KGS Bikes does Ebay Stores

by kgsbikes on April 30, 2016

in Bikes,Components

KGS Bikes Ebay Store

KGS Bikes Ebay Store

Since KGS Bikes has so little local traffic, we are focusing more and more on designing custom bicycles and FrameUp™ kits for our clients. Because of this, we are  cleaning out stuff that has gathered over the years. We post items in our eBay Store that are either new items for sale at retail, such as our Topolino Wheels, and items in inventory that otherwise would never be seen!

Our demo bikes and frames that can be sold are also listed as well as numerous components that need to find a new home.

We are respectful of MSRP pricing for new items and for demo pricing as defined by manufacturers like Zipp. You will find some interesting stuff so please check the KGS Bikes eBay Store, regularly.

Thanks so much for looking.

Originally posted 2011-01-27 11:16:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Kevin Saunders Parlee Z1, Rev 3

by kgsbikes on April 29, 2016

in Bikes,Photography

This Parlee Z1 is what put KGS Bikes on the map regarding bespoke bicycles. I started out with a custom Z1 and had our incredible painter Dave Sem of semcustompaint.com do his magic on the frame. My only two rules were, 1) I like red on racing bikes, and 2) when in doubt, refer to rule 1!

The second phase involved detailing most of the parts to match the frame. After riding the bike for a year I found out the bottle cages weren’t holding bottles in and Dave perfected more detailing.

This third revision has a new Zipp stem, FibreLyte carbon chainrings and Zipp bottle cages. I appreciate your comments as always and thanks for looking.

KGS Bikes had an extensive print ad campaign which put us on the map around the world. We are constantly asked to share these ads and hope you find them interesting and fun.

Thanks for looking and we appreciate your comments.

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Originally posted 2008-12-11 17:24:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Cervelo P4 - Do style points trump everything else? Photo: kwc

Cervelo P4 - Do style points trump everything else? Photo: kwc

I have people contact me from all over the world asking the same question, “What do you recommend as the best bike for me?” It is a very interesting question and one that I think about constantly. Since I provide a rather limited selection of equipment to clients I wonder what is important to people. Is is the cost? People always say so, but I wonder sometimes. Is it the performance? That is a subjective question as well. How about the appearance and the style? This is huge. How one is perceived by others who will be judging is apparently one of the most important factors. Is it the comfort and efficiency? I hope so. Is it because a sponsor paid for all or part of the bike? Maybe.

In the end, the best bike for one person is totally different than the best bike for another. This explains why some high end brands do well in one part of the country and do not in others. While I want everyone to appreciate the thought and effort that goes into a world class custom bike, I realize in the end that many people either don’t know this kind of bicycle is available or don’t care. The latter concept is difficult for me, but here is an example.

Some parts of the triathlon world are so Cervelo-centric that people would rather ride one that doesn’t fit than ride another that does. This might be Cannondale or Felt in the stock bike world, or Guru, Serotta or Parlee in my custom world. The best bike for them is one that their friends agree is the coolest and that is a very important part of cycling that techies like me both appreciate and find incredible. I appreciate the beauty of a very hot bicycle, but I find it incredible that someone would prefer that bike over one that fits, assuming the first one didn’t. One feature of many stock triathlon bikes is a very short head tube. This can make a comfortable position on one of these bikes possible, but the aesthetics of the bike will be ruined with 100 mm of headset spacers or a steerer tube extension. Who wants to ride a Frankenbike? Not many.

In the end, I simply hope to get people to think about what they do with a bicycle. They cost a lot of money and last a long time. With planning and care, the money spent on a great bicycle is a super investment. Sometimes with impulse buying, big mistakes can be made that are costly to correct, or painful to live with.

There is a difference in bikes. You can have it all, but please, do your homework. Really ask yourself what is important, because whatever the reason, it is a good one. Just be sure you are actually acting on the reasons that are important.

Thanks so much for reading and I look forward to your comments. What is the best bike…for you?

Originally posted 2009-04-06 09:45:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Parlee Z1 Bespoke Bike build sequence

by kgsbikes on April 27, 2016

in Photography

Parlee Z1 Bespoke Bike build sequence

At KGS Bikes we are very careful when building a bicycle. The owner of this bespoke Parlee Z1 wanted one of our commemorative coffee table book sets (11 x 14 plus 4 x 5) so we photographed the build sequence as well. Our building area is in the photo studio so this is really easy once everything is set up. We use a Canon 1DS Mark III camera so the shots turn out great. Our build shots are done with a white background and the finished bicycles are photographed with a black background.

There is a whole set on Flickr, but this shot is interesting because it shows our handlebar underwrap which I call the Bar Condom. It protects the carbon handlebars from sweat and tape residue and makes changing bar tape really easy. It also does a better job of holding the cables in place and is a guide for the bar tape termination so it is perfect each and every time.

As always, thank you so much for your comments on the bikes we create and our photography.

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Originally posted 2008-11-30 15:06:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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By Popular Demand, KGS Bikes photos for sale

26 April 2016

KGS Bikes marketing strategy revolves around the resources we have that are unique, special and different and using them so folks will remember us. Kevin Saunders is a professional photographer in addition to other duties at KGS Bikes and a successful program has developed whereby we go to events like bike races and triathlons, photographing […]

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How Robbie Wade had the luck of the Irish for the Cap Tex Triathlon

24 April 2016

While KGS custom triathlon bicycles provide huge improvements in performance for triathletes, few triathletes come investigate. Most either follow what is on Slowtwitch or are so risk averse that it could take over a year before they would consider even having their positions checked, much less consider a change. When pro triathlete Robbie Wade had […]

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What does your ankle have to do with saddle height?

23 April 2016

When I am helping people find their perfect position on the bicycle, saddle height is one of the many dimensions we discover in a BalancePoint™ session. While people consider the knee joint as the only significant articulation, the ankle is in fact an articulation as well. This makes a single joint movement a compound movement, […]

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I don’t care about you. I care about you.

22 April 2016

The concept of Pereto’s Principle is, that 80% of the effects comes from 20% of the causes, and thus is the foundation for the 80/20 rule. The way things work at KGS Bikes is more like 99/1. For example, look at the folks that actually come in the door to our studio. Greater than 99% […]

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Regarding bicycles, men are from Mars, women are from Venus

21 April 2016

I had a lovely woman come into the studio yesterday and we discussed gears on bicycles and how they worked. Apparently she didn’t know how to use them and nobody helped her learn. This post is to all the women in the world who get frustrated with bicycles and elitist riders who make them feel […]

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Spring Special – KGS Bikes

20 April 2016

The bicycle industry is very cyclical, and the busy season starts the end of January. What this means for custom bikes is lead times increase, so everything takes longer and shortages are common. This year is predicted to be particularly bad because the economy is improving here, plus a lot of inventory that was manufactured […]

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