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End of Year Sale

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As the New Year approaches, NYC Velo is offering discounts on almost everything in the store. Whether it’s a last minute gift for a friend or a personal indulgence, now is the time to buy:

BIKES:
All 2015 and older Giant, Scott, and Felt road and cyclocross bikes up to 30% off.
All Shinola bikes 40% off.

HELMETS:
Bell Lumen – 25% Off
Giro Quarter – 25% Off
Giro Air Attack – 25% Off
Giro Aeon – 25% Off
Giro Surface – 25% Off

SHOES:
SIDI Genius 6.6 – 25% Off
Fizik (all non-BOA) – 25% Off
Mavic (all) – 45% Off

APPAREL:
Pedaled (all) – 45% Off
Levi’s Commuter Jackets – 25% Off
Craft Short Sleeve Jerseys – 30% Off
Gore Short Sleeve Jerseys – 30% Off
Wool Jerseys (all non-NYC Velo) – 25% Off

PARTS/ACCESSORIES:
Fizik Saddles – 20% Off
Brooks Saddles – 20% Off
Brooks Leather Bar Tape – $55 Each

All sale items final sale. Sale prices apply to in-stock items only.

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The 2015 Gear Sale

 

GearSale2The 2015 NYC Velo Gear Sale:

HELMETS:
Bell Lumen – 25% Off
Giro Quarter – 25% Off
Giro Air Attack – 25% Off
Giro Aeon – 25% Off
Giro Surface – 25% Off

SHOES:
SIDI Genius 6.6 – 25% Off
Fizik (all non-BOA) – 25% Off
Mavic (all) – 45% Off

APPAREL:
Pedaled (all) – 45% Off
Levi’s Commuter Jackets – 25% Off
Craft Short Sleeve Jerseys – 30% Off
Gore Short Sleeve Jerseys – 30% Off
Wool Jerseys (all non-NYC Velo) – 25% Off

PARTS/ACCESSORIES:
Fizik Saddles – 20% Off
Brooks Saddles – 20% Off
Brooks Leather Bar Tape – $55 Each
All sale items final sale. Sale prices apply to in-stock items only.

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The NYC Velo Spring SUPER SALE

The Spring Super Sale

Just in time for Spring, the NYC Velo Super Sale!  The sale applies to all in-stock inventory in our 2 Manhattan stores (the East Village & Hell’s Kitchen) and runs from Monday March 16 through Sunday March 22, 2015 and applies to the following items:

– All instock Tribikes 30% off

– All instock 2015 bikes 5% off

– All instock 2014 bikes 25% OFF

– All instock 2013 bikes 35% OFF

– All instock 2012 and older bikes 40-50% off

– All instock Surly bikes $150 off

– All instock Pegoretti bikes/framesets 10% off

– All instock Independent Fabrication bikes/framesets 20% off

– All instock winter clothing 25-60% off

– All instock Mavic shoes 40% off

– All instock Cyclocross tires 40% off

– All instock lights 20% OFF

– All instock SHINOLA bikes 35% OFF

– All instock Oakley sunglasses 20% off

– All instock baselayers 40% off

– All instock Continental & Michelin tyres 20% off

– All instock Brooks gear 20% off

– All instock Fizik shoes 25% off

– All instock Sidi shoes 25% off

– All instock Mavic pedals 40% off

– All instock Mavic and Zipp wheelsets 30% off

If it’s in the store and not listed above, take 5% off.  All items are first come, first served, layaway available.  All discounted sales final.

 

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Product Highlight: Brooks Carrera Folding Helmet

The J.B. Classic Carrera folding helmet recalls a time when cyclist’s personalities were big and their hair was even bigger, unable to restrained by anything less than what was essentially a leather hair net. The Carrera takes the look to a new level, giving riders a more compact and good-looking option that, unlike the leather predecessors, can actually protect the rider in the event of a fall.

While not truly a “folding” helmet, the Carrera collapses on itself to become more stowable in a bag or backpack, and can be held in its collapsed state with the included Brooks leather carrying strap (which can also double as an ankle strap to keep your pants clear of your chain). The folding mechanism works thanks to the hidden nylon frame, and an elastic fitting system keeps the helmet from moving on your head. The J.B. Classic Carrera meets both European EN 1078 and US CPSC Safety requirements. Available in Copper, Ivory, and Black for $170, and in the Special Edition colorways with textile accents for $195.

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NYC VELO Holiday Gift Guide 2014

The NYC Velo 2014 Holiday Gift Guide:

Brooks C15 Cambium Saddle: Brooks has been known for their bicycle saddles for almost 150 years.  The venerable British company has recently released their Cambium saddles, a vulcanized-rubber-and-cotton topped seat that requires less maintenance than its leather counterparts, and they’re Vegan!  A key benefit to the Cambium saddles is that they are just as comfortable straight-outta-the-box as a broken-in leather saddle. The C15 is the newest in the Cambium line, and is narrower and lighter for those concerned mostly with speed. Available in Rust, Black, and Natural colors.  $175

Spurcycle Bells:  Made in American to exacting standards, available in silver and black, these are the best looking (and sounding) bells your bike has ever seen (or heard). Bring some joy to your bike and your ears. $39 in silver, $49 in black

Mission Workshop Sanction VX: A 1000 denier VX Cordura ripstop shell with a PET waterproof membrane makes the Mission Workshop Sanction VX backpack exceptionally weatherproof. Featuring a protected zippered pocket for your laptop, and a slim silhouette, this bag is the perfect solution for the student and business commuter alike. Made in America and available in Black or Slate. $280

Mission Workshop Orion Jacket: The Mission Workshop Orion Jacket provides complete waterproof protection in a lightweight and packable format. The relaxed cycling fit combined with durable stretch fabrics enables maximum movement and comfort on and off the bike. The Orion features zip underarm ventilation, an external access chest pocket and internal ported media pocket, a rear stow pocket, hand warmer pockets, and a removable hood. Made in British Columbia and available in sizes S-XL. $445

Arundel Carbon Cages: The best carbon water bottle cages we’ve seen, hands down. The Arundel Mandible cage holds your bidon tight yet easily releases it when you need a sip. Available in Gloss and Matte Black, and Gloss White. $65

Lizard Skins DSP Bartape: Everybody deserves to be comfortable on their bike, and Lizard Skins (soft) DSP handlebar tape makes it that goal much easier to achieve. Available in 1.8mm, 2.5mm, and 3.2mm thicknesses and a wide range of colors, this slightly tacky-to-the-touch tape is a must have for any road cyclist looking for some extra comfort and grip at the bars. $40-$44

Pedaled Cycling Caps: Designed in Japan and made in Italy, these caps come in four different Japanese bandana textiles sure to keep the sun (& your hair) out of your eyes. Breathable and lightweight, a great, easy, and inexpensive gift. $35

Knog Blinder Lights: Give the gift of being seen with Knog Blinder lights. Blinders come in a number of different configurations, ranging from a single super-bright LED Blinder 1 to a 500-lumen Blinder ARC 5.5, and all of which are USB rechargeable.

Blinder 4 – $45

Blinder ARC 1.7 – $65

Blinder 1 – $32

Blinder ARC 5.5 – $125

Freight Baggage Rolltop Backpacks: Stuff all your gifts into the Messenger Large rolltop backpack from Freight Baggage and deliver them by bike! Since the company’s start in 2005, each bag has been handmade in San Francisco, we love how much stuff you can stuff into these bags. Each bag comes with a lifetime warranty and is available in a wide range of sizes and colors, with custom options available as well. $245-$385

POC Essential Apparel: The POC Octal helmet was the most talked about helmet this season. POC, though new to the road cycling scene, has paired the Octal helmets with a great visibility-focused apparel line referred to as the AVIP Essentials. The highly visible jackets, jerseys, and bibs are a great way to stay comfortable on the bike, ensure best-of-industry visibility, and look good while you’re at it!

Essential Lt Wind Jacket (Clear/Orange) – $150

Essential Bib (Blue/White) – $200

Essential Rain Jacket (Orange) – $300

Essential Road Glove – $50

Essential Jersey (Orange/White or Blue/White) – $170

Octal Helmet (available in Orange, Blue, or White) – $270

DO Blade Eyewear – $230-$250

Life Is A Wheel Book: For those days when it’s too cold to ride, cozy up next to your heater/fire/significant other with New York Times Bestselling Author Bruce Weber’s Life Is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across America and wish you lived somewhere warmer. We even have some signed copies available at our Hell’s Kitchen shop! $26

Brooks Carrera Helmet: Tell your favorite commuter you care with the Brooks JP Classic folding helmet. This stylish and unique helmet meets all US and European safety standards, and collapses to be stowed in a bag with the included Brooks leather carrying strap (which also doubles as a trouser strap! Two gifts in one!). Offered in Copper, Ivory, and Black. $170

 

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Product Highlight: Brooks Cambium Saddles Updated

The Brooks Cambium Saddle:

Brooks England has been tooling leather since 1866, along the way creating some of what may be the world’s most recognizable (and possibly most comfortable) bicycle saddles. Recently they have been working on some new designs that we are especially excited about.

Enter the Brooks Cambium (originally introduced in 2013): a uniquely comfortable saddle made from natural rubber, organic cotton, aluminum, and stainless steel. The Cambium offers the same hammock-like construction Brooks is known for, but unlike leather saddles, the Cambium is comfortable straight out of the box, requiring no break-in period and no maintenance.

The surface of the Cambium is made from vulcanized natural rubber and organic cotton canvas, a combination that provides a natural look and feel. The surface is then treated with Numac to waterproof the saddle and protect it from the elements, making it virtually maintenance-free as well.

The Cambium is available in 3 shapes: the C17, the C17s (introduced last year), and the brand new C15. All Cambium versions provide the same range of comfort, but offer different advantages to different riders: The C17 most closely resembles the shape of the well-known leather B17, making it comfortable for a large number of cyclists. The C17s is slightly shorter and is well suited for the female anatomy. The C15 version is narrower and closer in shape to the traditional Brooks B15 Swallow leather saddle, and is made for the bike racer/speed-enthusiasts crowd.

The C17 and C17s are available in Natural, Slate, Rust, and Black colors, and are also available in a “Carved” version with a pressure-relief cut-out. The C15 is available in Black, Natural, and Rust.  All versions can be found right here at NYC Velo.

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Product Highlight: Brooks England

NYC Velo carries a full line of components and accessories from Brooks England, including their iconic line of leather (and now non-leather) saddles, apparel, and accessories like handlebar grips, leather handlebar tape, saddle bags, panniers, toe straps, and satchels. Stop by our East Village (2nd Avenue at 4th St) or Hells Kitchen (45th St at 11th Avenue in the Gotham West Market) location to check out the gear in person!

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Product Highlight: Brooks C-17 Cambium Saddles

NYC Velo has received a very limited stock of the C-17 Cambium saddle from Brooks England in both the Natural and Slate finishes.  The C-17 Cambium saddles are available in two sizes and are included in NYC Velo’s Saddle Test Ride program!

The Brooks Cambium is a range of saddles in which the shell is made from natural rubber (vulcanized in Italy) and organic cotton canvas (finally, a Vegan Brooks option!).  The inclusion of the thin layer of cotton canvas, a structural textile, adds a degree of resilience to the saddle and ensures legendary Brooks longevity. The uniquely flexible, maintenance-free, waterproof top is designed to follow the rider’s movements to deliver immediate comfort and ease of use. Right out of the box, these saddles are ready to ride as if they were broken in.  Current MSRP of the Brooks Cambium is $160 each.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photos by Wilis Johnson

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Bike Of The Week: Pegoretti MXXXXXO

The latest Bike of the Week is the Pegoretti MXXXXXO (Marcelo).  This iteration of the Marcelo is, like all the bikes of Pegoretti Cicli, handmade in Marter, Italy.  Dario (Pegoretti) and his team (of 2) have chosen to apply to a select few framesets a Duracoat-like finish, a slightly abrasive layer that results in a paint job with greater durability than a standard bike finish.

The owner of this bicycle opted for (Shimano) Ultegra’s new 6700 groupset in conjunction with Chris King R45 hubs and Velocity’s tubeless-ready A23 rims.  The bike is finished off with a cockpit from Thomson, Chris King’s venerable nothread headset, leather Brooks Swift saddle and bartape, Arundel cages and Look Keo Pedals.

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Bike Of The Week: 2013 NAHBS-Winning Bishop

The bike of the week, Michael’s custom (2013 NAHBS-winning) Bishop, in the owner’s words:

 

“Chris Bishop’s work first came to my attention at the 2011 NAHBS (North American Handmade Bike Show) event in Austin, Texas. I found myself continually drawn to his booth progressively more so throughout the three-day weekend. I was enthralled with his attention to detail, near perfect finishing, and elegant simplicity. These qualities were typified most dramatically that year by his award-winning Columbus MS track bike. The somewhat rare Columbus Multi-Shape used for the build was brought to a whole new level by the bi-laminate head legs, polished chrome and exemplary paint that have all become hallmarks of the Bishop name. 

 

I saw Chris at the Philadelphia Bike Expo that same year, and again in Sacramento at the 2012 NAHBS event. The idea of owning a Bishop had been percolating that entire year, and the trio of award-winning bikes in California further strengthened my resolve to have my dream bike built by Chris; not because of the blue ribbons, but for the stunning style and technique on display throughout his show entries. I had previously hinted at the possibility of building a bike, and I walked up to Chris with great resolve at the end of the weekend and we shook hands, agreeing to build a show bike for the 2013 NAHBS in Denver.

The year leading up to Denver gave me ample time to ponder the build. I knew I wanted an out-and-out road bike, and like every hand-built client, I wanted to it to be unique to my vision of a perfect bike, but with a generous amount of input from Chris; something he was both passionate about and a build that represented his personal aesthetic and ideas about ride characteristics. 

I met with Chris in Baltimore with his good friend Tommy Barse, a mechanic, wheel builder and painting apprentice under Brian Myers at Fresh Frame. Over a long afternoon fitting, a couple good meals and a few Natty Bo’s we all hashed out the details of the build. I fell in love with cycling from a predominantly vintage perspective and I wanted my road bike to represent that classic steel silhouette, while still capturing an undeniably modern feel. I wanted it to look as if it had been built in 2013. 

I was inspired not only by Bishop’s bi-laminate work, but also by a reverse bi-laminate frame built by Ian Sutton of Icarus Frames, now out of Austin, Texas.

I liked the idea of asymmetry as a keyword in the project, and I wanted to push Chris towards some details and techniques which he had never done before. The shapes he used for the bi-laminate head lugs, the particular internal routing in the chainstay, and the two-piece sleeved seat stays were all new and different from his past builds. Chris used an incredible mix of tubing on this build, as is his wont, to give this bicycle a very personal ride quality suited to my build. The seat tube and down tube are custom Reynolds tubes drawn for Chris, swaged from 27.2 to 31.8 at the bottom bracket. Paired with KVA Stainless chainstays, the frame is incredibly stiff and responsive around the drive-train, while maintaing a suppleness where it matter most. The aforementioned seat stays are sleeved using Reynolds and Dedacciai, the top tube and head tube are OX Platinum from True Temper, and the fork crown and fork blades are proprietary 3Rensho. I’m incredibly proud to be riding an American made bicycle with such a custom, international mix of modern tube sets. The build is complemented by a mix of great components from around the world including Enve, Sapim, Chris King, Thompson, Nitto, Brooks, Fizik and Continental. 

Chris also built a custom one-off quill stem to pair with the frame; I struggled with current production stem choices, and in the end only a Bishop would do. 

I’m extremely grateful to Chris Bishop for his hard work on this frame, fork and stem. The life of a custom builder is by no means an easy one, particularly given the time, care, and attention Chris puts into every build. The long hours and dedication were certainly worth it, as this bike won Best Road Bike in the 2013 NAHBS in Denver. However, that accolade pales in comparison to the thing that matters most: the ride. There is no greater motivation in the world to ride than knowing I get to take my Bishop out. This bike is a weapon, straight up. It always has more to give, well beyond what I’m capable of putting into it. The fit and handling are superb, beyond what I thought was possible of a bicycle. There are many who say form follows function, but I’ve found a perfect balance of the two.”