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The 2017 NYC Velo Fall Adventure Series

Fall 2017 is upon us (but don’t tell the weather!) and as such we’re proud to announce the schedule for our upcoming Fall Adventure Series! Those riders brave enough to register, tackle, and complete four of the five events will receive a limited-production trophy (a custom Burrito Bag from The Fridge Goods) – or go five for five and enjoy the looks of astonishment from all who gaze upon you.
The details:
 
Bear Mountain Attack – Sunday 10/15

Our friends at Hasting’s Velo will be leading the charge to New York’s most famous ursine-related mountain. 84.5 miles, with 7300 feet of climbing and 12 miles of dirt roads means hibernation may very well be in your cards after the ride. The ride is unsupported, but there will be stops along the route for refreshments. Please register on BikeReg here.

Catskills Epic – Saturday 10/21

 The Catskills Epic is a new addition to the Fall Adventure Series.  This ride links up some fun & challenging mountain bike routes along the front range of the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York, including the trails at Round Top, Elm Ridge, & the Cortina Valley/Palenville Traverse.  The ride meets at the HiLo Cafe in Catskill, NY and includes about 75 miles of pavement & technical singletrack.  Though the ride is unsupported, there will be a stop for refreshments in Windham.  Mountain Bikes are a must and the singletrack terrain is considered to be very challenging.  Please register on BikeReg here.

Brett’s Revenge – Sunday 11/5

After taking a one-year hiatus, the Brett’s Revenge ride has returned to the Fall Adventure Series.  Previous iterations of this ride have proven to be beyond the capacities of most riders, with only 2% of the starters having completed the course, so we’ve changed up the route a bit.  Never fear as the new course will certainly be a challenge with mountain bikes or cyclocross bikes (& lights) being required for participation.  Please register on BikeReg here.

Black Friday Ride – Friday 11/24

The 2017 Fall Adventure Series welcomes back the Black Friday Ride!  The popular route is unchanged from years past & includes sections of Highbridge Park, Van Cortlandt Park, Sprain Ridge Park, the Old Croton Aqueduct, Inwood Hill Park, & Riverside Park.  The ride meets on Friday at 9am at the Gotham West Market.  Please register on BikeReg here.

 
Taconic 150 – Saturday 12/2
The Taconic 150 is again part of the Fall Adventure Series!  This year’s route starts at the familiar Farmer’s Wife Cafe in Ancramdale, NY at 9am.  The route will be new but will include many of the popular climbs and dirt roads of Columbia County NY.  In an effort to complete the course by dusk, we have created a slightly shorter route, though no less challenging!  Please register on BikeReg 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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June Bike Sale

 

Beginning Thursday June 1st 2017 and running throughout the month, all in-stock bikes at both NYC Velo Manhattan locations will be 5-40% off!

This sale includes bikes not often included in sales (looking at you Surly and Bianchi) across all model years!

Stop on by and get yourself some new wheels while supplies last!

 

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Exquisite Caminos Malos Across Cuba With Joe Cruz

Our good friend Joe Cruz returns from his travels to give us another insight-filled and advice-packed talk on his most recent bike packing adventure: Cuba, and Its Exquisitely Bad Roads. Please join us Wednesday, May 24th at 8:00PM at Building On Bond for some good food and good talk!

“In January ’17 we rode hundreds of kilometers of rattling dirt farm roads, wild camped and set up our tents on porches and in yards and on ball fields, played dominos in the shade on 90 degree days, and drank rum with campesinos. We jungle bushwhacked and rode along the Caribbean to sleep on the beach and swim in jade water cenotes. We rolled into dusty towns to find Moros y Cristianos con yucca. And we pedaled the alleys of Manzanillo, Camaguey, and Havana. Everywhere we encountered an extraordinary lucidity and humanity in the reflections of people whose daily rhythms are rural and local but for all that are also globally conscious.”

– Joe (joecruz.wordpress.com insta @joecruzpedaling) is an expedition cyclist and professor of philosophy at Williams College. When not on the road, he splits his time between his home in Pownal, Vermont and his native Brooklyn, New York.

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2017 NYC Velo Spring Adventure Series

Announcing the 2017 NYC Velo Spring Adventure Series: the next installment of the mettle-testing, gravel-grinding, road-bike-off-roading sequence that’ll leave you questioning everything and looking for hidden meanings. We’re excited to see you out there for what’s promising to be a fantastic cycling season:

Bear Mountain ATTACK – Sunday 4/23 @ 8:00AM at Antoinnete’s Patisserie. 75 miles of beautiful riding in upstate New York to Bear Mountain, presented in conjunction with our sister-shop, Hastings Velo. Call 914-478-2453 for more information.
The S.A.S. 50/50 – Saturday 5/13 POSTPONED (Tentatively rescheduled for 6/24, please check here for more info!)
Taconic 150 – Saturday 6/11 Stay tuned!
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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.