I’ve got a few bikes in the review queue coming up, but I had to share these two photos… Don’t worry, there’s more to come soon. Now get out and ride your bike this weekend!
When it comes to custom steel road bikes, It’s safe to say that Speedvagen produces some exceptional machines. Many of these bikes are “Holy Grails” for their owners, who treat these bikes with the utmost care, while riding them every chance they get. In Los Angeles, those rides can take you from Sea Level to 7,903′ at Dawson Saddle and back in one day. There are few places in the USA where you can do that… And you can finish the evening at a museum or sipping on a cocktail.
Jaybe‘s Speedvagen would inspire anyone to get out on the road and push it as hard and as far as they could. With Campagnolo Record 11-speed, Chris King and ENVE wheels, this machine has more than enough performance to take on any ride in LA…
This particular paint scheme was one of my favorites to come from the Vanilla Workshop last year. There’s just something about the Masashi Ichifuru, or “Ichigo”-designed typography, especially with that color palette.
Speedvagen’s Family Racing has some heavy hitters on its roster, including the forever smiling Laura Winberry. Check out this video profiling her as she takes on racing in the Pacific Northwest.
This year, the Leave it on the Road crew left their homes in Portland bound for Los Angeles, California to raise money for City of Hope, a non-profit organization that specializes in patient care, research and education for cancer.
Tara’s part of the Fireflies West, a group of riders based in California. This year, they met Leave it on the Road in SF and completed the ride to Los Angeles with the group. Once they hit Ventura, Woody from Golden Saddle Cyclery met the ride and finished the last leg to Los Angeles, which is where I photographed Tara’s bike.
These Horizon paint schemes have been updated with polka dots and Tara’s baby blue and magenta colors really pop! If you like this design, Speedvagen has opened a special order up for a Leave it on the Road Edition bike, so head over to read more.
Or if you just like completely dialed road machines, check out more in the Gallery.
Stanley is an American staple when it comes to keeping warm beverages warm and with the oncoming winter months bringing along ‘cross season, why not up your Thermos game? Painted to match the new Speedvagen Fall Japan kit, these were designed by long-time Speedvagen friend Masashi Ichifuru (Ichico) and painted right here at The Vanilla Workshop.
-Stainless steel inside
-Powder coated exterior
-17 fl. ounces
Speedvagen and Leave it on the Road have once again teamed up for a charity ride down the PCH. They’ll be riding from Portland to Los Angeles in 12 days. This year, they’ll be raising money for City of Hope’s cancer fighting efforts. To help support LIOTR, Speedvagen once again made custom road bikes for the program leader Michael Tabtabai and six new riders, all of which ride for the Fireflies. You can follow them on their journey on Instagram.
Yesterday, Jonathan and I rode up to the blacktop in Griffith Park to catch the sunset. As we’re sitting there, talking about life and this transition I’m going through, up rolls Bryan and his son Alden in a Burley trailer, being drug up the crazy steep hill by an older Speedvagen team ‘cross bike. It literally happened in slow motion for me. Maybe it was the light, or the fact that a young human being is having the best introduction to cycling. Whatever it was, I was engaged.
Luckily, I had my camera on me from shooting a few photos of Jonathan for the #HotBoyzofCycling calendar, so I was able to capture this moment in the last seconds of sunlight. I love the logos, especially the EDGE logo which really dates this frame. The asymmetric Paul touring canti is a nice touch as well, but like with all Speedvagens, the paint was so good!
I’ve seen a lot of amazing stuff in Los Angeles, but this just made my day…
Without a doubt, the most polarizing bike of the year on the site (thus far) is the Speedvagen Urban Racer. A veritable atavist catalyst, this two-speed internal coaster brake bike is meant to keep you on your toes and out of the saddle the second you throw a leg over it.
Its one caveat is the coaster brake. Fun for around town for sure, but I found after prolonged use, especially in the hot hot hot summer months, once it’s cookin your ability to brake safely is jeopardized. Granted, that’s the fun of it, right? Sure but last month I put on a Paul Klamper disc brake as a bit of added protection. Luckily, since Speedvagen uses an ENVE ‘cross fork on the bike, it was an easy install.
So far, so good and it’s still one of the most fun bikes I’ve ridden… Now it’s just a bit safer.
“The unicorn is a legendary animal that has been described since antiquity as a beast with a large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead. The unicorn was depicted in ancient seals of the Indus Valley Civilization and was mentioned by the ancient Greeks in accounts of natural history by various writers, including Ctesias, Strabo, Pliny the Younger, and Aelian. The Bible also describes an animal, the re’em, which some translations have erroneously rendered with the word unicorn.” Wikipedia
While this bike isn’t as rare as a unicorn (my uncle saw one once in West Virginia on a bootleggin’ run), it’s safe to say that we’d all rather ride atop this bicycle, over a smelly horse with a horn.
Eric is a lucky sonofagun. After having his bike taken from him, he used his insurance money, along with money he had saved up for a custom bike to put a deposit down on a Speedvagen Rugged Road. (more…)
Photos by Andy White
Melbourne is a special place for me, with its unique riding and exceptional local cyclists. Recently, the Vanilla Workshop and Speedvagen took to the road, er air, to hop Down Under for an Australian Fit Tour in Sydney and Melbourne. Behind the lens in the latter was Andy White from FYXO who captured some great moments from Sacha and company’s time at Shifter Bikes and on the streets.
See more at FYXO!