Making bikes has been difficult with the pandemic halting raw material production and making it difficult to build bikes in the USA but after a year-long hiatus, VYNL Bikes is back with three frame models, all US-made from 7005 aluminum tubing and in three models: rim brake road, disc road, and gravel disc. Each frame can be coated in dozens of color options and finishes, making your bike unique. Head on over to familiarize yourself with the new VYNL lineup!
Good on VYNL doing something to help out the hurricane relief effort!
“VYNL Fights teamed up with two primo local artists from Texas and Miami to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma climb out and rebuild. All the proceeds of each poster will go to either the American Red Cross, or a local (and vetted) charity.”
In case you can’t decide, VYNL also gives the option to get both posters at once. See more on these two designs below.
How’s a bit of flair to benefit charities for your Friday?
“VYNL Fights is back in time for the Tour de France, this time pairing up with artist Jesse LeDoux for a King of the Mountains pin that will help make sure the mountains remain epic for future generations to enjoy.
Made in the USA, all proceeds from each pin purchased go towards one of five planet-loving charities of your choice: The Sierra Club, 1% For the Planet, The Carbon Fund, The National Forest Foundation or The Environmental Defense Fund”
Scoop one up at VYNL!
Photos by Ben Frederick
For those of you holding off on buying a VYNL road frameset for a Di2 option, your day has come. After designing the frame with a threaded (T47) BB shell that allows you to run a quality bottom bracket setup and route internal wiring past 30mm crank spindles due to a specially-engineered and machined internal grooves in the shell. VNYL will do this for their cross frameset as well… Check out more of photos of this beautiful frameset below and more details at VYNL.
Collaborations with a good cause!
“VYNL Fights is a limited edition run of artist collaboration pieces that support various relevant causes we feel are important.
With the VYNL Fights + RJ Rabe collaboration, 100% of the proceeds will go towards the International Rescue Committee’s emergency appeal to help the thousands of refugees left stranded in the wake of the current political US crisis. ”
Scoop up one at VYNL.
On Saturday, I received a DM on Instagram from a kid named Zach who had just built up a new VYNL road bike. It was the first VYNL to use masked decals, not stickers and from what I could see, looked to be a slick build. I told Zach to come by GSC and I’d love to shoot photos of it. Little did I know Zach would roll through at mile 70 during his ride, in the complete opposite direction he needed to be going. That’s what “new bike day” does to you though…
As mentioned earlier, VYNL is now offering masked decals, straight from the paint booth. Zach’s is built up with Ultegra and Ritchey components and is very no-nonsensical. After riding various carbon bikes over the years, he missed the way aluminum road bikes felt and started looking. VYNL was at the top of his list, so he placed an order and waited.
The end result is what many would consider a damn beautiful bicycle and clearly, Zach is loving it!
Way back before Instagram, there was a cycling team in Austin called Team Wooly Mammoth. Known for their completely ridiculous web videos and loud cycling kits, this rag tag group of racers were rumored to even go to tanning beds in their kits to get the crispiest lines. They even donned an all-white kit, which upon placing the order, the apparel company warned of the finished product being “see-through.” To which the two founding members of Wooly Mammoth, Patrick @UltraTradition and Benedict @UltraRomance responded with “… annnnnd?”
Their sense of humor intact, Wooly Mammoth continued to race and look good, while making more videos. Six years ago, “I Am Romancer” struck the internet like lightening on a windmill in West Texas. While future Wooly videos would embrace black metal and nonsensical battle scenes, “I Am Romancer” spoke about the soul of a bicycle and the machismo surrounding the romanticism of the bicycle. Warning: some of those videos might be NSFW, depending on your work environment.
Fast forward to 2016. Ultra Romance is a cult-hero of bicycle nomads and Ultra Tradition has moved to Portland, Oregon, where he’s working with Jeremy and Julie Dunn of the Athletic to help grow Wooly Mammoth into not only a race team, but a brand. When the Athletic contacted VYNL Bikes to make a modern day Romancer ‘cross bike, painted to match the newest Wooly Mammoth designs, they jumped right on it. The completed bike, as shown here, brand spankin’ new, would be Jeremy’s Grinduro bike…
While it looks good all clean with its Zipp and SRAM parts, the bike looked much, much better, dusty and dirty on course. Oh and that North Street Bar Bag ain’t too shabby either!
VYNL made a splash with its made in the USA aluminum road bikes last year and now, they’re ready for dirt. These new CX frames are made by Frank the Welder from 7005 butted aluminum, feature a threaded BB, 135mm rear spacing, thru axles, 44mm head tube, and fit 40mm tires. You also have an option to include a ENVE Disc CX Fork, and can chose from six colors. For more information and to put down a deposit, head to VYNL. If you’re a local dealer, leave your information in the comments.