Monday, December 8, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

For Sale: The Fat Pearl...


The Fat Pearl is for sale. Not your average Fat Bike build, so look close. All top-shelf componentry here folks. And you will look just that much sexier than before riding her.

You can also read a bit about her origin on, by clicking HERE.
- Surly Pugsley Necromancer, Medium (18")
- Carver Titanium Unicrown Fork
- Surly Rolling Daryl Limited Edition Purple rims laced to Paul disc hubs with DT swiss Comp spokes laced 3x. Front is QR, Rear is Single Sped bolt-on
- White Industries 20t freewheel
- Salsa 34t chainring
- FSA Carbon Pro 175mm crankset & BB
- Sram Chain
- Glow-in-the-dark rim tape and Oury grips
- Salsa lip-lock seat collar, pink
- Chris King headset pink
- Surly Tuggnut
- Avid Juicy Ultimate Hydro Disc Brakes w/carbon levers
- Avid 160 rotors
- Thomson X4 stem, 100x0, black
- Thomson Elite seatpost, setback, 27.2, silver
- Race Face Deux XC low rise bar
- Specialized Phenom Expert saddle w/Titanium rails
- Surly Nate rubber, 26 x 4.0 with very little mileage
- Surly tubes

Overall condition is pretty-darn-good. She's seen a season of dirt and a season of snow. Don't die wondering.
$2100 OBO shipped anywhere in the lower 48.
Anyone is welcome to test drive the beast up here in FOCO.
I accept credit cards, paypal or cold-hard-cash.
Respond here or email
First come, first served.
I'd also consider a trade; this beauty towards the purchase of a VW bus, or your first born, assuming there's a large inheritance involved.
Cheers, Burnsey

Friday, October 31, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

It's that time...

It's time I started writing again. Actually, it's way phugging past that time. 

I've been riding my bike quite a bit, now that the Colorado relocation has settled-in and business is starting to flow at The Shop. This week I've been in the saddle about 14 hours. Not bad for a fella that refuses to train. The 29+ has been delivering hella pleasure and good times. The trails out-the-door at the new lair are not to be missed; at least 40 miles of singletrack bliss awaits you in every direction, from flow to hike-a-bike bullshit that turns boys into men. 

I'm still hitting the TNR's with the Redstone crew. Always a flipping good time, always hard as fuck riding into the night. Oscar Blues and REEB represent. Dave represents. I try and keep up.

Thursday Night Lights is another regular ride I've been able to make happen. Night ride with the fine folks at Moonmen and Black Sheep, typically. Many beers are tossed back as morning nears and miles are lost to the sound of rubber to dirt.

Otherwise it's business as usual; living the dream riding and building handmade bicycles in the mountains. You need to come visit. Yeah, do that. Lets ride some shit.

I leave you with this image of what racing singlespeeds, at least to a handful of us in-the-know, is all about. Cheers

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I'm The Ass...

I love it when some random phucker tries to one-up me on my own shit. Here's an email I received yesterday from a fellow, kindly explaining how my craigslist add for this used bike I'm selling could 'get more interest'. Read from the bottom up...

Here's the bike and the aforementioned Manitou Tower fork. I guess it would be better for the post-mounts to be on the front, right Mr. Todd? A good lesson in Shut-The-Fuck-Up

That's all for today. No more rants (until next time). I'll get some bike porn up on this blog soon enough. I've been riding my dick off lately. I guess you should know about it. Here's a teaser during a ride at the new lair with Mancub & The Manimal.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


...just happened. SSUSA 2014.

COPPER HARBOR from Rob Doerre on Vimeo.

And this...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

SSUSA or Bust...

It's that time again...Single Speed USA!

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Racing the Laramie Enduro on Saturday. Looks like a helluva good time. Starts at 7,500 ft elevation, 70+ miles and 8,500 feet of elevation gain. It's going to be a great day in the saddle, riding singlespeeds with friends. I'll post-up a little something after the race. Cheers!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Ship...

Here she blows... Oddity Cycles 29+/Fat Dually. Sickity-sick-sick-sick. Rides like a dream.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Wyco Race. Maiden yoyage. Oddity Cycles. 8lumens corner. #fuckyeah

Wednesday, June 25, 2014



Monday, June 23, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Pirate Code...

Click the image.

Why I don't ride my bike...


I absolutely hate phugging rules. All my life I've tried to escape rules set by others; ones to protect us from ourselves, ones that tell us how we can or can't live in this so-called free society. Rules made by humans who each have their own opinions on right and wrong, their own morals, religious beliefs and lack of life experience. Ignorance is bliss I suppose. But there are still a handful of us free-thinkers around. Those who see outside the box and live life to it's fullest potential. Those whom stray from the sheep's path to make friends with the wolf. Those who are traveled and inherently know what is real, what to fear and what to let go. I am one of these few.

I've had my beef with various governing bodies in the past. USA Cycling for example. More rules, and they want you to pay them for a license to race bikes where they have even more limitations and rules. Bullshit. USA Cycling can eat a bowl of dicks.

Yesterday I was visiting Velocipede Salon, a cycling forum, where I had posted a question in regards to bicycle frame building. As all of you know me, I signed my post -Burnsey. I then received the following string of messages from one of the moderators, Richard Sachs, whom most of you know is a well established, well known frame builder. And my responses are below as well.

Hi there

I need to edit your, or signatures, or let me assign another screen name asap so that you comply:

Posting Guidelines For The V Salon FrameForum
  • The V Salon FrameForum is for the exchange of ideas, processes, resources, and all conversation related to the framebuilding trade. If you're new and have a question, please ask. We all were new once. The career framebuilders registered here are encouraged to watch the board and help answer questions and steer conversations when at all possible.
  • Anyone can start a thread or post on the V Salon FrameForum as long as a first and last name is in clear view. There is no anonymity permitted here. If your screen name is your first and last name OR if your posting signature contains your first and last name, you are compliant.
  • If you're a framebuilder and want to talk about your work, promote the brand, or show images, it has to be in your Smoked Out thread or on Friday Night Lights. If you don't have a thread but are interested in starting one, please PM Too Tall or e-RICHIE. Note - VSalon Gallery threads are for fans and clients. Please don't use them for your images. Use the S.O. or F.N.L. threads for these.


Oh Richard, so many rules... I've never been much for rules, however, In the industry I am known as Burnsey. That's the name I go by, I race under, I sell bikes by and am by no means hiding under this name. You know, like Madonna or Prince. It's just one name. So I don't know what you are willing or want to do about that. My Brand is Oddity Cycles. I share shop space with Black Sheep Bikes out of Fort Collins, Colorado. Here is a link to my blog and flikr. If anything, I'd really like to change my screen name from sspirate (which relates to my personal cycling blog HERE) to "Oddity". I know this is you're deal, so let me know what you are willing to do. Feel free to contact, say Kris Henry, who knows me, if you want to verify my name, etc. I'm totally open to ideas and am even more open to folks knowing to whom they are speaking on the forums. I'm hiding nothing and am hopeful to provide as much help to other builders and keep the juices flowing on Vsalon for years to come. Thanks for all you do Richard!

Oddity Cycles

The no-more-anonymity thing wasn't my deal; the others lobbied for it. But I did think it was a very idea. I'm simply one of the cats who mind the store here. It's not my store. I don't want anything changed to make appearances even more cryptic or edge-y so I won't touch the screen name thing. Your name is Sean Burns? Is it okay to add that to your signature? 


Yes Richard, My birth name is Sean Burns. I just don't go by that name. Makes zero sense to me to add a name I do not use in an industry I am trying to build a name in, ie Burnsey. With that said, If you and the Vsalon folks object to my request to simply be who I am w/o the 'Sean Burns' part, I will simply choose another outlet for my inquiries and helpful tips, etc. We are both adults. I'm sure you can make a choice that will reflect an open mind on what name a person wishes to be called by. Let me know what you decide. I'm not trying to be a dick, I know reading tone through words on a computer screen is hard, but I have no ill will on my end.

I did add additional info to my signature to help aid in any identity qualms. 

Much respect,

(Then they deleted my post inquiring about the use of Cerro Bend Alloy to bend bicycle tubing)


I guess that's a big fat NO. I see my post has been deleted. Feel free to give me a call to discuss.


Hi - it's not a fat NO. It's simply the board following the posting guidelines that went into effect in April. The framebulders wanted it, and we gave a month's notice before enacting on it.

It's nothing personal. You're welcome to add content and be part of the conversations. But readers have to know who's posting. Nicknames, brand names, screen names, etc are all good. You can have your life's story linked in the signature. But unless there's a first and last name in clear view, it won't be allowed on the frame board.



I don't pay USA Cycling to have a license to ride my bike. I'm not going to change my name to post to a forum. Cycling is freedom, at least to me. I'm sad that Vsalon has chosen to ignore my request. I would appreciate my account to be deleted, as I see there's no place for a free-thinking individual here. Much continued success to you Richard in the future. I will continue on my own path and seek/contribute through other mediums.

All the best,

As you can see by the messages sent back and forth, Richard and I were very nice about trying to get to the bottom of this issue. It seems in the end neither of us, or the other moderators of Velocipede Salon, were willing to budge. But I'll tell you this - I am totally pissed-off-Irish-fucking-mad about it. No one tells me who I am or what name to go by. The cycling community knows me by Burnsey, and hell if I'm going to change that. Velocipede Salon has now joined the ranks of the closed-minded.

So where do I go with this? Does it matter? Do I need to contribute or seek knowledge from this group of builders? Do I cave and put my birth name instead of the name I wish to build a reputation under? I understand the idea is to eliminate the gumby opinions and mass of misinformation - to allow forum readers to know who they are talking to in form of a name related to experience and a product and reputation. I just feel strongly that adding another name to my brand is more confusing than helpful. What's your opinion on this?

I guess not visiting, contributing, etc. to the aforementioned website will just allow more time for me to write about the things I love, not hate, in the future. And of course, ride bikes. But at the same time, this is a community of builders. I think it is important to be a part of that, in some way, without being a dick or having to change my identity. Maybe I'm stressing over nothing and I should just do my own thing. Hmmm...

Be true to yourself, what you believe. Face fear and follow your path, wherever it may lead.


A ton of new content coming soon to Single Speed Pirate. I've been out-of-touch lately but it's time to get back at it. Hardcore. And I leave you with this sweet poster my friend Kris Henry of 44 Bikes created. I signed mine in blood.

Sunday, June 15, 2014


Busy times. New house, new shop and this new 29+ in the works. Hopefully I'll be back full time blogging here really soon. Sooner than later for sure because I'll be visiting and riding bikes with my homies in KC in a few weeks. Lookout #8lumens, there will be stories to tell and shit to talk...

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Shop Porn...

Take a tour of the Oddity Cycles shop. 
Enjoy a little man-cave eye-candy.

Freakish Friday...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Random Tuesday...

Random Tuesday "at the shop" images...

Monday, May 5, 2014

Headache Bar...

Just another day at the office. Here I'm trying out one of Black Sheep's frame fixtures to build a  replacement bike for a fellow that forgot his Taiwan-made frame was atop his car when he pulled into the garage (seen in the background). Stoked to be cranking out something a little more burly for his future rides. So far this frame fixture seems pretty solid and easy to use. Planning to get the rest of this beauty mitered, tacked and out of the jig tomorrow. The queue is growing ever-so-quickly. #odditycycles

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Aprils' Toast...

First things first. Redstones' TNR made Dirt Rag. Yeah, this is real mountain biking, in the mountains. No girly-man crap on these rides. Pure a$$ kicking good times.

This week, we headed up into the high country to ride what would be described as 'hike-a-bike" and 'impossible climbs'. Hell, after the floods of 2013 there are almost no ride-able climbs - but we still try. Great crew and a great 3+ hours of hazards. Love TNR's!

And here are a few shots by Yann. Yann is an animal, a good friend and an amazing rider. He does the TNR nearly every week. He brings his camera. He sprints by everyone on the ride, stops, takes photos, then repeats. He rolls 32x19 SS and kills it. THANKS for all of the amazing photos each week Yann. You rock.

This thing was steep.

This weeks crew.

When the snow melts.

Long a$$ climbs.


Intense brand frames...named that for a reason.

Our fearless leader and his girl Bella, dropping some sickness.

If at first you succeed, don't try again. Chad going for the gap-to-slab jump/descent - try #2 after a successful first go.