Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Lake Pepin Ride

UPDATE: Someone asked me for the course profile so here it is.

Nine good friends of HC rode around Lake Pepin on Sunday in what turned out to be a gorgeous day. After a quick stop for coffee in Hastings, the group headed towards Red Wing for the start. Heading south into Wisconsin, we battled a pretty strong headwind which we hoped would be the tailwind needed to push us home on the last leg.

After summiting the Bay City Hill, we made our traditional stop at the Smiling pelican in Maiden Rock for pastries and a chance to sit in their always gorgeous garden. Continuing south, the group split up based on riding speed, and we were all to meet for lunch at the Eagles Nest Coffee Shop in Wabasha. We enjoyed great food and company sitting on their patio, and it was indeed difficult to begin the trip north.

The minute we did turn north, the winds helped us make great time. The group again broke up a bit based on speed but we all made great time heading up the road. Thanks to Tim, Marcia, Rob, Matt, Scott, Eric, Dan and Ron for joining us on what was a really great ride.

Marcia, riding into Nelson.


Eric on his new Kogswell, riding into Nelson


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Surly Long Haul Truckers coming soon

I just ordered four Surly Long Haul Trucker complete bikes in the popular 58cm size, and I expect them to Arrive on Sept-19. They are $985 as spec'ed, or $1100 with a Brooks B17 Champion Special saddle and MKS touring pedals. If you want one, call or stop by as soon as possible. If you decide you want one two weeks from now, it'll probably be too late. These are great bikes and a tremendous value for the price.

UPDATE: We now have one 58 cm and one 54 cm LHT bike for sale. We also have a 56 cm LHT that is built with parts out of HC inventory.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Studded Tires

It's way too early to think of snow and ice covered roads -- some of the best riding is yet to come. But when it does come, you'll want to be prepared if you plan to ride all winter.

We carry the Nokian Hakkapellitta in 700 X 35 C and the Mount and Ground in 26 X 1.9 sizes. We have a decent stock of both and will get more in the next few weeks.

They are $60 each for both sizes but you can buy a set for $100. We recommend a set over just putting one on the front or rear.


Thursday, September 6, 2007

Lake Pepin Ride, September 23

We are planning a ride around Lake Pepin, weather permitting on Sunday, 9/23. We now have a trailer so we can transport a number of bikes safely.

More details to follow -- check back.


Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Saturday ride

Now that we have the long holiday weekend out of the way, we can get back to the usual Saturday ride. HC @ 7:45 AM. Everybody is welcome.