|My personal favorite: Algae|
01 October, 2014
Posted by VeloOrange at 11:04:00 AM
29 September, 2014
Anyways, the old Atax stem I had in there was a 22.0mm while most conventional threaded stems are 22.2mm. It's easy enough to take a piece of sandpaper and remove .1mm from the surface.
|Signs of wear and tear.|
|Purple sandpaper works best.|
Grand Cru Reflectors
|Presentation is important|
Posted by VeloOrange at 12:50:00 PM
25 September, 2014
We did this to simplify our shipping cost structure and make it easier to understand and transparent. Basically, if you live in the continental USA you get free shipping on orders over $100, except on oversize items (Those are frames and wheels.) which incur a maximum shipping charge of $19.
If you live outside of the lower 48 we charge the actual shipping cost. We ask that you place your order so our incredible shipping staff can weigh it and determine the smallest box it will fit in (because box size is often more important than weight in determining cost). We'll calculate shipping using one or more carriers and send you an e-mail with the charges, usually with different options for speed and cost. You can pick one or cancel the order.
Speaking of frame prices, they'll probably go up next year due to manufacturing cost increases. Our frames are made in the same factory and out of the same tubing and by the same craftsmen as some frames costing more than twice times as much, though, to be fair, you do get more curlicues with some of those. VO frames also cost about the same as some frames that come nowhere near the quality of ours (and it really annoys me when people compare our frames to those). Anyway, it's always been my philosophy to charge what I consider to be a fair profit, not what the market will bear.
Finally, we offer a three year warranty on our frames. Even great steel frames do, very rarely, crack or break, and it's often really hard to tell why it happens. For example, a customer cracked a dropout on a VO frame; we sent him a new frame. He cracked the dropout on the replacement! Those are the only two dropout problems we've seen in the thousands of frames we've sold--and we still have no idea why it happened.
I just wanted to say one more thing about VO frames. I think what makes them special is the way they ride and handle. For me, at least, everything else, except decent build quality, come very far behind ride and handling when it comes to choosing a bike frame. And that's why we're a bit obsessed with ordering multiple prototypes and testing them for many months.
Posted by VeloOrange at 12:22:00 PM
23 September, 2014
|My new Camargue set up for road/city use.|
|My new Camargue set up for off-pavement touring.|
Posted by VeloOrange at 3:32:00 PM
19 September, 2014
We've had some questions recently about setting up fixed, single, and other 1x's so I figured I'd shed a little light on the topic in this blog post.
|Example setup: 130mm hub bumped up to 135mm with hub spacers. Spacers and a cassette cog carrier on the freehub.|
There are many factors to consider when setting up a 1x anything, but the one that can be particularly tricky is chainline, or getting a straight line from your chainring to whatever kind of gear you are using in the back. It's going to be less important if you're using multiple gears in the back. In that case, you'll want to shoot vaguely for the middle of the cassette to get the smoothest range of speeds.
If you don't have your hands on a frame already, here are a couple things to keep in mind when finding one to run as a 1x.
- Rear spacing is going to vary for different frames. 130mm is common for road bikes, 135mm for mountain. 126mm is used on old 6- or 7-speed frames, 120mm on 5-speed. You may encounter something else depending on the era and purpose of the frame.
- Fitting your frame to your hub - If you're using a hub that doesn't match up with the rear of your frame, you can often stretch or squish the frame to make it fit your needs. I can't guarantee this will work, but if you try it, just make sure both sides of the frame are repositioned evenly. Otherwise you'll have to get fancy with your wheel dishing. I'd also discourage you from doing this if you have anything other than a steel frame. The mismatched hub and frame can still work even if you don't permanently set the frame; however, it may take a little longer to get your wheel back in.
- Fitting your hub to your frame - Alternatively, if you're bumping up to a larger size from your hub to your frame and don't want to stretch your frame, you can sometimes put spacers in your hub (depending on your hub). I used a couple of spacers in my hub to bump it up from a 130mm to a 135mm. This isn't possible on all hubs. For instance, our cassette hubs are set up for easy freehub body removal, so spacers would mess things up.
- Dropouts - As far as this blog post is concerned, dropouts fall into two categories:
- Horizontal dropouts allow for variation in the horizontal distance. I'm including semi-horizontal, forward facing, and rear facing in this category. These dropouts are going to make adequate chain tension easy since you can adjust it by simply moving your wheel forwards or backwards.
- Vertical dropouts - With these, you don't have horizontal variation. These are good for disc brakes or an aesthetically pleasing fenderline. If you have vertical dropouts, you have two options:
- Use a chain tensioner or a rear derailleur if using multiple speeds in the back. These aren't going to work for fixies.
- Do the math. Figure out the distance between your gears and use their diameters to calculate the length of the required chain. Make sure this length of chain is either a multiple of 1in if you're using a regular chain or .5in if you're using a half link chain. Next, pray that your chain doesn't stretch too much after a few days of use. Keep in mind that different gear combos can yield the same, if not close, ratio. Park Tool has an approximation of the formula here. Helpful hint: CAD programs can do the math for you.
|Calculate the required chain length (red) with these measurements.|
- For a 1x multiple, just aim to have your chainline somewhere close to the middle of your cassette. Check the top and lowest gears to make sure your chainline isn't too extreme.
- For single speeds with a cassette hub, I'd recommend something like the Problem Solvers cassette cog carrier. You'll need some spacers and the threaded end piece of a cassette to line up and keep your cog in place. You can use bottom bracket spacers, spacers from an old cassette, or something else of a similar size.
- For fixed or free hubs, you won't be able to adjust cog/freewheel in relation to the hub (see #2 below).
- Note: With a spacer, you can use either side of our fixed/free hubs for a cog or freewheel. Additionally these hubs come with spacers for different frames sizes.
- Adjusted with dish.
- In a cassette setup, adjusted with spacers. In a fixed/free setup, this can't be adjusted.
- Adjusted using spacers or if the hub uses a cup and cone.
- Adjusted a little bit in the bottom bracket shell with the use of bottom bracket spacers.
- If using a crank intended for multiple chainrings, you can decide which position is best for chainline. Line up 3 with 5.
- With traditional bottom brackets you can change out the spindle or rotate to get a different length. In modern cartridge style bottom brackets, you can experiment with different length spindles.
RIDE FIXED OR whatever.
Posted by VeloOrange at 12:21:00 PM
16 September, 2014
My vacation this year was a long planned trip to Iceland with my wife. Iceland is a place that I have wanted to visit ever since reading the book Arctic Odyssey by Richard Sale and Tony Oliver. We had two and a half weeks, and we planned only to visit the lower southwest part of the country. We didn't have time to try and ride around the island, so we wanted to give ourselves lots of time to explore an area.
I won't bore you with the day-to-day ins and outs of our trip, but I will share some thoughts and photos of an amazing place.
Vestmannaeyjar) Islands. At the caldera, we had to put the tent up between upright lava rocks and behind mounds of earth. The great thing about the camp sites was the camp kitchens that almost all of them had. An enclosed area with hot plates, tables, electricity and most of all, heat, was very welcome after a long day on the road, or just for the fact that we didn't have to cook bent over a Primus stove in the wind.
We flew Iceland Air, and they were great with the bikes. They only charged us $40 per bike, per direction, and they treated our boxes with great care and attention. In fact, everyone in Iceland was very respectful of bikes, giving us lots of room on the roads and always eager to help with suggestions.
Posted by VeloOrange at 3:11:00 PM
05 September, 2014
I've been super happy with the progress of our Noir line. If you're keeping score, so far we have an 1 1/8" Sealed Bearing Headset, ChroMo Crazy Bars, ChroMo Seine Bars, Zeste Cantilever Brakes, Long Reach Caliper Brakes, and 0 Setback Seatpost. So today we're introducing a couple new items.
Posted by VeloOrange at 11:15:00 AM
02 September, 2014
We've had some questions about how to secure your goods. All you need is a bungee chord and the bag your beverages came with. Here are a few photos.
|Secured and ready to ride|
|Low gravity beverages|
|"Alchoholica" by Eric|
Posted by VeloOrange at 2:43:00 PM
29 August, 2014
Posted by VeloOrange at 10:28:00 AM
21 August, 2014
The long awaited Six-Pack racks have just arrived. This is basically a rail that bolts to several of our front racks turning them into small baskets. Surprisingly, it allows you to easily carry a six-pack of you favorite beverage. It's also useful for a small camera bag, purse, bag lunch, a few groceries, etc.
Posted by VeloOrange at 2:51:00 PM
19 August, 2014
This week will be a week of new products. To start, Zero Setback Seatpost in Silver and Noir are here. They use a neat, simple adjustment mechanism and feature an integral head and post. The seatpost weighs a nice 295g for 400mm of length. Minimum insertion is 100mm from the bottom.
Posted by VeloOrange at 9:43:00 AM