internets nor my friendly mail carrier let me down.
It is easy for me to get worked up about super fine made in America bicycle parts. I don’t get to see that many let alone get my hands on them. These are jewels. I am very happy to have remembered to photograph them for sharing and remembering before I slip the first wrench or touch them down in a corner.
I saw these on the internets before NAHBS last year and then saw them at NAHBS in person. I didn’t dare ask to hold them, but others did. I politely looked over their shoulders as they got their oils all over the art.
I have a pair of Lyotard Berthet pedals which these resemble (number 23 in the image below). I have always loved the Lyotards, but they possess none of the CNCed goodness that I associate with made in America bicycle parts. Ever since I held in my hand the blue Tuff Neck stem that was to go on my Redline Proline, I have loved well machined aluminum bicycle parts.
Sad that there aren’t more makers in America. Paul Component Engineering and White Industries do such good work. Phil Wood is legendary. I am so happy that Cook Brothers is back at it (they were closed recently but I searched for them as I wrote this entry and see that they up and running once again). Am I forgetting anyone?
Buy what you can while you can from any of these artisans. Their bits are pricey, but you will never regret any purchase. Each component is stunning to hold, install and use, and they are all very durable and serviceable.
We’ve left the deep freeze. I need to sneak downstairs and carefully install these new pedals on my ANT Light Roadster and make a few laps around the block.
Work off a few extra ounces gained yesterday sampling my friend Perry’s wonderful beer. Is there anything he can’t do exceptionally well?