16 April, 2015

Grand Cru Porteur Bags Are Here

The Maryland-made Grand Cru Porteur bags are now in stock. We have them with black or brown leather logo patches. They hold around 22-liters. A few more details can be found in our previous post.





09 April, 2015

Velo Transit Panniers are Made in Seattle

by Igor

Velo Transit is a manufacturer out of Seattle that makes high quality, waterproof panniers, backpacks, and accessories. We're pleased to get the Retro 20 panniers in the store to add to our offerings of quality USA made luggage such as the Grand Cru Handlebar Bag and Revelate Frame Bags.

The design, functionality, and sturdiness of the Retro series was spot on for the type of bag we were looking for. Available in classic gray and hi-vis orange, these bags look right at home on tour or running errands around town.
The bags use 1000 denier textured nylon and 500 denier nylon Cordura on the exterior for long lasting durability and abrasion resistance.
Welded polyurethane coated liners are integrated into the bag's interior for added waterproofness and the bright coloring means easy retrieval of contents. In addition to the interior mesh pocket, there is a long interior pocket for organizing your gear and everyday-carry items.
The bag's capacity is expandable by loosening the side compression straps. The lid is also expandable for added height. In addition to daisy chains on the sides for lights and accessories, the bag features an easily accessible outer pocket that is the perfect size for your U-Lock.
For mounting, Velo Transit implemented the use of the German-made "Klick Fix" hardware in conjunction with a clever lower hook mount for a universal and sturdy system that can be used on the drive, non-drive, rear, or front of the bike. The top hooks work with 8-14mm tubing and can be adjusted along the rail to fit any rack. The lower hook can be mounted vertically or horizontally. The bag secures into place by depressing the thumb locks. No amount of jostling or impact will dislodge the bag.
Each bag includes a detachable shoulder carrying strap. Within the next few weeks we'll be receiving the Retro 15 (smaller version of the 20) in addition to a padded laptop bag (compatible with Retro 20 and up to a 15" laptop).
In addition to Velo Transit's lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects, each bag has a unique serial number and the initials of the sewer and inspector.

03 April, 2015

A VO Fat Bike?

By Chris
It's a rainy Friday afternoon with not much going on in the VO office, though shipping is busy. It was on a day like this a few weeks ago that I wondered out loud if 3-inch tires would fit on our new adventure touring frame. Our staff wasn't hopeful, but I had faith.
They do fit, sort of. If you run them at too low a pressure they rub in turns, but keep them inflated to 25psi or so and they work. Does that make this the very first VO fat bike? I always thought 3-inches is where fat bikes start. The clearances really are very tight as you can see from the photos, so you might want to stick to the recommended 2.4-inch tires, especially if you ride in mud.
The production run is almost finished. Though we still need to wait for paint and for the decals to be printed. I'm hoping that the first batch of frames might arrive in a couple of months. I think we'll call it the Piolet, which is French for ice axe. I can't wait for it to dry up outside so I can take this thing for a ride in the dirt with the big new tires. 3-inch tires may be too heavy and slow for touring, but they'll make for a fun afternoon.


01 April, 2015

Introducing the VO NoPro

Have you ever felt that your every commute, every ride, every trip to the grocery should be documented on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Myspace...? But as a retro grouch you couldn't bring yourself to enter the world of digital "action cameras." Then you'll be happy to see VO's newest offering: the NoPro camera system.
Finally, there is a film camera that you can mount to your handlebars, on a selfie-stick, on your car's steering wheel, even on your helmet (duct tape not included).
We'll have two models: the VO Ego for still photography, and the VO Narcissist for video (that's home movies).



30 March, 2015

Frames on Special Page

We've added a bunch of frames with slight imperfections to our special sections. Most have a small scratch or or paint chip, but are otherwise new. There are also a few prototypes, two of which where never built up. You can save a fair bit if you can live with an imperfection of the sort that most frames will have after a few months of use anyway.









26 March, 2015

Yard Sale Preview

The VO warehouse sales takes place this Saturday, March 28th, from 9am to 12pm.

One of the complete ex-show bikes we'll be offering.
Four prototype frames will be available. We'll also have a 7 or 8 scratched production frames at big discounts. 
Here are a few of the other things we're sorting and pricing, There's lots of handlebars, pedals, racks fenders, tires, etc. We'll also have a few boxes of new, but overstocked stuff.

25 March, 2015

Camargue Reviewed in Bicycle Times

By Chris

Bicycle Times reviewed the VO Camargue in the current, May 2015, issue. The review is overwhelmingly positive. It's not online yet, so you'll need to get a paper copy of the magazine to read the whole thing. Here are a few quotes:.
  • "This steel beauty has subtle refinements that give the impression of a custom steed without the price tag."
  • "From swoopy fork to lovely paint scheme and ability to set it up in myriad configurations, the Camargue is hitting above its weight in terms of visuals and bang for your buck..."
  • "...the bike feels solid yet responsive, especially weighed down."
  • "...solidly constructed making it great for everyday commuting, grocery getting, world touring, overnights, etc."
  • "It's stable, yet nimble, making it easy to strip down and take on your favorite mountain bike trail without fear of having too little bike."
  • " It's also fashionable enough to upstage the scenesters at your favorite coffee shop or watering hole..."
  • "...among the best offroad overnight bikes I've had the pleasure of riding."
  • "Overall the Camargue was a treat to ride."

I want to thank reviewer Stephen Haynes for writing such nice things about our bike. It's great that every review of a VO frame has been very very positive.

There are three things that I really strive for with each of our frames: We are obsessive about having them handle perfectly; they must be really well built and look right; and I set the price not at what the market will bear, but based on a reasonable profit, which I, and many reviewers, think makes them a bargain.
Speaking of bargains, don't forget the VO Garage Sale, this Saturday, March 28, 9am - noon!

20 March, 2015

New Noir in Stock

by Igor

With the positive feedback for our initial Noir offerings, we decided to bring in a few new products. For those using up to 42mm wide tires, check out our Noir Zeppelin Fenderset available in both 650b and 700c.


If you're riding 700x25mm tires, we have you covered as well with our Noir 35mm Hammered Fenderset.

Lastly, we now have our Porteur Handlebar in Noir finish in the 23.8mm size. It accepts bar-end shifters and other road components. Stealth VO logo engraved by the clamp for identification.

What Noir item should we be bringing in next that would complete your build?

17 March, 2015

VO Warehouse Sale March 28th

by Chris

We'll hold one of our very occasional VO warehouse sales from 9am to 12pm on March 28th.

What's for Sale:

We're selling sample parts that were sent for review or displayed in our showroom or at bike shows. There are some returns and a bunch of prototype frames and a few bikes, some discontinued parts, parts that have been used on test bikes, scratch-and-dent stuff, etc. All-in-all there are hundreds of items. We want to blow them all out in one day! So most will be priced at about half the regular web site price. Since we didn't have a warehouse sale last year, there will be more stuff than usual.

In case you can't find any garage sale stuff you like, we'll offer 15% off on any VO and Grand Cru parts, accessories, or frames (but not build kits) in stock. This reflects our savings in not having to process, pack and ship, so you must be here to get the discount.

When:

The VO Garage Sale will take place between 9am and 12pm on Saturday March 28th., rain or shine.

Where:

At Velo Orange of course, 1981 Moreland Parkway, Building 4, Annapolis, MD 21401

The Fine Print:
  • Nothing can be pre-ordered.
  • Cash or credit card only.
  • the 15% discount is available only to those who buy in person, not on-line.
  • Frame build kits not included.
  • As always, we'll serve donuts and espresso.

New VO Porteur Bag

By Chris
We've been working on these VO Porteur bags. They're made right here in Maryland. The material is ballistic nylon so it's really tough. The bottom is padded and there is a pocket at the back. The zippers are waterproof. 

It can be carried with the included shoulder strap or like a hand bag. There are a couple of ways to attach the bag to the rack, with the buckles as shown above, or by using the daisy chains underneath.
The rear pocket is nice for cell phones or whatever. The small zipper is water resistant too.
The large main compartment holds a mess of  Legos, groceries, a laptop, etc.
We hope to have them in stock sometime next month. The price will be under $100. They are designed specifically for VO Porteur racks, 


16 March, 2015

New Fairweather CX Tires

by Igor

The Fairweather tires we've been importing have been extremely popular, so we decided to bring in their cyclo-cross tread in Rust and classic Black/Tan. The Rust color will match your sunburned nose after all the gravel grinding.

Unlike their other offerings, these Fairweathers measure a bit narrow (29-30mm), but have great handling offroad.