VO Porteur Rack The VO Porteur Rack is a traditional-style rack as used on the famed Parisian newspaper delivery bikes. Those Parisian delivery bikes were reputed to carry as much as 110lbs. of newspapers on similar racks (of course, the bikes had strengthened frames and forks, not just racks). Our Porteur Rack is made from strong stainless steel tubing and polished to a lovely shine. It won't rust like painted steel racks or fatigue and crack like aluminum racks. The quality is actually superior to that of many custom racks. In short, this is a real load-carrying rack, not an aluminum "style-rack". Yet total weight with rail, nuts, bolts, etc. is only 1.079kg. The platform is about 36cm x 29cm. A removable rail attachment is included and very handy for smaller packages. The tangs are pre-drilled to fit 700c, 27", 26", and 650b bikes. There are four bosses for a light attachment. There is a boss for securing your fender to the rack -- no rattling! Please also note the elegant pannier/tie-down loops above the mounting tangs. Mounting hardware is included. The Porteur Rack mounts to the dropout eyelet and the brake bolt (or fork crown hole). You can use the Surly rack mounts if you are running super heavy loads and want more stability. You can attach them using P-clamps to the top of your fork.
$100.00 - $120.00
These classic hammered aluminum fenders are priced like plastic fenders. They fit 700c and 27" wheels. The hardware includes: 5mm polished aluminum stays, R-clips and screws, stay-to-fender closed eyelet bolts, fork crown daruma, sliding bracket, and leather washers. The front fenders are 90cm long and the rear are 120cm. For tire up to 35mm wide. Sold as pairs only and with hardware.
These classic hammered aluminum fenders are priced like plastic fenders. They fit 650b wheels. The hardware includes: 5mm polished aluminum stays, R-clips and screws, stay-to-fender closed eyelet bolts, fork crown daruma, sliding bracket, and leather washers. The front fenders are 90cm long and the rear are 120cm. For tires up to 35mm wide. Sold as pairs only and with hardware. Detailed installation instructions included.
$95.00 - $100.00
Grand Cru threadless bottom brackets fit most frames, even those with Swiss threading. And they work on frames with damaged BB shells, even if the existing threading is totally stripped. Unlike previous attempts at threadless BBs, this new design is "internally expanding". As the adjustable cup is tightened, the silver sleeve (see photo) is pushed up the tapered alloy cups, expanding and locking in the BB. This differs from older designs, like the Mavic, that pressed in from the outside and would sometimes slip. Installation requires only a traditional-style BB spanner or a pin wrench. The BB shell does not require chamfering or facing; simply slip the BB into the shell and tighten. It is easily removed and existing threads may be reused. Like the other Grand Cru BBs, these have sealed cartridge bearings, so they require no servicing and should have a very long life. Taper is JIS. So far, we have tried these on British, French, and Swiss BB shells and they work perfectly. Customers report that they also work in Raleigh frames with a 71mm wide BB shell. These BB's won't work on mountain bikes, as their standard width (73mm) is too wide for the shell to expand. They do not work on Italian threaded BB shells because those have a wider ID.
VO 700c 37mm fenders have a beautiful polished finish. Like our other fenders they are extra-long to keep spray off. The hardware includes 5mm polished aluminum stays, R-clips and screws, stay-to-fender closed eyelet bolts, fork crown daruma, sliding bracket, and leather washers. The front fenders are 80cm long and the rear are 110cm. They are pre-drilled. For tires up to 27mm wide on 700c or 27" wheels.
These classic smooth profile aluminum fenders are priced like plastic fenders. They fit 700c and 27" wheels. The hardware includes: 5mm polished aluminum stays, R-clips and screws, stay-to-fender closed eyelet bolts, fork crown daruma, sliding bracket, and leather washers. The front fenders are 90cm long and the rear are 120cm. That's longer than most Honjos and every other fender but one; our special extra-long Honjo models are still a bit longer. For tires up to 35mm wide. Sold as pairs only and with hardware.
This is the bar that Chris always wanted. After riding with several different French, American, and Japanese rando bars, he designed this bar to his ideal. It has substantial flare for a wide stance in the drops. The bend is round and open, as on our course bar. The area behind the hoods is long and flat for extra comfort. The drops are long so you can slide you hands well back. The Grand Cru crest appears on each side of the clamp area. The center section is highly polished. The area under the bar tape has a "bead blasted" finish. This is a great bar for touring, riding off-pavement, and tandems. The Rando bar has a medium drop, 130mm. The reach (measured from the stem clamp forward) is about 120mm. Available in 42, 44, 46, and 48cm center-to-center at the ends; there 60mm of flare.
These silver two bolt seat posts have a generous 30.2mm of setback, among the longest ever. This is very important for those who ride Brooks saddles which have very little fore-and-aft adjustment due to the short rails. The VO posts are internally ovalized to reduce weight to 254gms. The adjustment is from the bottom and the two bolt design makes it easy to precisely adjust the seat angle. Also note that the head is integral with the post, not pressed on as on many modern posts. This makes them stronger and lighter. 27.2mm only x 300mm. Maximum height (above the min. insert line) is about 23cm.
The Velo Orange Grand Cru seatpost is made from one piece of aluminum, internally ovalized to trim weight. The Grand Cru seatpost’s head is integral with the post – not pressed on – for great strength and weight savings. 0mm Setback: Zero-setback/offset posts are commonly used on mountain bikes and by some bikepackers. The Grand Cru zero setback post uses a one-bolt, ergonomic side-adjustment mechanism for both saddle rail clamping and fore-aft adjustment. 30.2mm Setback: For riders who prefer the comfort of leather saddles but have found proper saddle placement difficult due the short rails on leather saddles Velo Orange offers the Grand Cru Long Setback with an ample 30.2mm of setback. This model uses a two-bolt design.
After riding with several different French, American, and Japanese rando bars, Velo Orange designed their Rando bar to combine the best elements of bars from three continents. It has substantial flare for a wide stance in the drops. The bend is round and open, as on Velo Orange's Course bar. The area behind the hoods is long and flat for extra comfort. The drops are long so you can slide you hands well back. The Grand Cru crest appears on each side of the clamp area. The center section is highly polished. The area under the bar tape has a "bead blasted" finish. This is a great bar for touring, riding off-pavement, and tandems. - Drop: 130mm - Drop Bend Style: Traditional - Reach: 120mm - Bar Top Style: Round
The VO Touring Pedals use high quality sealed bearings, meaning the pedals require no maintenance or adjustment. - Lots of traction area for sloppy weather - Platform is 90mm x 60mm - Lightweight - 236g per pair - CNC milled alloy body with a sandblasted finish - Alloy dust caps - Toe clip and strap compatible - Reflectors included - Standard 9/16" threading
The Curvy Too is a wider version of our Postino that fits modern accouterments. It's very lightweight (273g), has no rise and drop, and is perfect for those converting roadies into a more comfortable, albeit, spirited position. With a width of 680mm and sweep of 30 degrees, it's ready to make those stoplight sprints and treks off the beaten path!
A hard-to-find crank puller for classic Stronglight or TA cranks. JA Stein pullers are offered in Stronglight size (23.35mm) and in TA Specialities size (23mm). JA Stein tools are hand-machined in a one-man shop and are of exceptional quality, suitable for bike shop or home use. Note that these do not fit standard 22mm Japanese or Italian cranks. Made in the U.S.
$44.00 - $60.00
A simple all-silver polished threadless stem, it's reversible, light, minimalist, has a lovely silver finish, and a four-bolt face plate. VO stems are light, 140gms for a 100mm stem, due to very high quality cold forged construction. Some carbon stems on the market weigh more than that!
We went a bit wild with the Left Bank handlebar's design. It is a full 49cm wide, 7cm wider than a traditional French bar, but still narrower that many British/American-style bars. The grips flare outward a bit to appeal to the less restrained cyclist. Given its radical nature it can only be named the Left Bank handlebar, after that section of Paris, the Latin Quarter on the left bank of the Seine, that was historically populated by students and leftist philosophers. The stem clamp diameter is 25.4mm and are bulged, rather than sleeved, so they will not squeak. Polished alloy. Reach is about 18cm. These bars are available in two tubing diameters, 23.8mm road sized and 22.2mm mountain-bike- sized (clamp area is 25.4mm on both): 22.2mm (MTB-size) bars accept MTB brake levers and clamp-on shifters. They do not work with bar-end shifters. The only inverse levers that work are Dia Compe levers in the 22.2mm size. 23.8mm (road-size) bars accept standard inverse brake levers, standard bar-end shifters, and 23.8mm city brake levers. In short, anything made for road bars fits. They do not accept MTB levers or shifters.
Velo Orange's Milan bar is so named because it's a great bar for converting an old Italian racing frame with a short top tube. Actually, it's great for converting any frame with a short top tube into a city bike. Folks who like a more aggressive position on a city bike will like it, too. The width is about 570mm and reach is 110mm; there is around 25mm (approximately one inch) of rise. The grips sweep back about 35 degrees, and the grip area is about 170mm long. The clamp area is 25.4mm. The material is polished aluminum alloy. Milan bars work with regular MTB (22.2mm) grips, brakes, shifters, 22.2 inverse brake levers, etc., but not bar-ends.
Remember those great Belleri Porteur bars from France? Of course Belleri is long out of business, but those handlebars are still sought-after. So, Velo-Orange decided to make their own Porteur bars. They are 480mm wide; reach is 140mm. The grip area is about 130mm, and they have about 15mm of rise or drop. The clamp area is 25.4mm. The quality and polishing are very nice. The transition from the grip to the curve on the originals was a bit abrupt; The Velo-Orange version has a gentler transition. The curves on both versions are fuller and, we think, prettier than the somewhat similar Champs Elysées bars used on the old Herse bikes. These bars are available in two tubing diameters, 23.8mm road-sized and 22.2mm mountain bike-sized (clamp area is 25.4mm on both): - 22.2mm diameter (MTB-size) bars accept MTB brake levers and clamp-on shifters. They do not work with bar-end shifters. The only inverse levers that work are Dia Compe levers in the 22.2mm size. - 23.8mm diameter (road-size) bars accept standard inverse brake levers, standard bar end shifters, and 23.8mm city brake levers. In short, anything made for road bars fits. They do not accept MTB levers or shifters.
Chris has owned a much-loved ancient Italian city bike handlebar for many years. It's a little like our Milan bar, but with zero rise. We've long wanted a similar bar, but with slightly longer grips. It's finally here and called the Postino bar after a wonderful Italian film. The Postino bar is ideal for those who like a slightly forward position and those who like to ride fast. Like the Milan bar it's ideal for converting old racing bikes for urban use. 22.2mm diameter accepts standard mountain bike and city bike controls. 57cm wide, zero rise. 25.4mm stem clamp area.
Velo Orange's Tourist bar is a "North Road" style bar rendered in polished aluminum alloy. It's similar to the bars used on many classic British roadsters. The clamp area is 25.4mm in diameter. The width is 570mm and the reach is 180mm; it has about 70mm of rise. They sweep back about 60-degrees, and the grip area is about 160mm long. The Tourist accepts regular MTB (22.2mm) grips, brakes, and shifters, but not inverse levers or bar-end shifters.
We call this the Milan bar because it's a great bar for converting old Italian racing frames with a short top tube. Actually it's great for converting any frame with a short top tube into a city bike. Folks who like a more aggressive position on a city bike will like it too. The width is about 57cm; reach is 11cm; there is around 25mm (one inch) of rise; the grips sweep back about 35-degrees; the bulge is 25.4mm; and the grip area is about 17cm long. The material is polished aluminum alloy. Milan bars work with regular MTB (22.2mm) grips, brakes, shifters, etc, but not inverse levers or bar-ends.
$42.00 - $44.00
The polished aluminum chainguard mounts to the bottom bracket and to either the seat stay or chain stay. The finish is polished non-anodized. Overall length is 40cm from center of BB to tip. It will not work with a front derailleur.
Many people have asked us where they can get old fashioned city bike levers, the type that CLB, and Mafac, and a dozen other companies used to make. They particularly wanted them in a size that would fit bars made from road bar tubing, 23.8mm. Our super popular Montmarte, and Left Bank bars, for example, are made with 23.8mm tubing so they can fit bar end shifters. This type of lever is still made, but mostly in low-quality models for kids bikes and third-world markets. Most are heavy steel and have rust-prone zinc-plated mounting bands. Many are also too small for big western hands. We found what's probably the best model still made. They actually come from Taiwan, not China. They are all alloy with good quality castings with a nice shiny finish. The manufacturer made them for us with a stainless steel clamp, which we think is a big improvement. These levers work with caliper or cantilever brakes, but not V-brakes. But best of all they are available in both MTB (22.2mm) and road bar (23.8mm) sizes. So you won't have to scour E-bay or the back rooms of old bike shops looking for vintage levers. And these levers now include button type cable housing ends. Per pair.
Common on European utility bikes, front wheel stabilizers make loading front racks simpler. They are a spring connecting the fork to the down tube. They add a subtle self centering action to the front wheel, making loading and unloading of a bike with a basket, or say....our Porteur rack....much easier. You don't fight the bike while putting stuff in it. The front of the bike stays put. The spring offers some resistance to steering, so it counteracts deflections from hitting potholes and road debris, too. It's pretty universal - any bike with a down tube of 1-1/4" (31.8mm) or smaller can be fitted. It connects to the fork via the brake pivot hole. The hole diameter is made for nutted calipers or a M6 bolt. For recessed mount calipers, minor modification with a drill or a file is necessary. You can also use Sheldon's Fender Nuts to allow the wheel stabilzer to be attached to recessed fitting if you don't want to drill or file it. The wheel stabilizer is rust resistant, includes all the required brackets and hardware, and has a pinch guard to cover the torsion spring. The little knob adjusts the spring tension.
Another excellent Velo Orange part. The perfect compliment to their handlebars and stems, allowing for greater flexibility when determining your set-up!
This is a little stainless steel mounting bracket to attach a light to a front rack. This is the 2nd generation version with a hole as the top attachment point, rather than a slot. Stainless steel bracket with stainless hardware. Made in Ohio.
$6.00 - $10.25
Replacement sliding fender bracket for Velo Orange fenders.
These clips attach the fender stay to the dropout eyelet. They may be used with VO 5mm stays. Includes screws and washers.
Compatible with TRP Eurox and Paul Component Engineering cantilever brakes Allows for adjustment of link wire/brake
From the Velo Orange Website: "One of the characteristics of fine bikes is a lack of stuff clamped on all over. There are brazed-on fittings or integrated mounts for everything required. I often take a busy bike path out of town on my rides, so I decided to mount a bell on my new bike to warn pedestrians and slower riders. Of course, I chose one of our lovely brass bells. But how to mount one without a clamp? The French constructeurs tapped the bike's stem and screwed in the bell. I wasn't willing to do that, so my solution was to make a headset spacer mount that the bell screws into. Works with Temple bells or Japanese bells. Hardware is included, but bell is not. The spacer bell mount is 10mm thick. Note: if you have an older bike with little room under the headset nut, then get a Retro Mount instead."
From the Velo-Orange website: "Essential to the proper mounting of metal fenders, they are also useful for racks and other accessories. Use one or two of the washers between the fender and the fork crown, the seat stay bridge, the chain stay bridge, and between the fender and racks mounted to the fender. They are intended to dampen vibration, lessen the likelihood of stress cracks, and reduce noise from pebbles and twigs bouncing into the fenders. The price is for a pack of six, colors may vary. OD is 12mm; ID is 5mm."
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