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An elegant Fixed-Gear Commuter destined for the streets of London… the Charge Plug Titanium.

This is a Charge Plug Titanium, our friend Alex was so stoked to find out that it rides even better than it looks!

Sugino 75 cranks and the MKS RX1 Track Pedals with MKS Toe-Clips and Soma Padded Straps make a nice classic-looking combination that fits most types of shoes.

The huge built-in tensioners and bullet-ended stays are very tough looking! The gold chain is a nice splash of bling!

A Wound Up road fork, Thomson Stem, and Origin8 Stash bar along with our Suzue/ H Plus Son's handbuilt wheelset round out the parts on this lovely bike.

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We built this for a scientist who needed an SUV that he can travel with… we LOVE the result.

The Surly Karate Monkey complete with our Mellow Velo upgraded build... we start with a stock complete KM and add the following:

Stan’s Arch tubeless rims laced to Ringle Dirty Flea hubs

44 tooth Truvativ chainring added to the 34 tooth that comes with,,, just to widen your range.

SLX Derailleurs front and rear 11-32 SLX cassette

Dura-Ace shifters mounted to Paul Thumbies (our favorite), switch to drop-bars without buying anything else!

ESI foam grips (our favorite)

Black Ops plastic platforms, they don’t hurt your shins too much!

2x9 drive is way flexible!

 

Dura-Ace, Paul Thumbies... classic!

 

The details on this Battleship Grey frame are awesome. The gusset and the bent seat-tube are form and function at it's best!

http://surlybikes.com/bikes/karate_monkey_complete/

http://surlybikes.com/frames/karate_monkey_frame/

 

Check out this LOVELY All-City Nature Boy that we got for our buddy Kenny, it will make YOU green with envy!

The All-City Nature Boy comes complete or, in Kenny's case, we got a frame and fork since he had parts to re-use from a bike that didn't fit him as well as this one does.

 

The fork on this beast is just beautiful, straight-leg, double-hollow crown and lugged drop-outs. It has a great head-badge too!

 

The rear drop-outs are lovely too, the bridge detail is classy as hell!

http://allcitycycles.com/bikes/nature_boy1/ to check out the complete….

http://allcitycycles.com/bikes/nature_boy/ for the frame and fork

All of their bikes are very classic and cool… call us to ask about the other models’ availability.

 

We had a GREAT TIME @ The Bicycle Beauty Pageant and Kaleidospoke… here is a peek at the festivities!

I hope you got one of these in your spokes...

 

... if you did, it means your bike was in contention for the Bicycle Beauty Pageant.

The spoke cards were made by Joel Lipovetsky for the event, they are limited… and they’re for CLOSERS.

... another one of Tony's classic cruisers from yesteryear.

 

Kaleidospoke Mural...

Kaleidspoke Mural on the back wall with Tony Ballantine's classic Raleigh hanging above.

 

Kaleidospoke Mural and the Cinelli SuperPista with RVCA and Twist graphic treatment.

Karen's Turner won the "Prettiest" award for 2011, highly deserving bike!

 

Carlos' Pugsley, this bike can roll over anything... or anyone.

Mark and Becky are waiting to be judged!

Donna and her Lazy Susan were all dressed up!

It was a great party with Kaleidospoke and the Bicycle Beauty Pageant together this year.

 

... Judging...

The Judges this year were very HARDNOSE!

 

Rawson's Schwinn Madison... whoa!

David Bell's Peach and Andrew's Casati Laser... chillin'.

 

Bike geeks are funny.

 

Kether checks out the chrome Schwinn LeTour that we all knew was gonna win Best of Show as soon as we saw it roll in.

Carlos has a SERIOUS bike addiction!

Val's vintage Stumpjumper, there is one of these in the Smithsonian!

 

Ginger played some awesome tunes for us.

Hannah and Andrew offer their critique on this year's field.

Best Fixie was won by our very own JC Walker!

We attracted quite a crowd this year!

Kaleidospoke piece on the outside of CCA.

 

 

 

 

The 2nd Annual Mellow Velo Bicycle Beauty Pageant… THIS FRIDAY July 15th, 2011 @ C.C.A. 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Bring out your prettiest bike for our Pageant... win some schwag and trash-talking rights!!!

Show us how much you LOVE your bike… by SHOWING IT OFF!!!

... and don't skimp on the footwear either, it better go with your pageant entry!!!

COME JOIN US… SO WE CAN JUDGE YOUR BIKE!

Be there between 5pm – 6:30pm to set up, Judging will start at 6:30pm and awards will be given at 7:30pm

Categories include but are not limited to:

  • Best Road Bike
  • Best Mountain Bike
  • Best Fixed Gear
  • Best Cruiser
  • Best Commuter
  • Prettiest Overall
  • Best Identity Crisis
  • Most Compelling
  • “Mocho”est Bike on the Street
  • Best Paint
  • …and anything else WE come up with!

 

 

Elegance begets elegance… Judy has bike, WILL travel.

This Ritchey Break Away is definitely one of the coolest bikes we have had the privilege to offer.

The Michelin Pilot Sport is a fast and burly tire that will handle and smooth any kind of road

All it takes to break down the frame is: unclamp both seat tube clamps...

... and unbolt the clamp that holds the downtube, undo the cable couplers, and you are ready to travel! It even has it's own suitcase.

An elegant travel solution by any standard...

The Selle An-Atomica Saddle is both beautiful and comfortable because of it's natural leather suspension system.

Check out the specs on the frame… http://www.ritcheylogic.com/dyn_prodfamily.php?k=365050

 

Show us a vintage-looking saddle and we are like moths to a flame!

The Selle Royal Classic saddle with RoyalGel. This belongs on your townie.

Our Continental/ Selle Royal rep Jeff Eisner brought us this lovely faux-leather saddle that would look just as good on an old bike as it would a new Masi Soulville.

Royalgel is an exclusive polyurethane matrix product, the only gel which doesn’t break, doesn’t harden, and doesn’t age. Comparative pressure distribution tests prove that Royalgel™ padding guaranties the highest level of comfort, reducing pressure peaks by up to 80%.

A better distribution of the weight on the entire surface of a saddle with Royalgel relieves both the prostate/pubis area and the “sit bones”.

… that is a mouthful, the saddle is great!

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Bicycle, commuter, Saddle

 
 
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