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Martin we’ve got a problem.

Indonesia is cool. It’s a republic, a 17,000+ island “archipelago” (which was my favorite word in 7th grade Geography), it supports the world’s second highest level of biodiversity, and it’s got a 720cm axle to crown height, pretty impressive.

Sweet right? Wanna know what’s not so sweet?

…when people in Indonesia build fake Geekhouse Bikes.


We’ve got this great little tool from big brother (Google) called Google Alerts. It let’s us know everytime “Geekhouse” or “Geekhouse Bikes” or “Boston hipsterz fixiez bike guyz” pops up on the world wild web. This is nice because it’s an auto-alert in my inbox every time we get featured on a blog or if some kid trash-talks us on YugoslaviaFixed or whatever.

Some things started popping up that are slightly more damaging than Eastern-Bloc haterade.

Our 2009 NAHBS Rockcity

A 2010 Indoneekhouse WTFcity

Now believe me- I love Indonesian knock-offs. I own about 40 fake Coach purses and that Indonesian Obama impersonator they’ve got… Classic.

But this hits a little closer to home. We don’t have a lot of details but these entrepreneurs, we think, come from one of the 6,000 human-populated islands of Indonesia (I’m 99% sure this isn’t the work of a Sumatran Tiger). They are mass producing bikes that they are then selling under the name Geekhouse. Briefly, that ain’t right. Worst of all- they’re blogging about it. Take my bikes, have my decals, but whatever you do-

DO NOT MESS WITH MY INTERNETZ FAME

You can tell the fakes because, well, they’re awful. If you can’t tell the difference between a real Geekhouse and a knock-off you don’t need an explanation you need invasive retinal surgery.

We’re bummed about this because we put a lot of hard work into our company. While we’re not that small (we have, count ‘em, three space heaters) we’re pretty surprised that we’re being knocked-off. Anyways, the Indoneekhouses are pretty busted so you probably shouldn’t buy one. I mean, I only kind of want one and I can have as many real Geekhouses as I want.


They are even knocking off our lengthy lead time on bikes by utilizing Slow Lorises to miter tack and grind down all the fake “Yo Marty” forks (aptly renamed “Yo Abdurrahman Wahid!”)

There’s nothing we can do about this. Much bigger companies have much more prolific imitators in even grander parts of the Pacific Rim. So we thought we would just spam you to complain about it a bit. Kind of like when your boyfriend/girlfriend shrugs around the house waiting for you to ask “What’s wrong baaaaabbbbyyyyyy?” We’ve been sulking around like that for weeks but the UPS guy is tired of hearing us putz and he started writing “Whine Country, USA” on all of our packages from QBP. I’m beginning to think he’s not even that into my problems.

In conclusion…

WHATEVER INDONESIA. I’M SO OVER YOU. DOES EVERYONE KNOW THAT YOU’RE A BUNCH OF LIARS? I’M DOING GREAT. I’M FINE. I FEEL BAD FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU DONT EVEN KNOW WHO YOU ARE. I’M GOING TO THE HOSPITAL AND I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY. I’M FINE. I’M JUST CONFUSED. YOU KNOW WHAT? I’M OVER IT. I BUILT A WHOLE BUNCH OF GEEKHOUSES TODAY. I EVEN BUILT A BLACK GEEKHOUSE. CLICK.

Thanks for listening. I feel much better.

I’ve been using the blicksbagsKingsbury backpack on and off for a few weeks now and I really like this bag. It’s got this great extremely sturdy construction and compliant shape. The square/rectangular/geometric shape of the bag give it a very comfortable feel on the back and makes for great ease of use and comfort when taken off. It wasn’t a tough transition to go from my workhorse Ortlieb to try this because it nails that rigid but comfy shape.

The storage compartment of the bag can be augmented by releasing the two sturdy zippers on either side of the largest pocket. This adds considerably to the net capacity of the bag but also keeps it manageable and attractive when not in use; much like that Mission Workshop bag- this is a fantastic feature. Hidden on the extend-able sides and inside of the largest compartment is a neon green lining that I simply can’t say No to.

This is the big one for me:

I like LOVE the copious padding on the bottom of the bag. Have you ever dropped your bag off your back, knowing that your laptop was in there, and experienced the subsequent panic “OMG WHAT DID I JUST DO!?!” when you realize that you may have just slammed a corner of your MacBook onto the ground/bench/whatever? Say goodbye to these moments of terror with the extreme buffer on the bottom of the Kingsbury.

Everything else is a mix of classic bike bag “must-haves” like a spot for a U-Lock, key ring loops, and a top notch waterproof lining.

It’s a super bag with some great color and detail choices and I’m officially a fan. Huge thanks to Madeline for sending this guy over and the best of luck to her and Blick’s for a happy future of cyclist-friendly wearable receptacles.

Check out the Blicks Bags website for more. Thanks Madeline!

Two more out the door on the same day! Check out Tom’s 65CM Rockcity and Charlie’s two-tone Complete. on Flickr.

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Check it. Friday and Friday only! If you have been on the fence about when to put down your deposit- there’s no better time than now.

We normally ask for a 50% deposit that can often shoot up above $700. But on Friday 11/26 we’re putting you in the queue for $500 down on any frame and fork. Any style of frame- Rockcity, Woodville, Mudville, Wormtown, or Fast Chance! As always the complete will include infinite options for customization and totally rock your socks off.

Contact: info@geekhousebikes.com to learn more.

Evan’s CX frame/fork from his Frame Building Class

We just finished up a one week intensive frame building class with Evan from Seattle. Not only did he build a totally radical CX frame featuring a two-tone sparkle coat & monostay; he got to do it here at the shop with us! This was actually our second class and both have gone very well. We’re currently exploring opportunities and will shortly be opening up options for a small handful of one week classes over the course of the 2010-2011 winter season.

If you would like to learn more about classes and availability- we will be posting them up here shortly after Thanksgiving and will soon have a full page of FAQs, dates, and pricing.

Stay tuned here and to our newsletters for more details after the Holiday.

Check out our Flickr for more pictures of Gavin’s Rockcity. This build was a really special one as it was the first that we pulled together for an international customer using Skype. It’s a lot of fun to have the freedom in our work to get creative and personal with our customers. By video-chatting with Gavin using just a few simple web cams and some crafty planning around time zones- he was able to get a real perspective and feel for the shop even though he was across the Atlantic. Not always the case when buying a custom frame from the other side of an ocean.

Now, With Lewis and Gavin’s bikes finished- we’ve got no more customers in the queue to video chat with! So let’s get some more international orders going- I’m looking at you Indonesia.

The 2010 CX Party was a hit. Gavin from good killed it with the tunes, Josh of Arc-en-Ciel brought some of the best Boston sprints time has ever told, Pretty Things provided the beerz, and the Middlesex Lounge put it all under one roof. Click the picture (below) of half naked Alexi to check out our photo set on Flickr:

We owe a big thanks not only to those who contributed at the party but also to our fantastic sponsors who helped us pull it all together and supported us by sending us all sorts of cool things to throw into the crowd. Here goes: Thanks to SDG, Thomson, Velocity, GU, Boston Rock Gym, Continental Tires, Pretty Things Beer, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Swrve, and YOU! Thanks for coming, dancing, and being awesome.

See you there! 315 Mass Ave. Cambridge, MA!

If you are tweeting about the event please use the hash-tag #partymarty

Be sure to check out what’s sure to be an awesome event tomorrow night at Superb Bicycle!

Last year’s event was geared around the opening of the shop but what we’re most excited about is the return of the Hot Bike Contest. This is going to be a stacked show of some of the best bikes in Boston- last year our boy Armando took the grand prize AND “true-to-form” prize with his beautiful Basso and his Ingleton but there are a ton of great categories and prizes for all sorts of beautiful bikes.

Last year we entered a Rockcity that was powder coated a mere half hour before riding it over to Superb and although our literal interpretation of “hot” bike didn’t win us anything we still think that this contest is one of the best gatherings in town.

RSVP Here, stay tuned to the Superb Blog before and after the event, and we’ll see you there!

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