5.27.2011

Velocity Releases XC Race Day Rim and Wheelset, Blunt SL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


Velocity Releases XC Race Day Rim and Wheelset, Blunt SL


(Grand Rapids, MI) Designed to be lighter, stronger, and faster. Velocity is proud to announce its newest rim, the Blunt SL. Bringing together the proven success and technology of the P35 and Blunt rims, Velocity has developed a new tubeless ready race day rim that weighs in at 420 grams in the 29”/700c platform. The Blunt SL can easily be made tubeless using Velocity’s Velotape kit. In addition to rims, Blunt SL Pro and Comp wheelsets are available. Each wheel is handbuilt by The Wheel Department at Velocity, which can custom build to rider’s specifications. Detailed information can be found at www.velocityusa.com. The Velocity Blunt SL rims and wheelsets are available through any local bike shop or from Velocity’s online store.


Velocity Blunt SL rims are available in 26”, 650b or 29” sizes, in black, silver or white color with 28, 32 or 36 hole drilling. MSRP $84.99


Velocity Blunt SL Pro wheelsets:

[28 hole Velocity Lightweight ATB disc hubs, front (2x/radial) and rear (2x) with Sapim CX Ray spokes, alloy nipples]

- 26” (559) – 1,475 grams

- 650b – 1,525 grams

- 29”/700c – 1,575 grams

MSRP $799.99


Velocity Blunt SL Comp wheelsets:

[32 hole Velocity Lightweight ATB disc hubs, front (3x/radial) and rear (3x) with DT Swiss Competition spokes, brass nipples]

- 26” (559) – 1,675 grams

- 650b – 1,725 grams

- 29”/700c – 1,775 grams

MSRP $549.99

5.24.2011

Rider Profile: Oscar Khan

Today, we start a new series on the blog appropriately called Rider Profile. A pseudo interview format with our Velocity sponsored riders from around the world. Today we feature Oscar Khan, from the U.K.. Enjoy.


Name: Oscar Beltane Tiger Khan (real name)
Age: just turned 18
Location: LONDON
Website: fixedgearlondon.com wrahw.com
Sponsors: 14 bike co, Velocity, Sadio, WRAHW, Vans, Dickies, Halo tyres, FGLDN
Cycling Specification: FGX (fixed gear freestyle)

How did you get into cycling?
OK: In the beginning I did it to get from spot to spot to skateboard but I started to ride the same spots on my bike and had just as muchfun. When I met the guys from FGLDN, I got really stoked on it and started doing it all the time.

How long have you been riding?
OK: I can't remember. I started just riding bikes about 3 and a bit years ago.
How did you get into FGFS [Fixed Gear Freestyle] riding?
OK: Mainly just hoping up and down curbs on the way to places and doing wheelies and stuff then I started being stupid and breaking my bike on stairs and stuff and needed stronger bikes.

Favorite place to ride?
OK: I really love going on trips and riding new spots, I get bored of the same old parks and spots. F*ck parks.
Tell a story of a ride or cycling experience you will never forget:
OK: Once on a trip to ride the Nike tunnel park Tom Lamarche drank like a crate of Red Bull and turned into a real skuz punk psycho, smashing cans and sh!t. Everyone got crazy and started fighting and tom threw up [hahahahahah] I smelt like red bull for days.

What are your plans for the future? (Upcoming season/year goals and aspirations)
OK: I'm going to New York in a month so anyone who wants to let me stay at their place can contact me. Aside from that I want to go Thailand to visit the Saio guys. Also I want to film something that is actually good.

What Velocity wheels are you using?
OK: P35

Thoughts on the wheels/rims?
OK: They're the widest, lightest wheels I know.

What kind of bike did you build around your Velocity wheels? (Bike Check)
OK: My custom 14 bike co frame allows me to run super fat 2.2 Halo tyres on p35s and still have loads of room. Aside from that mostly Sadio parts which are the best parts company that actually makes things specifically for fixed gear and some other miscellaneous brands for what Sadio don't (yet) make.

What do you do when your not on your bike (guilty pleasures, etc)?
OK: Smell bad, make really bad art, gatecrash partys, watch police chases from my balcony, listen to happy hardcore.


Westjam - Oscar khan & Ed Wonka from Hector Ward on Vimeo.

5.23.2011

GR

We've said this before, but we're proud of our city, our state and our country. Here in Grand Rapids there is quite the growing cycling community, just to mention a few:

- in 2009 being awarded bronze level status as a Bicycle Friendly community
- having 11 shops
- 2 bicycling ministry co-op's
- 1 urban mountain bike park
- miles of paved trails, access to multiple mountain bike trails just outside of town
- a few frame builders
- numerous road and mountain teams
- a strong presence and advocating by the WMMBA
- 3 bicycle company headquarters

One of those headquarters is us, one are our friends at Slingshot Bikes. They recently were featured on the Rapid Growth website, as PJ, Aaron and John are set to bring Slingshot back into the limelight. One of there projects is the DD-M1, which we were glad to see have the new Blunt SL's put on it. Be sure to check out Slingshot when you get a chance.

5.20.2011

Velocity Online Store Maintenance!

Hopefully you've already visited our online store. If you haven't do it and do it now...

But you won't be able to tomorrow night, Saturday May 22nd from 10pm PST until Sunday May 23rd at 4am PST. The site will be going under some normal maintenance.

Our normal site will be up and running as to help you get your Velocity fix during the late hours of the weekend. We apologize for any inconvenience but take this as a chance to truly dream about your next set of wheels and rims!


To live...

As we close Bike to Work week, a clip from To Live and Ride in LA seems to fit extremely well and Mr. Quick is on some Deep V's so it's hard not to enjoy that... [click the photo below, sorry it's an exclusive clip to the Next Movie].


To Live and Ride in LA has been garnering quite a lot of attention wherever it has been played. Director David Rowe (Fast Friday) puts forth this new documentary feature that 'explores a side of L.A. few outsiders have seen. From races through rush-hour traffic to midnight loft parties, To Live & Ride in L.A. is a fast paced-trip through the busy streets and back-alleys of one of the world's largest cities.' It will be available on DVD and iTunes in a month, be sure to check it out!

To Live & Ride In L.A. OFFICIAL TRAILER from TRAFIK on Vimeo.

5.19.2011

Chacon May Edit

Just got an email from one of our FGFS riders, Michael Chacon, with his latest edit. Has been around the globe and has been going big on Psychos for awhile now. Enjoy.

MICHAEL CHACON MAY 2011 from Michael Chacon on Vimeo.

5.18.2011

More than a banner.

Yes, that's a picture of a Velocity banner. You might have seen one like it at an event you were recently at. Heck, you might have even seen this specific banner if you were at Syllamo's Revenge 125k this past weekend.

We proudly sponsor a number of events around the country and world from everything to polo tournaments to triathlons, with everything in between. At these events and series you have the chance to win wheels, rims, and massive discounts on Velocity products.

So yes, it's a banner but it's more than a banner.

As mentioned above, the picture came from the Syllamo's Revenge race which is part of the NUE Racing Series (which stands for the National Ultra Endurance Racing Series) 11 epic mountain bike races from around the nation, typically around 100 miles of off road goodness. As with any series, there is an overall champion and a long list of people competing to be that rider. About half of the races are sold out but a few still have stops left, ready for you to prove yourself. Check out the links below or under the 'DO' section on the left side of the page for more information on the NUE series and other events Velocity is a part of.

June 4 | Mohican MTB100 | Loudonville, Ohio
June 18 | Lumberjack 100 | Wellston, Michigan
July 16| Breckenridge 100 | Breckenridge, Colorado
July 23 | High Cascades 100 | Bend, Oregon
July 30 | Wilderness 101 | State College, Pennsylvania
August 6 | Pierre’s Hole 100 | Alta, Wyoming
August 20 | Fool’s Gold 100 | Dahlonega, Georgia
September 3 | Park City Point 2 Point | Park City, Utah
September 4 | Shenandoah 100 | Harrisonburg, Virginia

5.17.2011

Story Time.

Today, Jacobi and Ryan have a story or two to show from this past weekend. First, Jacobi:

So, how do I start to describe the Almanzo 100?

First, what is the Almanzo 100? It is an event in southern Minnesota that commemorates the triumphant effort of Almanzo Wilder. If you don’t know who he is, he is the husband of the gal that wrote the Little House on the Prairie books. The actual books not the TV show. I guess this Almanzo fella drove 40 some miles in the worst conditions to save his town from an outbreak of some sort to get medicine. That’s the kind of shit that heroes are made of.

Well I’m no hero and I didn’t save any towns. But, I did finish this race. If you don’t know what it is all about, it is a 100 mile gravel road race that is set in some of the most epic area of southern Minnesota and is absolutely positively self supported. I mean you better bring all of your shit with you. Not only is it self supported, but you have to travel on 97% gravel and have to climb some of the biggest hills I have ever climbed. I’m talking hills that are a mile and a half long with a grade that will make your jeep want to go in low gear. Plus, you have to cross a river at some point that has no bridge. I’m talking epic!!

Now let’s tell you about the day we rode this. Past Almonzo’s have been sunny but not this weekend! It was 45 degrees and we had a 20mph head wind for a good portion of the ride plus rain and sleet. Rain had also been down for most of the night had soaked the course and turned it into mud pit, it made for a muddy day to come.

Once we started the wind was so bad it froze my hands and feet to the point of numbness and we had only been riding for an hour. My choice of clothing was limited at best, I was not thinking this was going to be
that kind of ride and did not bring my whole arsenal of goodies. Thank god, for the first stop is was a little town called Preston, that was the saving grace for me. I was shivering and my mind was saying 'this is bad Jeff'. Word was spreading about a short cut that would take you back to Spring Valley but my riding buddy Ryan was not having it! He was the voice of reason. Plus what kind of pussy would I be if we drove all this way and didn’t get the 100? So after pacing up and down the isles of this little grocery store for about what seemed like a day I came up with a MacGyver fix!

I bought a box of trash bags and some gardening gloves. The trash bag was to be made into a poncho! And the gloves well, they went over my fingerless gloves that weren’t cutting it. You should have seen me I was shivering and hovering around hypothermia. It was not cool! Once I had my bag over my body and the gloves on, life was getting better! At this point, 20 or more people were already hitching rides back to the start. Bunch of pansies! But, Ryan and I soldiered on.

We had 60 plus miles to go and I was thinking 'why I am doing this!!' but as the ride progressed and my body temp got higher, life got better. Hell, I was even laughing! I think I was a bit out of my head. Once we hit the 65 mile check point you could mentally feel that the worst was behind you. That was a huge boost, exactly what I needed to finish strong. The last portion of the race was probably the hardest because of exhaustion and the hills kept getting tall and longer. Out of all of the hills I was able to pedal up all except one. At some points I could have walked fas
ter than pedaling my bike, but then I couldn’t say that I only had to walk one hill. If riding 100 miles wasn’t tough enough I really wanted to get all of the hills. Just cause. But, the one that I pushed up, got most folks.

Well we finished. We were not first, but not last. 92nd out of 177 folks that showed up. Out of those 177 people only 150 actually finished and 750 signed up for it. That means a lot of people woke up and looked out side that day, and said 'NO WAY! I’m not riding in that crap'. But, hey we drove 500 plus mile to do this thing. So it was going down either way.

Would I do it again? Sure. But, I have to say, it would be easier on a bike a little bit newer. If you don’t know what rode? Well, it is my Iver Johnson that was built in the 1920’s with a coaster brake and a 71 gear inch. Let’s just say I was thinking I would be a badass and see what I could do. I will never learn. But, after this event I truly feel that I could accomplish a lot on a bike. It was the most grueling 100 miles of my life and looking back I wouldn’t want to do it any other way. My bike is now completely trashed and needs a complete restoration. And I have not quiet gotten the feeling back in my finger tips. But, what a freaking epic ride. If you have ever been to the Venetian Casino in Vegas and have seen those people that are all white and are supposed to be statues. That is what we looked like after this race. I feel bad for the people who had to clean up the grocery store and the hotel.

Thanks Chris Skogan, for putting on this event. I think it will truly become a classic. And if you have to prove how bad ass you are on a bike this is by far the way to do it! See you next year. And I’m brin
g more people to see how truly bad ass this course was. I can’t express it in words. 35mph plus, downhills on gravel! Need I say more?

_

Now, Ryan's thoughts...

As we made our way to the start line I overheard someone say “well, looks like we’re at about 41deg”. The temp wouldn’t reach the daytime high of 45 deg until around the half way mark. Did I mention that it was raining pretty steadily as well? OK, so you’re cold and wet before the start but how bad could it be? I thought to myself “I’m sure we’ll get warmed up soon after the start.”

The landscape looks flat and wide open but that is deceiving. You see, in Michigan we go uphill before we go down hill. In Spring Valley Minnesota you ride along the rolling farm fields until you drop into a river valley and the valleys are deep. You descend at around 38mph until you get to the river. At that point you’re out of the wind and life is good but the inevitable climb out of the valley is just ahead. These climbs are steep and fairly long.

So we started peddling and the rain kept coming. I don’t remember that last time I rode in 45deg rain but I do know that I always underestimate just how cold it is. We turned onto the gravel (I would guess that there is less than three miles of pavement in the entire race) and I looked at
Jacobi and started to laugh. It was apparent that the day was going to require a fair amount of effort. We were fresh and had positive attitudes but the cold was beginning to take its toll. The first and only town with supplies was Preston at the 38mile mark. When we reached Preston the temp had reached a balmy 44deg. Jacobi’s hands were in bad shape and we were both cold and wet. We climbed off the bike at the Preston store and I heard a Hell Yah! It was Jeff Frane and thought to myself hey, we’ll just hook up with him and finish this sucker off. Not the case. There was a large group off people that were bailing on the race he was one of them. I’m not trying to call you out man. It’s just when you see strong riders throwing in the towel it really gets in your head. There were so many people asking the store manager for directions back to Spring Valley via pavement that he posted a map on the door. We stayed at the store, fighting off hypothermia and getting psyched out by people bailing for and hour and a half. After buying dishwashing gloves and trash bag rain coats we decided to get back in the saddle and finish this thing.

Jacobi had lost his cue cards a long way back but I still had mine so we were not worried. That is until we got to the second turn and I realized that my cards were neatly placed on the bench at the Preston store. This was a very uneasy feeling. In fact it was a little scary. We were committed to another 62 miles and had no directions. Luckily we ran across another guy named Jeff and he got us to up to a group of riders that were more than happy to take care of us. The rain was starting to let up and the out look was getting more and more positive. The next thirty miles or so to the checkpoint are kind of a blur. Lots fields, valleys, headwinds, and climbs but we were feeling better and the pace seemed to be increasing. The roads were still muddy but that was beginning to seem sort of fun.

After the checkpoint it was a short thirty miles of big climbs, seasonal roads, and a water crossing. We made it to the finish around seven thirty pm with a great feeling of accomplishment. Not because of our race time (which was actually a little disappointing) but because of the mental challenge that he had overcome. Cold to the point of concern and unfamiliar terrain really took its toll but we had made it. And I would do it again in a heart beat.

_

A few pictures from Ryan from the day. Some stellar photos by Cycleture on the event go here or checkout Jeff Frane's post on All City's blog.







5.16.2011

Sayings from Last Thursday.


Last Thursday we had a company outing to Grand Rapids' very own Class A baseball club, the White Caps. Needless to say it was a great night for all of us. A nice ride up to the stadium, some time on the docks before the game, stellar seats at the game and all ending with a fire at Ryan's to close down the night. We couldn't help but not record a few of the great sayings that got tossed around throughout and a share few photos.

Sure there's context to these statements but enjoy...

'A lot of people compare me to Kung Fu' - JB

'I'm a little shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-low' - Rach

'I'm gonna get a ball, even if I have to punch a kid' - Alo [important to note: goal achieved and no children were harmed in receiving one of the game balls]

'Were your parents brother and sister?' - JB

'Your girlfriend just added me on Facebook' - Ry

'Call my condo, your mom will fix those pants' - MD


And many more but some things stay in house. But as they say a picture is worth a thousand words; so here is at least 8,000....








5.12.2011

Spot that Deep V

The past weekend was the Ladies Army Bike Polo tournament down in Austin, Texas. We were a proud sponsor of this event and from the looks of it the local Austin news station came to check it out even though there wasn't mention of the tournament in the video. Regardless, it's a great segment plus we can play a game with it called 'Spot that Deep V'!

5.10.2011

Truth on a Bench.

We've talked in the past about all the truth that lies with your local bike shop mechanic or at least on his or her bench. This note has been in our Wheel Department bench for at least the last 2 years and probably longer. Regardless, it's truth is timeless...

5.04.2011

Your Dad...

Just stumbled onto the site 'Dads are the Original Hipsters' and couldn't help but enjoy reading it. Then I read this gem and it seemed appropriate to share:



Your dad donned cycling caps before you did and he has the bike sweat-filled brim to prove it. Back when Lance Armstrong was swinging two deep and Velocity was only a term used to reference speed, your dad was hyping bike brands on his head. He would flip the shit out of that brim so all the pedal honies could see his laser gaze. He was raw, unbridled, rolling seduction that left a contrail of masculinity with every crank turn.

So hipsters, next time you’re dick up to a bike seat on a fixie, flashing velo gang colors on the brim of your “trying to hard to be original” hat, remember this…

You’ll always be training wheels in comparison to your dad.

_

TRUTH.