We now have the best selling rose jointed Internal Gearbox Linkage back in stock. It's now even better with an improved design which makes it adjustable. Here is an
extract from the Guidance Notes / Fitting Instructions available in full on the 'Special Parts' page.
"The new assembly is adjustable for length Ė thus providing a means of adjusting the gear foot pedal position whilst assembling the gearbox. It is important to be able to adjust the vertical position of the gear pedal, both for comfort with standard footrests or Mk I Clubman rearsets, and to achieve a right angle between the short outer gear lever on the gearbox and the link rod to the gear pedal on Mk II Clubman/Thruxton-type rearsets."
VSL will re-open and you will be able to start placing orders using the new Online Shop on the 12th June. Our first order processing day will be w/c 15th June and we will
then process orders on a weekly basis as before. Payment can be made using PayPal or credit card. We will no longer be accepting mail orders or cheques and please
note that it is no longer possible to place orders using the old email ordering system.
As you may imagine I have nothing of substance to report as nothing has changed on the VSL front since the last FT. Like everyone we can only hope that the
current situation is soon brought under control and we are once again allowed contact with our fellow humans and able to ride our bikes. Sadly, until then
the social distancing measures are preventing VSL from re-opening, as the team will not safely be able to co-habit the cramped aisles between racks in the
confines of the Old Chapel.
The only current activity is that a member of the team, local to the Old Chapel, is making ad-hoc visits to check that all is well. And Iím happy to report that it is.
I very much hope that in the not too distant future I will be able to return to my usual format, i.e. giving you the latest spares news and at the same time attempting to convince you of the benefits of buying high quality spares from VSL. Hereís hoping!
In the meantime here is a photo of the Old Chapel taken in more normal times with three of our volunteers and a couple of their beautifully maintained bikes.
There is good news regarding the creation of the VSL Online Shop which is now ready for use. However the coronavirus emergency means that VSL may not be
able to fulfill orders in the short term. It has therefore been decided that the re-opening of VSL with this new facility will be delayed until we can be
confident that your orders can be processed reliably.
As soon as this can be arranged an announcement will be made on the VSL and Club websites, so keep an eye out for this. In the meantime, turn to page 32-33 to see what is 'in store'!
I will start by confirming that VSL is now temporarily closed in line with our announcement in the last FT.
For the future our overriding objective is to improve our service to the membership and ease the lot of the VSL volunteers. Following discussions between VSL and the VOC Executive it has been decided that VSL will implement an online shop. A suitable application has been identified and demonstrated to us by Tom Roche and the VOC will assist VSL in implementing the new system and with its ongoing support.
The main advantages for VSLís customers will be that ordering online will simplify the process and remove the requirement to register card details and then email order forms to us. Payment options will include PayPal.
Equally, there are advantages to VSL in operating an online shop as a significant part of the work we do on Mail Days would disappear. Currently, we type part numbers and quantities from an order into a computer to produce an invoice which is then printed, and then we type card numbers and other details into our credit card reader in order to take payment. Sometimes there is a problem with the order or payment so we have to attempt to contact the customer in order to resolve it. This is all very time consuming but will be unnecessary with an online system.
Such a system represents a huge change for VSL management and its operations and will require significant initial effort to implement. We will also have to replace most of our ageing computer and network infrastructure and retrain our volunteers. Iím sure you will appreciate that this cannot happen overnight.
In regard to staff, with the help of Bill Greenwood we have had an excellent response to our call for new volunteers. Some have already done a shift or two on Mail Days at Huncote and we are encouraged by how well they have done.
Just about every club member I have spoken to recently wants to know when VSL will reopen for business but unfortunately at the time of writing I am unable to give a definitive answer. There is a great deal to do and much to learn. Having said that, with the help of VOC, we are doing all we can to make it happen and we have already made progress. All I can say now is that we are very aware of the urgency and that we are working hard towards our goal. With VOC help and support we will re-open with an improved service as soon as we possibly can. Watch this space!
In the light of our current staffing problems and in order to put in place an improved service for club members VSL will be closing temporarily
from January 24th. The last Mail Day therefore will be 23rd January and orders must be received by Wednesday 22nd at the latest for processing.
Please do not send any mail or e-orders after 22nd January.
We apologise for the loss of service while this work is in progress and hope that your forbearance will be rewarded in due course. Progress will be reported in Fishtail and in the meantime, we will post any significant updates on this website.
The response to our request for new volunteers has been encouraging but we still need additional help. So, if you are local to Huncote and feel able to give some of your spare time then please call Peter Pares (his number is in FT464) to find out more if you would like to help.
We would like to assure you of our continued commitment to VSL and wish you a happy and healthy 2020.