Apr 27  |  Statistics 4-27-2012

Posted by , April 27th, 2012 at 5:07PM    

Between our pain(t) shop and our frame shop, there are currently 7 of us. What happens here other than building and painting bikes? Our domestic side? Here are our stats:

TRANSPORTATION:
rode bike: 4 (26.5 round trip miles)
drove: 2

CONSUMED:
beverages
cups of coffee: 9
cups of tea: 1

food
bought lunch: 4
burrito, burrito, burrito, cookie, cookie, apple, yogurt, steak tacos)
brown bagged it: 2
(sandwich, banana, yogurt)

MUSIC:
Sam Cooke Pandora Station

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Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen

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Sloop John B – Beach Boys

HOURS SPENT:
Metal fabrication: 11
Design: 10
Painting: 12.75
Administration: 21.25
Cleaning: 1

Apr 26  |  Statistics 4-26-2012

Posted by , April 26th, 2012 at 5:19PM    

Between our pain(t) shop and our frame shop, there are currently 7 of us. What happens here other than building and painting bikes? Our domestic side? Here are our stats:

TRANSPORTATION:
rode bike: 4 (24.5 round trip miles)
drove: 2

CONSUMED:
beverages
cups of coffee: 9
cups of tea: 3

food
bought lunch: 4
(breakfast burrito, breakfast burrito, salad with beets, oil and apple cider vinegar, breakfast burrito)
brown bagged it: 2
(mash potatoes and asparagus, spinach calazones )

MUSIC:

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One More Cup of Coffee – Bob Dylan

HOURS SPENT:
Metal fabrication: 11
Design: 10
Painting: 24
Administration: 4

Apr 25  |  Statistics 4-25-2012

Posted by , April 25th, 2012 at 4:57PM    

Between our pain(t) shop and our frame shop, there are currently 7 of us. What happens here other than building and painting bikes? Our domestic side? Here are our stats:

TRANSPORTATION:
rode bike: 3 (16.5 round trip miles)
drove: 3

CONSUMED:
beverages
cups of coffee: 12
cups of tea: 1

food
bought lunch: 4
(mushroom thing, wok, burrito, wok, veggie sandwich and brocallini)
brown bagged it: 1
(spinach and sausage calazone)

MUSIC:
De La Soul Pandora Station
The Steve Jobs Biography

RECENTLY OVERHEARD:
“If you don’t tell me who you are… then I’m not going to talk to you.” – Greg

HOURS SPENT:
Design: 12
Painting: 24
Cleaning:1
Administration: 12
Working with Customers: 2

Apr 25  |  Kings Valley

Posted by , April 25th, 2012 at 3:24PM    

Last Saturday was one of my very favorite road races of the year (maybe even #1 since we don’t ever do Banana Belt with the downhill finish anymore), Kings Valley.  At 75 miles long, with about the max amount of climbing I can handle before exploding (not much), about the max number of flat windy miles I can handle without tearfully expiring in a gutter somewhere, lots of pretty scenery, and better than average road surfaces, it’s got everything a fella could want in a road race.  It even featured skunk smell at one spot on the course this year, which I’m afraid to admit I kind of enjoy in a maybe-super-lite fetishy sort of way.  I mean, It’s not like I get all worked up over the smell or anything; I certainly don’t enjoy it in the same way I like the smell of cookies or puppy fur, if that makes sense.  Does it?  I should stop.

Anyway, Oregon Cycling Action has all the official race reporting you could ever want, but I thought it would be fun to fill anybody who cared in on some of the finer details.  Do you care?  Read on! (more…)

Apr 24  |  

Posted by , April 24th, 2012 at 5:16PM    

Between our pain(t) shop and our frame shop, there are currently 7 of us. What happens here other than building and painting bikes? Our domestic side? Here are our stats:

TRANSPORTATION:
rode bike: 5 (32.5 round trip miles)
drove: 2

CONSUMED:
beverages
cups of coffee: 9
cups of tea: 3

food
bought lunch: 3
(wok, wok, burrito, burrito, kale salad)
brown bagged it: 3
(leftover BBQ chicken tenders and potatoes, soup, sandwich )

MUSIC:
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE ON PANDORA…. ALL DAY
NPR

RECENTLY OVERHEARD:
“No thanks”
David

HOURS SPENT:
Painting: 32
Cleaning:1.75
Administration: 32

Apr 23  |  It’s getting closer

Posted by , April 23rd, 2012 at 10:44PM    

Scott emailed me (“shemailed” me, actually, according to his accompanying message.  cla$$y!) some recent pictures of my almost-bike.  They’re tough to look at. (more…)

Apr 23  |  Statistics 4-23-2012

Posted by , April 23rd, 2012 at 10:40PM    


Between our pain(t) shop and our frame shop, there are currently 7 of us. What happens here other than building and painting bikes? Our domestic side? Here are our stats:

TRANSPORTATION:
rode bike: 6  (49.5 round trip miles)
drove: 1

CONSUMED:
beverages
cups of coffee:8
cups of tea: 2
other: 1

food
bought lunch: 3
(breakfast burrito, kale salad, burrito, cookie )
brown bagged it: 3
(leftover spaghetti, sandwich and a bananna)

MUSIC:

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Corona – Calexico

RECENTLY OVERHEARD:
“That man has the best Carhart body in all of Portland… and that’s saying a lot.”

“We need to get a pull up bar for the shop, it’s almost bikini season.”

HOURS SPENT:
Painting: 24
Administration: 26
Working with Customers: 1

Apr 23  |  changes

Posted by , April 23rd, 2012 at 2:20PM    

At the bottom of infamous Rocktore climb (or in this case.. descent) there’s a little liquor store that’s cut from the same mold as the Rockstore itself. Classic vintage California mom and pop awesomeness and the last vesitges of family run business catering to bikers and the leather bound. You can just feel Steve McQueen’s man-energy while you drink a Mexican Coke and decide what way you’re rolling home. So easy to worry about making your training gains and not notice the amazing characters that are a part of every great ride. How the hell did I used to push the 53 up this thing?

Apr 20  |  get your order in

Posted by , April 20th, 2012 at 2:05PM    

We’re coming up on our May 1st deadline for this summer’s run of Cyclocross Machines. After the cut-off, we will be gathering info from and fitting customers in May, designing and fabricating frames in June and July, painting in July and August, and building complete bikes and sending them wrapped in white cloth via big white birds to their proud owners around the world in time for Cross season.

In addition to the fresh colors, surefooted ride quality and the design features that have come to be expected from an SV Cross Machine., this Year brings  major innovation including:

SPEEDVAGEN INTERGRATED CYCLOCROSS STEM:
The cable on our Speedvagen Integrated stem is routed through the underbelly of the stem, eliminating the cable hanger. The result is a much lighter system that is visually seamless and is not plagued with the usual front brake chatter found in the front brakes of most cross bikes.

INTEGRATED BATTERY SYSTEM FOR Di2:
Our integrated battery system for Di2 affixes the battery neatly into the top of the seatmast under the seatpost head hiding it from the elements and making the already clean lines of the Speedvagen even more purposeful. The system is beautifully designed,  extremely light weight, weather proof and requires no tools for installation/ removal of the battery for charging; a pleasure to use.

HOLLOW TEXT PAINT SCHEME:
As part of their graphics package, many of our recent Speedvagen paint schemes have big, somewhat abstract, tube wrapping, single color, hollow text. This is a way to add color and texture to the frame, filling it out so to speak, while not overwhelming the frame with contrasting color. From a distance, the frame looks like a single solid color; however, closer up you notice a texture to the color, a pattern maybe. Closer still, you see that texture is conveying information and then you want to really get in there and see what it says.

New for 2012 we’re doing a paint scheme with graphics done only in hollow text. The concept has been rattling around in my head for some time and this year it’s ready to come out. Are you taking a bit of a gamble choosing something sight unseen? Yes. The element of surprise and venturing out of the box though is one of the most exciting aspects of what we do and when a customer puts their faith in Sacha he is that much more invested in making something great for that customer.

COVERT PAINT SCHEME:
The Covert paint scheme has a base frame color with the word ‘Speedvagen” laser cut out of the head tube and backed with a carbon fiber sleeve, which shows through the cut away portion of the head tube. The 1 millimeter cross section of the head tube is highlighted with a contrasting color, as is the 3-dimensional Speedvagen shield on the seat post head.

The idea of minimal branding and especially taking away material as a way to brand a frame, rather than adding material is in line with the original vision or Speedvagen. This way the -visual focus- in on the seamlessness of the shape of the bike, rather than the graphics and the -rider focus- is on the ride and the race rather than a consciousness of the rider’s equipment.

BONUS!
As a bonus for customers buying complete bikes, we are offering free shipping, free build and tuning and free color integration work on complete bikes built with the blingin’est components.

If you’d like to be a part of this next run of Cross Machines and want to learn more about the bikes and these new features, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@speedvagen.com or call us at 502.233.3453 to get your order started.

Apr 20  |  Statistics 4-20-2012

Posted by , April 20th, 2012 at 10:37AM    

Scott packing up and weighing bikes to be shipped...

Between our pain(t) shop and our frame shop, there are currently 7 of us. What happens here other than building and painting bikes? Our domestic side? Here are our stats:

TRANSPORTATION:
rode bike solo:  (39 round trip miles)
drove: 2

CONSUMED:
beverages
cups of coffee: 9
cups of tea: 2

food
bought lunch: 4
(breakfast burrito, burrito, chips, scone, veggie burrito, new seasons wok )
brown bagged it: 3
(leftover pad thai, cashews, gluten free pasta salad with chicken sausage and gluten free berry crisp)

MUSIC:
Justin Townes Earle pandora station, for the second day in a row.

HOURS SPENT:

Metal fabrication: 2
Bike building: 6
Painting: 24
Cleaning:1
Administration: 20
Working with Customers: 1

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