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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:

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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

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

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

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

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

This year’s gift guide introduces some new products that we’re excited to have in the shop! From apparel to bikes, bags to tools, we think this list is pretty comprehensive, hopefully suggesting some ideas the cyclist in your life will love!

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Cafe du Cycliste apparel is designed with a South of France state-of-mind, lending itself to a look that you’ll find nowhere else in the industry. We’ve got a great compliment of cold-weather riding gear available for both men and women – we think you’ll be impressed
Cafe du Cycliste Apparel – from $115
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Our custom-made camp mugs are the perfect accessory for the bike-packer or drink-drinker in your life (and with the 2 cup discount, maybe keep one for yourself).
NYC Velo Camp Mugs – 1 for $20, 2 for $35
nycvelo_winter_capClimate change-deniers can’t deny that our winter cap is the perfect accessory for our changing climate.
NYC Velo Winter Beanie – $25
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The old saying goes “A good hand pump is better than no pump at all,” and Silca has been making the best since 1917.
Silca Pocket Impero hand pump – $120
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A good duffle bag is indespensable; whether it’s for travel, business, or just your general, everyday carry needs, you’ll want something that keeps your stuff neat and dry. The Mission Workshop x Carhartt WIP x Pelago collaberation duffel will keep your belongings where they should be and look great at the same time.
Mission Workshop x Carhartt WIP x Pelago duffel bag – $255
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Topo Designs makes bags that will put your vintage-70’s camping gear to shame – and it’s all hand-made in Colorado. We’ve got a large selection of their bags in-stock.
Topo Designs backpacks – from $98
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Gift certificates are always available in any denomination. Buy your loved one a tune-up or put some money towards a bike for that special someone. The amount is up to you!
NYC Velo Gift Certificate – $1 to $?
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Throw it back to the early 90’s and pick up a brand-new, never-ridden frame and fork from your favorite frame builder, Chris Chance. We’ve got a medium Yo-Eddy available for you today!
Team Fat Chance Yo-Eddy 27.5″ frameset – $2500
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Flat Repair Kit (Custom) – from $50
topo_puffer_cardiganMechanic Jay should be in legal trouble for looking this good, and the Topo Puffer Cardigan is the main offender. Warm, stylish, and made in the US.
Topo Design Puffer Cardigan – $230
freight_rucksackFreight Bags are some of the toughest, versatile bags on the planet. Handmade in San Francisco and with a lifetime warranty, these bags are sure to make your favorite messenger/cyclist feel like they can carry the world on their back.
Freight Bags – from $335
fix_it_stickEschew those run-of-the-mill collapsable multi-tools in favor of the Fix It Stick: disassemble flat for storage, then put it together for a simple, well-designed tool with plenty of leverage. Available in several configurations for whatever your needs may be.
Fix It Stick multitool – from $30
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Less impressive than giving the gift of sight, but being able to see in harsh sunlight and look good doing it is perhaps the best we can hope for in a holiday gift.
Oakley Latch sunglasses – from $130
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Service Manager Philip will tell you, gumwall tires are “so hot right now.” The Vittoria Corsa is the supplest in the game, and will change the way your roadbike feels beneath you. Can you argue with that?
Vittoria Corsa tires – $75
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Give the gift of getting away with some bikepacking gear. Whether its seat or handlebar bags from Ortlieb or Revelate, or a superior titanium Vamoots DR from Moots, no trail will be left unridden.
Moots Vamoots DR with SRAM Red22 Hydro – $8599.
Revelate top tube bag – $60
Ortlieb handlebar/seat bag – from $135/$160
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Our new bartape will let you carry a little piece of Manhattan along with you wherever your bike takes you. With a tacky texture and some extra padding, your hands will stay comfortable along the way!
NYC Velo Skyline bartape – $28
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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.

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

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

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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:

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

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

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The Mission Workshop x Carhart WIP x Pelago Collab

Mission Workshop has been a shop staple at NYC Velo for quite a while, so when we heard about their partnership with not only workwear visionaries Carhartt AND awesome Finn bike-makers Pelago, we couldn’t wait to see what they had in store. And they did not disappoint:

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Come check out the apparel and bags at either Manhattan shop, and take a spin on the beautiful Pelago city bike through the East Village. With pieces like these, we’re sure you’ll be impressed.

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New Clothing @ NYC Velo

Cycling kit is important, not just for your physical comfort, but your mental enjoyment; it’s a proven fact that if you look good, your ride will be better. Fact. Below are some of the options we carry in store. Feel free to stop by and see for yourself!

SEARCH AND STATE

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Made here in Manhattan out of some of the best materials available, SAS keeps it fresh and classy with great cuts, awesome prints and colors, and sweet vibes. We carry a full complement of their line at both of our Manhattan stores.

CAFÉ DU CYCLISTE

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 Out of one of the largest (and arguably best) cycling destinations in the world, the Côte d’Azur near Nice, France, Café du Cycliste has built their brand on serious cycling and serious relaxation. Great colors and a greater fit, combined with pieces that stand out from the mainstream equals a perfect ride. Available at our East Village location.

LE COL

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Created on the expertise and experience of a professional cyclist, Le Col brings high-quality, Italian-made kit into the mix. Focused on obsessive attention to detail and picking the right material for the right job, you;ll be hard pressed to find a better performing piece of cycling apparel than that from Le Col. Currently available at both Manhattan stores.

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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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Search And Sachs Is Here

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What do you get when you mix local New York City apparel makers Search and State with the famous frame-builder and opinion-haver Richard Sachs, and then collaborate with world-renown type founders House Industries?

Introducing the newest collection from our favorite local kit makers. Meet Search and Sachs:

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The collection available exclusively at NYC Velo Hell’s Kitchen.

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Product Highlight: Brompton Folding Bikes

Spring has sprung, and bike buying season is off to a busy start. Our customers come to us with vastly different needs and wants, but when shopping for a city bike, questions typically relate to issues like security, storage, transport, overall value, and ride quality. It’s rare that one bike can answer each of these challenges, but we found one: NYC Velo is proud to recommend Brompton folding bikes as the ultimate city bike, designed for virtually any scenario a rider might encounter.

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Security, storage and transport

A folded Brompton measures 23 inches long, 22 inches tall, and 11 inches deep; easy to carry just about anywhere by a cleverly placed handle on the saddle. The folded bike stays together neatly, and can be conveniently rolled around on the built-in casters. It fits neatly in a closet, under a desk, beneath the table in a restaurant, in the Amtrak luggage rack, behind the seat of a small aircraft, below deck on a boat, in the trunk of a vehicle, or just about anywhere you can imagine. There is simply no better bike for a tiny New York apartment. The bike is compact enough – even inside a travel case – to avoid the oversize baggage fees charged by many airlines. Many claim to have flown with the bikes as carry-on!

Value

Brompton has been designing, engineering, and building their folding bikes in England for nearly 30 years. Bikes start at $1255, and after adding gears, fenders, lights, and luggage most come in between $1600 and $2000. Even fully loaded, you can’t go much over $3500. The first service is included in the price of the bike, and gear and brake adjustments are free for as long as you are the owner. Bromptons are specifically engineered for real life, and to withstand the rigors of city riding. Unlike many folding bikes, Bromptons are customizable, upgradeable, and fully serviceable. It’s not uncommon to see a Brompton from 20 years ago still on the road!

The ride

Don’t be fooled by its little wheels and diminutive appearance – the Brompton is a seriously speedy and capable whip. Small wheels offer terrific acceleration and very nimble handling. A lighter touch is required, but who doesn’t want to improve their bike handling skills? A long wheelbase (~42 inches, same as a road bike), and cockpit comparable to big wheeled bikes makes for a stable and comfortable ride. A Brompton rides better than many full size bikes. Don’t just take our word for it; stop by the shop and take one for a ride!

Why?
Every rider has different needs, but when it comes to security, storage, transport, value, and ride quality, Brompton ticks all the boxes. Even if you’ve never considered a folding bike, you owe it to yourself to check one out. Want to stay on top of your training miles while traveling on business? Done. Perhaps you have a lousy bike parking situation at work, or you need to quickly cover a few miles to reach a transit network. You want a bike that rides like a dream but that folds up to go on transit or into a vehicle at a moments notice? Brompton gives you freedom like no other bike we’ve seen. Come by the shop to test ride one, or to talk with us about it.

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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.