Category Archives: Speedvagen
Fuck Yeah Olive Drab

I once made a comment about having too many olive drab bikes, to which a good friend replied “better than too many purple bikes…” Touché.

Tools of the trade:
Leica M7
Zeiss 35mm f2
Portra 400

Jul 16, 2015 19 comments
Speedvagen: Golden Urban Racer

If there was ever to be a gilded knight in the Speedvagen guard, it would have to be the Urban Racer. This bike was the most polarizing figure in the small framebuilding community that I can remember. I will say however, over the past few weeks, I’ve seen a number of people take the Urban Racer platform as inspiration to build their own budget versions. When’s the last time you can recall a small side project like the UR have an effect like that?

After the initial release, Sacha and the folks at Speedvagen made this insane gilded Urban Racer for a client and the photos pop like the Vegas skyline.

Sure, this bike isn’t for everyone, but can all appreciate something as insane as this, right? And it’s made by hand in Portland, Oregon. Check out more photos at the Speedvagen Flickr.

Jul 6, 2015 10 comments
Speedvagen: What is the Urban Racer?

Quite simply put:

The Urban Racer is the latest offering in the Speedvagen line, lightweight with nimble handling and dialed race fit geometry. Designed as a super commuter, getting you around town as fast as possible. Minimal, modern and shred ready, the Urban Racer is the answer for the discerning cyclist who wants to go fast and take chances in the city.”

Great video Field Theory Pictures!

Jun 2, 2015 26 comments
Introducing the Speedvagen Urban Racer

The Speedvagen Urban Racer. How can I even begin here? These bikes are… uh. Well, they’re kinda completely ridiculous. They’re not a traditional commuter bike, a cruiser, or a touring bike. They’re not meant to be loaded down with gear, or to be casually ridden around a park. Like a cafe racer of the bicycle world, these rigs are stripped down machines, meant to be ridden like a rocket… on 27.5 wheels and 43mm tires. Skids anyone?


Jun 2, 2015 175 comments
California Dreaming on the 2015 Speedvagen Fit Tour

The most essential component in a custom bicycle is the fit. It’s difficult to have an in-person fit experience these days with customers ordering from across the country or around the globe. Because of this, builders will chose to rely on either previous bicycle’s geometries or body charts. While it is possible to hit the nail on the head with these metrics, having the proper fit can be difficult without letting a builder witness how your body relates to the bicycle and vice versa. Hence the Speedvagen Fit Tour. Bringing the builder to the customer.

For Speedvagen and Sacha White, the owner of the Vanilla Workshop, fit is paramount for frame design and execution. In short: a bicycle should fit like a tailored suit. Every millimeter counts. Sacha’s fit philosophy is obsessive, thorough and merits a total fit experience. One that coincidentally, has been mobile for the past few weeks as it took to the road in California.


May 14, 2015 61 comments
Lay Waste

Photo by Morgan Meredith

LA has been rad for various reasons. One of which has been figuring out how to talk about this #UrbanRacer. So far Morgan has shot the best photo of the bike which I will discuss more in depth at a later date, but tonight we went up to a spot in Los Angeles to recreate it and came out with a completely different shot.

A shot that I’m still really vibin’ with. Lay waste…

May 11, 2015 4 comments
On the Road This Week with Speedvagen

Yesterday, after a morning of delays trying to get from Austin to Portland, Billy picked me up at the PDX airport in the Speedvagen tank, loaded with bikes, merch and other surprises. As you can imagine, riding in or driving an old armored money truck from Portland from SF will take a few days, so we’re making a few stops along the way to see friends.

I’ll be updating the site daily, and you can follow @TheVanillaWorkshop on Instagram for other, on-the-road updates.

We hope to see everyone at SF on Saturday night as well!

Apr 29, 2015 7 comments
Speedvagen Party at Mission Workshop this Saturday

We’re en route to San Francisco in the Speedvagen tank, preparing for the Mission Workshop party this Saturday for a night of bikes, music and beer. If you can make it out, we’d love to have you! Here’s all that’s happening while we’re in town:

Saturday, May 2nd ride:
Ride with Rapha from the Cycleclub
Meet up 8AM, Roll out at 8:30
Coffee provided by Four Barrel.
Expect a 2-3 hour no drop ride.

Saturday, May 2nd party:
Mission Workshop from 6-10PM
Free Fort Point Beer and secured valet bike parking
There will be Speedvagens on display.
Drinks, and unseen art from Chris McNally from the Vanilla Collection
Bike parking will be provided by MW and Vanilla Workshop.

Apr 29, 2015 Comments are OFF