Category Archives: Speedvagen
Speedvagen’s Ready Made Urban Racer

The Urban Racer sure did make waves around here when it was launched back in 2015. Like all of Speedvagen’s bikes, it was a bespoke, handmade-in-Portland frame, with all the details we’ve come to expect from the Vanilla Workshop. However, many people didn’t see the value in the Urban Racer. The debate was heated.

Well, now you can get an Urban Racer as part of Speedvagen’s Ready Made program, with a stock build and base pricing down to $3495. You might be inclined to say “that’s still a lot of money for a coaster brake city bike”. And it is. But for some, it might be just what they needed to get in the door on one of these stripped down beauties.

Check out some more photos below, and get the details on the Ready Made Urban Racer at Speedvagen.


Jun 29, 2017 14 comments
The Speedvagen OG Classic

After the reaction that beautiful Speedvagen we posted a couple of weeks back received, the Vanilla Workshop decided to offer it as a build option for a limited time. The OG Classic comes with a Campagnolo Potenza groupset and other modern, yet classic looking components. You can head over to the Vanilla Workshop to read more…

Jun 2, 2017 21 comments
The Eleven Bikes of the 2017 Paul Camp Builder Fleet

Paul Camp is a magical week where Paul Component Engineering invites journalists from all over the US to check out their day to day operations through a series of hands-on workshops. Each journalist is assigned a CNC machine, or workstation and is taught the skills needed to machine brakes, stems, and other components. From there, they camp out on the property, eat sandwhiches and run the machines 24 hours a day, in shifts. This gives the employees of Paul a chance to ride during the week. Everybody wins!

Just kidding. In reality, Paul gives the journalists a tour of the shop, where he walks them through the process of fabricating everything in the Paul Component Engineering catalog. From there, they are able to select a bike from one of eleven builders and go on a ride in the hills of Chico. Swimming usually ensues, along with a Sierra Nevada Brewery tour, some dinner and then everyone goes home. It’s a rad time, or at least I’ve heard it is, because each year, for one reason or another, I cannot attend this Bicycle Journalist Spring Break.

Feeling like I owe Mr. Paul something, not only because we’re friends, but because he had these eleven bikes just hanging out, waiting for a proper photoshoot, I planned on heading up to Chico once I got back from my European travels. Last week, I loaded up the truck and drove straight up California for 10 hours until I reached Chico, Paul and these bikes. (more…)

May 30, 2017 53 comments
A Classic Speedvagen with Silver Components

Photos by Bob Huff

Modern steel frames with classic-inspired, silver components are hard to compete with. The latest from the Vanilla Workshop proves just that. This Slate-colored Speedvagen, with Ghost Graphics sports Campagnolo’s Potenza 11-speed groupset, Sim Works bars, Industry 9 wheels and Paul Components quick releases. The build is more suited for longer rides with bigger tires and light wheels. Is this something Speedvagen will offer in the future? Details are foggy at the moment, but for now, let’s check out more crystal clear photos below. (more…)

May 16, 2017 34 comments
Speedvagen and Beckel Canvas: Duffle Set

If you can’t get enough of the Speedvagen aesthetic, then don’t miss out on these duffle bags, constructed from Portland’s own Beckel Canvas, with durable materials, tough construction and the Speedvagen Ichico pattern. See more at Speedvagen.

Apr 17, 2017 1 comment
The Speedvagen Fit Tour is Going to Texas!

Howdy! The folks at Speedvagen will be hosting two Texas rides as preparation for their forthcoming fit tour in March. They’d like to invite Houston and Austin riders to check out the bikes and enjoy some beer.

Tuesday 2/21/17 – HOUSTON morning ride
Start: Bicycle Speed Shop
End: Catalina
Time: 7:30am – 9:30am
Coffee on Speedvagen after!

Thursday 2/23/17 – AUSTIN evening ride
Start/End: Cycleast
Time: 6:00pm (25miles)
Come test ride an Urban Racer and enjoy a round of beers on Speedvagen after!

Check out more information at Speedvagen and sign up for the event by emailing them.

Feb 17, 2017 3 comments
The Vanilla Workshop Surprise Me Art Print

The crew over at the Vanilla Workshop have added some unique products to their online shop, including these Surprise Me art prints. If you or someone you know has a Speedvagen or one on order, this would be the perfect piece of wall art for their bike room. Check out more at the Vanilla Workshop.

Jan 5, 2017 2 comments