Thank you again. Attached a few pictures.
A very, very happy Vikram
Thank you again. Attached a few pictures.
A very, very happy Vikram
Ongoing and exclusively generated by readers(riders) suggestions, this is a compendium of places around the world to get a great cup of coffee and maybe run into a fellow cyclist or two, maybe even one on a Speedvagen or Vanilla.
East of the Mississippi:
Matt: High Five Coffee: Asheville, NC
VeloChamp: “Buddy Brew Coffee here in Tampa, FL. Great folks, phenomenal single-origin coffee roasted in house.”
California (Bay Area):
Nick: Equator Coffee – Mill Valley, CA
Ray: Sweet Maria’s – Oakland, CA
Shawn: Cartel – Tempe, AZ “Just off Arizona State’s campus, very bike friendly, beans roasted in house.”
Tyler: Austin, TX “Once Over or Houndstooth are my most regular spots. D1 and Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shops both have the in-house coffee shop thing going on making it easy to grab an espresso before a shop ride.”
Kim: Mudsmith on Lower Greenville here in Dallas. Don’t know if you’ll see the elusive lone Dallas Speedvagen there or not, but they have great coffee (Four Barrel) and serve local beer, to boot!
West of the Rockies:
Carl: AMANTE up on North Broadway in Boulder, CO. A good place to hook up for a ride also.
Shorelocal: Musette Caffe for anyone visiting Vancouver, BC
Chris: It’s a little ‘provincial’ down here in the Garden of England. Good coffee is starting to find it’s way through though. My fave cafe stops are ‘Brunch‘ in Canterbury and ‘Eden‘ in Maidstone both in Kent and well placed to service riders wish in to follow the route if Stage 1 of the 2007 tour.
Arne: Tim Wendelboe, Grunerløkka, Oslo, Norway
Jon (@twotoneatl): While he’s admittedly the “new guy” in Amsterdam he has a knack for finding great spots. The FietsKantine, Lot Sixtyone Roasters and The WestergasFabriek (around12:30 on Sundays). Also, #RollCallAMS ride starts from Coffee Company Treublaan at 8am on Friday’s!
@AdelaideArchitect: Hey Jupiter in Adelaide, South Australia
Justin: ”Nothing compares to Single Origin Roasters in Surry Hills, Sydney NSW. A cup of Java that is second to none.”
We are offering this 2013 Vanilla road frame set for sale. It’s roughly a 48cm, (see specs below), and features our SL (SuperLight) tubing set from Columbus. This is a one of a kind bike, built by Sacha, Vanilla’s founder and lead builder. With hand carved and thinned lugs throughout and polished stainless steel “V” dropouts this is an example of the quintessential Vanilla road bike and the best of what Sacha does as a craftsman.
This frame set includes a matching fork with hand carved crown lugs and a brushed, nickel-plated custom stem. Meticulous paint work by Coat Paint Shop highlights the subtle details you’ll discover more of each time you ride. Stainless steel in the high wear and tear areas (drive side chain stay, dropouts and water bottle bosses) is as functionally significant as it is elegant. You’ll also notice primer-only where the brakes mount to the fork and to the seatstay bridge as well as the front drops. This is a small touch that makes for greater durability in these paint-chip-prone areas.
This bike is built to be a good stage race machine. This means it’ll be comfortable for long days in the saddle, it will descend at speed with confidence and it will be balanced and predictable while climbing. You can expect clearance for at least a 700x28c tire.
The light cream base with stark white panels make for an unusual take on this classic race bike scheme. Burnt red fill and navy graphics. The red fills the “V” on the fork crown, bottom bracket, stem and lug cut-outs. Navy and red accents are found throughout the frame and fork as well.
Top Tube Length(C-C): 520.7
Seat Tube Length(C-C): 505
Head Tube Length: 99.6
Chain Stay Length: 413
Head Tube Angle: 71.6
Seat Tube Angle: 73.5
Bottom Bracket Drop: 75
Stem Length: 90
Stem Angle: -9
Stem Clamp: 26
Steerer Clamp Length: 43
Full build packages are available at very competitive pricing.
Model: Speedvagen Team CX
Color: Gold team scheme
Specs: (Custom sizing)
TT: 51.7cm (C – C)
Saddle Height Range: 642-657
Speedvagen x ENVE carbon seat tube (Upgrade) - Included
Speedvagen x ENVE carbon post head painted to match (Upgrade) - Included
Speedvagen Integrated x ENVE Cross Stem (Upgrade) – Included
ENVE cross fork - Included
Internal Di2 routing for external battery (Upgrade) - Included
Model: Speedvagen Team CX
Color: Gold team scheme
Specs: Stock 52cm
Price $2600 SOLD
Our team photographer/teammate/international ambassador/super hero, Jeff Curtes, is one of the most amazingly sincere, talented and energetic people I have ever met. So, it should come as no surprise that he not only raced at Nationals in his masters category, finishing 29th/100, but also did Vanilla proud in the SS race the day before with his brother and fellow Vanilla/Speedvagen family member, Mike. All in a days work right?!
Well, then he spent all day Sunday engaged in his other passion. The one that has paid the bills for the last 20+ years. Shooting amazing photographs of athletes and adventurers pushing their physical and mental abilities to the limit and then digging for a little more. And that’s where you’ll find Jeff, at that place, in that moment. The real treat is hearing from him about it later, he’s so humbled and thankful for having been there, it’s really special.
Anyway, he took a some of those photos this weekend in Boulder, CO and has asked me to share them with you here. Of course, the pleasure is mine. Enjoy!
-We are hiring for a Shop Assistant -
The Vanilla Workshop has been building bicycles by hand right here, in Southeast Portland, for 15-years. The Workshop houses three brands: Vanilla Bicycles one of a kind and built by Sacha, founder and lead builder; Speedvagen, our small batch race bike brand; and Coat Paint Shop, painting and powder coating for independent bicycle frame builders including Vanilla and Speedvagen.
We do a lot of things here at The Vanilla Workshop. At the core of what’s going on are the design, innovation and refinement of the bicycles we make from scratch for our customers. Equally important to us though, is standard of living, happiness and fulfillment. This means having a quality of life that allows for time spent with family and friends doing the things that bring us joy. We like to stay active and have fun. Whether that’s a run together at lunchtime or an impromptu BBQ in front of the shop on a sunny afternoon, we enjoy each other’s company and believe quality comes from caring about what you do.
We’re looking for someone who is organized, energetic, and hardworking. Someone who likes challenges, learning new things, follows through, is good-natured and who feels at home in a shop environment. A mantra at our shop is that if it isn’t going to be 100% not going to do it. As part of this, we will hire someone who is particular about detail and comfortable shifting between various tasks.
- Checking in incoming frames and parts to paint cards
- Preparation of masking materials including weeding
- Prepping incoming frames for paint including masking and plugging.
- Media blasting
- Sanding primer
- Polishing, finish and buffing
- Cleaning and organization of paint shop on paint days
- Clean, measure and mark tubes for cutting and drilling
- Drilling for braze-ons and braze-on mock up
- Pre-polish and polishing small parts and dropouts
- Pre-fabrication parts prep (bead blasting, cleaning, fluxing)
- Brush & polish stainless
- Pre-paint and post-paint prep
- Cleaning and organization of fabrication floor on fabrication days
- Support machine maintenance
Shop & Office Maintenance:
- Regularly sweep and dust entry area, bathroom, shop and paint areas
- Stock bathroom and kitchen
Back Up on Shipping and Receiving
- Pick and pack orders
- Ship orders
- Check in inventory
This job is going to be a good fit for you, and us, if you’re into bikes and love to learn how things are put together. You’re probably attracted to really excellent custom paint and metal work on bicycles, classic cars and pre-war motorcycles. You’ll like to get things done and have ideas about how to make them better. You also need to be able to lift a case of hand grenades, or about 50lbs.
Pay and benefits:
This is an entry-level position and base pay starts at $9.50 per hour. We have a good benefits package including 100% paid health insurance, profit sharing, and paid time off.
If you feel that you’re a good fit, please apply by email. Send a one-page resume and cover letter describing your work and life experience as it applies to this position, including any experience in the bike frame building or fabrication environments. In the body of the email, state the length of your last two jobs and the amount of time you’ve spent working in a workshop environment. Please send your application materials in .pdf format to:
The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 22, 2014.
I never know quite what I’m going to feel when cyclocross season ends here. It seems, based on previous years, that it can go one of three ways: (more…)
The origins of this new Vanilla kit are anchored somewhere between the 60′s and Now. Or, more precisely, a combination of both. I’m a sucker for beautiful colors and simplicity of design. It’s so easy to do too much and when you factor in the modern technology of graphics sublimation there’s no limit to what one can shoehorn onto their kit.
Back in the day team names and sponsor logos were either embroidered on, or patches were sewn/ironed on. What you ended up with were very blocky and fairly standard fonts. Colors were mostly limited to big chunks of the jersey i.e. side panels, maybe arm bands, or complete sleeves. A panel across the chest was common. There was a lot of variation from team to team, but the common thread (ignore the pun) was that the apparel of each team was reflective of the time and a product of the available technology. Machines were basic (cars were made of formed steel sheets and you could look under the hood and identify each part of the engine). Materials were basic, (wool was common) and the aesthetic was, as a result, more pure. Maybe we’re desensitized now and we need a lot more of everything to entertain us, including lots of names, nebulous shapes and fades on our bike clothing. Or maybe we just had to push and push until we found the edge – and then we have to come back from the edge to a place that is good and tasteful.
Despite using modern materials and construction for the new Vanilla Team kit, I wanted to retain the purity of the good old days. The hard man days. The forging things with your hands days. The colors are vivid and true to Vanilla’s pallette. The design’s not challenging; its easy to understand and it’ll be easy to wear. And though you can’t tell in the drawing, we’ll be doing our own stainless Vanilla head badge zipper pull as well as other craft touches to infuse these garments with the specialness that you expect from our workshop.
New for 2014, our Horizon paint scheme offers lots of different options for road and cross machines both. Light and airy, down and dirty… you can do anything with this scheme. A little background; it evolved from the 2012 Surprise Me! cross and 2013 Surprise Me! road schemes. We wanted some depth but didn’t want it to feel heavy. We kept the horizontal stripes and simplified them, grounding the bike with a foundation color. A hit of pop-color through the middle is striking but not overwhelming. Typically this scheme is topped off with a lighter top color though it takes deeper hues well too.
We’ve put together a few examples for you here, click an image to launch a full gallery for each bike. Our long time photographer, Bob Huff shot all of these.
We design the Speedvagen road bikes to be good stage race machines. They are comfortable for long days in the saddle and very stable at high speeds. When riding curvy roads, the bike feels better and more fun the faster it goes.
We design and build the Speedvagen cross bikes to be great mud machines; stable through the transitions, balanced around the hairpins and quick, to power past when you get the holeshot. Off the course they love a fresh forest service or gravel access road alike.
I love dispelling rumors, especially when doing so might totally stoke someone out. Specifically, I’m talking about the Speedvagen wait list.
We are actively accepting deposits for Speedvagen 2014, right now. Road and cross both. Give a call or check out our Order page. Questions? Take a look here for some answers or shoot an email to Jenn: firstname.lastname@example.org.