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Whereas VO did not show at this 12 months’s Philly Bike Expo, Derek and I did go instead of the corporate, sporting our new VO Hoodies, scoping out this 12 months’s occasion. This 12 months’s turnout was actually energetic, and we’re pleased to see participation in occasions like PBE is again! Beneath are just a few photographs from this 12 months’s expo we managed to seize. Get pleasure from!

SWOOD Cycles got here out sporting full bikepacking regalia

Royal H had a number of bikes highlighting a few of our gear, together with this Mixte with our Hammered Fenders, 31.8 Quill Stem, Nouveau Rando bars, Sensah SRX package, and Touring Pedals!


This Mars Cycles body caught my eye particularly, as its paint was matched to copy a San Pellegrino bottle. Tremendous Stylish!

This fixed-welded Titanium rack was apparently a customized job requested by a buyer at Blaze Cycles, a Moab-based Ti firm. With Pinion Belt Drive, dropper routing, and customized touches all through, the bike positively was one thing to behold.

Quite a few months in the past, Fergus at Ritchey reached out searching for a set of Growtac Equals for a undertaking developing. We did not get many particulars on the time, however it will appear they made it onto this limited-run colorway Outback, and the blues we despatched regarded proper at dwelling!

I have been a Ritchey fan for properly over a decade now, and this inexperienced/yellow colorway of the Breakaway ‘cross frameset continues to be my favourite scheme to date- to me, it evokes Lotus Racing fashion with out being too overstated.

Whereas admiring how well-installed our Hammered Fenders had been on a Handz Bikes highway body, Derek and I seen this particular contact on a mountain body of theirs- a piece of a stainless rotor, lower to the diameter of the seat and chainstay and welded on the non-driveside, then painted to match. It is simply a kind of customized touches that makes smaller-fab retailers so particular.

Whereas searching the Chapman Cycles sales space, I could not assist however discover this sage-green coloured highway bike with Chapman’s personal hand-made V-brakes. Observe that the straddle cable is not truly a cable, however a spoke.

Our pals Tommy (Cutlass Velo) and Chris (Bishop Bikes) had been rep’ing our Baltimore space, showcasing their craftsmanship and a spotlight to element.

Having tried harlequin tapejobs on bikes again and again with minimal success, I believed this practice paintjob on a Dean body was actually distinctive and tastefully completed.


Alex Meade has been constructing customized frames for greater than 20 years, and likewise produces his personal jigs for people searching for high quality framebuilding instruments. He is been a longtime buyer of ours and his work is meticulous.

Doing a walkabout on the town afterwards is, in fact, obligatory. Philadelphia’s an excellent metropolis with lots to see. Should you end up at subsequent 12 months’s expo early or get to increase your journey, I might counsel staying downtown and checking it out – particularly Studying Terminal Marketplace for the pumpkin rolls.





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