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Bike of the Week: All-City Electric Queen

Hey, it’s been a while. We were just waiting for something truly special to come rolling along, and without further adieu, here it is: The All-City Electric Queen




















This 27.5+ monster comes well equipped for trails, un- (or poorly) paved streets, pumping at the track, and whatever else you might want to ride over. The 120mm travel fork and 3″ tires (though it can handle up to 29 x 2.25” wheels and tires if you prefer!) mean that there’s not much that’ll stand in your way!










































Perfectly wrapped in a hyper-visible splatter paint job, you could be the envy of every Jerry and Jane on the block!
















Paired to a SRAM GX 1×11 drivetrain with an 11-42(!) cassette in the rear, you might as well call this bike an elevator ’cause it can go straight up and down. The 612 Select CroMoly frame is also stealth-routed for a dropper seatpost, so no modification is required to run your hydraulic or mechanical dropper post whenever you decide to install.







Finally, outfitted with SRAM LEVEL hydraulic disc brakes, you’ll be more than confident charging into corners and scrubbing speed on those super steep descents you’ve always wanted to try.

The first run was limited, but we’ve got a few more still to arrive that haven’t been spoken for! Act fast and make your upcoming season an exceptionally good (and shred-y) one.

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The 2017 NYC Velo Holiday Gift Guide

Once again comes the NYC Velo Holiday Gift Guide – otherwise known as the list of good things to get cyclists in your life – and we think there’re some pretty good options for you early-bird shoppers out there. For those of you that like to play it on hard mode, check back for the Gift Guide Supplement coming soon!
Brompton X CHPT3 Folder
David Millar was perhaps “unconvinced” about folding bikes before striking up a conversation with Brompton founder Will Butler-Adams, but from that meeting began to journey that led to this: The Brompton X CHPT3, produced as a collaboration between Brompton and the TdF-stage winner and clothing designer Millar. With only 500 produced initially, make sure to pick one up quick at either of our Manhattan locations before they’re gone!
Alpine Luddites Bags
Adventure biking is here to stay, and for us, with it came the search for the perfect gear. And we’re proud to say we think we’ve found it in Colorado-based Alpine Luddites. From handlebar bags to panniers, and everything in between, these high quality, fully waterproof bags are some of the finest we’ve ever seen, and have already been featured on our Fall Adventure Series rides. We’ve got a mixed selection in-stores, so come on by and take a look!
NYC Velo Adventure Orange Camo Jersey
Our Fall and Spring Adventure Series have been staples at the shop for the past few years, taking interested parties to areas previously un-cycled and across terrain previously un-forged, which, as you might imagine, takes most slightly out of their comfort zone. One thing that we believe is a little too far out of that zone is the risk of being shot by overzealous duck hunters. So, voila! We introduce the Adventure Orange Camo jersey, specifically designed to keep you warm and seen, which are both good things in our books. Available for purchase here!
Cafe Du Cycliste Apparel & Accessories
The high-end road apparel market is flooded with unknown names and Rapha-knockoffs. Why not bedeck yourself in garb from the South of France, steeped in cycling heritage, that also looks really good? If you agree, Cafe du Cycliste is right for you! With fantastic colors, cuts, and prints you’ll stand out from the masses and keep yourself comfortable with some of the best cycling apparel out there. We’re proud to be an outpost, and we have a large selection to choose from at our East Village shop.
The Fridge Neck Gaiters
Before global warming kicked in, winters in New York were pretty brutal: sub-freezing temps, snowdrifts in the bike lanes, and massive heating bills; all things that our friends in Portland at The Fridge Goods didn’t have to worry about. But they went ahead and made a great product for those of us who have to endure (and the everyone else who just wants to look cool and stay warm) in a few fantastic colors. Get yourself one here.
Kona Rove LTD
The breakout bike of the 2018 season: The Kona Rove LTD. Built with Reynolds 853 tubing and coming standard with 650b 47c Horizon tires, this is the bike for those off-road, off-camber, and weekend-off rides. Purposely equipped with a SRAM Force 1×11 drivetrain and hydraulic brakes, there are few places that’ll be off-limits to the adventurer mounted atop this steed. And with a color this pretty, heads will turn almost as many times as the cranks.
SeaSucker Racks
One thing that we love here at the shop (slightly less than bikes) is classic cars. Sometimes mixing the two doesn’t quite work out; interiors were designed too small to fit a full size bike or there aren’t many rack options available. Luckily there’s a perfect solution: SeaSucker racks. Available in several bike configurations and widely adaptable to to most cars (and with incredibly easy installation to boot!), SeaSuckers are the perfect addition to any cyclists garage, trunk, or roof.
Fix It Sticks
Let’s face it: no one wants to get stuck on the side of the road halfway through their ride with an issue that could be solved with a minor adjustment and no multitool (or worse, with a multitool that just doesn’t work!). Enter the Fix It Stick: a simple, collapsible t-handle tool with the basic allen wrench sizes, built strong enough for shop use and compact enough to carry in a jersey pocket.
Wahoo KICKR Trainer
This isn’t the first time the Wahoo KICKR has made our list (and probably won’t be the last!), but when the improvements keep rolling in, it just makes sense to keep touting. With added compatibility for Thru-Axles and getting quieter every year, as well as new accessories (like the all new CLIMB unit) and connectivity to programs like Zwift and Trainer Road, make it our go-to choice for winter training. You can pick yours up (be careful, they’re heavy!) in-store or on our webstore here.
Classic Car Club Caps
We may have mentioned that we like classic cars, which is why we were super excited to partner with the Classic Car Club Manhattan on some projects earlier in the year. The club may be exclusive, but you too can look like a member on the bike with the limited edition CCCM cycling cap. Stock is limited, so get yours (or your classic car loving-friend’s!) in the shop or by purchasing here.
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2017 Gravel/Cyclocross Bike Showdown

With cyclocross/gravel/groad season almost upon us, we have for consideration today three bikes that blur the lines between road-, gravel-, and cyclocross-. Up first:

The Salsa Colossal

The Salsa Colossal, made for the Road+. Comes standard with 28mm tires, and room for up to 32s (depending on the tire). Steel frame with a carbon fork for a comfortable ride, quick release rear axle and thru-axle front for quick and easy wheel removal, and Avid mechanical disc brakes for maximum stopping power. Equipped with a SRAM Apex drivetrain, the Colossal is the closest bike to a road bike on the list, with capabilities far beyond that of most carbon racers. And at $1400, it’s also the least expensive option listed here.

The Foundry Overland

The titanium option, decidedly “greater than gravel,” The Overland is a truly versatile build: thru-axle DT Swiss wheels on the front and rear, matched with a foolproof SRAM Rival drivetrain with hydraulic disc brakes, and clearance for tires over 40mm wide, AND a slick paint job to boot. If you’re looking for something that can handle pretty much any terrain and you already know the wonderful benefits that titanium can provide, the Overland (priced competitively at $3500) ought to be on your radar.

The Kona Private Jake

The racer’s choice: The Kona Private Jake is ready to tear it up, with a stiff and fast aluminum frame, no-fuss SRAM 1×11 Rival drivetrain, carbon fork, adjustable rear-dropouts, and thru-axles front and rear. The race-proven geometry will get you from A to B quick and comfortably, and you may notice that your races (if you’re into that sort of thing)  take up less of your time. We’ve also found these bikes to be top-notch city bikes, with wide tires that can navigate any pothole-laden alleyway or surprise-cobbled street on your commute, and double duty suits it just fine. Weighing in at $1999, the Private Jake is practically a no-brainer.

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Bike of the Week: Bianchi S.I.S.S. City

Tragically discontinued, the Bianchi S.I.S.S. (as well as the B.O.S.S., B.A.S.S., B.U.S.S., C.U.S.S., D.I.S.S., S.A.S.S., G.U.S.S., P.U.S.S., M.U.S.S., W.U.S.S., and M.U.S.S.) live healthy lives as iconic reminders of a time since past. Some things may never die, and let’s hope this is one of them:

A steel single-sped for the city, as seen here with Avid mechanical disc brakes, White Industries freewheel, and Thomson cockpit.

A little rude.

The perennial favorite Selle Italia Turbo saddle with a well-ridden patina.

In case you were wondering, the “S.I.S.S.” stands for “Steel Idiot Single Speed,” or alternatively, “Steel Is Simple, Stupid.”

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Bike of the Week: Lawrence’s (Allez! Allez!) Murphy Custom

We like esoteric, one-off bikes here in the shop, and this one fits the bill to a tee. Introducing the MASH SF team rider, Fridge co-founder Evan Murphy designed and hand-painted Allez! Allez!

Seen here in stunning Tuxedo, (almost) every surface was painted in excruciating detail.

Paired with Shimano Ultegra 6800 groupset for smooth, precise shifting and a Quarq powermeter for precise, quick power readings, all floating aboard the inimitable ENVE 3.4 wheelset.


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Bike of the Week: Litespeed Ocoee

Commuting in the city can be a serious business calling for a serious tool. Enter the Litespeed Ocoee: Built for the mountains, at home on the streets:

Fabricated from 3/25 Titanium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, you can bet that this rig rolls over any mess that NYC can throw at it.

The Shimano Deore XT mountain gruppo for smooth shifting (look at that wide range cassette!), and wide, slick tires for smooth sailing all throughout the village.

High-rise cockpit atop a wonderful Chris King NoThreadSet and a Marzocchi Bomber front fork, fit for a queen/king to ride high and mighty on her/his steed.

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Bike of the Week: Cervelo RCa

Once the lightest production carbon frame available, the Cervelo RCa was a testament to the pains that many cyclists will go to achieve superior weight savings. Topping the scale at less than 700 grams, make no mistake: this is an easy one to carry up to your 6th-floor walkup:

Matte black finish leaves it all to the imagination, and conveniently matches is to most manufacturer’s favorite red-black color schemes.

An electronic Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 Di2 groupset to remind you once again that the future is here, and the future is lightweight.

The patented Cervelo Squoval3 tubing really gets the air flowing.

Designed in Cervelo’s California research center, a fact you’ll soon not forget.


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Bike of the Week: Pegoretti Ciavete Day Is Done

For your consideration, an oft-overlooked offering from master builder Dario Pegoretti: the Day Is Done frameset in builder’s-choice Ciavete paint scheme:

Built with Columbus Spirit Niobium tubing brazed to Cadnezia lugs, seen here with the Falz carbon fork.

Named after a Nick Drake song, the Day Is Done is more traditional than much of Pegoretti’s other offerings.

With some obviously less-than-traditional touches, such as these “holes” near the rear dropouts, which are in fact tubes through the chainstays to offer a larger surface area for brazing the dropout.

Each frame is painstakingly hand-painted, and the Ciavete option leaves the paint design up to Dario to decide with little to no influence.

Oh hey, they must be a fan of the shop!


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Bike of the Week: Independent Fabrication Ti Planet X

From our custom files, we present an ultra-fresh Independent Fabrication Titanium Planet X:

Finished in a rare gloss-to-matte paint job, with a full compliment of Easton accoutrements, this is a bike that turns heads uptown and down.

Built with the SRAM Force 1×11 drivetrain with a huge 10-42 spread cassette for any type of terrain (though pictured here with road tires – sure to be swapped out when the going gets off-road), and hydraulic brakes for all-weather riding.

Ghost logos in black-on-black.

Anointed with the classic Sterling Silver IF headbadge.

And some final, customer-chosen flourishes in gold and silver. As always, completed to perfection by the folks in the Independent Fabrication paint booth.