When it comes to custom build steel bike-craft Sacha White, founder of The Vanilla Workshop and Speedvagen, knows how to romance his customers. Original designs and colour palettes are what they say attract a lot of their customers to their bikes. But with 150 hours devoted to each build there’s more to these bikes than a lick of paint. Interested? He’s putting on his first ever European Fitting Tour.

Sacha White takes the fitting of his bikes very seriously

Designing and making bikes that will make you drool more than a pack of Pavlov’s dogs isn’t just what it’s about, Sacha White also offers bike fitting to all customers which is mainly done out of their Portland, Oregon base. As White believes a fit helps people achieve the ride feel that you invest into buying the bike in the first place; balance being key.

“Part of the equation of a good fit is being in the right shape on the bike. The shape can be achieved on a stock size, by changing the length of stem, seatpost setback, etc. The more important (and more elusive) piece though, is balance. A rider can have the right shape, but have their weight shifted too far forward, or too far back. The result of not being balanced is the rider fighting the position on the bike.”

The European Tour will mean you will be able to test, fit and order with Sacha himself.

The European Fitting Tour

This year from August 26th – September 11th White will be crossing the Atlantic and doing his first ever European Fitting Tour for Speedvagen. As part of this there will be rides, demos, a Fit Clinic as well as fittings for a custom Speedvagen bike.

The Program

Daily fittings will take place at each location from 8:30am – 11am; 12:30pm – 3pm; 3:30pm – 6pm.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands 26/8 – 29/8 at the Rapha Clubhouse

August 27 (8:00AM) Sunday Clubhouse Open Social Ride & Fit Clinic
Join Sunday afternoon for a Speedvagen Fit Clinic with Sacha White followed by a two hour non-drop group ride from the Rapha Amsterdam Clubhouse. The Fit Clinic is the way of sharing Speedvagen fitting philosophies with the cycling communities.

Speedvagens come all shapes and sizes

London, United Kingdom 31/8 – 03/9 at the Rapha Spitalfields Clubhouse

August 31 (6:00PM) Open House and discussion with founder Sacha White
Join Thursday night as founder Sacha White discuss what makes a Speedvagen different than any other bike out there.

September 1 (6:00PM – at Look Mum No Hands) “Built to be Ridden – an evening with Speedvagen”
Join Friday night as founder Sacha White discusses what makes a Speedvagen different than any other bike out there.

September 2 (8:00AM) Fit Clinic & Clubhouse Ride
Join Sunday afternoon for a Speedvagen Fit Clinic with Sacha White followed by a two hour non-drop group ride from the Rapha London Soho Clubhouse. The Fit Clinic is the way of sharing Speedvagen fitting philosophies with the cycling communities.

Christian Meier with his trusty Speedvagen

Girona, Spain 05/9 – 10/9 at The Service Course

For the ultimate experience, there will be an extended stop at Christian Meier’s Service Course in Girona. People from all over Europe are able to fly in and enjoy a luxury 7 or 3 day package where you’ll be able to test a Speedvagen, generally hang out in Girona experiencing a slice of pro-life.

The Service Course…
…offering a slice of pro-life

7 Day Package:
Welcome Reception
Welcome Pack With a Full Cycling Kit and More!
6 Nights Accommodation
Daily Breakfast and Lunch at La Fabrica
Daily Afternoon Coffee at Espresso Mafia
3 Dinners
6 Guided Rides
Full Day Ride on a Speedvagen
Coffee Roastery Tour Espresso Mafia

3 Day Package:
Welcome Pack With a Full Cycling Kit and More!
3 Nights Accommodation
Daily Breakfast and Lunch at La Fabrica
Daily Afternoon Coffee at Espresso Mafia
1 Dinner
3 Guided Rides
Full Day Ride on a Speedvagen
Coffee Roastery Tour Espresso Mafia

For more information on the fitting tours: Speedvagen

Words: Hannah Troop Photos: Brazo de Hierro, Speedvagen