“Wriders” Wanted – ALL THE DETAILS

VeloGear.com Launches VeloGear Test Team
Online retailer now accepting applications for product reviewers

May 30, 2010 – Omaha, NE – Citing a lack of quality peer-review in the softgoods channel, Kent McNeill and Jay Thomas decided to start their own. Beginning Friday, May 8th they’ll be accepting applications for the VeloGear Test Team, an online community of writers…who also ride. A lot. The team is open to any and all applicants that log mid-to-high range miles, even if affiliated with other teams or programs. Once accepted into the program riders can expect to receive 4-6 pieces of cycling gear per year. The catch? They have to review them. And make us think. Or laugh. Or better yet, both.

What kind of riders are we looking for? All of ‘em. Every discipline, every climate, every make, model and year. Dunno if you’ve noticed, but we’re not the trinkets and trash guys anymore (OK, fair is fair – you want a sprocket necklace? We’ve got you covered.) Check out the new site – we’re rocking all new gear from the best suppliers on the road and dirt sides; Capo, Jett, Castelli, Sombrio, Swobo, Pearlizumi – this is the gear you’ll be testing.

Here’s what the head muckety-mucks at VeloGear had to say;

Short-and-Jersey-web.optimized“As cyclists we’re often faced with inconsistencies among the global community of cycling apparel manufacturers. Having the latest in Italian cycling super-finery is great – but only if you can translate the ownership experience into the domestic lexicon,” stated McNeill, “It can be really, really hard to get the information that you want from many manufacturers’ websites – and nobody wants to buy something that they’re not sure is going to fit. We wanted to find a core group of riders and bloggers to test and review the brands that we carry so that we could begin to build a qualitative and quantitative database – one that our customers could rely upon as they make their purchasing decisions.”

“This is an opportunity for VeloGear to add something substantial to the cycling dialogue,” stated Jay Thomas. “It allows us to add value to our existing partnerships from a marketing perspective and provides as legitimate benefit to riders looking for more and better information. Plus 30 or so lucky riders in 2010 are going to get some pretty sweet stuff.”

Potential applicants for the test team program are encouraged to visit the VeloGear Facebook community page to find and fill out an application. Once accepted, riders will be sent various articles of merchandise fitting their riding style, discipline or regional climate, the first of which is a VeloGear Test Team kit consisting of Capo bib shorts and jersey. Subsequently, as vendors come online with the program team members will have the opportunity to ride in the very latest gear from the industry’s top suppliers. The team is open to men and women and riders of all disciplines including road, track, cyclocross, XC, DH and all-mountain.

About VeloGear:
Velogear.com has been a trusted source for quality cycling apparel, unique gear and gifts since 1999. Founded by the owners of VeloNews, Velogear.com initially offered a small selection of unique gifts to help the magazine’s customers buy hard to find cycling items. In 2009, Velogear.com was purchased by two dedicated cyclists and industry veterans, Kent McNeill and Jay Thomas. Both bring a proven customer-focused perspective and a brick-and-mortar retail sensibility to Velogear.com. With stores in Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri, Kent and Jay are making it their mission to provide online shoppers with quality products and exceptional service at Velogear.com.

11 Comments to ““Wriders” Wanted – ALL THE DETAILS”

  1. [...] More info? Head here for the full post including details on how to apply. [...]

    • ridefast 10 May 2010 at 6:25 am #

      I would love to help out. Ex racer who still likes to hammer. I ride a average of about 3500 miles at least a year. Tours , week night hammer fests. Please let me know. Thanks Jeff Jackson

  2. Anonymous 7 May 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    Interested in the Wriders wanted product reviews.

  3. Paul-Michael 8 May 2010 at 11:43 pm #

    I just read your article about looking for Wrider Testers. I would love to test products for you folks. The fact that I wear your products and of course a mix of others as well, would (in my opinion) make me a good candidate.

    I live in Nothern California (South Bay Area) where we have an abundance of terrain and environments to test our bodies; as well as, our equipment. I think this will be an ideal situation to test your products as well. I am unbais to equipment and clothing I use since it all comes down to comfort, performance, and durability. Okay, I can’t hide that I love to look good too (especially on those days I can’t seem to perform at a level I want to).

    Bad news (at least to my pocketbook) is that I am pretty harsh on equipment. I guess it’s probably due to the fact that I am a retired racer of over 10+ years that I want to still ride at my limit (which is not even close to my race years). I’ve demo’d equipment when I raced and have even returned free equipment due to poor quality etc… So, I am hoping you consider me for your Test Team. Either way, I think it is a great idea that you have folks (even if it is not me) test your equipment for true real situation feedback.

    And, I continue to see Velogear’s clothing get better and better.

    Thanks much,

    Paul-Michael Yau
    (408) 439-0109

  4. shaughn butts 11 May 2010 at 7:33 am #

    I wasen’t able to find the link for the Wriders application on facebook. Can I apply another way. I host a blog about gear reviews and I would like to help you out.

  5. mrau 13 May 2010 at 10:25 am #

    I really want to become one of your clothing testers. Last year, I cycled 7,375 miles and I’m on target for this year to cycle 9,000 miles. I also compete as a Cat 4 cyclist at this time. I like my gear to be comfortable but I also like to look good. When I’m out there cycling, I cranking it hard and sweat a lot so I will be a great source to test your gear. Here in Texas, we can almost ride year around and I’ve done crits at 32 degrees so not afraid to go out & crank it!! BTW, I was born & raised in Nebraska so I will always be a Husker!!

  6. mrattilaboy 14 May 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    Test gear? Sure, I’ll test the stuff for ‘ya. I test and dispose of stuff regularly . What doesn’t make it gets left far behind in some drawer to be given away at some swap meet. What proves to be durable hangs around like a great pair of jeans or an old dog.
    Example, a Shaversport jacket from 1979 is still in the closet AND fully functional. On the other hand, unnamed-here bib shorts from a label that spends more on advertising are used to sling water balloons.
    I’m old, crabby, retro grouch that appreciates and embraces good new technology. Oh yeah, I’m also an old USA Cycling road Cat 1 that bounced wheels with Mr. Lemond one day. Currently a semi retired 51 year old Cat 2, license #L05664 to be exact.
    All by the Grace of God folks.
    Crap, my legs hurt…

  7. RonBryson 19 May 2010 at 8:17 am #

    I am a road bike who typcally averages over 5,000 miles a year who is currently transiting to a tri athelete with a goal of Iron Man Switzerland 2011. Since I am 64 years of age some people believe my goal to be overly ambitious but I don’t since I plan on earning a spot at Kona in 2011. My orginal plan was for 2010 but a bike wreck resulting in cracked pelvis and shoulder surgery has delayed that.

    I believe I already have experience with most cycling and tri athelete product lines and would enthusiastically evaluate any product supplied to me. On my TT bike I currently ride American Classic training (magnesium rims) and race wheels(58 mm) based on an agreement to sponsor their product. My 808 Zipps are hanging on the wall.

  8. stevesadler 20 May 2010 at 6:07 am #

    I am very interested in becoming a test team member, and I beleive I would be a great candidate. I live in Switzerland with plenty of interesting weather, and I ride different bikes(road, MTB, commute) and distances. I have an issue accessing the link to facebook application page. Can you provide another access method for the application?…Happy trails and hammer down.

  9. davewebb10 22 May 2010 at 9:52 am #

    Interested in the Wriders Wanted…relatively new to the cycling world, but have run full and half marathons and would like to help out. Active Duty Military and will put the equipment through the Wringer! Cheers, Dave Webb

    • davewebb10 22 May 2010 at 9:54 am #

      forgot to mention…currently training for the Inaugural Omaha Triathlon…

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