Friday, March 24, 2017

Velo Vermont Spring Roll 2017

Join Velo Vermont for our second annual Spring Roll on May 21st 2017; It's more than a ride, but less than a race, and it's mostly gravel.

No entrance fee, no frills, some beers stashed in the woods, and a good tough early season ride with friends, not 600 goobers with carbon wonder-bikes that don't know how to shift.  This is not a vintage ride, don't bring your corn-cob bikes with dry-rotted sew-ups.
Expect a fun casual vibe, some modest food and drink fare, warm sun and/or cold rain, and some classic Vermont backroads.  
Nutty and Chased, Chandler, to Northfield Gentrified Store, lots of Lover's lanes, and a dance with the Devil in the Washbowl.
Leaves from Middle Ground (behind RedHen Bakery & Nutty Steph's) in Middlesex, Vermont. May 21st.
We hope to see you there.

True Love

Velo Vermont

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Coming up: Velo Vermont Spring Roll - May 21st 2017

You are in for the ride of your life! 
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Velo Vermont challenges you to step/roll out of your comfort zone and into Spring.....We present you the Velo Vermont Spring Roll! Sunday, May 21st 2017, from Middle Grounds in Middlesex, Vermont. (Behind RedHen Bakery and Nutty Steph's).

This isn't going to be your toughest Gravel Grinder, this isn't going to be the latest, greatest, biggest bike event, or slickest century ride, don't bring Stravaganza or your Powermeter, don't expect fully stocked aid stations.....
There might be Spring Rolls, it's going to be hard, there might be Chocolate, probably some flat tires, and for sure lots of steep, gnarly uphills and fun downhills.
Nutty and Chased, Chandler, to Northfield Gentrified Store, lots of Lover's lanes, and a dance with the Devil in the Washbowl. Just like a good Punk Rock concert, and a little bit of history, maybe a lemonade stand along the way...
You don't need a vintage bike for this, but bring it if it's your favorite. Bring what you love! Put on your wolf suit. Let the walls become the world all around you. 

Stay tuned for more details. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

What an evening! What a book!

We had a fantastic evening with author and Associate Professor Bob McCullough, presenting his book 'Old Wheelways - Traces of Bicycle History on the Land'. About 40 people attended the event at Onion River Sports in Montpelier, and listened carefully as Bob talked about the history of the bicycle, the formation of the first bicyclist's clubs and club houses and the development of 'sidepaths' across the country. In the following discussion one of the main questions raised was: "Why are bicycle clubs and their club houses around any more?"
Following the presentation we sold Bob's book and he signed the copy for everyone personally. If you missed out on this and are still interested in getting your own copy of the book, just shoot us a note and we will make it happen for you.
Velo Vermont would like to thank everyone who came to the event! We hope you had as great a time as we did! Thank you also to Bob McCullough for giving this wonderful presentation. It was fun and an honor to organize this event!
Stay tuned for the next Spring Ride (this time a little less 'vintage' maybe, and more 'adventurous & interesting'.)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Traces of Bicycle History on the Land - Book Signing Feb 17th 2017

"[...] the challenge of finding one's way created an entirely different travel experience, changing the relationship between the traveler and his or her surroundings. A self-powered cyclist charting an unknown course is forced to observe land features that other travelers, those reliant  upon shared, route-bound transportation, are unlikely to notice."

Velo Vermont Vintage is starting the year 2017 off right! This winter we present to you:

An evening with local author and Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at the University of Vermont Robert McCullough presenting and signing his newest book "Old Wheelways - Traces of bicycle history on the land."

"Old Wheelways" captures the incredible development of the bicycle in its history, to the first long-distance rides and adventurous tours by bike, as well as the evolution of the first journals and magazines about travels by bicycle. Imagine going on a multi-day bike tour, without road names, maps or google maps and GPS! Relying on other riders descriptions, diaries, journals and pictures, this type of bicycle touring made for a real adventure. Also, it led to the development of an extended network of bicycle paths around New England and the country. 
Robert McCullough will present all this with a fantastic collection of photographs and slides. 

Join Velo Vermont Vintage for an evening of books, photos, vintage bikes and celebrate the joy of riding in the country, for the sake of seeing things you wouldn't necessarily if you were walking or driving! 

Come by Onion River Sports in Montpelier, VT on Friday, Feb 17th 2017 at 6:30 pm for a visual presentation by the author, pick up a signed copy of this wonderful book (at a discounted price), and get excited about this coming season of riding (classic) bikes in the beautiful countryside of Vermont! 

To pre-order a signed copy of this fantastic book please fill out the following google form and we will have it waiting for you on the 17th! (If you would like a copy of the book and can't make the event we can absolutely find a way to accommodate an alternative pickup). We are raffling off a free signed copy to everyone who RSVP'd! It only takes a few seconds!

Yours truly, 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Velo Vermont Vintage Road Ride Re-cap and Photos

It was a fantastic L'Eroica style ride on September 20th here in Vermont and with the weather holding up nicely and the chilly temperatures, blue sky and beautiful autumn colors, everyone who came enjoyed the 28 miles through Vermont's finest hills and most scenic dirt roads!
See for yourself! We hope to see you all out again for more vintage bike riding next year!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Second annual Velo Vermont Vintage Road Ride 2016 on Sept 25th!

Velo Vermont Vintage is doing it again!

We present to you, on September 25th, 2016, the second annual Velo Vermont Vintage Road Ride 2016!

Get ready for the 2nd annual Velo Vermont Vintage Road Ride. Bring out your old 10-speed bikes, and head out with us into the beautiful country side of Central Vermont. Celebrate the classics on this L'Eroica-style bike ride that will take you on some of the most scenic and quiet dirt roads the Green Mountain State has to offer!
This is again a fully unsupported ride, and we are asking for a $20 donation to cover our expenses. This will get a Velo Vermont Vintage Tshirt, or poster, as well as some post ride chow and drink. 
Also, Mallory Brooks Cider is sponsoring the event and will be pouring delicious local Vermont apple cider for all riders after the ride!
See you all on Sunday!

Monday, August 15, 2016

It's not just a new bike, it's a whole new sport!

Presented by Velo Vermont Vintage, hardwood softgoods and Sideshow Cycles!
At the RIPM (Riders in Plainfield/Marshfield) trails, Vermont's first ever Vintage Mountainbike Rally and Klunker Jam!
What a day, the rain held off, and it turned into a beautiful evening, with many vintage bike enthusiastic neon clad folks! We had a big group ride on the trails in the Stranahan town forest, including a mix of brand new singletrack, fire roads and atv trails, as well as some dirt roads. There was skidding on the way back, a Klunker skid contest (mostly coaster brake equipped old steel cruiser/MTB frames) and plenty of vintage bike geeking. We had a wide range of vintage mountain bikes, from a 1940 Columbia Cruiser, with Power Modulators (aka, ''brakes''), to Specialized Stumpjumers (the one that formed "a whole new sport"), a Nuke Proof and Fat Chance Yo Eddy, to two Schwinn Paramounts as well as a Bridgestone MB-2 and plenty others!
Check out a ton of pictures here, and more to come. Also, stay tuned for the 2nd annual Velo Vermont Vintage Road Ride, coming up on September 25th 2016!
yours truly, as always,