Four of us braved the icy and unplowed streets and reached VO world headquarters today. Heidi, Annette, and Kyle managed to pack and ship all the orders that came in over the weekend and they're still working on those from Monday and today. But with another snowstorm predicted for tonight we'll almost certainly be closed tomorrow. Poor Tom, who lives about a mile from the Capital building in Washington DC, has still not seen a plow on his street. My street was plowed last night only after I stopped a plow driver and asked.
In other news, we now have some very well engineered Porteur double kickstands. If you ride a heavily loaded bike a double leg kickstand is almost essential. We saw the prototypes for this design 11 months ago and were very impressed. We ordered them immediately. The Porteur kickstands are designed for delivery bikes, city bikes and the like. They are made by a company that manufactures a lot of racks and accessories for Japanese and European city bikes.
The neat feature is that the two legs spread as the kickstand is deployed and close as it's raised. This makes for a very stable stand that does not interfere with pedaling. The leg extensions, which look like rubber boots, can be adjusted by twisting and pulling or pushing, so the legs are the perfect length without cutting. An allen wrench can lock them to whatever length you set. There are also adjustments to perfectly align the stand when it's raised.
Though these may not be quite as elegant as the Swiss Pletcsher stand that we also stock, they are more adjustable and half the price at $26.