28 October, 2011
We want them to be reasonably light, not desperately expensive, and with very long-lasting bearings. We've explored the idea of a spindle with three sealed bearings and another with a combination of needle bearings and sealed bearings. A grease port is another feature we're looking at. Maybe something like a super-premium version of the VO touring pedal.
What would your ideal pedal be like? Single sided or double? Is it worth paying more for a super-durable bearing system or is it better to just keep re-building cheaper loose bearing pedals. And do you find quill-style pedals uncomfortable with street shoes?
Also, please see the update to the last post for the winner of the brake name contest.
Posted by VeloOrange at 2:14:00 PM
26 October, 2011
Unlike V-brakes, they use regular brake levers. So you can use your favorite classic levers or non-classic brifters. They have tension adjustment screws and a straddle wire adjuster. They even have slots so you can move the pads up-and-down about 15mm. And they come with toe-in adjustable pads.
About the only feature they lack is a good name. If you come up with the name we use we'll offer you a $100 VO gift certificate. Put your suggestion in a comment, but remember to use your name so we can identify the winner.
BTW, the high profile Grand Cru MK2 brakes are not being discontinued. In fact, they've been selling so well that we ran out again.
Update: Thanks for all the great suggestions. It took a lot of time and more than a few laughs to make a choice. Eventually we picked "Zeste" as in "Velo Orange Zeste". Greg, please send us an e-mail so we can issue your gift certificate.
Posted by VeloOrange at 10:32:00 AM
20 October, 2011
Posted by VeloOrange at 11:16:00 AM
18 October, 2011
We get occasional requests for 27" rims or wheels. It wouldn't be hard for us to make 27" rims, but I don't think it's a good idea. Converting old 27" bikes to 700c is simple and almost always my preference.
A bit of background; 27" wheels were used mostly on American market mid and lower-range production bikes. There are some exceptions, but top-end frames with 27" wheels are relatively rare. The popularity of 27" wheels waned in the late '70s or early '80s when 700c became the near-universal road bike size. Today there are few choices of good quality 27" rims or tires and I don't know of a single new bike that still uses that size. The main reason to switch to 700c is to gain access to many more high quality tires and rims in more widths. 700c rims and tires are available in almost any bike shop anywhere in the world. You'll also gain a bit of extra tire or fender clearance.
|A 27" wheel hiding behind a 700c rim|
|Determining required brake reach|
I'm sure that there are some who will want to keep their bikes as original as possible. For a high-end production or custom frame that you view as more of a collectible than a user, this makes sense. Otherwise I would get a second set of 700c wheels for riding and keep the originals for display.
Posted by VeloOrange at 1:03:00 PM
11 October, 2011
VO sells a lot of fenders and gets a lot of questions about installing them. We've updated the fender instructions, both the paper and on-line versions.
Velo-Retro at Interbike. His company offers reprints of old bike catalogs as well as some cool t-shirts, and musettes. Worth a visit.
Posted by VeloOrange at 11:00:00 AM
07 October, 2011
The Polyvalent maxi build kits are back in stock and have been selling fast. The maxi kit includes:
- A Polyvalent frame set
- Grand Cru seat post
- Tektro CR-720 brakes
- Cable hangers for the brakes
- Grand Cru sealed bearing headset
- Grand Cru Touring Wheels
- Zeppelin 58mm fenders
- Porteur Handlebars or course handlebars. Your choice.
- VO quill stem
- Polyvalent crankset
- Grand Cru bottom bracket
- Headset & bottom bracket installation, if you want
- Any other components ordered at the same time are 10% off.
We have 650b wheels again. They are built with the Grand Cru touring hubs and Diagonale rims. Front and rear (in both 130mm and 135mm spacing) are available.
Most other wheels are back in stock, including our fixed and touring 700c wheels.
This is a photo of Robert unloading the wheel truck with our new pallet-stacker. It's like a muscle powered forklift. We call him Pepe, our little mule (the pallet-stacker, not Robert). We'd been borrowing a forklift from Chesapeake Light Craft, but felt we finally needed our own. Instead of getting a carbon spewing LPG powered forklift we got Pepe. It's actually a pretty good quad workout pumping that pedal to raise the forks. So Robert may still spew a fair bit of carbon.
Posted by VeloOrange at 10:58:00 AM
06 October, 2011
We're working on a print ad for the Polyvalent. Here are our top three versions. Which one do you like best? Or do you have a better idea?
Come to think of it, should we even bother with this? Some of us think that VO should only advertise online. Ten years ago I read about 20 magazines and two newspapers. Today I read all periodicals on line (but still prefer paper books). Is print advertising still worthwhile or are we just wasting trees?
Posted by VeloOrange at 1:20:00 PM
In this magazine, the publisher introduced Mr.Otsuki. Mr.Otsuki is the store manager of 'Velocraft'.The 'Velocraft' is one of the famous touring bike shop in Japan and Mr.Otsuki is the technical adviser and business partner for my company 'M's Collection'. He is very enthusiastic to Velo Orange products.
Posted by VeloOrange at 10:23:00 AM