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The 5th edition of the Taconic 150 is on the schedule, 150 kilometers of dirt and road riding in Dutchess and Columbia counties. Map and details coming soon.
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coffee, events, Road Biking, shop rides, Taconic 150
For the third week of September, NYC Velo (under the “NYC Velo Tours” banner) led a group of intrepid cyclists on a tour of the Southern French Alps. A photographic review of Days 1 & 2 was posted in November and a review of Days 3 & 4 was posted in December, while the photos below document Days 5 & 6. The ride on Day 5 started and ended in the town of Briancon, consisting of a loop that climbed the Col d’Izoard and followed the rivers Le Guil and La Durance. On Day 6, the last day in the saddle for this trip, the crew ascended the highest paved road in Europe, the Col de la Bonnette, before a long descent along (the river) La Tinee and a final 9k climb up to Valdeblore.
The gear supplied by Search and State (the S1-J Riding Jacket) and Grimpeur Bros Coffee (the Greenbelt and River Road Peaberry roasts) once again proved to be up to the task of protecting and caffeinating the crew.
The trip consisted of 6 (usually) long and (usually) difficult days in mountains (total riding elevation gain was just shy of 73,000 feet), but the food, drink, camaraderie, and warm welcome by all of our new French friends made the pain and fatigue disappear. NYC Velo has plans for similar trips in 2013, stay tuned!
If you’d like to learn more about this trip, or any of the upcoming adventures, stop by the shop or drop us an email at: Andrew@nycvelo.com.
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For the third week of September, NYC Velo (under the “NYC Velo Tours” banner) led a group of intrepid cyclists on a tour of the Southern French Alps. A photographic review of Days 1 & 2 was posted here last month and the final 2 days will be posted after the new year, while the photos below document days 3 & 4. The ride on Day 3 started and ended in the town of Valbonnais and topped the Col d’Ornon and the famed Alpe d’Huez, finishing with a stretch at sunset along the Grand Lac de Laffrey. On Day 4, the crew tackled the Col du Glandon/Col de la Croix de Fer, the Col du Mollard, the Col du Telegraph and the Col du Galibier, ending up with over 18,000 feet of elevation gained for the day.
If you’d like to learn more about this trip, or any of the upcoming adventures, stop by the shop or drop us an email at: Andrew@nycvelo.com.
This week’s Bike of the Week extends the “Month of Dario” by highlighting yet another example of the handiwork of Pegoretti Cicli. The Columbus-tubed, lugged steel Pegoretti Luigino is a very special bike, indeed.
The customerrequested a “cruiser-style” lugged steel bicycle, but fell in love with Pegoretti’s Luigino frame. Most cycling folks don’t readily associate the Pegoretti marque with “cruiser-style”, but according to Dario, there are more than a few non-road-racing/riding-style framesets in existence.
The component “theme” of this bike is “silver Campy”, a classic that’s hard to come by these days. Most of the gruppo is New-Old-Stock (NOS) Campagnolo Chorus 10-speed (crankset, rear derailleur, hubset), from the 2000-2002 era. The shifters are 10-speed bar-end shifters that have been modified to work with a flat-handlebar shifter mount made by Paul Components in California (and hand polished by the team at NYC Velo). The seatpost is from the Campy Chorus group as well, the chain is Campagnolo Record and the cassette is Campagnolo Centaur. The stem is a NOS Ritchey 1-inch steel, the handlebars are the Nitto Albatross model, and the reverse brake levers are from Dia-Comp. The handlebars and leather handlebar wrap are from Brooks of England. The rims are of the NOS Campagnolo Tokyo variety, the spokes are Colorado-made DT Swiss Competition double butted and the tires are 700x25mm Panaracer Pasela Tourguard. The chainguide is also from Paul Components, and has also been polished here at NYC Velo. The chainring guard is a cut and polished 39-tooth Campagnolo Chorus 10s chainring, repurposed.
Should you happen to run across this bike in the streets of New York, take the time to check it out, it’s a stunner. And yes, Pollo, it’s for coffee.
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For the third week of September, NYC Velo (under the “NYC Velo Tours” banner) led a group of intrepid cyclists on a tour of the Southern French Alps. The priorities of the trip were as follows: ride, eat, drink, sleep. Setting that list to repeat 6 times yielded a week full of climbing (total elevation gain of 72,631 feet), descending, sun, scenery, and warm French hospitality. Along the way, we thoroughly tested our legs and our gear (see the recent BOTW feature), including the Search and State S1-J Riding Jacket, a variety of Grimpeur Bros Coffees, Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration (USADA-legal we’re told), and Endura compression gear, reviews to follow.
The trip is best seen in photos, which are broken up into 3 News posts (Days 1&2, Days 3&4, and Days 5&6), with little more than captions to accompany the images. If you’d like to learn more about this trip, or any of the upcoming adventures, stop by the shop or drop us an email at: Andrew@nycvelo.com.Alps, bike tour, coffee, events, french alps, Grimpeur Bros Coffee, independent fabrication, NAHBS, Road Biking, Search and State, shop rides, skratch labs, Tour de France, Trips
Nigel Hall is a Co-Founder of Grimpeur Bros. Specialty Coffee and an interactive designer at Tremor Video. He’s fond of adventures and has spent time in Kenya doing field biology research. During his time there, he climbed Mt. Meru in Tanzania and hitch-hiked from Kenya to Rwanda and back. On weekends, you’ll find Nigel racing bikes for David Jordan Racing, backpacking in the Catskills or Adirondacks, and/or knocking out his wife’s insanely long honey-do list and hanging with the family.
Dan Manco is also a Co-Founder of Grimpeur Bros. Specialty Coffee in addition to his work as a highly accomplished digital strategist, marketer, product developer, producer, and serial entrepreneur. Dan loves all things cycling and coffee related. He recently relocated his family to Austin, TX, from Brooklyn, NY, though he makes a point to get back to NYC as often as he can but it’s never as much as he’d like.
NYC Velo: What’s your favorite bike?
Nigel Hall: I have two favorite bikes. My mountain bike and my road bike. My mountain bike is a 1996-era, Reynolds 531, Walter Croll with a Girvin Suspension Stem and a kinesis aluminum fork. Yes, that’s right, a Girvin Suspension Steam – a relic. I converted it to my commuter bike and it’s a ton of fun to ride around the city. You can really accelerate and maintain speed with it. The stem absorbs all the potholes in the road and I really like the recoil on it. It’s plush and smooth. It’s an oldie, but goodie.
My other favorite bike is my road bike. It’s a Scott Addict R1 – pure machine. It’s light, stiff, and elegant. Similar to my Walter Croll mountain bike, the Scott just feels like it’s a part of me when I ride – pushing me to go further and faster.
Dan Manco: It’s cross season so my favorite bike is my 2010 Kona “Jake The Snake” procured at NYC Velo (we did not solicit that plug, ed.). I’ve been riding it so much that I rode my 2011 Scott CR1 Elite the other day after a long break and it was like going on a date with a new girlfriend. Jake is a fun, tough, just all-round solid CX bike. And doubles as a great commuter bike. Post-cyclocross season, my CR1 “China White” will return as my fave…she’s jealous right now.
NYCV: What’s your favorite ride?
NH: The only riding that I have done in NY has been the typical 9W route and WAY too many laps in Central and Prospect Park. I enjoy it because it suits my style of riding – nice rollers and some flat areas where you can get speed and maintain it. I prefer to take River Road into Nyack and then do some climbing up Bradley and then make my way back on 9W.
DM: In Austin, my favorite ride starts 10 minutes from my front door, the hills of Westlake Hills. They’re steep, short pitches (think the Piermont on ramp on to 9W back towards the GW except longer) and just a lot of fun. And they connect to even steeper climbs in Northwest Austin (Ladera Norte, Jester, Courtyard, Bee Cave Rd., the 360 Loop, Lost Creek, and the Dam Loop). They’re great, scenic routes to climb and are car-light. In NYC, hands down it’s 9W and River Road. I love those routes so much we named the Grimpeur Bros. signature espresso and peaberry single origin 9Dub Espresso and River Road Peaberry Single Origin respectively. And they are available for purchase at NYC Velo. Yes they are!
NYCV: What do you always bring with you on a ride?
NH: A very simple multitool that can handle repairs to get me home, spare tube, air and food. Food is most critical. I’m skinny and I burn calories like crazy. I need to eat. I get the “fringale” too easy, even at my fittest.
DM: Helmet, Road ID, driver’s license, $20, iPhone, tire irons, spare tube, Lezyne tire pump, patch kit, and Halt! dog repellent (3 words: Texas. Country. Dawgs.)
NYCV: What’s your favorite post-ride food?
NH: My favorite post-ride food is an organic burger from Prime Meats with one of their cocktails. Prime Meats is farm-to-table, local and fresh. The burgers are one of my favorites in all of NY, and nothing goes with it better than one of their cocktails. All of their mixes are freshly made and it’s the perfect combo after a good ride.
DM: Espresso or a single origin coffee pour-over plus whatever protein I can find…current protein favorite: Texas BBQ (J Mueller BBQ in South Austin).
NYCV: What’s next?
NH: More Grimpeur Bros. Coffee and more racing – shooting to upgrade to Cat 3 in 2013. More family. Enjoying life and eating great food. More awesomeness. More adventures.
DM: More cross racing. More climbing. More coffee. More Grimpeur Bros. More Life.
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Mark your calendars for the innaugural Taconic 150, a ride of 150 (or so) kilometers in the Taconic mountain range north of the city. The ride starts at 8am on Sunday August 14 at the Metro North train station in Wassaic, NY.
The Taconic Range stretches from Northeastern Dutchess County in NY to Southern Vermont, rising from the Hudson Highlands less than 80 miles north of Manhattan. The Taconic 150 tours the southern section of the Taconic Range, starting in the Upstate NY town of Wassaic in Dutchess County before rolling through Southeastern Columbia County, crossing the bordering into Berkshire County in Massachusetts, and returning back to Wassaic.
The ride starts and finishes in Wassaic, the upstate terminus of Metro North’s Harlem River line, and is a 90 minute drive from the East Village. Cars will be leaving NYC Velo (at 64 2nd Avenue) at 6:30am Sunday morning (August 14th) for those needing a ride to Wassaic (please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 10th if you will need a ride).
For riders interested in spending Saturday night in or around Wassaic, we will post details on area accommodations soon. Info on Metro North’s train schedule can be found here. The ride includes a selection of challenging paved and unpaved upstate roads, taking a break from the NYC cycling scene’s status quo, yet is easily accessible from the city.
The route has been designed to take advantage of not only the area’s varied terrain (including majestic waterfalls), but the rural small towns that pepper the countryside (ideal for refueling stops). The route is laid out in a figure 8, so riders with other obligations (or protesting legs) can trim their effort as needed.
NYC Velo will provide support at the start and finish of the ride with spare tubes, snacks, and basic tools (many thanks to our friends at Pedro’s). Thanks to the fine folks at Stumptown Coffee, riders of the Taconic 150 will be able to supplement their pre-ride preparations with a bottle of the roaster’s new cold-brewed coffee, brewed and bottled in their Red Hook, Brooklyn facility.
For Immediate Release: Please join us for this week’s Saturday ride (April 30th) at the STUMPTOWN COFFEE ROASTERS “BREW BAR”, located at 219 Van Brunt Street (Commerce Street), Red Hook, Brooklyn. As usual, we there will be goodies and amazing coffee… coffee in this case is directly from the master roaster at the source (as roasty-fresh as it gets.) The ride meets up at 9AM and takes off around 9:30ish.
We look forward to you all joining us for another enjoyable ride!
coffee, Road Biking, shop rides, stumptown
NYC Velo is a neighborhood joint. We love and support small business, local business, independent business…the neighborhood joints. One of our favorites, make that definitely our favorite, joint in the hood (well, the east village), is Abraco Espresso. Actually, Abraco would probably have to be our favorite espresso purveyor in the entire city, hell, maybe of all time. Lucky us, it’s just 4 blocks away.
We’re not professional food writers (Sorry, CJ), so we won’t attempt to review the quality of Abraco’s offerings (you can read professional reviews here). I wouldn’t even go as far as labeling us “foodies”, though we are really into eating food (a 3 hour ride can really stir up some huger pangs). We also rely on the legal stimulant caffeine to get us outta bed every morning, onto the bike and through that 8pm closing time. We prefer to have our stimulant of choice administered via the everyman concoction of scalding hot water forced through dried-then-crushed beans.
This love of coffee, read: good coffee, led us to check out Abraco when they opened up on 7th St at 1st Ave a few years ago. The drip coffee (both hot and iced) is excellent, the espresso sublime, the food amazing. As much as we love the consumables, we love the atmosphere at Abraco even more.
At the risk of sounding ridiculous: there’s something about having a cortado at Abraco that always puts us in a better mood. We’ve sampled espresso from many of the downtown mainstays, and the drinks are generally very good, but the rooms lack that je ne sais qua.
Jamie, Liz, and the crew at Abraco, simply put, have created an environment that is friendly, congenial, while maintaining an impeccable level of culinary execution. We love having Abraco in our neighborhood, they’ve raised the bar concerning the small business experience in New York City. They make us work harder to do the same for bicycle retail.coffee
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