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Bike Of The Week: Surly Crosscheck Racer

John needed a bike to do double duty: navigate gnarly East Coast CX courses and allow for his deep winter training.  The solution was thus:


The Surly Crosscheck, a fully capable cyclocross bike, is just as home in the mud and ruts as it is in the city streets for commuting and the open road for light touring.


Outfitted with a SRAM Force 1×11 drivetrain, perfect for staying gunk-free and rolling well in every condition.


The bike wears hand-built wheels designed for speed: DT Swiss 240 hubs laced to HED Belgium Plus rims, ready for shredding. Touches of gold in the Chris King NoThreadSet headset and Threadfit 24 bottom bracket institute a policy of luxury on the build.


Thomson components round out the cockpit for reliability and strength.


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Bike of the Week: The Month of Dario – Pegoretti Ciavete Duende

We see quite a few Pegorettis come through our doors – new bikes with the paint still fresh as well as old, well-loved and well-ridden ones. While each is iconic and special in its own way, this example has stuck in our minds due to its uniqueness. We present our final Bike of the Week for the 2016 Month of Dario with no commentary.

Introducing the Pegoretti Duende in Ciavete:





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Bike Of The Week: Vanilla Workshop Speedvagen HollaText

Few framebuilders have reached the level of celebrity that Sacha White has achieved, and for good reason; his bikes are generally well on point, both in looks and construction. Take a look at this specimen:


This Speedvagen from the Vanilla Workshop comes fully color-matched: from the custom painted Ritchey stem to the custom painted (and masked) ENVE hubs and handlebars



Equipped with a Campagnolo Super Record 11 speed drivetrain and ENVE 4.4 SES wheelset (with some very cool gumwall tires)


Speedvagens are known for their forward-thinking touches, such as stainless steel brake bridges and dropouts, and those beautiful curved seat stays:


This Speedvagen was finished in the HollaText paint style in red and light blue, truly a sight to behold


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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.


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


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


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

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Bike of the Week: Andrew’s Stainless IF

And now, for another addition of Bike of the Week:


This duo-tone stainless steel roadbike comes to us courtesy of Independent Fabrication of Newmarket, NH.


SRAM Red & Rival components and Zipp 101 wheels complete the look (and performance) of a pure racing thoroughbred.


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Bike of the Week: Independent Fabrication Independence

The Bike of the Week is a steel Independence from Independent Fabrication.  The Independence is, technically, a touring model, though the iteration seen here has been designed for very light/fast touring with an emphasis on successfully completing its day job: fast commuting and group road rides.  The geometry is closer to a standard road bike configuration, though fitting for full racks and fenders exist for gearing up for the open road.  The parts kit includes function forward pieces from SRAM, Thomson, Fizik, Panaracer, and Chris King.  Best yet, this bike is currently for sale at the shop in the East Village!


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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.


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).

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



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:


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


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.


A sterling silver head badge is the crown on top.


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

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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.



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


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

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Bike of the Week: Vanilla Track Bike

From the archives, a Vanilla Bicycles steel track bike, completely one-off and made by hand by framebuilding guru Sacha White in Portland, OR. A very classy machine:

The integrated stem and handlebar are custom made in-house in a mirror finish chrome. Added details, such as the brazed-on toptube protector and the painstakingly painted lug recesses, are what truly set apart a master’s work.

The spokes on these wheels have been tied and soldered, adding strength and stiffness.  The dropouts are custom & clean.

A proper track fork, with no drilling for a front brake and paper-thin tolerances for the front tire, is right at home on this masterpiece.