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News, stock updates and bike related features (older updates - click on thumbnails for more).

October 22nd: All Disc Cogs back in stock

Just received and now available again are all options in bolt on Disc Cogs, to order please see the shop.

September 24th: Token delivery

Back in stock today are all options in Token grips, pedals, BBs and track cogs.

September 9th: KMC Half-Links back at last!

After more than four years we have a small batch of half-links available again. For more details and to order please see the shop.

August 22nd: VeloSolo spacer kits, chainrings and cogs

We have just had a large delivery of spacer kits, chainrings and track cogs and nearly all options are now back in stock again.

June 28th: VS Chainrings

A large delivery just arrived with most options back in stock

April 4th: Many items back in stock today and new drop bars/pedals

We now have all the following back in stock: Kalloy KL stems in all sizes/options, Kalloy Swan Neck stems, Kalin stems, Zenith Gran Compe long quill stems, Zenith Bullhorn bars, Tange BB's in all sizes, Tektro R369 brakes, VP 365 pedals and 25.4mm to 31.8mm handlebar shims. Also brand new in are two new Zenith drop bars and new pedals.

April 2nd: VS Disc Cogs

Just arrived back in stock are all options in VeloSolo bolt on Disc Cogs

March 21st: VeloSolo Riser Bars new width

Arrived today are the new wider 50cm VeloSolo Riser bars and re-stocks of the regular 40cm option. Also back in are 3/32" 17t disc Cogs.

February 20th: VeloSolo chainring delivery including new sizes, singlespeed spacer kits

Just arrived is a huge VeloSolo chainring delivery. We have all options back into stock including the new 38t and 42t in 104mm BCD and 42t in 130/135/144mm BCD, please click on thumbnails below for full details. Also back are in are all colours of VS singlespeed spacer kits.

December 6th: Token delivery

Just arrived back in stock are all options in Token Road and Track pedals, and all Token chainrings, track sprockets, lockrings and bottom brackets.

December 2nd: VeloSolo singlespeed and headset spacers

In stock again this week we have all colours of VeloSolo singlespeed spacer kits (except Titanium Blue) including new silver anodized and more 'random mix' sets available at just £10.95. Also in this week are VeloSolo headset spacers in the new 1 1/8" size and all colours back in stock in 1".

October 29th: Large stock update

Back in stock today we have combined chainwhip/lockring tools and a new basic lockring tool to replace the discontinued BBB model. Also back in are all options in Andel SS cogs and Gebhardt black chainrings, Tektro R359 brakes and Dia Compe Goldfinger levers and all Zenith threadless BB's.

October 22nd: VeloSolo chainrings and headset spacers

Coming soon we will have some new sizes in VeloSolo chainrings including 38t and 42t in 104mm BCD and a new smaller 42t in 130mm, 135mm and 144mm BCD. Headset spacers will also be available in 1 1/8" as well as the current 1" soon.

September 27th: VeloSolo chainrings stock update

We have just had a large VeloSolo chainring delivery, virtually all options now back in stock.

August 29th: VeloSolo chainrings and cogs stock update

Back in stock today we have most options in VeloSolo road chainrings, all steel Disc Cogs and all Large Logo Track cogs.

July 30th: Token stock update

Back in stock today we have all colour options in Token grips and cassette lockrings, Token road pedals, bottom brackets, rear cogs and all sizes in chainrings.

July 12th: stock update

Back in stock today we have all Tange bottom brackets, VP 365 pedals, Dicta YC 402 freewheel tools, Passage chrome headsets and a final batch of Royce chainrings.

July 2nd: June Prize Draw winners!

The three lucky winners of a VeloSolo Track Tool in the June draw are as follows: Barry J. (Middlesex, UK), Dieter D. (Herent, Belgium) and Jim R. (Hampshire, UK).

We will be emailing you today with full details.

June 22nd: Stocktaking end of June

IMPORTANT: due to annual stocktaking the VeloSolo website will be offline and unavailable for around 36 hours from 12am Thursday 27th June until Friday evening. Please order well before Friday if possible to ensure early dispatch.

June 20th: VeloSolo chainring stock update

Back in stock today we have all options in VeloSolo MTB chainrings and nearly all options in Road/Track chainrings, please see the shop.

June 13th: stock update

Back in stock today we have all colous in Onza and Voodooo pedals, all KMC S1 chains. Lots of VeloSolo chainring options are currently out of stock but we hope to have most of these within a week or so.

Prize Draw - win VeloSolo Track Tools in May and June!

To celebrate the launch of three new colours for our best selling VeloSolo Track Tool we are giving away three tools in each month of May and June. How to enter? Simply place an order on the VeloSolo website with a value over £35.00 (shipping not included) and your name will be entered into the draw. Customers worldwide are eligible to enter. Three winners will be picked at random at the end of each month to each win a VeloSolo Track Tool of their colour choice. The winners names will be posted on the blog and contacted via email.

June 3rd: May Prize Draw winners!

The three lucky winners of a VeloSolo Track Tool in the May draw are as follows: Jonas L. (Goteborg, Sweden), Harvey B. (Cambridge, UK) and Joseph A. (Berkshire, UK).

We will be emailing you today with full details. Another chance to win one of three VeloSolo Track Tools will continue throughout June!

May 28th: Paypal payment problems

Over the past fortnight we have received a number of reported issues with payments unable to proceed due to Paypal's system refusing payments. This is a technical issue that Paypal are aware of and are working to fix. If this happens when placing an order please do contact us and we can send a Paypal invoice directly which should allow payment to proceed without a problem.

We can also send details for a bank transfer in the UK, this involves no costs to the sender and is usually cleared within 24 hours.

In the meantine we apologise for the inconvenience.

April 29th: New items, stock update

New into stock this week we have Deda RS 01 seatposts and two new colours in VeloSolo spacer kits; Titanium Blue/Grey and Magnesium Bronze. Also back into stock are Selle Italia Turbo leather saddles at a special offer price and Stronglight Track chainsets in both sizes.

April 24th: Nitto Dirt Drop stems, VS Disc Cogs

Back in stock today we have both sizes of Nitto Dirt Drop stems (80mm and 100mm) and all sizes of VeloSolo bolt on steel Disc cogs.

April 17th: New items

New into stock this week we have Lasco MTB singlespeed chainsets, VP tan leather toe straps and blue Tressostar handlebar tape.

March 27th: Lots of items back in stock!

Back in stock from today we have Dicta freewheel and combined chain-whip/lockring tools, Zenith handlebar shims in all sizes, all options in Andel singlespeed and Dicta track cogs, all Campag cotton caps, Tektro 721 brake levers, and YBN 1/2 links.

March 25th: Easter bank holiday deliveries

Easter Friday 29th March and Easter Monday 1st April are both bank holidays in the UK and as Royal Mail is closed there are no collections or deliveries on these days. VeloSolo will be open as normal however, any orders placed after 1.30 pm on Thursday 28th March will not be shipped until Tuesday 2nd April.

March 13th: Weather update

Royal Mail has now resumed business collections today and all orders from yesterday and today will enter the mail system this evening. Inevitably there will be delays due to the backlog but we hope these will be minimal.

March 12th: Severe weather affecting deliveries

UPDATE: 12pm: We regret to inform our customers that due to the severe weather in the SE of the UK and subsequent impact on road, rail and air transport, we have just been informed by Royal Mail and Parcelforce that no regional collections or deliveries will be taking place in this area today. Consequently no mail will enter the system until tomorrow (Wednesday) evening at the earliest. We are hopeful that the situation will improve tomorrow and we will post further updates here.

9am: Once again due to heavy snow across the UK this week and forecast for the coming days we are unfortunately expecting significant delays to postal deliveries. We will continue to ensure all orders get to the local postal sorting office daily however Royal Mail's national distribution and collection is severely affected by the current heavy snow. In addition a large percentage of UK flights both national and international are likely to be cancelled. We apologise for the inconvenience beyond our control but we must advise that while this situation continues severe delays will be possible to current orders, both UK and international.

March 1st: Tees

All sizes and colours of VeloSolo tees are back in stock this week including a new Khaki green option.

February 26th: Gebhardt chainrings

We now have a much larger selection of Gebhardt chainrings in stock - all sizes from 42t to 50t in black and silver and all three common BCD patterns.

February 14th: Token delivery

Back in stock this week are Token bottom brackets in all options, Token track sprockets in most sizes, valve extenders, lockrings, grips etc.

January 18th: Stock update

Back in stock this week are Onza chain tugs, Onza headsets in all colours and all options in Onza/Voodoo pedals. New Miche/Campag specific track hub lockrings are now available.

November 22nd: New Disc Cog sizes and colours + orange spacers

In stock today are some brand new Disc Cog options including cro-mo models in 20t and 21t sizes and new colours for 7075-T6 models in blue and orange. Our best selling 7 piece anodized spacer kits are also available in new orange too.

November 7th: Big Token delivery

Lots of Token products back in stock now including grips and lockrings in all colours, all pedal sets including Track in polished or black, chainsets, headset spacers and JIS bottom brackets too.

October 31st: Many items back in stock

Today we have received re-stocks of KMC 510 silver chains, Kalloy KL and Zenith Gran Compe stems in all sizes, Zenith 2 bolt stems in Ahead and quill, Zenith synthetic leather tan tape, Tange Passage headsets in all colours and Tektro R359 brakes.

October 24th: Stronglight, Oury, Campag

Back in stock are all colours of Oury grips including black, Stronglight BB's in 103mm and 107mm, Campag caps in black and new in are Campag and Tacx bottles. Pictures now up of all the new Restrap products too.

October 19th: Restrap new products and VeloSolo Campag Proto chainrings

Into stock today are the latest new products from Restrap including Hip Pouches, Lock Holsters and Bottle Holsters. For more details and to order please see the shop. Also in today are new stocks of VS Campag Proto chainrings in 39t and 42t and all colours. Details here.

October 10th: Field Cycles

Harry at Field Cycles contacted us this week to share some pics of his gorgeous new Single Fixed build using a VeloSolo Disc Cog in the drivetrain. For more info on Field frames and components please click the pic or here.

October 5th: VeloSolo chainrings update

A large delivery of VS rings in today including many 3/32" models in the new slightly narrower width (now compatible with narrower 9 speed and 10 speed chains). Full details of stock in the shop.

September 14th: New chains and pedals

More new components in this week, including KMC S1 chains and three new pedal choices from VP and Wellgo.

September 3rd: New items in stock

Lots of new lines into the shop over the last week or so including Kalloy Butterfly bars, Nitto Dirt Drop stems, Zenith stubby stems, Michelin Lithion 2 tyres and Zenith 'long' foam and rubber (like Soyo) grips.

August 27th: Shop now open again!

The VeloSolo webshop is now open again following our short summer break. Many thanks to all our customers old and new for your patience! Please note: Monday 27th August is a bank holiday in the UK with no postal service. All orders placed today will be packed and processed as normal but will not be collected for shipping by Royal Mail until Tuesday 28th August.

August 1st: Nitto, Sugino, Velox.

Some new lines brand new into stock this week include Nitto S65 seatposts, Sugino Autex crank bolts and Velox Tressostar cloth tape.

July 27th: VeloSolo headset spacers have arrived! Token stock update.

Brand new and in stock now are our 7 piece CNC headset spacer kits for 1" threaded and non-threaded headsets - please see the shop for more. Also back in stock following a Token delivery are many Token components previously sold out.

June 26th: Stock update

Back in stock today are Kalloy KL and Swan Neck stems in all sizes, Zenith Crescent polished bars, Tektro 340 brake levers and Silva black tape.

June 19th: Stocktaking end of June

IMPORTANT: due to annual stocktaking the VeloSolo website will be offline and unavailable for approximately 24 hours from 11am Friday 29th June. Please order before Friday if possible to ensure early dispatch.

May 23rd: Stock update

Back in stock today are SR Suntour chainsets and new in are Restrap Horizontal pedal straps. Expected later this week are re-stocks of Token singlespeed lockrings.

May 9th: New products, VeloSolo headset spacers

Apologies for the lack of updates lately as the shop has been really hectic but we have some new lines including Nitto B115 handlebars to replace the SR bars now sold out. Woodman stems to replace the discontinued BBB model and at last a YBN half-link to replace the KMC half-links. Coming soon are Straight Restraps and the new VeloSolo headset spacers; more details on these in the relevant shop page.

April 25th: Stock update

Back in stock today are Onza chain tugs, Onza Kool chains, Onza pedals in all colours and Voodoo pedals in all colours.

April 14th: London to Paris in 24 hours

Please be sure to check out Greg's blog for their London to Paris charity ride kicking off on Thursday 19th April:

March 19th: Token delivery

Back in stock today are Token pedals in all colours and JIS 103mm bottom brackets.

March 14th: Stock update

Back in stock this week are Miche brakes and chains. Unfortunately due to changes with MKS distribution in Japan more MKS products have been discontinued for the foreseeable future but we have secured some MKS Road pedals with black cages as well as the regular polished.

February 15th: VeloSolo silver anodized chainrings

We have just had a delivery of our first batch of silver anodized road/track chainrings - now in stock in 130mm and 144mm BCD and 44t, 46t, 47t and 48t.

January 31st: Royce, Sugino and VeloSolo chainring news, stock update.

Now in stock are a limited number of warehouse find NOS Royce and Sugino track chainrings, also back in stock are VeloSolo chainrings in black anodized all sizes including the large logo type. Andel SS cogs are all available again as are Kalin stems and Tange Passage satin headsets. New in are Zenith 'Gran Compe' stems in a 60mm length.

January 20th: VeloSolo polished chainrings

Unfortunately we regret we will be discontinuing our chainrings in the polished option. Over the years it has grown increasingly difficult to obtain a consistent and high quality polishing service at an economically viable cost. The latest batch in production has been rejected following polishing and therfore the existing stock will be the last we have available.

To replace the polished chainrings and to run alongside black and gold anodized we will be introducing a bright silver anodized option in the coming weeks.

January 19th: Token delivery, Exus grease, Royce rings

A large delivery from Token has just arrived; back in stock are polished pedals, track lockrings, singlespeed lockrings and chainrings. Also new in this week is Exus Pro blue grease. Expected very soon is a shipment of NOS 1980's Royce chainrings.

December 1st: SR Suntour chainset, Velo tape, headset and crank tools

Some more new items to our range this week include a SR Suntour singlespeed chainset, synthetic leather bar tape from Velo and some new headset and crank tools from XLC.

November 25th: saddles, Kalloy stem, Kinex BB, Ourys

New in stock this week we have the classic Selle Italia Turbo saddles in black or white as well as superb value Cionlli saddles in black or tan at just £14.95. Also new in are Kinex bottom brackets and a new Kalloy swan neck stem. And at long last we have Oury grips in black back in stock (with a few more pairs of the limited edition Bianchi and milk chocolate colours also available again).

November 18th: Stock update

Back in stock today are VeloSolo gold track cogs in 19t, steel Disc cogs in 15t and all tees.

November 11th: Gimondi chainsets and stock update

Back in stock today we have a limited number of FSA Gimondi chainsets. Also back in this week are Onza pedals in all colours (including new white), Voodoo pedals in black, Restraps, Premium grips and a new micro tool - the MT4.

October 25th: Stock update

We have at last obtained a new supply of double toe-clips; now in two sizes and at a lower price of just £10.95. One other item also new in this week is Tange Passage threaded headsets in a new black option.

October 18th: Stock update

Back in stock today are Zenith Grand Compe stems in all sizes, BRS 100 and 101 brake calipers, Goldfinger polished levers, Kalloy seatposts and stems, Zenith tan saddles and Zenith Bullhorns in all colours.

October 5th: Stock update

Back in stock today are Stronglight Track 2000 chainsets in 170mm length and Stronglight 103mm bottom brackets. Also recently new in are Bike Hand chain checker tools, Soyo regular grips in white and Token grips in most colours.

August 26th: Win a VeloSolo Track Tool at The Footdown

Ty at the top fixed wheel news site, The Footdown is running a competition this week to win one of a number of brand new VeloSolo Track Tools - please check it out!

August 23rd: delivery due today of out of stock items; recent arrivals

Expected today is a delivery of various parts previously out of stock to include; Nitto Noodle bars, Andel SS 20t cogs, Silva bar tape, Sugino RD chainsets, Zenith threadless BB's etc. Recent additions include new DID chains and Campag chainring tools.

July 25th: VeloSolo Track Tools have arrived!

Our first production batch has arrived today and the Track Tools are now available from the shop in all colours. Also in today are a very limited number of the new VeloSolo 'Campag Proto' chainrings. Some previously out of stock chainrings are back in now as well as 16t steel Disc Cogs.

July 23rd some delays to dispatching orders this coming Friday

IMPORTANT: please note for this week only, orders placed after 5pm Thursday 28th July will not ship until Monday 1st August. Our apologies for the slight delay.

July 18th: big delivery due this week

Expected Tuesday/Wednesday is a large delivery of many parts previously out of stock to include; Lasco and Andel chainsets, Dicta and Andel track cogs, Andel SS cogs, Zenith single chainring bolts, Dicta freewheels, bottom bracket tools and Dicta freewheel tools, chainwhips, Exus toestraps, Zenith white saddles, Zenith handlebar shims and Tektro RL341 compact brake levers.

July 17th: some delays to dispatching orders this coming week

IMPORTANT: please note for this week only, orders placed after 5pm Tuesday evening 19th July will not ship until Thursday morning and orders placed after 5pm Thursday evening will not ship until Monday 25th July. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

June 24th: VeloSolo Track Tool

We have just received the final production sample of our new Track Tool - please see the 'tool' section of the shop for new pictures. Manufacturing is under way and we hope to have stock in July.

June 4th: Onza delivery just arrived

Back in stock are Onza Kool chains, Onza double cage pedals in all colours and Onza chain tugs.

June 2nd: New Zenith bars, stems, Tektro tan hood levers

We have some new stems and bars from Zenith now in. The Zenith stem is the exact same one they make for Dia Compe under the 'Gran Compe' name - beautifully finished for the price and with no logos too. The Zenith Crescent bar is a curved bar as per Soma's Noah's Arc bar - a really great looking bar and again logo free. Both are available in black or polished at under £20 each. Lastly the popular RL340 brake levers are now available with tan hoods to compliment the usual black.

May 18th: New Token cogs, bar plugs, crank bolts, sample grips now in stock

Some small items just into stock include cro-mo Token track cogs, Zenith alloy handlebar end plugs and self-extracting cranks bolts. Also a few sets of white waffle pattern grips at a reduced price in the samples section.

April 29th: New pedals, seatpost, chains, links etc now in stock

A few new items into stock this week including Voodoo flat pedals, a new 27.2mm seatpost option, new KMC chains including the INOX stainless steel model alongside new joining links. We now have M9 track nuts as well as M10 and Onza chain tugs are back in stock at last!

March 31st: Note for customers in ITALY

Regrettably we are considering ending all sales to Italy. Many online dealers have taken this decision and unfortunately we are coming to the same conclusion. The Italian postal system suffers from an ever increasing number of delayed or lost packages totally beyond our control. Pending this decision, orders sent to Italy of any value may be subject to an additional shipping charge (approximately £6) on top of normal EU shipping to cover tracking and insurance. We are also now advising customers in Italy that they should allow ONE MONTH for deliveries rather than the usual week or so to most parts of Europe.

March 17th: Restrap and Token Pedals!

Just arrived back in stock this afternoon - a long awaited delivery of Restrap pedal straps and Token track pedals, please see the shop for details.

March 8th: New brake calipers and levers

In stock now we have the deep drop version of Dia Compe's BRS caliper. Also new in are Goldfinger single finger brake levers in three colours - perfect for drops and risers.

March 2nd: VeloSolo sponsorship of coming events

We're very pleased to be sponsoring three events over the coming months. Firstly our good friends over at Restrap are holding a first birthday party event at Hyde Park in Leeds on 25th March. Next this coming May in Sweden is the Giro di Sporco Sud. Finally, in June, Deaf Pigeon are staging the Poker Race in Preston, Lancashire.

February 11th: New Singlespeed Spacers

We now have stocks of our latest colours in SS spacers kits - Italy, Germany, Belgium. Please see below.

February 8th: New products, re-stock of stems etc

New in today are Velo saddles in tan and white, VP toe straps in white, Shimano crank extractor tools, Kalin short reach stems and chrome Passage headsets.

Back into stock are Kalloy KL stems, Zenith handlebar shims and Andel crank arms. Please click on pics below for the relevant shop sections.

February 4th: Stronglight Chainsets, new BB's

Now in stock are complete Stronglight Track 2000 chainsets with CNC chainring at £79.95 (RRP £139.95). Our previous price for the arms alone was £84.95. At this very special price while stocks last. Also new in are Stronglight bottom brackets and Zenith threadless bottom brackets - a long awaited replacement for the YST model.

February 2nd: Adi's Singular

Adi from Israel recently sent us some photos of his gorgeous Singular singlespeed. Here it is newly fitted with a VeloSolo polished MTB chainring:

January 19th: Token delivery.

Token have just delivered with lots of singlespeed and track lockrings, grips and valve extenders - pedals and other items due very soon.

January 3rd: VeloSolo shop re-open. Shipping update. VAT increase.

The VeloSolo shop is now open again following the Christmas break and we wish you all a Happy New Year! Monday 3rd January is a bank holiday so first orders will ship on Tuesday 4th January. We are hoping that the worst of the postal delays and chaos at Royal Mail due to the snow in December are now behind us and deliveries will soon return to more normal operating times. The UK VAT rate has increased this week but we will be absorbing the rate rise wherever possible without changing our retail prices.

VeloSolo shop - Christmas holiday dates

Please note: VeloSolo will be closed from Thursday 23rd December and the last date for placing an order will be Wednesday morning 22nd December. Please order well before this date if possible to avoid delays. New Year falls on a weekend so Monday 3rd January is also a bank holiday. The shop will re-open on this day, however orders cannot be dispatched until Tuesday 4th January.

As always we would like to thank all our customers for your support throughout 2010 and to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and the very best for 2011!

IMPORTANT: severe weather and Christmas post affecting deliveries within and out of the UK

The recent severe weather across the UK has caused very serious disruption to all transport networks with airports closed and road and rail traffic cancelled at times. At times the weather has eased but due to the backlog and the additional load of the Christmas post, delays will still occur and delivery times much longer than usual may be experienced.

If your order has been dispatched since the end of November or if you place an order within the coming week it may still be affected.

Like most companies in the UK we are now experiencing a large number of reports of delayed parcels. Although local deliveries may be taking place, delays further back in the system mean that all areas are affected. Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience this will cause.

Update 18th - 21st December. More heavy snow and ice this weekend has closed major airports and roads/rail lines again and will continue to disrupt all UK and international deliveries of mail. We understand from Royal Mail that parcels sent this week may not arrive until January. The severe weather is also affecting many northern European countries so UK - EU deliveries may suffer additional internal delays. Once again apologies for the inconvenience this will cause.

December 7th: Clockwork Bikes, USA

Joel from Clockwork Bikes recently emailed us regarding one of his new projects:

"I'm located in Milwaukee, WI, USA. I love and build all types of bikes and I only build with steel as I believe it's the finest material for bikes. The Trials bike pictured was designed for urban trials riding and has a few interesting features. Most notably is the 20mm front and rear through-axles. This is where the VeloSolo Disc Cog comes in. It was the only way I could attached a cog to what's normally a front 20mm through-axle hub by Marzocchi".

November 1st: VeloSolo Disc Cogs back in stock! Chainrings now in 47t

At long last we have all sizes and widths of Disc Cogs available again including the 22t now in 3/32". Thanks to all those who have been waiting for your patience. We have also had a big delivery of VeloSolo chainrings in today including a new size in 47t.

October 25th: Big Kalloy shipment, Andel chainsets

Coming back into stock today/tomorrow are Kalloy KL stems in silver 60/100 and black 60/80/100. Silver 80mm expected December. Also back in are all the variations in Kalloy 27.2mm seatposts. Andel Chainsets are now back in stock in in 165mm arms only.

October 20th: New in - Gimondi Track Chainsets, Rolls Saddles

Two great additions to our range have just arrived. Felice Gimondi signature track chainsets and Selle San Marco Rolls saddles. Both initially available at £10 off the RRP. Please click the pics below for more details.

October 4th 2010: Stock update - Token, VeloSolo, Kalloy

Back in today are Token track pedals, all sizes of Token track cogs and 1" threadless headsets. Regarding steel VeloSolo Disc Cogs - these should have been with us weeks ago but due to various manufacturing delays we are still without stock of certain sizes. Sincere apologies to all those waiting on these. A big Kalloy delivery is due end of this month with all the 60mm and 80mm stems on the way.

September 29th: VeloSolo 7075-T6 Disc Cogs now in!

We have just received the very first batch of our new Disc Cogs in aluminium alloy. These are the same spec as our popular cro-mo cogs but manufactured in aircraft grade heat-treated 7075-T6 anodized aluminium. Please see below for comparison weights but they are well under half the weight of our steel bolt-on cogs.

September 24th: VeloSolo drivetrain components - weights

We should have had this info on the website a long time ago but at last we have updated the listings. Here are the weights for VeloSolo cogs, chainrings and spacer kits:

September 21st: Stock update

Back in stock today are MKS pedal dust caps and tools, all colours in Onza pedals and 3/32" half-links.

September 8th: Stock update

All the various Squeeze bar options are back in today. Also back in this week are Tange Levin and Passage headsets, Dicta freewheel tools and BBB headset wrenches. Photos of the Andel chainsets, Velo saddles, green VS singlespeed spacers and Kalloy black posts are now online.

September 2nd: Stock update

Various items back in stock this week and some new lines. Velo saddles back in synthetic and now leather too, Andel chainsets complete with CNC chainrings new in, white barrel cables back in, Kalloy posts new in black.

July 22nd 2010: A couple of customer's bikes

We received a couple of emails from customers this week showcasing their beautiful bikes. Elias in Greece has done an amazing job bringing a classic Raleigh back to life and writes: "Hi, I would like to let you know that you have contributed in both the single speed conversion of my commuting bike and the rebuild of an old Raleigh".

And Paul in the UK has just finished a fantastic build on his Mercian frame: "I thought I’d send you some pictures of my new Mercian now I’ve built it all up with some VS bits. I had to wait six months for it to be built, but it was worth the wait!". Please click the pics for more.

July 5th 2010: Stock update - Big Token delivery

Another big Token delivery just in this morning. Many items are finally back in stock including track chainsets, chainrings, cogs, lockrings, bottom brackets and titanium QR levers. Please grab then while they are here as we never get enough Token!

June 9th 2010: Stock update - Token delivery

At long last we have had a delivery from Token, not all lines are back in stock but we have the track pedals, track hubs, threadless headsets, 48mm valve extensions, 15t track cogs, MTB external BB's and all colours of cassette lockrings, lock-on grips and CNC jockey wheels now available.

June 3rd 2010: Re-strap Pedal Straps

These have just arrived in stock this week. A brilliant product and proudly manufactured here in the UK from recycled seat belts. Some clever design points make these a great alternative to other big name straps, full details in the shop.

June 2nd 2010: Stock update - VeloSolo Risers and Disc Cogs

Both colours of VS Riser Bars are back in stock as of today. Also back in stock today are all sizes of Disc Cogs.

May 26th 2010: Stock update - VeloSolo chainrings

We have just taken delivery of the latest batch of VS chainrings - all sizes and colours now back in stock. We will not be producing road rings in gold anodized any longer so please grab them while we have stock. In the MTB singlespeed range we will be dropping the 34t size but we still have some stock of polished/black/gold in 3/32" but only black left in 1/8".

May 19th 2010: SR chainrings, MKS spares

Some more new lines in this week including SR Sakae NOS chainrings, MKS pedal spares and tools, split chain links etc. All listed and pictured in the shop.

May 18th 2010: Stock update - chains and BB's

Back in stock this week are Izumi and Miche track chains in 1/8" and Tange and Sugino bottom brackets in 103mm.

May 5th 2010: New items, stock update

Lots of new products and old favourites back in stock this week. Firstly back in stock are Lasco chainsets in 165mm/44t and a new size of 165mm/46t. Also back in are the combined chainwhip and lockring tools and Dicta freewheel tools. Nitto Moustache bars are now available in 25.4mm and 26.0mm, Miche ISO BB's now in 107mm and 110mm. Zenith 32h hubs are also back in at last.

Various new items include Izumi black chains, standard and deep drop Tektro brakes (front and rear), a new Kalloy stem and Schwalbe Durano tyres (with a special offer on pairs). We also have a brand new machined Andel track chainset (styled after Campag Nuovo Record) available as arms only or with a lovely NOS Sugino chainring. Please check the various shop sections for more.

May 4th 2010: Fixiestudio

This is a really useful new website that takes much of the guesswork out of how that latest bike build will look. Configure your own style in paint finish, handlebar, wheels etc. More here:

April 26th 2010: Stock update

Back in stock this week are VeloSolo 'large logo' chainrings in all colours. Also back in are VS frame decals, Levin headsets, Lasco 170mm chainsets and Trixie tools. Unfortunately the latest delivery of Token products into the UK has been delayed again and is not now expected until sometime in May.

March 15th 2010: VS Polished chainring bargains...

We have a number of polished VeloSolo road and MTB chainrings at £10 off normal prices. These have been added to the samples page - please click here for more.

March 11th 2010: Oury grips, brake levers, headset tools

All colours of Oury grips are now back in stock including the chocolate varieties. Also in are BBB headset spanners and Tektro RL726 RH brake levers.

February 21st 2010: Paul in Dorset writes...

Hi, thanks for the items. The (lovely) bits will be going on a new Mercian single speed frame that should be with me in a couple of months. I’ve attached a picture of the ‘ring which will be going on a NOS 1973 Dura Ace crank – some might say it’s sacrilege, but it’s a beautiful vintage item and the VS ‘ring is just perfect for what will be a real retro-build. I’m super-impressed with the quality of the ‘ring. Also a picture of the crank before I took the road ‘rings off (Lord knows how someone could’ve lived with a 54t/44t set up in those days!).

February 18th 2010: Velo saddle, toe straps, cables

We have a new saddle in stock within a few days (see shop) in the classic rivetted style (edit: now in stock). Also some new budget toe straps and some white brake cables at last.

February 16th 2010: VS polished chainrings in today

We now have in stock VeloSolo polished chainrings in both road/track and mountain bike sizes. Please see the shop for details. Photos of the MTB rings will be added shortly [edit - pics now up].

February 9th 2010: Stock update

Some popular items back in stock as of today. These include Kalloy KL stems in 60mm and 80mm lengths, Izumi chains in 1/8" and Tange bottom brackets in 103mm.

February 2nd 2010: VS chainrings in stock - new pictures

Pictures of the anodized road chainrings are now up in the shop. We also have some new pictures of the polished rings on the same page although stock of these is not expected for a short while yet.

February 1st 2010: VeloSolo chainrings are now in stock!

We are very happy to announce we finally have initial stocks of anodized road/track and MTB singlespeed chainrings (polished coming soon). We are really pleased with the finish on these and at last can offer a matching UK made front and rear drivetrain. As per spec in the shop these are all machined from 4mm aircraft grade heat-treated 7075-T6 aluminium alloy, lots of choices available in BCD, width, size etc. Full details in this section of the shop.

Photos up now of the MTB rings and 'large logo' type road rings - the 'traditional' road rings with cut-outs will be photographed this week.

January 20th 2010: Double toe clips, straps, NJS chain etc.

Some new items in the shop this week including double toe clips and matching leather double straps. Also a single strap in the same black leather, a new NJS certified track chain and Stronglight bottom brackets.

January 14th 2010: VeloSolo MTB chainrings.

Very soon we will have stock but photos of the finished anodized MTB singlespeed chainrings are now in the shop. Polished and road ring pics coming soon.

December 15th 2009: Disc Cogs back in stock

We are pleased to have all sizes of Disc Cogs back in stock again and available for delivery immediately.

December 10th 2009: VeloSolo Squeeze bars and Token pedals

We now have all Squeeze bar sizes and colours back in stock except for 25.4mm gold/silver. Also back in today are Token track pedals complete with clips and straps.

December 7th 2009: Photos of new Token products

All Token is now up to date with pics of chainsets, chainrings and new bottom brackets now in the shop.

December 6th 2009: VeloSolo chainrings

Once again we must apologise for the continuing delays with bringing these to market. We fully expected to have all variations in stock back in September but achieving the required quality of consistent finish (both anodizing and polishing) has proved difficult thus far. Machining is one thing but for plating we rely on other companies and numerous samples continue to go back and forth. Until we can achive the finish we need the chainrings will unfortunately not be available.

December 4th 2009: all Token products now back in stock

Pleased to say we have just had a huge delivery from Token with all items back in stock again (except pedals). This includes Token track hubs, cogs, lockrings as well as brand new lines including track chainsets and chainrings. We are now stocking cassette/singlespeed lockrings in Campag pattern as well as Shimano.

New colours in grips and jockey wheels too. Probably most impressive are the new bottom brackets with a superb spec for the price. Photos of new items should be up next week but all in stock as of today.

November 26th 2009: Bristol fixed gear race

Down in the Bristol area there is a large and fast growing fixed wheel scene. On December 12th the Santa Cruise race is taking place in the city centre organised by local riders - check this link for more.

November 17th 2009: stock update and Token

A few items back in stock this week including 42cm Nitto Bullhorns, Sugino BB's and Dia Compe 188 brake levers. A big Token Delivery is on the way too with old favourites as well as some new products.

November 15th 2009: New VeloSolo cut-down riser bars in stock this week

Yes, at long last we have cut-down risers back again. For full details please see the bar section of the shop. Briefly these are NOS mountain bike risers that have been professionally cut down by our UK engineers with 'factory finish' chamfered ends inside and out. Available in black or polished finish with VeloSolo laser engraved logo. Width is 40cm and ideal for city, urban or commuting use. Stiff, strong, dependable bars.

November 9th 2009: Shop closed this Friday (13th Nov)

Please note that the VeloSolo shop will be closed this coming Friday - orders placed by 1pm Thursday will ship the same day as normal. Orders placed after this time will ship on Monday 16th. All enquiries and orders after 1pm Thursday will be acknowledged by Monday morning at the latest.

November 8th 2009: Dicta track cogs, Zenith quill stems

A couple more new items in the shop. Budget Dicta steel track cogs - very affordable at £5.95 and a new two bolt quill stem from Zenith.

November 6th 2009: Campagnolo NOS Super Record Toe Clips

These are a rare find from a dusty corner of a supplier's warehouse. Super Record toe clips from Campag's top groupset and complete in beautiful original boxes dating from the early 1980's. We have a limited supply in two sizes, please see the pedal section of the shop for more info.

November 5th 2009: New items in stock; tools, new cogs, stems, bars etc...

Quite a few new parts available in the shop this week. The very popular Kalloy KL stems are now available in black alongside the regular polished. A new bull-horn bar is in too. We have a new supply of Shimano singlespeed lockrings at last - the lovely XT version. On the tool side we are pleased to have a new Dicta freewheel tool and a superb new chain whip/lockring tool. The Rivoli Pro chain tools are now in stock. Some pics below but all photos in the various shop sections as usual.

October 29th 2009: New three day UK postal strike from today

Unfortunately, as per last week there is further industrial action taking place within the UK postal system. Three days of strikes are taking place and will of course create significant delays to the postal service. As before we can only apologise for the inevitable inconvenience this will cause to our customers.

Like many small businesses we are at Royal Mail's mercy and powerless to speed things up. Please be aware that orders may take a lot longer to arrive than normal while the dispute continues - this will now affect the UK nationally as well as potentially affecting international deliveries.

Please see this Royal Mail link for updates.

October 26th 2009: Stock update

We now have VeloSolo M10 solid axles back in stock in both sizes. We are pleased therfore to also have converted M756 hubs available again. Also in are a limited number of VS tees in large sizes - both designs/colours available. Shimano XT lockrings are back in too (for singlespeed conversions). MKS half clips are available again but in the 'deep' version only at present. Other recent additons include Onza 3/32" chains and Rivoli 'Pro' series chain tools.

October 19th 2009: Postal strikes and London delays - update

As reported in the news there is a full blown postal strike on the way this week, beginning Thursday. This is a step beyond the random localised strikes of recent weeks that have caused so many problems particularly in the London area with many customers reporting delayed parcels by as much as two weeks. Once again we can only apologise for the chaotic state of the postal service and the problems it is causing.

Like many small businesses we are at Royal Mail's mercy and powerless to speed things up. Please be aware that orders may take a lot longer to arrive than normal while the dispute continues (this may now affect areas other than London as well as international deliveries). We are told that measures are in place to minimise the disruption so hopefully orders will not be too badly affected.

Please see this Royal Mail link for updates.

Please note: we will not be dispatching any orders on Friday 23rd October. All orders placed by 1pm Thursday will ship Thursday. Orders placed after this time will be sent on the following Monday, 27th October. In addition we will not be able to acknowledge orders or answer emails between Thursday afternoon and Sunday afternoon when normal service will be resumed!

October 11th 2009: First pics of VS chainrings

At last a few grab shots of the new VeloSolo chainrings, these are polished production samples of a 144/46 and a 135/48. Full details of spec on the chainset page. The first batch is made but they are still to be anodized/polished and engraved. Looks like we will do black ano and gold ano in addition to polished for both road and mountain bike rings. Silver ano was going to be an option but the polished rings are so attractive in comparison we plan to drop silver. Pics on a screen are OK but mounted on a chainset and held in the hand they are really lovely. They are polished both sides, including all the inside faces of the bore and cut-outs.

October 9th 2009: New Oury's, SR stems, Sugino BB's

We have some new Oury colours now in stock. Also available are some NOS SR quill stems and a few Sugino 'loose ball' bottom brackets.

October 9th 2009: Shoreditch Bike Company stocking VS products

If you are in London please pop along to the Old Street area to check out the Shoreditch Bike Company who are now stocking a selection of VeloSolo parts. You can check out more on SBC here or email them at for more info.

September 23rd 2009: New photos in the shop.

At last we have all the recent arrivals photographed including the Andel (S*rly) singlespeed cogs, new colours in VeloSolo track cogs, Soyo SV grips, BRS polished brakes, Zenith toe-straps and Kalloy KL short stems. Please see the various shop sections for more.

September 22nd 2009: Token and toe-straps

We have just received a Token delivery with most combinations of CNC lockrings now back in stock. Also on the delivery are Token 16t track cogs and 1" threaded headsets.

We are down to the very last pairs of Christophe toe-straps and these will be a finished line. As a replacement we now have in stock some very attractive Zenith leather straps, basically these are a copy of the MKS Spirit straps but at a more affordable price.

September 16th 2009: All Disc Cogs back in stock, new Track cogs, stock updates...

We are pleased to finally have all Disc cog sizes back in stock including the elusive 16t. Also in today are brand new colours of our own UK Track cogs with a new engraving design too, sizes 16t, 17t and 18t in 1/8" width only.

The Lasco chainsets are now in stock and pictured in the shop. Other additions include bottom bracket/crank bolts in two types, VP516 pedals in black or silver and Velox puncture kits. Please see the shop for pics.

Still waiting on VeloSolo chainrings and riser bars - we could blame delivery schedules, summer holidays, tool making delays, engineers being sick but that would just be making excuses...!

September 9th 2009: stock update and new products

Lots of items just arrived back in stock this week including Zenith hubs in 36h, KMC 3/32" half-links, Campag 'Peanut Butter' wrenches and MKS deep toe clips. Also back in stock are Dia Compe BRS100 front brakes in black and new polished finish. The ever popular Kalloy KL stems are now available in 80mm and super-short 60mm lengths.

Coming next week are some new affordable track chainsets from Lasco - in 165mm and 170mm and 1/8" and 3/32" widths. We will also have Andel splined (cassette fitting) machined cro-mo singlespeed cogs in sizes 14t to 19t available as a higher spec alternative to our regular Shimano DX single cogs. As with Andel track cogs these are from the same production line as S*rly, but without the 'name' and significantly more affordable.

September 7th 2009: VeloSolo shop now open again

We are pleased to say the shop is now open, thanks for your patience following our short closure for holidays.

IMPORTANT: VeloSolo shop currently closed for annual holidays

The VeloSolo shop is now closed for annual holidays until Sunday September 6th. Thank you to all our customers for your support this year. Any enquiries during this period will be answered at the earliest opportunity.

If you are concerned about an order that has not yet arrived please first check that your local sorting office or customs' authority is not holding your parcel. We ship thousands of parcels every year all over the world and losses are incredibly rare. In virtually every case of a delayed order the parcel turns up at the local sorting office. If you still have problems with a missing order please email and as above we will deal with this asap during this holiday period. Many thanks from VeloSolo.

August 14th 2009: Jonathan Girvan's bicycle furniture

Here is something completely different and wonderfully unique. From Jonathan in Belgium a pair of items utilising bicycle parts in his 'Re-Cycle' collection - a stool and a lamp. Please click the pic for more.

August 11th 2009: New tyres, stock update

We have a stock of Vittoria Zaffiro Pro II folding 700c x 23 tyres in all white just arrived, pics coming soon. A number of lines back in stock this week including Nitto Noodle handlebars, MKS AR2 pedals, Soyo grips and Gebhardt chainrings.

August 6th 2009: Postal strikes continuing in London

IMPORTANT: due to the growing industrial action by postal workers in London, all deliveries are currently subject to delays. Our apologies for this difficult situation which is regrettably totally beyond our control. Orders placed on Friday 7th August may not be dispatched until Monday 10th August.

July 31st 2009: Holiday closure, anodized hub spacers, stock update

Exact dates to follow but VeloSolo will be closed for a couple of weeks at the end of August for annual holidays. Please place your orders in the next couple of weeks if possible. We now have in stock anodized hub axle spacer kits in red or gold. In all three sizes (100mm to 120mm, 126mm and 130mm) for Shimano hub conversions or adapting any track hub for different frame spacing. Please see the shop for pics.

VeloSolo chainrings are now finally in production and we hope to have stock in September. Apologies for the lack of VS riser bars - these sold out very quickly but again we hope to have stock of an improved model in early September. Please see the bar section of the shop for more. Stock of the Ultegra stems is now getting low, the Sugino Maxy chainsets are very nearly all gone too.

July 27th 2009: Parabikes (Danish - Part II)

For anyone who has followed the articles on WWII and Swiss Army bikes (base of this page) you will remember we were looking for a Danish 'Parabike'. Pleased to say we finally found one last week and it's a real beauty. There is more on the history of these on the original blog entry as mentioned below but we gained further info from the Danish militaria dealer we purchased it from too, please click the thumbnails for more...

July 20th 2009: VeloSolo shop off-line for two days this week

IMPORTANT: please note the VeloSolo web shop and eBay shop will be off-line and unavailable from Tuesday evening to Wednesday afternoon and from Thursday evening to Friday afteroon. Our apologies for the inconvenience. Any orders placed after 3pm Thursday will ship on Monday 27th July.

July 19th 2009: Onza Mongo headsets, KMC Kool chains, Haro 15t cogs

Some new items now in the shop include Onza Mongo III headsets. Available in anodized colours as well as powder coat white with sealed cartridge bearings top and bottom - excellent value. We also have high spec KMC (Onza packaging) Z710 chains new in. Lastly some splined Haro cogs for singlespeed use in the 15t size. Full details in the various shop sections.

July 9th 2009: Postal strike in London

IMPORTANT: due to the postal strike in London, all UK items posted today and Friday are unlikely to arrive before the early part of next week. Our apologies for the delay.

July 3rd 2009: MKS Flips, anodized BB spacers, frame decals

New in and now photographed in the shop are MKS pedal flips for attaching to pedals without...erm....flippy bits for your feet. We are now making our five piece bottom bracket/cog/mini singlespeed spacer kit in gold and red anodized finishes. Some new VeloSolo frame decals in too.

Lots of questions on the VeloSolo chainrings lately - can only apologise for the delay with these - we have some samples at last and are hoping for stock end July/early August. The range will include 1/8" and 3/32" in MTB (104mm) in 32/34/36 and road/track (130/135/144mm) in 44/46/48. Various finishes including silver, gold and black anodized and custom polished.

June 25th 2009: Etienne in Germany writes...

Dear Velosoloists, I received my Disc Cog from VeloSolo and it is now installed on my bike. You can have a look at my city bike here. I'm living in the small town of Bayreuth in Germany but I plan to go back to my home in Québec, Canada at the end of the year. I made the experience that around -20°C, all the cables on the bike start to freeze, which makes it impossible to use any shifters or cable actuated rear brake.

I figured a fixed gear bike would be the perfect solution to those problems. However, I wanted to use studded tires which are fantastic on snow and ice, but much larger than what you can fit on a traditional track frame with 120mm rear hub spacing. For such tires, a frame with more generous clearances must be used.

The more difficult problem for me was the rear hub. I could have used a Surly Fixxer, but it isn't exactly cheap and requires readjusment of the hub. Another option is a speciality 135mm fixed hub but those are rare, expensive and require a custom wheel build. So the VeloSolo cog was really the missing link for me. It is affordable, looks really clean, feels rock-solid and it's made in the UK.

As a last bit of story telling, I'll just say that on my first commute, I had to wait at a red light next to a law or economy student and he didn't say anything but he looked mesmerized by my setup. I think he almost had to loosen his polo shirt. So thank you guys and I wish you many more satisfied customers! Cheers, Etienne.

June 21st 2009: MKS half clips, Phil Wood, electric cars

New in the shop are MKS half clips - a toe clip without a strap and ideal if you don't get on with being tightly strapped to the pedals. Also new in are YST threadless BB's for frames with stripped BB shells. Away from stock updates we had an email from a customer running our bolt on cogs who asked Phil Wood to custom build a hub for him. As to be expected from Phil the result who a beauty. Seems they may now be offering this as a regular order item. We are still considering producing a VeloSolo UK made CNC machined hub for bolt on cogs. Depends on the demand out there - please let us know!

Related to this we are always interested in novel uses for our Disc Cogs and were pleased to hear from Steve at Ipswich High School. Steve is working with a group of pupils to enter an electric car in the Greenpower competition and is using 15t bolt on cogs in the drivetrain. More on the project here.

June 13th 2009: Sugino Messenger, Kalloy post, MKS 'deep' clips, photos etc

We are now stocking the classic Sugino Messenger chainset. A budget Kalloy post is new in, ideal for commuter builds. The deep MKS toe-clips are also available now - perfect for those riding in 'big' shoes. Photos of the various Oury colours are now up as well as are all the other new items mentioned below.

June 12th 2009: Stock update and new items

Oury grips now in stock in all colours - free large Oury sticker with each pair while stocks last. MKS GR9 pedals now available in black. We have found some NOS Ultegra stems in 100mm in addition to the 90mm. Tektro RL720 brake levers now in stock - this is the 24.0mm size, ideal for the top of drop bars.

June 10th 2009: Which brake lever fits which bar??

In the list of questions sent to VeloSolo each day this is definitely one of the most common. At last we have a new guide at the bottom of the FAQ here: Which brake lever fits which bar?

June 9th 2009: New stems, posts, tools etc

Lots of new items in this week including some superb tools from BBB. We have a new headset wrench and a new lockring tool - this one we modify to fit like a Hozan but at half the price. Details in the tool section. New in too are the classic Rivex chain tools and BBB chain checkers - all very affordable.

Also from BBB are a couple of new seatposts in polished or black finish. Size 27.2mm for classic steel frames but longer than the others in stock at 300mm (400mm option too for mountain bikes). We have a new 'freeride' style stem perfect for use with our pre-cut riser bars. Oury grips should be available from VeloSolo within a few days.

June 3rd 2009: VeloSolo Track cogs on the London to Paris

We're very proud to be supporting Eurosport's David Harmon and cycling guru Jez Hastings as they take part in the London to Paris later this month. Our gold fixed wheel Track cogs will be making the journey on the rear of Jez's bike and you can read lots more on their fascinating preparation for the big ride at u2needyourheadsfixed and thewashingmachinepost.

June 2nd 2009: NOS Shimano Ultegra (Nitto) stems available

We have now got the photos of the Ultegra stems on the website. As per the description in the shop these are things of beauty and a rare find indeed. They were manufactured for Shimano by Nitto in the early 80's and are some of the best quill stems ever made. Numbers are limited and they are not cheap but if Nitto was to start making labour intensive stems like this again they would be very expensive indeed!

Pics below show a few boxed models but the ones for sale are in poly bags. Please see the handlebar and stem shop section for more. A high-res copy of the instructions is available by email.

May 30th 2009: Patriot singlespeed spacer kits now in stock

The latest colour mix in our CNC singlespeed spacer kit is now available - the good old red, white and blue! Ideal for Chris King Patriot lovers and flag flyers all over the world. Please see the singlespeed shop for more.

May 28th 2009: Nitto Noodle Model 177 Bar now available

We have been out of stock of an aluminium Nitto drop bar for some time but we're pleased to have the excellent Noodle bar now available. We really like these - lightweight and well finished and at a very fair price too. More on the shape in the item description but don't be out off by the famous 'kink' in the tops, the design of this bar really works well. Please see the shop for more.

May 25th 2009: New Stronglight chainset and Sugino Maxy update

The photos of our new Stronglight chainset are now in the shop. This is a great value economy model and ideal for basic fixed or singlespeed conversions. Extremely lightweight too. We have been trying to locate some more Maxy chainsets but it seems they may well be finished now. There is a chance a last few will come in this week but without BB's and a small price decrease to reflect this. If so availability will be updated on the chainset page.

May 23th 2009: Onza pedals and chain-tugs

New in and now pictured in the shop are double cage pedals and CNC chain-tugs from Onza. The pedals are more heavy duty than some of the other models we stock and can be used with or without toe-clips. Available now in four colours. Onza chain-tugs are a new alternative to the MKS cast tugs and a fair bit more affordable. Please see the shop for the usual pics and more info.

May 22nd 2009: New chains and grips

New in are two 1/8" chains from KMC. The popular 510 model now available in a gold finish and also a heavy duty half-link chain from KMC, perfect for street use or fine-tuning chain length for a 'magic-gear' - or if you just like the unique look of a half-link chain. New in also is a range of Premium grips to join the Token grips. Being flexible these are ideal for cut-down flat bars or risers but please see the note on end-plugs in the description.

May 20th 2009: Trixie Tools are here

We are very pleased to be stocking the Pedro's Trixie, now available from the shop. This really clever all-in-one fixed rider's friend has all the essential tools built into one tough, pockatable hardened piece of steel. This ranks up there alongside the Campag corkscrew and Park pizza cutter as one of the best cyclist's tools ever...

May 16th 2009: New items and stock update

The last few SR Laprade posts are still available. As an alternative we also have the NOS San Marco Italian posts in 27.2mm and another NOS find - beautiful boxed SR Sakae posts. Both in the Miscellaneous shop. We are now stocking Nitto Technomic stems in a 70mm length - these work very well for a more upright position on the bike. The 26.4mm (Cinelli fitting) Saba bars are nearly all gone.

This coming week we expect to take delivery of the very last remaining stock of Sugino Maxy chainsets. Also in next week will be some very affordable Stronglight chainsets, some new chains, new grips and more pedals. The popular Trixie tool is coming too. Suzue hubs have now finished for good sadly. Happy to say VeloSolo UK made chainrings are not too far away now - for both road and MTB.

May 14th 2009: Squeeze bar in 26.0mm

The Squeeze bar has just arrived in the new 26.0mm size for 'modern' stems. Available in a new colour of black too as well as gold and polished. Lots more photos in the shop.

May 13th 2009: New pedals at VeloSolo

Some new pedals now available this week covering a range of prices from £14.95 to £19.95. To add to the popular Sylvan Track and other models in the shop we have two more from MKS - the Sylvan Stream and also the AR-2. And from VP is the 333, a very affordable clone of the Keirin approved MKS RX-1. Please see the pedal section of the shop for more.

May 11th 2009: Token update

As per last entry (below) Token hubs and lockrings are now in stock and pictured in the shop. Token's new products have been very popular - beautifully machined, very nicely packaged and well priced. Now we have the hubs in our hands at last we can really recommend these, lightweight and attractive but also ready to go shipping with a CNC Token cog and lockring. Please see the track section of the shop for more.

May 8th 2009: Stock update

Lots of new items in this week: a Token delivery has just arrived with all colours of grips and cassette lockrings available again as well as Ti QR skewers and track pedals. Also our first batch of Token track hubs and fixed wheel lockrings is finally here. On the Italian front we are now stocking the Miche splined cogs and adaptors and have got a limited supply of lovely old San Marco NOS fluted seatposts in as well as a small batch of Campag 'Peanut Butter' wrenches. Exus double toe-straps and Sugino (SR) charinring tools back at last too.

VS decals are here as are Dia Compe's BRS front brakes in black, Gebhardt MTB singlespeed chainrings and a good mix of team race caps. More NOS late 80's Kalloy stems are now in the shop - perfect for building up an old frame. As a good match for these we are also able to supply a custom cut-down riser bar at 40cm wide. The NOS Maxy chainset has been hugely popular but it seems the end is nigh with the warehouse being scoured for any remaining examples. FSA Vero's should be back one day but we will have some similar chainsets very soon.

April 29th 2009: Stock update

Disc cogs in 19t 1/8" back in stock at last. Other items in this week include Nitto B2500 bars and some more Nitto stems. Also new stems from 3TTT and Kalloy (on website shortly). Some new sizes in Gebhardt chainrings and Hozan lockring pliers are now in stock. Photos of the SR Sakae bars are up at last too. Here in the UK the £ has lost over 40% against the Yen and around 30% against the US dollar and Euro in recent times (as the much publicised Shimano XTR pricing increases show) - this continues to push our imported items to higher levels unfortunately but at least our own UK made (VeloSolo) items get cheaper for those from overseas!

April 23rd 2009: Stock update

A number of items back in stock now including: Sugino bottom brackets, Miche Pista track chains, Tange Levin and Passage headsets. We also have MKS drop-out adjusters now in stock in the 5mm size for steel frames. These are the NJS stamped model with allen key bolts. Also new in is the Hozan lock-ring spanner - double ended and as with pricing for most Japan stuff suffering from the collapsed UK £ but a top quality tool. As always, please see the shop for more.

April 19th 2009: Shop now open again

The VeloSolo shop is now OPEN again for business following the Easter break. Many thanks for your patience in waiting for responses to enquiries. Orders placed over the next couple of days may be dispatched within a couple of days rather than the normal same day as we catch up a bit!

April 1st 2009: Stock update - VS Gold track cogs and tees

Latest delivery of our 7075-T6 gold track cogs has landed. Now in stock in all sizes from 15t to 19t and both 1/8" and 3/32" widths. Also now in are the VeloSolo logo tees in blue (update - Chestnut tees now in too).

March 29th 2009: Ben's Cycles, new products, stock update

Of special interest for customers within the USA we are very pleased to announce that a range of VeloSolo products are now available directly from the famous US shop Ben's Cycles (Milwaukee Bicycle Co). They are now stocking Squeeze bars, threaded and bolt-on cogs as well as singlespeed spacer kits and smaller items.

Stock news: our new headset top caps are now in stock; with our own logo or alternatively in 'Derailleur? Nein Danke' flavour, please see the miscellaneous section of the shop for more. Due in this week are the full range of VS gold track cogs from 15t to 19t and 1/8" and new 3/32" widths (edit: now in stock). The tees and decals should be here soon. On the third party front Nitto drop bars are back in stock but due to the collapse of the UK £ have become very expensive unfortunately, still beautiful bars though at any price. NOS update: KKT pedals now all gone, SR Laprade posts nearly finished, ITM 400 stems down to one or two.

March 20th 2009: Stock update - new pedals and stems

MKS GR9 and VP pedals now in stock with pictures. Nitto Jaguar stems in too. Available in the shop now.

March 18th 2009: Stock update

Been a bit hectic of late so here's a quick update. DA lockrings back in stock today. We are hoping to have some VS cro-mo lockrings manufactured soon too as well as some custom headset top caps. A stock of Nitto drop bars in various specifications should be with us early next week as well as a 'new' tyre to replace the Ultremos that are now sold out. The 3/32" and out of stock VS gold track cogs should be here within 7 days. Squeeze bars in 26.0mm hopefully in April. VS tees and decals within 2 weeks or so. We are still trying to source a replacement or alternative supply for the FSA Vero chainsets.

On the NOS side of things we are down to our last few pairs of KKT Top Run pedals sadly. NOS Sugino Maxy chainsets and SR Laprade seatposts are still in quite good supply but again once they're gone they're gone!

March 3rd 2009: Stock update - Token here at last.

The new range of Token parts have landed. Track cogs, SS/cassette lockrings, QR's, grips, valve extensions, jockey wheels, headsets and the new track pedals complete with clips and straps. All available in the shop now.

Feb 27th 2009: Stock update - Squeeze bars have arrived!

The Squeeze bars are here. First batch just received of 25.4mm and 26.4mm in gold anodized and custom polished, we're really impressed with the finish on these. Coming soon will be silver anodized bars and an additional size of 26.0mm. Update: silver anodized now in stock too.

Also in is a large batch of Disc cogs - although 'someone' forgot to order 19t 1/8" so we are out of that size... New method of machining our cro-mo axles gives an improved thread and a nice 'trick' dimple in the end, these will eventually replace current stock.

Feb 21st 2009: Stock update

New items in stock. Kashimax, Gebhardt, Nitto.

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Feb 18th 2009: Stock update

VeloSolo 15t Disc Cogs available at last. New bars and stems too.

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Feb 6th 2009: Stock update

VeloSolo Track cogs and anodized spacers now in stock.

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Jan 30th 2009: Welcome To The New Site

New name, changes to the website, lots of new products and the falling £...

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Jan 3rd 2009: Fitting Bars to Quill Stems

Avoiding scratches when using classic style single bolt stems.

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Dec 15th 2008: Poor Man's 'Jeff Jones' Chainset

A nice little project for the weekend - something a bit different and very shiny.

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(Following features archived from 2007/2008)

Dual Fixed?

Some thoughts on running a dual fixed cog set-up similar to Surly's Dingle.

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Custom Polished M756 Flip/Flop Rear Hub

A special order for Freshtripe Bikes - we can now supply rear hubs to order.

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WWII BSA 'Parabikes'

British Army folding bicycles of the Second World war, also featuring post-war Danish models.

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M1905 Swiss Army Bike

The legendary model that served the Swiss Army cycling regiments for nearly ninety years.

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Harry Quinn Fixed Wheel Bike

Now sold but this was an enjoyable project to put together.

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