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Bike of the Week: Colnago Master

This Bike of the Week comes to us from Italy, home of Italian steel, Italian components, and Italian food.

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This Colnago Master is outfitted with Campagnolo C Record, including the infamous Delta brakes.

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Campagnolo dropouts on the frame indicate the “correct” gruppo to use.

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The uniquely-shaped tubing leads down to the BB shell stamped with the Colnago Clubs.

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Bike of the Week: Philip’s Moots Vamoots Disc

If steel is real, titanium is undeniable. Please meet the Moots Vamoots Disc Road, owned by our very own service manager, Philip.

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Based in Steamboat Springs, CO, Moots has been supplying riders with the highest quality, hand built one at a time, titanium frames since 1991 (and steel frames for a decade before that).

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And it’s not just frames, Moots also produces some of the finest stems, seatposts, and headset spacers from beautiful raw ti.

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Philip has outfitted this beast with a Shimano Ultegra 6800 mechanical drivetrain and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. Topping it off are the world’s most expensive winter commuting wheels, the Zipp 303 Firecrest discs; Speed weaponry built so Philip can make it to work on time!

 

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Bike of the Week: Independent Fabrication Crown Jewel

This edition of Bike of the Week comes in the form of a steel, disc-brake equipped, Independent Fabrication Crown Jewel:

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Built for our friends at Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions in Waltham, MA, with touches of their brand and favorite animal through-out:

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An ENVE 3.4 wheelset and Shimano Ultegra 11-speed drivetrain round out the build nicely, ready for some great roads and trips to the butcher.

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A sterling silver head badge is the crown on top.

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Finally, lots of clearance available for wider tires, should the day call for more off-road pursuits.

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NYC VELO SHOP RIDE IS ON!

The NYC Velo shop ride is ON this week!

The regular shop ride meets this Saturday at 8am at the Blue Bottle cafe in the Gotham West Market on 11th Ave at 45th St.
Blue Bottle offers fantastic caffeinated motivation, as well as in-house-baked goodies to get you going.  The ride will roll out by 8:30 and head over to NJ via the GWB, traveling along River Road before returning to the city.

 

 

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Shop Ride: The TACONIC 150 #10

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This Spring’s first adventure ride can be found in the 10th edition of the tried and true Taconic 150, a ~150km peregrination through upstate New York via paved trails, dirt trails, and sometimes no trails at all. Riders should expect some dismounting, 7-9k feet of elevation change, and a ride worthy of fond recollection.

Embarking  Sunday, June 26th, the ride will meet at the Farmer’s Wife cafe in Ancram, NY (Columbia County) at 8:00am and roll out by 8:30am.  Interested parties can expect 6-7 hours of saddle time, not including stops. Registration for the event can be found here. A GPS route of the course may be found/downloaded here.

The course may/may not be marked, and as such we strongly recommend downloading the GPS route (found via the link above) onto an appropriate device.  This is not strictly a “no-drop” ride, but ultimately each participant should be responsible for their own navigation to get the most out of the event.  Road bikes with 25-28mm tires are recommended.  Past the start, the event is unsupported so riders should be prepared to to handle their own feed and mechanical support.

As usual, any questions may be answered by calling the shop at 212.253.7771 or emailing info@nycvelo.com.

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Product Highlight: Brompton Folding Bikes

Spring has sprung, and bike buying season is off to a busy start. Our customers come to us with vastly different needs and wants, but when shopping for a city bike, questions typically relate to issues like security, storage, transport, overall value, and ride quality. It’s rare that one bike can answer each of these challenges, but we found one: NYC Velo is proud to recommend Brompton folding bikes as the ultimate city bike, designed for virtually any scenario a rider might encounter.

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Security, storage and transport

A folded Brompton measures 23 inches long, 22 inches tall, and 11 inches deep; easy to carry just about anywhere by a cleverly placed handle on the saddle. The folded bike stays together neatly, and can be conveniently rolled around on the built-in casters. It fits neatly in a closet, under a desk, beneath the table in a restaurant, in the Amtrak luggage rack, behind the seat of a small aircraft, below deck on a boat, in the trunk of a vehicle, or just about anywhere you can imagine. There is simply no better bike for a tiny New York apartment. The bike is compact enough – even inside a travel case – to avoid the oversize baggage fees charged by many airlines. Many claim to have flown with the bikes as carry-on!

Value

Brompton has been designing, engineering, and building their folding bikes in England for nearly 30 years. Bikes start at $1255, and after adding gears, fenders, lights, and luggage most come in between $1600 and $2000. Even fully loaded, you can’t go much over $3500. The first service is included in the price of the bike, and gear and brake adjustments are free for as long as you are the owner. Bromptons are specifically engineered for real life, and to withstand the rigors of city riding. Unlike many folding bikes, Bromptons are customizable, upgradeable, and fully serviceable. It’s not uncommon to see a Brompton from 20 years ago still on the road!

The ride

Don’t be fooled by its little wheels and diminutive appearance – the Brompton is a seriously speedy and capable whip. Small wheels offer terrific acceleration and very nimble handling. A lighter touch is required, but who doesn’t want to improve their bike handling skills? A long wheelbase (~42 inches, same as a road bike), and cockpit comparable to big wheeled bikes makes for a stable and comfortable ride. A Brompton rides better than many full size bikes. Don’t just take our word for it; stop by the shop and take one for a ride!

Why?
Every rider has different needs, but when it comes to security, storage, transport, value, and ride quality, Brompton ticks all the boxes. Even if you’ve never considered a folding bike, you owe it to yourself to check one out. Want to stay on top of your training miles while traveling on business? Done. Perhaps you have a lousy bike parking situation at work, or you need to quickly cover a few miles to reach a transit network. You want a bike that rides like a dream but that folds up to go on transit or into a vehicle at a moments notice? Brompton gives you freedom like no other bike we’ve seen. Come by the shop to test ride one, or to talk with us about it.

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Bike of the Week: Caezar’s Look 675

This week’s Bike of the Week comes courtesy of NYC Velo’s very own Caezar Guillarte.

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A pure racing thoroughbred, you may catch a blur of Caezar atop this steed screaming to a win at a local criterium this season.

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Outfitted with Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 components and Rotor 3D cranks with ovalized chainrings, this bike is pure speed.

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Ride Recap: La Vuelta Puerto Rico, Day 3

The third and final day’s recap of Daniel Ingerdal’s ride in La Vuelta Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit vueltapr.com

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Day 3: Rincon – Old San Juan, 130 miles

The last day is different; since we start as the last group, and stay at the hotel where the ride’s breakfast is served, we get a very relaxing morning. It even gives us a chance to cure the headaches caused by the previous night’s “over hydration.”

15. Day 3 Ocean view breakfast in Rincon

At 9:30, we start pedaling towards San Juan and we’re down to 26 riders, less than half of day 1. I guess William was right. The day’s mission is to make up the 3hr time deficit to the first group and arrive in Dorado, 90 miles down the road, around the same time.

16. Day 3 Lunch at Arecibo, Mile 73

Despite our smaller group and less aggressive riding, we manage to get lost twice and cause a small pile-up. No serious injuries or time setbacks, but still completely unnecessary.

17. Day 3 The last 20 miles of the ride into San Juan

Of course, this is quickly forgotten and around 4pm all groups are gathered in Dorado, and ready to start the neutral ride to Old San Juan. As we get closer to the finish line at El Morro, the crowds grow bigger, and the cheering gets louder. I’m not sure if assembled people know what’s going on, and frankly, I don’t care. We’re about to finish an awesome 375-mile weekend. It’s a beautiful sunset. They’re happy, I’m happy, everybody is happy. We’ve all won!

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18. Day 3 Finishing at El Morro just before sunset in Old San Juan

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Bike of the Week: Independent Fabrication Ti Deluxe MTB

There aren’t many mountain bikes in the city, but this one is a real beauty. From our friends at Independent Fabrication:

A hand-built titanium frame from New Hampshire, the Deluxe comes with a DT Swiss Racing suspension fork.

Orange Tune components from Germany help it stand out in any crowd.

A SRAM XO drivetrain with Gripshift and hydraulic disc brakes let the bike perform flawlessly at its rider’s every command.


Pictured here with beautiful EDGE carbon mountain rims, for the most demanding of riders.

 

This bike is currently for sale at our Hell’s Kitchen shop! Please call 212.582.7949 or email info@nycvelo.com for more information.