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From the Shop: Now Offering Custom Paint

Over time we have fielded several requests for custom paint, and now we are happy to offer this service through a local painter. We don’t even mark up the paint, you just pay what our painter charges us. Check out our first paint job, a simple pink clear coat over the top of an existing black/white frame.

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Photos From the Hoodoo 500

In Portland? Lookout for these two

“Attached is a photo taken of myself (Jerry Curtis) and Tom Fisher on a recent bicycle ride. We both purchased Volagi Bikes and ride them often. Tom purchased the Viaie and I the Liscio. We live in Portland, Oregon and ride year round. We’ve donned our fenders and semi/winter gear for a ride. The photo is taken outside a small cafe in Troutdale, Oregon.

We’re both retired and ride often (about 3,000 miles a year). We love the bikes and hope you get some pleasure out of the photo.”

New Shimano 105 5800 11 Speed

We’ve put together a Viaje with the new Shimano 105 11 speed group and new SRAM Centerline rotors! Our initial impressions are that the shifting is slightly more crisp compared to it’s bigger brothers and is as easy to maintain as previous generations. The new 105 also comes in the GS rear derailleur which allows us to include an 11-32 long range cassette, so basically any large hill or even mountain can be tackled.

A really neat addition to the bikes are the SRAM Centerline rotors. In our testing of the rotors down a very wet North Ogden Divide (~10% grade) they were extremely quiet and gave consistent braking power. All of our models can now come spec’d with the impressive Centerline rotors.

We plan to test the group further with the R685 mechanical hydraulic shifting when it becomes available at the beginning of October.

The base 105 11 speed group on our steel Viaje starts at $2,545, while the 105 11 speed full carbon Liscio starts at $3,116.

Volagi Supports Planet Ultra

We’re excited to be supporting Planet Ultra‘s long-distance cycling events for the remainder of 2014. Most notably the HOODOO 500 in Southern Utah.

“The most epic and challenging ultracycling race, the Hoodoo 500 route passes through or around three National Parks, three National Monuments and several Utah State Parks. The scenery varies from majestic cliffs and striking red rock hoodoos to aspen and pine forests and high mountain meadows. All the best of Utah’s Color Country!

Geologically speaking, hoodoos are tall, skinny spires of rock that protrude from the bottom of arid basins and sedimentary rock. Mystically speaking, hoodoo means a magical spell; which is what the Hoodoo 500 experience will cast upon you. Come test yourself, and bring your lucky mojo…”

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Triple Bypass – Colorado

We’re excited to be a part of this years Triple Bypass organized by Team Evergreen Cycling in Colorado. With over 10,000 ft. of climbing and a “Double Triple Bypass” option, this is not only one of Colorado’s largest cycling events, but one of the more challenging. Look for us both days in the booth area, and if you’re in Colorado, be sure to participate in the event.

“The Triple Bypass Bicycle Ride is recognized as one of the premier cycling events for those who DARE! Celebrating the 26th Anniversary of the Triple Bypass Bicycle Ride, the Triple offers two days of enjoying the beautiful scenery Rocky Mountains on your bike. On Saturday July 12th, 2014, the Triple Bypass ride heads WEST from Evergreen and concludes in Avon over three mountain passes. The ride is 120 miles from Evergreen (Bergen Park) over Juniper Pass (11,140 ft.), Loveland Pass (11,990 ft.), Swan Mountain and Vail Pass (10,560 ft.), concluding in Avon. The ride has over 10,000 ft. of challenging elevation gain! On Sunday July 13th, the Triple Bypass heads EAST, starting in Avon, over 3 mountain passes, ending in Evergreen. For those truly interested in a heart-pounding experience, riders are able to complete both ride days in the “Double Triple Bypass.” With two ride days the total number of available entries is 5,000. 3,500 riders will be on the road Saturday, and up to 2,500 riders on Sunday. 1,000 riders will be riding both days as Double Triple Bypass riders.”

Read more about the Triple Bypass » https://www2.triplebypass.org/

SRAM Red 22 Hydro

SRAM Red 22 Hydro has gone through some major changes for the 2015 model year. Addressing extreme weather issues was at the forefront of redesigning the group. Here’s some highlights of the change:

“New Lever Body Design
SRAM’s all new lever body design refines the ergonomic shape of our HydroR shifter body, allowing for improved hand wrap, more comfort, and ultimately better control. The new shape also improves the material placement around the internal bore, which is all about improving consistency and performance. All of those changes add up to a lighter lever, improved shifter alignment, cleaner cable routing, and lighter shifting action.

New Bleed Port Design
SRAM’s new bleed port design is all about a simpler interface for setting up and bleeding the brakes. Cleaner, simpler, easier, better.

Master Cylinder Piston
At the core of the new MY15 hydraulic road brakes is the new master cylinder piston, with incredible amounts of testing behind it, improves performance and consistency, especially in extreme temperatures.

Bladder
The new high capacity bladder is the primary fluid compensating device for pad wear, and we have improved its ability to do its job through its improved compliance and ability to evacuate the reservoir. The new system design improves the reservoir cover, bladder sealing, and lever body interface.”

These are welcome changes, and we look forward to building with this new group.

Read more » https://www.sram.com/sram/road/family/sram-red

Training Tips: Interval Training for Endurance

Two diverse forms of exercise can have similar changes to selected muscle adaptations. However, it has been shown that intense interval training is a time-efficient strategy to induce quick muscle adaptation in comparison to the “traditional” endurance training.

Interval Training can be defined as a workout composed of quick bursts of intense exercise with low intensity exercise. It can also be said that interval training is painful, but it has been shown to be an efficient way to improve speed, musculature adaptation: growth and power, increase oxygen capacity and much more. But what does all this mean to your endurance training or more simply to your overall health?

Consider the health benefits:

Improve your aerobic capacity. As your cardiovascular fitness improves, you’ll be able to exercise longer or with more intensity.

Burn more calories. The harder you work out, the more calories you will utilize. After a workout your body still is burning more calories than if you just did an aerobic exercise.

Variety to your workout. Increasing your intensity with intervals training will add a variety to your work out.

Keep you motivated. It helps to see results with your training to keep you exercising.

Consider the endurance training improvement:

There have been studies and samples of cycling routines that you can include in your cycling to improve your endurance if you have limited time but want to ride long distances. Long distances can be defined by 50 miles or more in one single bout. When your endurance improves, you will see a more efficient way of your body to improve skeletal muscle blood flow and vascular circulation, it increases the capacity of lactate transport and the release of H+ from the active muscles. Over a period of time, 4 or more weeks of consistent training will a good indicator to see results in any exercise routine you start and do consistently.

An interval training routine should be designed according to your current fitness status and experience as a cyclist. Always consult a physician to ensure that you are in good health when starting a new exercise regimen.

Below is a sample of an Interval training that could help you improve your endurance if you do it for 4 to 6 weeks as recommended in the chart below.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Recovery Interval Training Endurance

and Recovery

Interval Training Endurance and Recovery Long ride between 4 hours to 8 hours or 40- 100 miles 30 minutes or aerobic exercise or 20 miles of cycling
Take the day off. Your body will recover faster when it rests. W1-1 10-20 miles or 1 hour ride at conversational pace W1-2 10-20 miles or 1 hour ride at conversational pace    

 

W1-1: 30 seconds of “all out” pedaling. 60 seconds at conversational pace. Try it 3 times then rest for 3 minutes and do the set again 4 times. 30secs. fast, 60 secs. slow, 30secs. fast, 60 secs. slow, 30secs. fast, 60 secs. slow then rest at slow pace for 3 minutes. Repeat this routine 4 times. Always warm up and cool down with conversational pace for 10 minutes. When you warm up and cool down you can prevent injuries by slowing ramping up the muscles to do extraneous work, when cooling down, it helps your body properly bring down heart rate, lactate mobilization and respiration rate.

W1-2: 20 seconds of “all out” pedaling. 40 seconds at conversational pace. Try it 4 times then rest for 2 minutes and do the set again 4 times. 20secs. fast, 40 secs. slow, 20secs. fast, 40 secs. slow, 20secs. fast, 40 secs. slow then rest at slow pace for 2 minutes. Repeat this routine 5 times

For some recreational athletes, they have doubled their endurance time to fatigue during cycling in a shorter amount of time than athletes training with at the same capacity without interval training or quick bursts of exercise.

Each training session consists of specific workouts so that you can see adaptations and create a routine. Once a routine is created, workouts will become easier because you create a habit. As soon as the workouts get boring, it’s time to change up the routine. The body tends to adapt to training routines, creating a homeostasis in the growth or improvement of the systems, hence the opportunity to shake things up with a different workout outside of the routine.

It is important not to exceed intense workouts, too many consecutive hard workouts doesn’t allow for body systems to recover. It can cause injuries, over reaching, over training and unnecessary set back to the enjoyment of cycling.

The overall adaptation to interval training is clearly dependent on the duration of interval, recovery between repetitions, total volume and frequency of the training bouts. These variables have great effects on the metabolic, structural and performance adaptations. The changes take a sometime but it is very rewarding when you find out that your heart rate is slower, that you have lost weight without even changing your eating habits, that you can sustain your power output when in a pace-line with friends.

If you have questions about your training contact Susan Scarlet-Macaw at , Exercise Physiologist

 

Innovations

bike_callouts_liscioLONGBOW FLEX™ STAY SUSPENSION

The patented LongBow Flex™ stay is a radical departure from the norm. We separated the seat stays from the seat tube and lengthened it to maximize the carbon fibers inherent ability to absorb road vibrations. We then optimized the shape and carbon layup of each stay, further enhancing the bike’s ability to flex vertically while remaining stiff horizontally for control and efficient power transfer.

  • Patented flex stay design with maximum vibration absorbing technology
  • Vertical compliance (5.5mm/kN) for smoother ride, reducing rider fatigue
  • Inverted oval stay with extended strut design to increase control and promote efficient power transfer
  • The result is a high performance, comfortable bicycle, smooth over the long haul but quick and nimble up and down the hills.

HIGH PERFORMANCE DISC BRAKES

As the first bicycle manufacturer to equip a high performance carbon road bike with disc brakes, Volagi Cycles has long been on the leading edge of road disc brake technology. Working along side some of the top component manufacturers in the country, Volagi Cycles has tested and perfected the integration of disc brakes on our bicycles. The entire line of Volagi bicycles can be equipped with offerings from a variety of different component manufacturers:

  • TRP Brakes – Spyre Mechanical, HyRd Hydraulic
  • SRAM – 700-S Hydraulic, Red 22 Hydro
  • Shimano – BR-CX75 Road Mechanical
  • Hayes – CX5 Road Mechanical
  • Avid – BB7 mechanical

Imagine a sports car still using rubber pads on the rim for braking. There is a reason why almost every modern vehicle has adapted the use of disc brakes. Disc brakes perform consistently in wet, dry, hot and cold conditions–even with bent rims and broken spokes. Without rim calipers, you have the freedom to run larger tires, and full fenders for adverse road and weather conditions. And we don’t just slap on disc brakes. We carefully engineer our frames, hubs, and rims, and hand pick the rotor/caliper combinations to provide the best braking system without compromising weight or performance. Welcome to the disc brake revolution.

VOLAGI™ AERO FRAME DESIGN

A cyclist riding 20 mph can use more than 80% of their energy just fighting the wind. This means if a cyclist is riding all day on a double century, they are unnecessarily fighting that invisible liquid we call wind. Every segment of the frame from the fork, down tube, seat post and rear stay has been optimized to be as aerodynamic as possible, while retaining the stiffness and strength for handling and efficient power transfer.

  • Aero formed tubing for time trial like bike performance.
  • Engineered to reduce wind drag while maintaining stiffness for power transfer.

MONOCOQUE FRAME DESIGN WITH HIGH MODULUS 30/24T CARBON

Ride quality has as much to do with geometry as frame materials, which is why we have selected the best carbon lay-up to keep you rolling sun up to sun down.

  • Monocoque design for strength and stiffness.
  • Nano carbon particle with Smooth Wall layering construction
  • All Liscio Models built with a blend of 30/24T Carbon

EXTENDED HEAD TUBE

A more balanced position improves performance over distance and over a period of time. We designed a slightly longer head tube to optimize rider position to endure mile after mile.

  • Tapered 1-1/8” to 1-3/8” tube design for stiffness and control
  • Allows better fit and position for comfort and position.

TIRE CLEARANCE

Options are virtually limitless when you can switch from your 23mm wide racing wheels to your 40c knobby 29ers in seconds, all on the same bike. Don’t ever let tire clearance be the limiting factor for where your ride can take you.

The Viaje has wide enough clearance for 40c tires or 32c tires with fenders. Ride from pave, to gravel, to single track in one day and then do it all over again. The Liscio boasts clearance for 28c tires or 25c tires with fenders.

Alta Alpina Challenge

Enjoy the beauty of cycling the Northern Sierra Nevada mountains. Alta Alpina combines the beautiful backdrop of the Wild Sierra and challenges riders to complete a ride of their choosing. The pinnacle of the Alta Alpina Challenge is the “8 Pass Challenge – The World’s Toughest Double Century”, a ride that covers 20,300 feet of climbing and rolls over 8 Sierra Nevada mountain passes. This is one of Robert’s favorite rides, and we look forward to meeting any participants of this event.

“The Alta Alpina Cycling Club, a 501 (c) non-profit corporation, is hosting its’ annual fund raising event, the Alta Alpina Challenge, on Sat., June 28, 2014. This epic event allows cyclists to explore the Eastern Sierras near Lake Tahoe, beneath majestic snow-capped mountains, on smooth scenic roads running along rushing rivers, all while breathing clean crisp air.

Route options exist for cyclists of all abilities. Participants can choose from typical metric and century routes, or opt to build their own ride! Choices range from a rolling foothills ride bordering bucolic Carson Valley to climbs of one or more Sierra mountain passes. OR join elite international cyclists who will be tackling another option: “The World’s Toughest Double Century”, a sanctioned California Triple Crown ride.

This is a small (499 rider limit), safe, sane, but spectacular event with famously strong support. Frequent rest stops with food and refreshments, roving assistance vehicles, a delicious post-ride dinner, and a unique personalized bib suitable for framing are just some of the offerings.

More information and online registration is available on the web at: www.altaalpina.org/challenge. Or phone AACC at 877-845-BIKE.”

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