It’s no wonder that the sparseness of my posts correlates to the workload at the shop… Please be patient. There is always so much going on. It amazes me how much I actually get accomplished with how little time I have. Needless to say the shop is on fire, figuratively. I’ve brought in a close friend that can help me with some projects that keep getting put on the back burner. It’s absolutely a dream and a life saver to know someone that has a similar work ethic, attention to detail & unbelievable skill. Very lucky to have MJ helping me part time.
Laurel and I are happy to bring in a few new brands to the shop this early into our tenure. We recently added Kask Helmets from Italy (helmets worn by Team Sky as well as Heather Jackson in the triworld).
As most of you know, I only stock items I absolutely stand behind. If I’m not using it, I’m not selling it.
We are also now carrying thecouch coveted Tate Labs Bar Fly for your Garmin Edge 200, 500 & 800. Woody Tate is a friend who works in Mill Valley at Above Category. If you don’t know what or who AC is drop what you are doing and drive there immediately! The Barfly (that’s bar fly not barf-lee like Laurel says) mounts to a standard 31.8 handlebar and puts the Garmin in front of the stem which honestly cleans up the cockpit on your bike. Nothing like buying a $270 ENVE Composites stem only to tarnish it by wrapping elastic bands around it to hold a computer…. Yuck! The third product I’d like to introduce is near and dear to my heart.
I’m excited and proud to introduce Velo Hangar Black Ops coffee produced by Revolution Roasters! Back in 2010 when I started the Velo Hangar brand, I wanted to create unique products that were different from the normal bike shop items. I wanted to keep the quality high and the production low, create a demand, create a following, create a unique atmosphere… Not just another cookie cutter bike shop. When I finally saw the passion & detail Rev Roasters put into their product I realized I needed to team up with them on a VH blend. The VH Black Ops coffee is a blend of Guatemalan & Brazilian which creates a very smooth mild coffee. It’s perfect as an espresso but equally as good in a French press or drip. We are offering Black Ops in 1lb & .5lb bags ($15/$9 respectively). If you are in Leaucadia please stop by Cafe Ipe (Revolution Roasters is located inside) and have a taste? Velo Hangar Black Ops is only available from our shop. stop by and we can pull you a sample.
A huge thank you to all who have expressed interest in supporting my brand and especially to those who are!!! Without you I might still be in my small garage in Cardiff, sweating out of all my pores, sweating my next bill, sweating my future…
So the next post might be awhile.. I constantly try to remind myself that I need to write something but, free time is nonexistent.
Life at the shop has really bogged down my blogging. Hopefully most of you are following the shop progress & my progress on the various forms of communications (Facebook, twitter, instagram, etc). Lots of projects I’m working on as well;
- We are working on our own blend of espresso beans (with Revolution Roasters)
- I have a couple new water bottle designs in the works (one I have been working on for several months and now I think its close to production)
- New T-shirts (one to go with the coffee beans)
- I have a “Velo Hangar” Tech T, MTB style jersey on the way
- I’m designing a new LE jersey as well as a “Team Issue” kit which should be available by this fall
- A new design of Velo Hangar socks will be arriving in the next month or so (Think Black & Tall)
Etc, Etc…. You get the idea. Not to mention having the busiest Month ever! I have a friend helping me at the shop that I used to work with. It’s nice to have a backup helping me with the easier tasks and/or the repair “I” don’t need to work on. I can focus on the problem children. I’d also like to thank Laurel aka Lauren for taking up the slack and helping with the orders, paperwork, flat fixes, bill paying, sweeping, lunch delivering, bike pickup…
Next week marks the first experiment of vacation… a bit scared of the fallout. Bjorn and I are road tripping up to the Bay area for some R&R, hopefully some MTBing, killer food/drink (his brother in law works at one of my fav restaurants in Napa) & maybe a hike. I really just need to unplug. Both of us have recently started new chapters and need a rest. Can.not.wait!
Next Week (3/19-3/22)
I’ll be in the shop 10-7 Monday through Thursday.
Starting Friday (3/23) I’ll be out of the shop until Tuesday (3/27). I will have phone privileges but, email will slim. If urgent you can direct your messages to email@example.com
Hope to see you this week before my trip! If you need a pre Cali 70.3 race check get the bike in before next wednesday (3/21).
T-Shirt: OG Velo Hangar Black on Black
Song: The Temper Trap “Sweet Disposition” – Jamie T “So lonely was the ballad”
Drink in Hand: Kentucky Mule (Buffalo Trace & Cock and Bull Ginger Beer)
Closest bike in proximity: 2012 Focus Izalco Pro 3.0 (Black N Blue)
On the mind: Restock of Velo Hangar kits should arrive this week, Loads of “events” this week, a couple new branding projects in the works, parents arriving in a couple weeks, Karen’s Birthday Bash at the shop,….
Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! I can’t wait to get back to the grind tomorrow!
It’s hard to believe after only 12 months after the 1st kit arrived, there are over 180 kits sold! So if you live in San Diego this challenge should be relatively easy. The task at hand is to take pictures of as many riders wearing their VH kits as you can. It can be a pic with 4 riders or 4 pics with riders… Creativity & Candor always helps.
- Contest begins tomorrow Jan.5th.2011.
- Contest ends Jan.12th.2011
- You can email the photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post them on http://www.facebook.com/vhangar
Winner will receive a Velo Hangar Prize Pack including a VH Camelbak Podium bottle, Limited Edition VH T-shirt, VH sticker pack & a surprise gift. Photo’s will be published in print & digital media (with permission).
Warm up those smartphones and get snapping!
Gotta change that. December was a big month. Started riding a bit more than usual, The Campagnolo Annual Toy Drive ride took off without a hitch, our Belgian Holiday Party was a HUGE success (over 200 attendees), spent time with family at Christmas… the list is endless. I keep thinking back to this time last year. I was in a different frame of mind. VH looked good on paper. Finding the capital to make it happen looked impossible unless I was willing to let go of the reins and change the concept… Looking back I’m glad I didn’t.
I started Velo Hangar as a brand. I used what little money I had to make t-shirts and stickers, build a little following. Start the brand underground style. I quickly sold out of the t’s making a little & designed a cycling kit (jersey, bibs, arm warmers, vest..). When I posted the jersey design I was amazed by the response. The 1st kit order exceeded my expectations! Maybe I was on to something…
Now look at Velo Hangar! A full-fledged brick & mortar Bicycle Service Shop… The shop is exactly as I had imagined, down to the layout I had sketched in my notepad a hundred times. I want to Thank Everyone out there that has stood by VH through thick & thin, stayed interested in the “progress” of the shop, continued to refer friends & family, stopped by to hang out & have a coffee. I am super excited to make 2012 even better!
It’s that time of year again… Holiday party time. Boring eggnog, cheesy strands of holly draped over doorways, twinkling neon colored lights…
We’ve decided to break from the norm and have a Belgian Holiday Party. Frites, Waffles, Chocolate, Beer, Cycling Movies, Beer. There has been rumor of a raffle & a storewide discount, all TBA.
- Sunday December 18th
- 3:00pm to 8:00pm
- 637 Valley Avenue #C, Solana Beach 92075
Please RSVP to email@example.com if you plan to stop by. Gotta figure out how much food so we don’t run out again… oops.
October 21st marked the 1 year Anniversary of Velo Hangar. The concept, the brand, the idea, it all was kickstarted when I left B&L 1 year ago. When I think back it was a stressful time. The uncertainty. Looking forward, I’m really excited for what’s to come. VH has come such a long way in the few short months, Thanks to you!
Some friends and I recently brewed our own beer & although I worked while most of the process occurred, I really like the simplicity. I can’t wait for the next batch. The first batch was a simple Pale Ale. We need to figure out the next one soon maybe a Saison…
- Song on right now: Spoon “All the pretty girls go to the city”
- Favorite apparel right now: Patagonia R3 vest
- Bike most ridden this week: SyCip Road
- Book on the nightstand: Hell and Gone
- Fav electronic: Apple iPad2
- Chain Lube: Gnar Lube “Blue Opal” with stripper scent
- Future project: Thinking of adding a carbon road bike to the stable…
Lots of stuff on my mind lately so I apologize if this reads like a HardDrive Dump.
T-Shirt: Gray VH Stealth T
Music: Don McCloskey’s “Focken Glockenspiel”
Snack: Pelegrino & a Double Chocolate PR Bar.
- Interbike 2011 has been and gone. Good show, nothing ground breaking, 10s grip shift, Hope Tech cassette/freehub body, Focus bikes we best of show.
- VH Camelbak bottles are in.
- VH Squadra clothing will arrive 2nd week of October. New base color, refined design, New vest color.
- Velo Hangar/ Celo Pacific Cyclocross clinic was huge success thanks to Dave Lawson & Brent Prenzlow from Celo Pacific.
- Velo Hangar is one of the many proud sponsors of Celo Pacific Cycling Team for 2012.
- Mad Alchemy Embrocation & Chamois cream, Challenge, Industry Nine, Chris King, Knog,… just some of the products we are carrying.
- New 16 liter Ultrasonic Parts Washer arrived yesterday and is uber powerful!
- Our Morizumi Spoke Machine will arrive any day now.
- Lots of wheel builds, tire glues, new bike builds coming in the doors…
- VH friend/athlete James Walsh is heading to IM World Championships Kona next week aboard his Look 596 (Thanks to Elliott D from Axis Sports Group)
- Constantly working on the merchandising/layout of the shop. Keep it fresh, keep it simple.
- I’ve become addicted to Maple Sugar Hard candies
- Continental 700×25 tires are flying out the door. Best selling tire hands down.
- Lizard Skins 2.5 DSP tape is the bomb.
- Bjorn has a smart key but, dumb hand.
- Carbo-Pro & Thermalyte coming soon
Lots of new products are around the shop these past few weeks. Proud & excited to announce we are an Industry Nine Dealer. I have 2 sets of these killer custom wheels on my MTB’s. Light, Strong and Pretty. Checkout Industry Nine’s website for their MTB_color_picker. You can see what your wheels will look like.
Also excited to have NutCase helmets in the Hangar. Whether you are looking for a good commuter helmet, trying to break from the normal racer helmet or you are looking for a new helmet for the kids, NutCase has loads of cool designs for everyone. They range from $50-$70. Love the Glow in the Dark, GloBrain model.
We have recently built up our Surly Big Dummy. If you are not familiar with the Big D, it’s Surly’s rendition of an Xtracycle. A utilitarian cargo bike/commuter/hauler. We decided (ok, I decided) to pimp this one out. SRAM XO 10spd group with hydraulic XO disc brakes, Easton EA70 wheels/stem/bar/seatpost, Fizik Gobi Muzzle saddle, Conti Touring tires, Oury grips & of course a King headset. This thing rocks! Seriously considering one of these for my stable…
Last and absolutely not least… After weeks and weeks of interviews, hoops to jump, blood samples sent… Velo Hangar is an Authorized Chris King dealer. Lots of red tape but, stoked to be part of the family! We have King Bottom Brackets & 1 1/8 threadless headsets in stock! I know have the BB tools & hub tools as well. Love, Love, Love King products. Come in a checkout the BB’s, they really are worth the coin.