And then... The Holidays.

Before we get to the normal, “Happy Holidays” blah, blah, blah. I’d like to take a moment to clarify something I regularly do that a lot of people have issues with. No it’s not my plaid shirts, maybe it is. No it’s not my extremely disorganized workspace. No, what I’m talking about is my excessive use of the ellipsis. There's always so much on my mind that I want to say and just, well, don’t… I’ve always used them. It’s not something new. Heck we even incorporated them into my Velo Hangar logo. In a way its part of my branding. All of my jersey design incorporate the three dots on the back. Believe folks there is correlation to my madness. So a tip of the hat to my “Punctuation Pet Peevers” out there, I know who you are…

The holidays are a weird time for so many people. For some it’s the one time of the year they see family. Others it’s the perfect time to travel, or the time to spend with family back home. For other’s it can be sad memories of the past. Wherever you fit in these parameters just remember to hug those around you. Reach out to friends and family that you’ve been out of touch with. Do you still send out Holiday cards? I’d love to know some statistics on this. With the advent of social media it seems like we know more about each others lives than ever before. Of course some of us really only put what we want you to see. We don't post breakups, falling outs, injuries, etc. I’m horrible with that sort of thing. It’s one of those things about myself I think I should change but i’m pretty sure I never will. I should be sending out birthday cards to my nephews and nieces. I should be more involved. It’s one of my many faults. Either way I will be spending the next fews days with friends at a “Boozy Brunch” on Sunday, My sister and her family on Monday & Friends at the 2nd annual “Cardiff Misfits Christmas” on Tuesday. Can’t wait.

What’s old is new again...

Seems like the trend these days, right? Jean short waists up to your armpits? In. Flared pant legs? In. Shag carpet…? Well thankfully everything old isn’t back. On this pattern, The Velo Hangar van is back to its orginal skin. 3 long years of the little green mistake was OK but I was never in love with it. It was supposed to be dark grey to light grey not dark green to light green. Obviously I like the pattern, Embry Rucker and I sketched that one up. It wasn’t right and when it comes to my business I want it right. So the new design is in the works. I’m pretty sure its going to be a decal and not a wrap. Too much wasted material. Keep your eyes peeled for the new look, for right now its “stormtrooper white” with a “Tuned By Velo Hangar” on the back.

Another oldie but goodie is the next Squadra/Velo Hangar jersey. As ive said before the Squadra kits are black based so if you ordered the Black Squadra kit last time this new jersey will be black based. A redux of the first “Team VH” kit, think all over design with updated colors. This jersey was first produced back in 2013. Over the years I’ve brightened colors, added new ones & polished the pallete. These will be available for preorder in the next few weeks on this site. 2 jersey cuts, bibs (same design as before), arm warmers (same) & vests. These will be delivered before Christmas so perfect for Holiday presents! Maybe i’ve Finally timed this right… maybe.

Castelli/ TIKI Update

Tiki kits should be in before the end of the month. Ordering went a little longer than I had hoped so the delivery was a week or so later than I wanted.

That’s it for now. I hope everyone has a great week. Get out and ride. Get out and dirty up this bikes so you’ll have to come by and see me! See you soon!!

Tiki Time!

Well here it is! It’s Tiki Time! If you’ve ever been around me outside of work and I have a beverage in my hand, chances are it’s a tiki inspired drink... Did you know for the past couple years I’ve been collecting tiki mugs? That is what inspired this kit and also because it’s California. Anytime I put my Hawaiian shirt on it immediately elevates my mood. I wanted that on this jersey but a bit muted. More VH style. So lets look at it...

The color is Roasted Beet meets Bougainvillea (and if you don’t know what that is its root vegetable & tree).. Think red wine or framboise beer... The design is outlined palm trees, pineapples, coconuts, plumeria flowers & of course VH logo’s. The logos are a couple shades lighter than the body color. The back pockets are in seafoam to give it a little punch of color. As with my other Castelli jersey’s this is meant to be paired with the navy VH bibs but equally will go with most of my other bib designs like the anthracite bibs of yore & the latest black Squadra bibs (that will be arriving shortly).

I’m offering the navy bibs for sale again and bringing back the full finger gloves. All items are available for preorder starting today and ending 6/18/18 (2 weeks from today). Limited release and I want to get these orders in so we can get them before the season changes... Don’t hesitate! Available for preorder on my website www.velohangar.com (link in profile) Men’s bib. Women’s bib, Podio Jersey’s and full finger gloves!

 

Does anyone actually read these?

With the advent of social media, does it make sense to still have a blog? I mean this is on my website so its just extra credit right? Anyway, I’m just going to keep putting stuff on here. Maybe this will become similar to Dan Emfield’s old “Back Page” of our Quintana Roo website. Please let me know by commenting on this if you actually read this, do you enjoy it, do you hate it, what would you like to see here.... etc.

This post is more of a brain dump. The shop has been back to normal, lots of bikes in. A few projects that unfortunately get the back burner. Of course I saw a lot of gravel bikes in right before BWR. I really do enjoy the idea of gravel rides, I constantly miss the Routt 45 but I know the new owner is loving it. I get pics every once and awhile. Do you follow Gravelstoke yet on Instagram or Facebook? Do you enjoy riding thin tires on MTB trails and fire roads? Gravelstoke has a gravel ride/race coming soon this June 3rd. The event is called Hunt of the North, more info on their website at www.gravelstoke.com!

I just closed the latest Squadra kit order and sales were great! Thanks to all that ordered this round. Im really excited to see these out on the road. Here’s my dilemma though. I have a new Castelli jersey designed and ready to go. When should I offer these up? Is it too soon to launch another jersey? IM really excited to show it to you... I just wish I fit Castelli. I kind of feel like these pieces to the collection are pieces of me either way. I ran a few posts last week on my IG story about colors and I picked the one that crushed it.

Thats about it. I hope everyone is getting outside while the weather is great! If you need a tune up, overhaul, bike built,... Let me know!

Bueller, Bueller, Bueller...

Upcoming Holiday Events... Brain Dump mode

Howdy all! Just wanted to give you guys a quick heads up to a few things on the horizon...

Brain Dump

The shop will be closed for Thanksgiving this year but we will be open on Friday 12-5. I am having a Black Friday Sale online only that day ending at Midnight Friday. I will also be having a sale in store only on Saturday for Small Biz Saturday. I will also be opening up a new Preorder for castelli Jersey’s and bibs. Although these wont be here for the holidays they would make great holiday gifts! That’s what’s up this week... 

On December 2nd we (State Street Collab) are having a holiday party! 2p - 9p, Live Music, refreshments, handmade gifts, food trucks, etc. 

Summary:

  • Black Friday Sale (Online Only) code will be BLKFRY
  • Small Biz Saturday Event, all items in stock will have incentives
  • 2680 Collab Holiday Party Saturday December 2nd, 2p-9p..
  • New Castelli Preorder including 2 new jersey colors/designs (reorder of the navy bibs) 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday! I hope to see you at the shop this weekend!

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... 

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!

 

Happy Holidays!

And just like that the Holidays are here..! Holy cow the last 2 months have flown by. Sooo happy with my new location. Thanks you for all the support, emotionally, monetarily and mentally!! 

The shop is really coming along. My next project is to build a deck off the west side of the container. Still in design mode but I plan to start construction in mid January. Wood construction is not in my tool chest so I'm probably over thinking it. Sounds about right... I'll have a few chairs and a table outside for people to hang out on. Who knows maybe even a bench. Anyway excited to have it one step closer...

I've brought in a few new products for sale. I picked up RXbar which I'm somewhat addicted to. I first bought one at a local grocery on my way to a mountain bike ride. Great taste, easy to digest and a perfect little meal replacement bar. They sell for $2.99 (2 for $5) per bar and come in 9 flavors. I've also brought back Enduro Bites. I missed them.. I sold these tasty fig based bars in the Solana location. The bars are now 2 bites per bar but still 100 calories a bite. I've brought in Dark Chocolate/Fig, Blueberry/Cinnamon & Cranberry/Lemon. These are also $2.99 per bar. I now have a full lineup of Vittoria Road tires including the Corsa G+, New Rubino Pro G+ & Rubino Control G+. I have King Titanium & Steel water bottle cages in stock now as well.

As far as apparel goes I just received my order of Stealth t-shirts & hoodies! THe stealth t-shirt was the first design I offered 6 years ago. Originally it was a black blank with clear ink on the front. Over the years I've grown fond of Next Level blanks so I've switched all my t-shirts to them. This new batch are Vintage Black crew neck for men and a Heather Grey V-neck for the ladies. These t-shirts are sooo soft and wont shrink, the perfect combo. They are $20 and available in the online store and at my Carlsbad Village location.

The hoodies I brought in are similar to the blank I brought in awhile back but I went with a mid weight this time. It's not as thick and bulky as the heavyweight version. These are Navy Blue with Navy drawstrings. The logo on the front is mainly Orange & Light Blue with my signature strip up the "L". These are in Men's sizing and they run a touch large, I'd size down. Priced at $55 and also available in the online store and in store. 

 

So I'll be leaving town for a few days over the holidays. The shop will be closed Friday 12/23 through Monday 12/26. I'll back in the shop Tuesday 12/27 possibly with bells on... So if you are looking for some last minute gifts come see me before next Thursday...!

Although I had great success with the Holiday Toy Party last year. I'm going to postpone the Holiday party till January so we can all detox from the hundreds of party's during December. Thinking some sort of BBQ/Beer Crawl/fire pit/Cornhole Tourney... More on that later!