Once the Paul Component has been signed off as meeting the grade, it get’s passed over to the assembly and packing room.
In here the components are transferred into pots filled with either ceramic cones or walnut shell granules and tumbled until they are polished enough to see your own reflection on.
The gleaming new shop extension:
On our travels through California, we took a slight detour to the small town of Chico to visit the lovely folk at Paul Components.
Having built up a great relationship over the past few years through email, it was nice to finally put some faces to the names behind the brand as well as look at how some of the most beautiful bike parts around are made.
We were greeted at the front door of the unassuming factory (although they like to call it the “shop”) by Kate Carmichael – a key cog in the Paul Components team.
After a catch up on each others latest doings; Kate had just got back from Bespoked Bristol, which she added was a huge success for the brand, we were ready for the famous guided shop tour. I was like an excited child the night before Christmas…
Finally, here is Mat’s 14 Bike Co X Cosmic Bike Polo set up…
It’s not too dissimilar to Todd’s, just a few personal differences. And where as Todd went for the retro polished silver look, I’ve gone for stealthy black parts and a matte finished frame colour – anodised cobalt blue.