Here a few unrelated, but interesting, items:
Several people have asked why VO stems are lighter than some others. The reason is that VO stems are cold forged. Many other stems, even some that cost considerably more, are "melt forged"or die cast. These less expensive process requires more metal, and weight, to archive adequate strength.
The New York Times health blog, called Well, has a fascinating piece entitled, Is Bicycling Bad for Your Bones? It appears that competitive cyclist lose bone mass at an alarming rate.
In 2006, Aaron Smathers, then 29, was a graduate student in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma, gathering data for a study of brittle bones in cyclists. One of his subjects was himself, since he’s been a bike racer for years. A recent scan had revealed that his bones were less dense than usual for a man his age. Not long after those results came in, he crashed during a race, snapping his collarbone.MKS
We are getting a small shipment of MKS products next week so some of the half clips and other thing we're out of should be back in stock. A larger shipment with more items is due in a few weeks.
New VO Info Site
We're working on a new site that will have PDF and HTML versions of all our product instruction sheets as well as informational articles adapted from the VO Blog and detailed frame specs. It should go live very soon.