From time to time and some of the time all too often, I am asked a simple question by people I don’t entirely hate.
What in the fuck are you doing? Better yet, why in the fuck?
The question, usually, pertains to my other baby.
This baby, Misfit Psycles.
I know what you’re thinking, so you punched them in the throat you did.
Not for that.
I’m neither angered nor surprised by the question (although I do wish they’d keep the profanity to a minimum – for today at least – there are children reading).
The truth is, many and most of the aforementioned peoples know the same thing that I have long known.
I make the monies I (and the boys three) NEED, anywhere else.
So why is it then?
I have an insatiable ego and a fragile sense of self worth that feeds on the temporary praise and fleeting admiration of the dozen(s) of Psycle fans.
It’s because, with Misfit I can be openly, entirely, and inequitably selfish.
I can and do things just for me under the guise of offering them to you.
And on some rare occasion, I can grant myself a full pardon for this behaviour because (on that once in all that while) I make a people or two happy.
What of this email?
This email will probably end up costing boy #1 his university tuition as I plod arrogantly onwards another year or so;
I want to thank you for making the diSSent kd. It is truly a game changer for my son’s riding ability and his love for mountain biking.
First, I must admit that it making a sizable purchase for a kids’ bike frame was a tough sell when we already have a garage full of bikes. However, the ability to use quality components from a 26” bike that I no longer ride was a checkmark in the “pros” column. Eventually, with my insistent and non-stop bike talk and comparisons, my wife gave me the green light to go “look” at the frame.
Upon having comparisons with your sons’ assembled diSSent kd to my kids’ 20” and 24” mountain bikes, I could see the Misfit Psycles product shares similar geometry (standover, wheelbase, bar height, etc) with the 24” bike my son was going to get as a “hand-me-down” from his sister. I could also see that the Misfit could be manipulated to grow with for some time. However, the 24” hand-me-down would need some upgrades as the stock fork is a POS, and the components would not meet the demands of our energetic youngster. Lighter, upgraded components are exciting for dad to research, shop for, and install, while differences on the bike are rarely noticed by the young operator. Finally, selling such upgraded equipment earns dimes on the dollar when the youngest outgrows the equipment. Doing an in-depth cost analysis confirmed that upgrading the 24” bike might not be as economical as the Misfit Psycles diSSent kd build with parts from the garage.
Our son is small for almost being 8 years old and fits a 20” wheel mountain bike quite well and would for some time to come. For Ben going from 20” to 26” wheels was twice the jump for me going from 26” to 29” wheels. I was concerned that a soon to be eight year old would have more difficulty with the transition and become frustrated and reject the new bike. However, having Benjamin ride your sons’ bike was the icing on the cake. Ben’s success on that bike was immediate. He pulled short wheelies, hopped up curbs, and flicked the bike around with ease. I was convinced Ben could handle the rotating mass of the bigger wheels without difficulty…so we bought a frame for him (and one for me too).
We were anxious to build up his bike. Within two days of getting the frame home, the bike was ready for a test ride. Benjamin helped in all stages of the build except the rebuild and lowering of the Fox fork. This whip was no weight weenie build, it has Mavic 317 rims on Deore hubs and Small Block 8s with tubes, Truvativ Stylo cranks and GXP bottom bracket with Deore SPD pedals, Surly 32T chainring with RaceFace bashguard, XT 9 speed rear mech with Deore trigger shifter, Avid Elixir 3 brakes, Race Face carbon riser bar, 50mm stem, 6” Ritchey seat post, and kids saddle. Complete bike weighs in around 23.5 lbs. Ben weighs 60lbs and we run about 12lbs of air in the tubed tires.
Tests rides went amazing! On his 20″, I would consider him an advanced rider for his age and size. Getting this build was an instant multiple-level boost! We have logged about 250km of trail rides together. We easily ride 60km of single-track each week. Ben is nailing climbs he would not attempt before. He was always a natural at riding slow speed balance focused elevated stunts and he continues to be on the new bike. His average speed has increased. He rails and accelerates out of turns. He stands and sprints like he is doing intervals. He attacks the terrain and creek crossings. He no longer drags his rear brake. His confidence level has soared. Everyday he asks to go for a ride and replays the memories we make on the trails while I follow him. He never says he is tired or wants to rest. He often tries to lead group rides and many times lands mid-pack upon return to the parking lot after a 20km trail loop.
For building the frames, I thank you. My wife says I have created a monster that eats, sleeps, and breaths bikes. Thank-you for your contribution to our monster. I believe it is a hugely positive creation and I pray that he finds lifelong enjoyment from the sport that we passionately share.
I hope we can get the boys out on the trail sometime so you can witness Ben’s enjoyment with his new Misfit Psycles diSSent kd whip!
So. There. Explanation enough.
I would like the record to show that I did NOT take the opportunity to sully this moment with grande BUY NOW buttons…but I could have…and you should…really.