Velo Hangar Update #1

Howdy everyone! Just wanted to reach out and let everyone know a little about what I’m working on. These will be quick & to the point, no fluff.

  • I’ve been working on a new custom sock with SockGuy. The artwork will be approved this week and will go into production in awhile. These will be 6″ cuffs with a new pattern. They will definitely will stand out. Following on the heels of such great companies like Handlebar Mustache, The Athletic, etc. these will be bold graphics. Really looking forward to these. I’ll post artwork next update.
  • Lots of bikes going through the stand last week. I was trying to play catch up, a couple builds and loads of drivetrain cleans and I’m back to doing what I love! Several bikes in for this week as well. Thanks so much for all the support!!
  • I now have a beverage cooler in the garage so if you want to do some hill repeats on my street, I now have refreshments.
  • Still organizing the garage. My first goal was to get the backlogged bikes done & delivered. I hope to get a little more organizing done this week. Still pretty dusty in there.
  • I’m toying with the idea of a “Velo Hangar Cardiff” t-shirt or “VH Lives”.. either way I need to add t-shirts to my inventoy & webstore. The webstore is at www.mkt.com/velo-hangar . I have pint glasses, camelbak bottles, Rothera VH caps & Enduro Bites on there currently. I’ll be adding more VH branded goods soon, like reusable shopping bags…
  • I’m driving the Coastal Bluff van around town for bulk pickups and deliveries, honk if you see me!
  • Project VH 3.0 is still going through the early stages but, I’m super excited when I can unveil it…

Thats about it right now. Very excited for the future, all in good time. Thanks again for the texts, emails & phone calls! whiteout all of you i don’t know where I’d be!

Gordon

Viva Velo Hangar!

It’s a hashtag on Instagram, it’s something people yell when they see VH gear, it’s a motto… Viva Velo Hangar!

its been crazy busy. So busy I’ve been putting too many miles on my personal car that it made me realize I needed a dedicated work vehicle. I’ve always known what that vehicle was going to be.. It was a huge help having the Coastal Bluff van around but it was too big for what I needed. Some of you know 6 years ago when I started VH that I started looking at Ford Transit’s. It just didn’t pan out at the time. It was a no brainier what vehicle I needed 6 years later. Not to mention the styling is soooo much better!

So I’ve added 2015 Ford Transit Connect to the stable! I’m working with Lift Creative on the vehicle wrap, which should be installed soon. Chris over at Pipeline racks sold me the perfect bike hauler for the inside. Bit by bit it’s becoming the perfect bike carrier! Check out my Instagram for the before and afters..

i also have new t-shirts in stock! The Viva t’s came out great thanks to James Gilbert at GoSandbox Design for the design help, to Sean at Forward Screen Printing for the attention to detail & all of you for your unwavering support! T-shirts are still available on my online store at mkt.com/Velo-hangar

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More than a repair shop..

Its a brand as well. I read a book once, yeah I know, me read a book? I read a book called “Brand You”. It’s all about realizing that you are a brand just as much as the product or service you are providing. Realizing there a reason people want your wares. Providing the best and being able to adapt to what your clients require. Im not saying to give up all the control or losing your vision, I’m saying you need to listen. That adaption will bring you accolades. Always learning, always listening, always building… I’m getting a little off course. 

Anyway lots of product in the works right now. 

-T-shirts have been ordered and the blank are on the way to Sean @ Forward Screenprinting. 

-I am working a on a casual hat. Simple is key. 

-Socks should only be a few weeks away. 

-Sketches have started on the new kit. Still getting a lot of requests for the Navy kit but I need to keep things fresh. Next kit will be made by Castelli. Closer to the time the preorder opens, I’ll have a fit kit available and will be set up at Patagonia Cardiff on a Sunday for try ons.

-Next project is to update the website/online store. I have a square market store which i like because people can use their cards to buy merch but the platform is pretty basic. I also have a bigcartel account but they use paypal which not everyone has. I’m hoping to get some help soon to figure out the best platform.

Lots of bikes in the shop for repairs and as much as I want to go for a ride today, I need to get back to it. 

Viva Velo Hangar…

Viva Velo Hangar… it’s been a recurring theme not just with myself but with my friends, family and all my valued clients. Heck its even got its own hashtag. All I wanted was to be able to hit the ground running after moving out of “637”. It did take a few weeks to get my head wrapped around the idea. It also took a couple weeks to reorganize the garage. It’s still not situated but that was partly do to the fact that I had a lot of repairs to finish while I moved. Nevertheless I am happy to report that VH is hopping! Lots of bikes in and out, wheel builds and other misc projects. Very thankful for that, id be losing my mind if it wasn’t. So thank you.

Everyone keeps asking about 3.0. To be honest we are in the early stages. Planning, looking for financing, builders, etc. This isn’t a quick process and I don’t want it to be. I don’t want to rush into an opportunity again. I want this to be the “right” move. Being able to literally design my own space is daunting and exciting all in the same breath.. Im excited to tell all of you the goal but like I said super early stages, we are at least a year out.

Things I’m working on

  • Still working on a new t-shirt design. I have a couple different artists working on designs. Super excited to be able to unveil them. My friend local artist Dylan Stone is working on one of the designs.. very cool. He did some designs for The Coastal Bluff, Worst Case & Embry Rucker.
  • Socks have been ordered. Im using SockGuy again on these. 6″ cuff, bold design, very different from my socks in the past.
  • My “Mixer” bottles will be making a comeback and will be available on my online store soon!
  • The last order of Navy VH kits have arrived. Everyone should have been contacted but, if you’d like to pick yours up I’ll be at Patagonia Cardiff this Friday (7/17) from 5:30- 6:30 for kit pick up. These were preorder only and there will not be any extra’s. I will be in the courtyard.
  • Working on a new design for CX skin suits. My brand ambassadors will be rocking these for this season. These will be produced by Castelli. If you are interested in ordering one please email me.

I’d like to send out a huge thank you to the guys at Black Mountain Bicycles for helping me out. Same goes to Revolution Bike Shop in Solana Beach.

That’s it for right now. Time to go pick up some bikes…

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Velo hangar is still alive and kicking…!

As my friends Public Enemy would say… “Don’t believe the hype!“.

Velo Hangar is moving out of The Alternabike location at 637 Valley Avenue in Solana Beach and going back grassroots style to the original location. I have a couple irons in the fire for new locations but, nothing firm right now. I will keep everyone updated here and instagram/facebook/twitter verse…

For now if you need your bike worked on I’ll be working out of my garage. I will be picking up and delivering plus taking a few drop offs. You can reach me here gordon@velohangar.com for the time being or giving me a call or text on the shop line.

Thanks as always!!

The Navy blue VH kit is available for preorder!

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Back by popular demand I have released a preorder for the navy kit. I also designed a limited release Light Blue version of the jersey. Navy is available in Premier in Men’s jersey and bibs plus Womens jersey & bib. Navy also offers a Men’s Pro jersey and Bib plus a vest and arm warmers. The light blue jersey is only available in the Pro fit and has been limited to 20 jersey’s.

Online store is up at; neon.ridesquadra.com

The store is open till May 25th.

Order Online

2015 Matt Bigos/Nitro Circus/VH kit preorder…

Matt Bigos’ 2015 race kit is now available for preorder at http://mattbigos.ridesquadra.com!! This is one of my favorite designs so far. Matt had one request that the bibs were black. Easy. From there I sketched out a few ideas. The one I went with is a fade. I haven’t seen too many people use a fade and to make it a little more special I made the the fading my logo. Turned out awesome. As far as the colors go, Matt wanted the Powerbar on the shoulders and it really popped off light blue. All of Matt’s sponsors for 2015 have pretty complicated logo’s so I didn’t add another VH logo other than the fade. I think it really turned out well. The online store for preorder will be open for 3 weeks starting today at http://mattbigos.ridesquadra.com ,Jersey’s are $90 Bib shorts are $125 Speedsuits are $175 Armwarmers are $35 Thanks to Zach at Squadra for helping realize this design. He’s super easy to work with and has a good eye for color. Thanks also to Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus, Powerbar, Engine Ice and Oakley for supporting Matt again this year. FullSizeRender-4FullSizeRender FullSizeRender-3FullSizeRender-2

Handlebar Mustache & Velo Hangar Collab

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I met Brett and Ashley Richards a couple years back at Interbike and immediately loved them. You know when you meet someone for the first time and it clicks, you think to yourself “I could totally hang out with these two”. With our likeminded approach to Social Media, complete passion of all things cycling and their attention to detail, I thought they would be a great group to team up with. I mentioned that we should do a collar t-shirt. A year later the T hit the shelves and didn’t last long, it was a hit! So we decided to join forces again and design a jersey/bib combo. They picked Army Green as the base color (good choice). I’ve always loved the combo of army green and light blue so I was all in when I heard about green. I hope you enjoy the design!

Jersey’s are $100 and bibs are $125

The online store will be open till 12/28 so you can add this kit to your christmas list!

http://handlebarmustache.ridesquadra.com

VH Navy kits are available for preorder!

Back after major demand!! This kit has been a huge hit. I’m so happy, this took awhile to design and get just right. Thanks to Zach at Squadra for helping me sort it out. I have added a wind jacket, featuring black mesh segments on the back and reflective piping. I also have added knee warmers to the store.

Store will be open till 9/28, delivery will be around 6 weeks

Neon.ridesquadra.com

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