27 July, 2012
Posted by VeloOrange at 2:10:00 PM
20 July, 2012
There's a lot going on here at VO, mostly working on new designs that I can't write about yet. But I thought you might be interested in the following updates.
The Campeur racks are finally in production. We changed the mounting hardware from flat struts to rods (similar to those used on Nitto touring racks). This change was based on your feedback. Unfortunately getting this hardware made caused major delays, but you guys convinced me that it was a better mounting system. I'll try to arrange a special sea shipment as soon as production is finished. These are all hand welded so it takes some time to make them.
Our fancy Grand Cru chainguards are also in production The second version, which works with a front derailleur, is now being prototyped. If the initial prototype works as well as we hope we may have them by late fall; if design changes are required it'll obviously take longer.
I think we've been pretty good about keeping stuff in stock this spring, after the low inventory disaster of winter. But now we are starting to run out of a few thing. We have two containers on the way and everything should be back in stock in a few weeks.
Here is one of the Campeur frames we're in the process of building up.
Posted by VeloOrange at 2:48:00 PM
13 July, 2012
The black actually looks better, but is hard to photograph well. They provide about as much cushioning as cotton bar tape. Yeah, this is a silly project and certainly not for everyone. But it offers a fun "over-the-top" look for those of us with impeccable style. (Or maybe not.) BTW, they are made right here in Annapolis.
We should have them in stock in 2-3 weeks. I wonder if this leather might not make some cool cycling shoes?
Posted by VeloOrange at 2:28:00 PM
11 July, 2012
I'll admit that here is little good reason for drillium, save style. Yet it was very popular back in the day. The rational was that drilling holes in your components saved weight. Well it did, but not that much. On the other hand, it sure made your bike look fast. I had a drillium crank on my race bike. So I offer no excuse for this new drillium version of our Grand Cru 110bcd cranks other than that I want one for my own bike as do a few others here at VO.
The photo above is of the prototype. There are more holes in the version that is now in production and should reach us in late August. The first production run is small and I don't know if we'll do another. I wonder if others will like them as much as I do?
We have two other new cranks coming, one in late summer and another this winter, but we'll keep details secret for now.
Posted by VeloOrange at 2:25:00 PM