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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: 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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The 2016 Fall Adventure Series

After a brief respite, the NYC Velo Adventure Series is back and ready to roll out for its fall tenure. We’ve got some great rides in store for your cycling pleasure, and we can’t wait to see you out there:

#1 Sunday October 16
: Bear Mountain Attack
– Hastings-on-Hudson, NY – The attack starts from Antoinette’s Cafe in Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester County and climbs Perkins Drive in Harriman State Park before ending at the Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford, NY. Registration here.

#2 Saturday November 5
: Catskill Recon
– Jefferson, NY – A new route in a new area, expect 70 miles full of amazing, car-less dirt roads in the deep Catskills. Road bikes are acceptable, but we’d suggest at least 25-28mm tires. Register here, GPS map here.

#3 Saturday November 12
: Brett’s Revenge
– Hudson, NY – A new take on the epic route through the Eastern Catskill mountain foothills.  Previous versions of this course have proven to be particularly challenging and the use of a cyclocross or mountain bike and shoes intended for walking/hiking is necessary (leave your road gear at home!). Please see registration here, and GPS here.

E.C. Friday November 25
: The Black Friday Ride 
– New York City – Back by popular demand, this “extra credit” ride will traverse the distance between Hell’s Kitchen and Hastings-on-Hudson by way of the High Bridge and Sprain Ridge park. Work off that turkey and enjoy some beautiful fall foliage! See the route and register here. As a matter of course, our East Village shop will open late to accommodate our employee riders.

#4 Saturday December 10
: The Polar Express
– Peekskill, NY – A 72-mile paved and dirt road exploration of points north.  The ride starts at the Peekskill Coffee House at 9am.  The non-paved sections will be road-bikeable with 25-28mm tires! GPS route available here, and registration here.
Any Rider who fully completes all four of the Adventure Series rides (the Black Friday Ride not included) will be eligible to receive a complimentary, one-of-a-kind, special edition jersey!
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Bike of the Week: Felt F4X


The Felt F4X in Gloss Pistachio; Looks like ice-cream, rides like an ice-dream!


Designed in the mud of Bear Country California.


The SRAM Rival/Force 1×11 drivetrain offers a wide range of gears without burdening the rider with unnecessary options & the added bonus of fewer moving parts to break! One of the greatest benefits of the system & its the Narrow-Wide chainring is that there is virtually no risk of a dropped chain and no chain-guide is needed.


A maxle (threaded thru-axle with quick release) front and rear means no more fuss adjusting disc calipers when re-installing wheels. Perfect alignment every time.


SRAM hydraulic disc brakes provide a delicious, smooth-as-butter feel and modulation.


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End of Year Sale


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:

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

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

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

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

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 Black Friday High Bridge Ride



On Black Friday this year (November 27th, the day after Thanksgiving), put aside those material desires and come ride with the NYC Velo crew. We’ll be riding up to visit our friends at Hastings Velo in Hastings-on-Hudson via the High Bridge & Sprain Ridge Park, avoiding the beaten path. Expect some off-road challenges as well as on-road, and as such, cyclocross bikes are highly advised and available for rent!

The ride will roll out of our Hell’s Kitchen shop at 9:00am and aim to be back before 2:00pm. We’ll break for lunch/snacks at the halfway point in Hastings and then head on back. The route is to be determined, but check back for more details in the coming weeks.

For this very special occasion, NYC Velo in the East Village will have shortened hours (2:00pm to 8:00pm). Our Hell’s Kitchen shop will be open 9:00am to 9:00pm.

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The 2015 Fall Adventure Series


It’s that time again, Fall. Cyclists, prepare yourselves for the upcoming challenge that is the Fall Adventure Series. This year promises to uphold past standards and provide a provocative medium for riders to prove their mettle and power of will.

Each ride will, as always, comprise sections of on- and off-road terrain in locales north of the city, with good company and coffee in generous supply.

Additional details for each ride will be posted soon here as well as at (registration on that site — a measly $5 per event — is required for participation), the scheduled is as follows:

Sunday 10/25 — The Bear Mountain Attack – while not technically part of the Fall Adventure Series, this ride is put on by our sister shop in Westchester County, Hastings Velo, and is a great warm-up for the rest of the series.

Saturday 10/31 – New this year, the NYC Velo/Rockstar Games Racing Team Halloween Adventure Ride – the course has been developed by Rockstar’s own Lucia D and will depart from NYC Velo’s Gotham West Market location in Hell’s Kitchen. While the ride is directed towards women, men are welcome to ride as well!

Saturday 11/7 — Brett’s Revenge: Catskills – we will again be tackling the “Powerline” course that runs through the foothills of the Catskill mountains.  This course has proven to be particularly challenging and the use of a cyclocross or mountain bike and shoes intended for walking/hiking is necessary (leave your road gear at home!).

Saturday 12/5 — Taconic 150 – we’re developing a new course for the 9th edition of the Taconic 150 — last June’s version was a wild success that we hope to repeat!

Saturday 12/19 — The Polar Express — riders should expect a challenging course very similar to last spring’s La Dent du Lion.

Saturday 1/9 — Extra Credit (Catskills Offroad) — stay tuned!