2012 Yankee Springs Time Trial

The 2012 Yankee TT went down last weekend with record turnout.  We upped the swag game this year and donated a set of white Blunt SL wheels and a set of antifreeze green Blunt rims.  Both were well received and two of our own from The Wheel Department logged impressive results.  Ryan took home 11th in the Expert/Elite SS class while Jacobi placed 23rd in the overal Elite class.  Here's what organizer Dennis Murphy had to say about the event...

The 23rd annual Yankee Springs Time Trial was a HUGE success thanks to all the racers and volunteers. 700 racers sold out our pre-registration and another forty racers showed up day-of to participate in the kick-off event of the mountain bike season. We are already considering improvement ideas for 2013 including how to allow for up to 1000 racers!

The weather was cool but mostly clear the whole day. The course was fast and packed due to a short rainstorm during the previous day. Mike Anderson of North Country Cycle Sport crushed the course with what we think is a record time of 1:25:46 for the two lap elite event

Thanks again to title sponsor Velocity for supplying swag - especially the rims and wheelsets won by two excited racers

Steve Makuch won the green Blunt rims and is looking to build them up himself!

Eric Hune was super-excited to win the white Blunt wheelset- notice he's already got a set on his bike.. which he said is now dinged up with a couple years of steady use- the new wheelset is likely already on the bike and been on a trail!


A23 Race Decals

In our last post, we dropped this image of Steve in Jacksonville spinning towards winning on a set of A23 track wheels.

Did anyone guess what the white stripe on the wheel is?  

A23 Race Decals!!!

We developed these graphics for our friends over at Ridley for their 2013 X-Fire Disc model. They asked us to take our A23 'Cross Disc set and make them a bit more 'flash'.  Here's the result...

New USA inspired A23 colors coming soon as well, be on the lookout.


New people, new finishes

Steve isn't just one of our new fabricators down in Jacksonville...besides learning the craft quick & churning out top notch rims, he's quite the bike racer, claiming 1st place non-courier in last year's NACCC in Austin. He's a proud member of 904 Fixed and one of our newest sponsored riders and product testers.

The Wheel Department recently laced up a set of all black A23 rims (24 spoke radial front / 32 spoke 3x rear) to our Standard Track rear and Standard Road front hubs for Steve's upcoming races. He just shot us an update, and training for this year's NACCC in Richmond is in full force.

What do you think that white stripe on the rim is all about???? More on that later!


Old School

These came waltzing back through the door this week. It's been a while since we saw ya, 26" Aero's...welcome home.
These adorned the 'black chrome' Schwinn High Sierra MOS of Nancy Henriksson, sister of Velocity founding brothers, Tom and John Black. Nancy is a bit of a local legend around these parts, as the top female mileage holder in the internationally acclaimed 24-Hour Challenge. Though never ridden in 'The Challenge', these rims undoubtedly served Nancy's training well for many years.

For the historians out there, these are 26" (559) Aero rims, 32 hole in 'Neon Green' finish. The Aero was the only rim in our lineup for many years, and was used for recumbents, mountain bikes and road bikes all the same.

Besides neon green, you could also pick up these beauts in neon yellow, neon pink, and of course...black or silver.


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Photo by Bjørn Olson
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Story Time with Quinn: Redemption

On Thursday, I received a message from Quinn, one of our favorite polo players - but we might be a little bias. We see her now and again, but she also keeps us up to date with where life has been taking her.  Today, sit back... relax... and enjoy Quinn little story of bike redemption.

Hey Velocity!

So I know this isn't polo related, but I have a pretty awesome story for you guys.

In October of 2010 I traded Kona Paddy Wagon that was way too small for me to a friend of mine for a Basso Columbus SL tubed Italian Road bike. The friend had purchased it from one of the local bike shops and road it around for commuting. Unfortunately, it had been stripped of most of its road bike parts and set up as a single speed, but it's still an amazing bike and I'm sure I'll have lots of fun finding old Campy road parts for it. So I made the trade with the friend, and was on my way to setting it up as a road bike.

I got a Cinelli stem for it, threw on my Cinelli road bars, some hooded brake levers and brand new handlebar tape. One of my friends had a Campagnolo road wheel set they were going to sell me so I started saving up for those, and at one of Ann Arbor's bike shops I found an old stock/new stock San Marco rolls white leather seat to match the bike/handlbar tape. After I put the seat on I could not stop riding the bike and I was super excited to race it in the "Night of the Living Tread" halloween themed alley-cat race in Ann Arbor that weekend. Also there was a Cyclocross race happening that weekend that I wanted to ride out to and check out the races.

But unfortunately on Friday October 29, 2010 a few of my friends and myself were out party hopping and we made a pit-stop on the way home at one of the cafe's I used to work at to go to the bathroom. I set the Basso right next to the front door with the u-lock locked to through the frame and front wheel, walked inside stood right next to the door waved to my ex-coworkers that my friends were using the bathroom and kept a close eye on my bike as literally 1 foot and a glass door blocked us. I turned towards one of my friends who had asked me something for literally 1 minute and turned back around to go outside and the bike was gone.

It had felt like my life flashed before my eyes in those 5 seconds of standing there realizing it was gone when I went into "child was just kidnapped from mother" mode and literally rampaged around downtown Ann Arbor all night long looking for it. We called the police, reported it stolen and for the next months I gave pictures of it to the police and my friends that worked downtown, I went to every single bike shop and left a photo and told them about it, spent hours on end everyday searching for it. I was super devastated and really mad at myself for that happening, but I never stopped looking literally up until yesterday when I received a text message from my best friend telling me to check my Facebook.

I was at bike polo so I sat out a couple games to figure out what was going on, check my facebook and saw that Matt Klute (a polo player in Ann Arbor) had posted a status that said "Just found Quinn's Basso".

I screamed so loud when I saw that and immediately called him. He said some bro had road past the Jimmy John's that Matt works at and Matt had stopped him asked him where he got that bike, took it back from him and apparently the "bro" had said that him and his friend were super black out drunk that one halloween and stole the bike that night. I asked Matt the condition of the bike he said it isn't rusty at all, and every single part I had on there including my clip less pedals that the bro had just been riding around with normal shoes on are still there.

I couldn't be happier, and I am so excited to see the Basso again when Matt brings it to the Bench Minor tournament in two weeks for me. When I get the bike back I am definitely taking it on one hell of a bike ride, and continuing to build it back up into a road bike like it should be.

I attached the only photo of it that I have. Luckily It was taken the day I bought the seat for it/the day before it got stolen.