Friday, November 30, 2007

New Spaces

On the eve of opening in our new location, I found some pictures that provide perspective to what has transpired over the past few months. The new space will be a work in progress for awhile but the changes are pretty dramatic.

We could not have transformed the space without the amazing skills of our mechanic Mark. He is not only a whiz at most everything bike related, he is a master electrician and, despite the fact he doesn't own a jig saw, a pretty good carpenter as well.

Aside from the one Jim posted yesterday, we don't have many pictures of the almost finished project yet but here are a few of the space when we first saw it. We'll let you be the judge when you come for a visit. For those of you not local, we will post more pictures over the next few weeks.


Thursday, November 29, 2007

Re-opening Saturday

We're working on a few final details to tie the room together, but we're planning on being open for business during our regular hours starting this Saturday. The Saturday ride will meet at 7:45 AM at our new location.

work in progress

work in progress

Saturday, November 24, 2007

We're Moving!!!!

It's not exactly the best kept secret in the world but its about time we announced it to the world. We are moving to a bigger location 1 block east -- 4301 East 54th Street. This location is almost double our current size and the shop and most of our inventory will all be on the main floor. We are planning a customer lounge area with some comfortable seating, a lending library and refreshments.

We will be moving the week of November 25th and our goal is to be in by Friday, November, 30th. Our phones and internet connection will be moved on Thursday, the 29th and of course, will not change. The shop ride will happen as usual on Saturday, December 1 leaving our new location at 8 AM.

The shop will be in a state of flux the entire week as we make the move. If you absolutely, positively need something, stop by or call and we will do our best to dig it out of a box. If you order over the web, let us know if you need it immediately and we will do what we can to get it shipped. Otherwise, most orders will be sent out the week of December 2. We won't be doing any repairs this week.

Look for a Grand Opening celebration sometime in January after the holiday craze is over.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Holiday closing

HC will be closed this week on Wednesday and Thursday for Thanksgiving. We will be open for "Black Friday" at the usual time (noon). I fully expect Friday to bring a line at the door, and a frenzy of irrational spending. No need for fisticuffs though; we have enough Banana Bunkers for everybody.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Nokian studded tires - "deserve them"

Deserve Them! Yeah, it's kind of a funny motto for a product like this. It probably sounded less odd in Finn. But don't let the awkward marketing get in the way of you trying these tires this winter. For many of us, the winter cycling season is not to be missed. The truly cold and snowy days (that make cycling a hardship) are surprisingly rare, but the daily risk of icy streets is likely to be with us for months. That's where a pair of good studded tires come in -Â ride over black ice and slippery packed snow without fear or hesitation! Most people don't believe how well these work until they try them. As an added advantage, the extra weight and rolling resistance will transform you into a powerhouse next spring - when your friends are still trying to shed the winter pelt, you'll be stronger than ever.
The Nokian studded tires are equipped with carbide steel studs, which are hard enough to last 3-6 seasons of typical winter commuting. We are aware of slightly cheaper studded tires that were pretty much worthless on ice after less than one winter season because the softer steel studs got worn flat. This doesn't happen with the Nokians. I bought a set three years ago, and they're still going strong.

Presently, we carry two commuter-friendly variants: 700x35 with 106 studs and a 26x1.9 with 160 studs. Get a pair of either for $100, or $60 if you want just one (not optimal).

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Banjo Brothers Bags Are Back in Stock

We just received a good supply of the Commuter Backpack, Market Pannier and Messenger Bags. They are the perfect gift for the commuter on your Christmas list.


Thursday, November 8, 2007

Change in Friday, 11/9's Shop Hours; Saturday

We will be open from 12-5 on Friday instead of 12-6.

On Saturday, the ride will leave at its regular time of 8'ish. The shop will be open from 10'ish to 4

If you have suggestions for a ride, please post them.


Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Oliver James Thill

entered the world yesterday weighing in at 8 pounds, 12 oz. (140 oz.;3968 grams; 3.96 kg.) and measured 20 inches long (508 mm; 50.8 cm.).

Guessing weight, Eric P. wins a $10 HC gift certificate for his entry of 8 pounds 11 oz.

In the length category, we have a tie. Beth and Dan both guessed 20 inches. They each win a $10 HC gift certificate.

Names -- there were some outstanding entries and the panel of judges had a very difficult time picking clear winners. But 2 stood out above the rest:

Velocipete with "Blueberry Thill" and Jim W. with "BB Thill". They each win a $10 HC Gift Certificate.

Honorable Mention goes to Eric P. for "Jethro Thill" and to the Other Scott for "Thor Thill". Each receive a signed and numbered Banana Bunker directly from the boss himself.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all for playing.


Monday, November 5, 2007

Man Child Thill is Here! A Second Chance To Win!

I have it on good authority that he is a strapping, healthy baby boy. Mother and child are doing well. No name yet but they are working on it. Once that is announced, the distinguished panel will name the winner(s) of the "Name Man Child Thill" contest.

Now, let the games begin.

Post your guess at Man Child Thill's height and weight at birth. The person submitting the answer closest to each will win a valuable prize. That's two chances to win -- height and weight.

Post often but do it before noon CST on Tuesday, 11/6.

Friday, November 2, 2007

The Future Man Child Thill Needs Your Help

For those of you who don't already know, Jim and the missus are having a son next week. "He" has not yet been named and they need your creative suggestions.

Knowing his son will be both manly and ultimately have a wide range of interests, the name should be catchy and communicate that -- hey, this kid's no ordinary Joe. When he goes to his first day of school, the teacher taking attendance should know this is a future renaissance kind of guy. "Archimedes Thill"! "Here". Has a nice ring, no?

Here are a few suggested categories and names to get you started:

Science: Aristotle Thill -- certain to get him stuffed in a school locker at some point. President of the science club for sure. Little chance of being starting tackle.

Photography: Henri Thill. Never needs an excuse to wear a beret and smoke clove cigarettes. Chicks will dig him.

Cycling: Eddy Thill. His friends will call him the Cannibal. Will be named most likely to grow up to be like John Belushi.

Nordic and Greek Gods: Gunnar Thill. Will be able to crush steel beer cans against his forehead by 8th grade.

Post your suggestions in the comment section. Our distinguished panel of judges will review all the entries and forward them on the the Thill's for consideration. The person submitting the most creative suggestion will win an HC gift certificate.

If, by some remote chance the Thill's actually use a name submitted, the same distinguished panel of judges will have to figure out what the hell to do then.

Look for daily contests next week guessing Man Child Thill's height and weight, eye color and any other. Winners will receive a limited edition banana bunker, signed and numbered by Man Child Thill's father or an HC gift certificate.


Thursday, November 1, 2007

break out the parade bike!

Last year at this time, the Saturday ride inadvertently found itself knee-deep in the hooliganism that is the University of Minnesota homecoming parade. Well, it's happening again, and we fully intend to inadvertently infiltrate the parade again. The weather is predicted to be crisp, but clear and sunny. So bring your parade bike, whether it is a pimped-out Surly, rusty 3-speed, Karate Magna, or what have you.