After a week of 90 degree weather... & assorted info.

I’m happy to report that San Diego is back to 65-70 degree weather. The best weather for riding a bike in my opinion. Gone are the sweaty sleepless nights, the unbearable sweaty bike repairs, the 3 liters of water mountain bike rides... Perfect temps. Hey, I’m not rubbing it in.. I’m just extremely excited that I can wear hoodies again. 

Fall, autumn whatever you want to call it.. It’s always been my favorite season. In Kentucky it was the time of the year that the leaves changed color from green to yellows and oranges. There was a scent in the air that was warm and comforting. In San Diego it’s when the locals come out of their hibernation and poke their sunburned faces out to smell fresh air. The beaches aren’t filled with lost Arizonans. I dont know about you but I cant wait to get outside and soak it up on my bike.

Upcoming projects & events 

  • I’m finalizing colors on another run of Castelli jersey’s. These will be part of my “Separates” Collection. Both jersey’s will be Castelli’s latest offering called the “Podio”. It’s a mix of features from the “Team” jersey and the “Aero Race” jersey.  I’ll be offering a light colored jersey and a more subtle design as well. I’ll be rerunning the Navy bibs that were introduced with my first set of jersey’s. 
  • After months and months of putting it off, I’ve decided to leave town for a few days. Visit some friends up north, close the store for 2 days and unplug. I’ve got to do it. Time to take care of Gordon a little. The shop will be closed Monday November 13th & Tuesday November 14th, back open at normal hours on Thursday November 16th. 
  • Planning to organize a couple casual rides starting in late November including my locally-world famous night ride & bike4beers... 

Forecasting...

Can you believe November will be my 1 year mark? The container was dropped into the space in September but the space was 80% dialed by November 15th 2016. Looking back at the early days it was a blessing and a curse that the repair business was in a lull. On one hand I was able to focus on construction and design, on the other hand however the costs were rising and money wasn’t increasing. Back in those days I had started a GoFundMe campaign with huge success! Thanks to each and every one of you who helped me achieve my goal and build the space! Without the help VH would not be where it is today! I cannot express how much gratitude I have for my friends, family & clients. With that said it’s difficult to forecast how busy I actually am.

This summer has been non-stop and coming into the fall I have plenty of bikes to take up my days. Truly stoked that the heat has switched off and the more temperate (65- 75deg) days are back. A more enjoyable temperature to ride in and better atmosphere to work in. I honestly cant remember what the weather was lIke here last year.. I was excited about the new spot, eager to get the ball rolling, trying to get the word out.. Difficult to forecast what is up ahead.. I can tell you though that I am just as excited about Velo Hangar’s new space as I have ever been..

If you haven’t visited the new space, you really should. It’s more casual, it’s in a quiet setting, it’s comfortable, it’s hidden (just the way I like it)! We are located at 2680 State Street in Carlsbad Village on the corner of Beech & State. There’s no parking directly in front of the shop in the gravel but there is plenty of parking on the street. Our hours are 1-6p (sometimes later) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 10-2 on Saturday. Hours will fluctuate but i try to keep the website/facebook/yelp updated with the most current info. 

 

Meow...

It's back....! I've decided to reopen the preorder of Kitty Kamo. Back by popular demand. Understandably this design needed to be seen in person to really grasp its awesomeness.. This kit will be produced by Squadra in their Premier cut. Unisex jersey's, Men's & Women's bibs & Arm Warmers. You can check them out on my online store (in the header above if you are reading this on my website). The preorder will be open till September 15th so get your order in soon!

 

You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose...

What would this life be like without friends? Have you ever really thought about that? I'm talking any kind of friend, acquaintance, best friend, fur friend, boy friend, girl friend, long lost friend... Friends are a huge part of my life. They give me the energy to run this little business I created and I'm proud to call my clients friends. If I had co workers I'd hope they would consider me a friend. My friends push me to become a healthier human being, they keep me on track. Then there's the inner circle. 

The inner circle of friends that you can always talk to, you can bounce hair brained ideas off of.. The inner circle are your closest friends. Maybe you dont see them everyday, maybe you do. They are the ones you tend to socialize with the most (i.e., meals, parties, outdoor activities, etc). The inner circle is hard to break into and it's even harder to be removed from. I think my inner circle of friends know who they are and dont need to be picked out of the crowd. Then there's the "Best Friend"... 

"Best friends are the people you can do anything with and nothing with and still have the best time.." 

BFF, Best Friend, +1, Companion, partner, .. I'm not a big label guy but, my BFF is the one I want to spend the majority of my free time with. They don't always have to be the one you've known the longest. My time is special, my time is valuable to me so I want to spend that free time with someone that makes me smile, shares adventures, runs frivolous errands, someone who just enjoys.. Right now that person is Sabby. 

"...Girl BFF's are better than boy BFF's since they sit with your tequila infused ass for hours to make sure you are alive.." quote by Sabrina  

Please make sure you tell all your friends how much you value them, how much you care about them, how much you love them... 

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It's amazing what a little sunshine will do...

Here in Southern California we've had an abnormal winter. Record breaking amounts of rain fell on my little slice of paradise and caused havoc. The outlying mountain ranges had snow for the first time in years and in turn we are blessed right now with green hills. It's glorious. 

The sun is out now and has been for a month or so, sure we get a little May Grey now and then but for the most part sunny sky. The sun for me is energy. It energizes me to get outside, gives me energy to ride/walk/hike, it makes me hopeful for a good biz season, it also powers my shop. The shop is 100% solar. Its powered by a Goal Zero Yeti 1250 that's charged with 2 Goal Zero Boulder 90 panels. When it rains, power is scarce. I love the sun and all it brings..

No im not drinking or smoking right now, I'm just stoked on the weather...

CURRENT PROJECTS

  • I'm working on a new t-shirt design that will include Carlsbad Village. I'm super happy with my new location and I want to promote our little town as much as I can.
  • I did just close a preorder for my Summer Castelli kits and will have a select few in stock at the shop if you missed out. 
  • Brian Worthy and I are working on a "State Street" collab jersey that his company Vermarc will run.
  • I'm a Moots dealer now. So if you or anyone you know is looking for the ultimate titanium steed they can swing by VH to make it happen. I'll have a demo bike at the shop in the next month or so that I'm pretty jazzed about. My size of course...
  • VH is a Muc-Off ambassador shop. What's that mean? I'm using and carrying every product of theirs that is currently available in the USA..
  • Now stocking WTB MTB/Gravel/CX tires. I've been running them on my mountain bikes for a couple months now. Amazing grip, decent weight and super easy to setup tubeless.

That's pretty much it right now. Do yourself a favor and get outside. Get your face in the sun (use sunscreen of course), Breathe the fresh air, enjoy..

Velo Hangar Soft Opening Party this weekend! (Saturday March 18th)

Hola!

Well, it's been 5 months or so since I started working in the container.. Time flies! I want to invite you to the shop for some refreshments this coming Saturday March 18th. The shop is open 10-4 on Saturday's so please try and stop by and say hey!

**Per usual please park out on State Street or one of the surrounding streets near the shop. We are on the corner of Beech and State. There's no public parking in the gravel lot.**

Other shops in my building and surrounding businesses you should check out:

  • Steady State Roasting (My buddy Elliot Reinecke's coffee shop)
  • Evrbottle (recycled, repurposed, reinvented objects)
  • Kylle Sebree (Heirloom quality custom wood furniture)
  • Handled Pottery (Handmade functional ceramics)
  • Campfire (Technically across the street but everyone on our little block is family. Open fire cooking, craft cocktails, fun staff and great atmosphere)
  • Baba Coffee & Tea (Small Bites, these guys dont roast their own beans so they aren't for the coffee purist but they do have beer...)
  • Carruth Cellars (Locally Winery with tasting rooms popping up all across San Diego)

 

 

Spring Sale on Velo Hangar branded Merchandise!

Howdy All!

Can this rain stop please? I need to ride my bike... 

I hope everyone is well. It's going on 5 months in the new space.. time flies! In celebration of spring I'm offering 20% of all Velo Hangar branded merchandise. Time to stock up on new t-shirts and trucker hats in preparation of the warmer days on the way! You can buy online at www.velohangar.com or the discount works in the store as well. The code is Spring17. 

A couple months ago I changed my website from Wordpress to Squarespace as you will see. I like the flow of the site plus having an integrated online store was key. I'm trying to stay on top of those plus adding new content when I get some free time, which is pretty non-existent these days. Anyway check it out when you get time...

Working on a new kit currently which I hope to have available for preorder in the next month or so. I haven't decided on the cut yet so any input would be greatly appreciated! Racer cut (tight) or Team cut (standard- loose fit). Working on a survey to post on the website. 

A bunch of new product in the shop these days. I'm stoked to be carrying the entire line of Muc-Off products. I have all of their cleaners, dry lube's, lense/goggle cleaners, etc. It's selling pretty well so if you need something asap I can usually get it here pretty quick. In the nutrition arena, I'm carrying RX bar, Pasokin Peanut Snacks, Enduro Bites and Skratch Hydration/chews/recovery powder. 

 

Stop by and say Hi next time you are in the Carlsbad Village area! Shop is open 12-6 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. 10-4 on Saturday. Shop is Closed Wednesday & Sunday.

Small Spaces.. (Part 2)

... In September the container landed in Carlsbad Village. A couple days before we smoothed out the gravel for drainage purposes and a makeshift foundation. Everything went pretty smoothly amazing enough. I had my work cuto out for me. Now what? What was the next step? I started searching for a roll up door. Measuring out the space, finding out what sizes were available and pricing. I picked out an 8x8 from Vortex in San Marcos. The daunting thing was the install. My neighbor at Evrbottle was willing to help cut out the opening but installing the actual door was a different story. I couldn't find anyone that would install it for less that $1500.. How hard could it be? Pretty hard actually. My friend Matt J volunteered to help me with the install. I think the hardest part was winding the spring, scary and difficult. Couldn't have done it without Matt's help for sure! The shop was starting to look like a shop and not just a big steel box.

Next on the list was stud's, insulation & wall boards. How exactly do you mount stud's in a steel container? The internet gave me a lot of ideas, nothing was jumping out at me. I started researching construction adhesives. 3M produces a lot of adhesives that work with multiple surfaces. I tried it out on a scrap piece of wood and steel. Tested how long it needed to set, how strong the bond was.. I found a winner! I used 8' 2x3's for studs on the side walls and 8' 2x4's on the back wall. I only went 8' up because I wanted to utilize the hooks in the ceiling for hanging lights and other miscellaneous projects. I used 3M insulation adhesive to mount the R5 insulation boards to the studs then screwed the OSB boards into the studs. Sandwich style. I wanted to put a 3/4" gap around all the OSB boards, adds texture, mimics the boards in Steady State Roasting and I could add some color to the white boards. We painted the side walls white and the back wall light blue (thanks to Sabrina for teaching me her pro painting technique). BTW OSB loves paint... took so many coats.

In the beginning of the project I had this idea that this location was only going to be open on the weekends, more of a social spot.. That didn't last long after I started hanging out at Steady State. I loved the community. Listening to the guys at Campfire talk about their project, Talking to Kylle about the projects he was working on for Carruth Cellars, Baba, our other neighbors. Everyone helping each other out. That's one thing that was missing from the Solana Beach location. It felt like a family. I wanted to be here full time.. So started redesigning the floor space. I found an antique Pollard Bros workbench and moved it into the back corner. Brought in my repair stand, tools and of course the beer fridge. I soon realized I was short on storage. I had the idea of building a bar/island and started sketching it out with storage shelving on the backside. Matt J came to the rescue for this project as well. I gave him some measurements, extra wood, spare OSB from the walls, 4 orange caster wheels and he fabricated it to perfection (well as perfect as a big box made of 2x4's and OSB can be...). I told Matt to hold off on the bar top, I had pipe dreams that I was going to find a cool piece of wood for the top. I soon realized that was going to be a lot of cash. I ironically found a Beech Butcher Block top that was the exact measurements I needed, score! 

Wait a sec... Does anyone know how to install electrical outlets? How am I going to have lighting? Where can I plug in the fridge and my radio? I cant work without music.. That will be in the next installment.

Untill next time, thanks for reading!