66 Seconds With Velocity: The Birth of a Bicycle Rim

Our last video, showcasing how The Wheel Department hand-crafts our complete wheels in Grand Rapids, Mich. got nearly 10k views -- more response than we ever imagined. Now, we'd like to offer a look at the US-based manufacturing side of Velocity USA.

The video offers a rarely-seen look into how our dedicated workers proudly hand-build our bicycle rims at our Jacksonville, Fla. factory. In 66 seconds, the video takes you from raw extrusion to a completed rim that's wrapped, boxed and ready to ship. 

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Introducing the 'upcycled' Velocity rim hanger

Velocity USA is proud to announce we're offering a new product, and its not a rim. Well, it is about a third of a rim, technically.

Normally, when we find a rim that just isn't up to our standards, it's set aside in a corner of the warehouse where it gathers dust until we decide to gather them up and bring them to the scrap yard for a little extra cash.

Convinced there was a better use for leftover Australian-made rims (we now manufacture our rims in Jacksonville, Fla.), our in-house wheelbuilders at The Wheel Department set out to find it. We posted a picture of a prototype "upcycled" hanger online, and the response was overwhelming.

Now, we proudly present the upcycled, US-crafted Velocity USA coathanger. Each hanger is handmade in Grand Rapids, Mich. out of a Velocity Deep V rim. The hook is made of two Velocity 14 gauge spokes, and affixed with two DT Swiss brass nipples. Each hanger is hand-cut, each hook is hand-bent.

We're selling the hanger individually or in packs of 4 in our online store at http://store.velocityusa.com/c/accessories_apparel.

These are time consuming to make, and frankly, when the riding season starts we're just not going to have time to make more of these. When they are gone, they're gone. Maybe they'll be back for 2015, but no guarantees.


Pardon the mess

We've been busy over the past month or so rearranging The Wheel Department, so our apologies if the phone rings a little longer from time-to-time. The changes should bring some much needed organization and efficiency improvements, as well as accommodate future growth and expansion.

It may look a little chaotic, but we assure you there's a method to our madness

Most know our own Jeff Jacobi for his stellar wheel builds, fast laps and his early 90's Camaro Z28, but he's also the mind and muscle behind the new layout. Rarely satisfied with anything "off the shelf," he's gone so far as to build a completely custom workbench for our master wheelbuilder Paul  (PVW on your wheel tag), as well as matching custom spoke racks.

Check out Cobi's handiwork:

Paul's custom bench 

Our new custom spoke rack 
We've also expanded our employee parking a bit


Happy Holidays: Save $200 on Uriel Track Special Edition Wheelset

Just as scientists assumed the Coelacanth was extinct, many believed the Velocity Uriel rim to suffer a similar fate.

Not extinct.
Then, just as in 1938 off the coast of South Africa, a stunning discovery was made in the Velocity warehouse. While on a expedition through the warehouse, a pod of Uriel rims surfaced. They were then mated to some of our tried and true track hubs, and the Uriel Track Special Edition wheelset was born.

Also not extinct. 
The Uriel is our time tested Fusion rim, drilled for paired-spoke lacing. The wheelset features 24 DT Champion spokes front and rear, and DT alloy nipples, all laced, tensioned and trued by hand in The Wheel Department

Weight is 950/1020g front/rear, making these a nice mid-weight option that'll hold up on the street or track. Order a pair here, there's only a few left and when they are gone, they are gone until we stumble across some more in a dark, forgotten recess. 


Can't keep Mackenzie off the podium at OVCX

Sunday, the most recent Velocity USA-sponsored rider, Mackenzie Woodring, took 1st place at the Ohio Valley Cyclocross Series -- for the third race in a row. Impressive, and even more so considering she's coming back from a DNF in the first race of the series.

Since then, even a snapped derailleur hanger hasn't been able to keep her from the #1 spot: Mackenzie ran her bike to a first place finish at race #3.

Chloe Dygert, of Midwest Devo, snagged the number one spot in the first race of the series and has kept right on Mackenzie's wheel in every subsequent race.

Chloe & Mackenzie (L-R) after OCVX #4
Mackenzie's killer performance is attracting attention around the internet, with write ups and interviews on cxmagazine.com, dirtwire.tv, and an upcoming interview with her fat-tire-loving counterpart, Danielle Musto, on her internet radio show, "Girls & Gears." Tune in at 8 p.m. EST this Thursday.