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
Time: 7:30am – 9:30am
Coffee on Speedvagen after!
Thursday 2/23/17 – AUSTIN evening ride
Time: 6:00pm (25miles)
Come test ride an Urban Racer and enjoy a round of beers on Speedvagen after!
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.
Ever since first reviewing the All-City Mr. Pink and then the lavender Speedvagen OG1, I really wanted a steel road bike again. After some finagling, I managed to buy an OG1 frameset, along with a few painted-to-match parts from the Vanilla Workshop. Now, since the OG1 is a ready-made, off-the-shelf geometry, it’s not as pricey as the other Speedvagen frames. I also didn’t feel the need to go custom for this frameset, since the OG1’s stock geometry fit me pretty well. All I needed was a spacer under the stem to get the same reach and extension as my Argonaut road bike.
For me, a road bike is the simplest tool in my quiver. There are no rack mounts, no disc brakes, it’s just a straight-forward road machine. (more…)
The team at the Vanilla Workshop are taking the fit tour to the east coast and brining a full size fleet of OG-1 bikes with them. Here’s a promotional video and if you’d like to arrange a test ride on an OG-1, simply email them.
Photo by Andy White
The Speedvagen Fit Tour has been all over in the past few years, and this time it’s heading to the East Coast of the US, with stops in NYC, DC and NC. Be sure you check out the shops and dates below and see more information at the Vanilla Workshop! (more…)
Photo by Kyle Kelley
Since reviewing the Speedvagen OG1, I really wanted to own one, but as a frame. As of now, if you recall, the OG1 only comes as a complete. Yet after a few emails, I was able to finagle one out of the Vanilla Workshop and two weeks later, it arrived. Not sure if this will be something Vanilla offers in the future, yet their comment on Instagram leads me to believe it might be an option in 2017. Or you could holler at them and beg like I did.
The guys at Golden Saddle will be building this up in the next week, with SRAM Rival and some Chris King special bits…
Each year, Speedvagen offers up a Surprise Me! option for their road and ‘cross bikes. This year’s models feature bright gradients and polka dots, building over previous year’s designs, with three color palette options. When you order a Speedvagen, you can choose your paint, or you can tell them, Surprise Me! Head over to Speedvagen for more information.
The Vanilla Workshop has multiple tiers in terms of frameset design and production. At the highest tier is a Vanilla. These are 100% custom, lugged beauties made entirely by Sacha White. Their wait list is so long, it’s not even worth mentioning. Then on the more readily-available tier is a Speedvagen frameset. These used to be only available as a 100% custom geometry with multiple options from paint, ranging from a simple, single color with detail hits to complex, “Surprise Me” paint jobs that are so wild, they’ve inspired how other builders tackle paint design.
Now, Speedvagen has a third option in its pricing catalog: the OG1 road frameset. These are stock frames, already painted and in stock now, ready to ship to you in days or weeks, not months. The OG1 also carries a pricetag that won’t make you choke on your morning breakfast, when it comes to a made in the USA frame anyway.
The OG1 is still made 100% by hand in the Vanilla Workshop and it’s painted in house with a custom Speedvagen design, usually two per year with the first year’s designs being limited to a matte lavender or a burly-looking matte olive drab! It’s obvious which color you’re seeing here.
These frames are a deal, but there’s a catch… (more…)
Our buddy Jeff Curtes is an exceptional photographer and part of the Speedvagen family. Living in Sydney means ‘cross season is here and this season he’s racing for MAAP, an Australian apparel company. When Jeff told me about his new team bike, I requested some photos. It sounded like an awesome build with Di2, a race geometry and no bottle bosses. Yeah…
I can’t even begin to paraphrase Jeff’s words, so check them out below, along with more photos! (more…)