Thursday, December 27, 2007

New Year's Hours and Ride

We will be closed Monday, December 31st and Tuesday, January 1st to celebrate the New Years holiday.

Our second annual New Year's Day ride will leave from the shop at noon. A food/coffee stop will of course be the highlight. Come start 2008 with a ride and get a few miles under your belt for your annual mileage goal.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Christmas Day Ride

First, Happy Holidays to everyone from Jim, Kevin and Mark. We appreciate your business and look forward to meeting your cycling needs in 2008.

Come join us for a Christmas Day ride. The kids just want to play with their toys anyway, assuming you assembled them correctly.

Meet at the shop at noon. Given its the Christmas, our food stop will either be a Chinese buffet or Starbucks. Come hungry.

UPDATE: Four hardy souls rode on Xmas day with a stop at the Hard Times Cafe for libations. Heavy snow was falling when we started back and with the light traffic, the ride home was a lot of fun.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Looking For A Cool Commuter? Sold

Kevin is selling his Claud Butler. Go here to see detailed specs and pictures.

Here's a taste:


Monday, December 17, 2007

Holiday hours

For Christmas, we will be closed Dec 24, 25, and 26. For New Year's, we will be closed Dec 31 and Jan 1. We'll be open normal hours otherwise.

We're working on some kind of zany New Year's Day ride. Maybe a Christmas one, too.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Tune-up special

In about 2-3 months, the snow's going to start melting, and about 200 people are going to want their bikes tuned up on the same day with a 24-hour turnaround. In all likelihood, this will prove to be an unrealistic expectation, even for our talented and efficient shop staff. Beat the crowds and save yourself the disappointment of a long wait by bringing your bike in now, and we'll give you a 25% discount on labor ($45 instead of $60). Offer good through the end of January 2008.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Studded Tire Update

As some of you found out on Saturday, the Nokian studded tires have suddenly become hard to get. We unexpectedly sold out of the 700x35 model, and were unable to get any to replenish our stock. I looked into Schwalbe, but they were also impossible to get in any of the 700c sizes. Kenda makes the Klondike, which appears to be very similar to our beloved Nokian 700x35. Kenda makes great tires, though their reputation seems to be based on their lower end budget models. These 700x35 Klondike tires have 100 carbide studs and are rated to 85 psi (Nokians are rated to 65 psi). I mounted one on a Velocity Dyad rim and it measures 32 mm wide and 32 mm high, a bit skinnier than the Nokians of the same size. The upshot of this skinniness is that they might fit some bikes where the Nokians are a bit snug. I don't think they'll fit a fendered Redline 9-2-5, unfortunately. Originally, I thought the Kenda Klondike would be a stop-gap until we could get more Nokians, but now that I've seen them, I think they'll become a regular item in our inventory.

For 26" (559 mm) tires, we still have the Nokian Mount & Ground 26x1.9. We also now have the Schwalbe Marathon Winter, 26x1.75.

All of our studded tire models are now $65 each or $110 for a pair. (If you stopped by Saturday and missed out, you know who you are, and I'll still honor the 2 for $100 deal for you).

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

650A, 650A -- its back!

650A, commonly known as 26 X 1 3/8, is used primarily on old English 3 speeds. Availability of rims has been scarce of late, particularly the 40 "holers" which a majority of Sturmey Archer Hubs are drilled as.

We were able to get a decent supply of Sun CR18 rims in this size in 32, 36 and 40 drillings. Â $40 each.

Come and get 'em while they last.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Dynamo Hub Users Beware!

A story out of the Northwest indicates that bike thieves have gotten smarter. Apparently, thieves are becoming aware of the value of front dynamo hubs and have taken to stealing them only.

One rider had locked his bike correctly using a U Lock and a cable through both wheels. Using a small set of bolt cutters, theives cut the spokes out of the front wheel and walked away with the hub, leaving the rest of the bike locked securely to the rack.

Pitlocks are one solution and we carry them here. Otherwise, be sure and lock your bike in a well traveled, visible location.