Wednesday, December 31, 2008

On the Road Again

2/3 of the HC Crew is headed to Madison for the annual used bike parts extravaganza. Our hope is to unload lots of "treasures" we've accumulated over the past year plus some newer stuff. We will also be bringing a good selection of Minnehaha Bags.

HC will be closed Friday and Saturday, January 9 -10. The Saturday ride can and will go on if someone wants to take the lead.


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Season's Greetings, Holiday Hours and Rides

First of all, the HC crew wants to wish all of you and your families the best of the holiday season. We appreciate your business and look forward to meeting your cycling needs in 2009.

Holiday Hours

Christmas Eve (12/24): Noon - 3 PM
Christmas Day (12/25): Closed

New Year's Eve (12/31): Noon -- 3 PM
New Year's Day (01/01) Closed

Holiday Rides

As we have in past years, we are offering short, leisurely rides on both Christmas and New Year's Days. This gives us all a chance to get out of the house and enjoy the winter wonderland before we tuck into big feasts.

Christmas Day and New Year's Day -- ride leaves the shop at noon. We will find a food/coffee stop that offers both sustenance and "atmosphere". Suggestions are always welcome.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Mark Your Calendars

After the holidays, things can get pretty quiet around these parts. So, in an effort to keep momentum going into spring, HC in alliance with Artisanal Imports sales guru Lanny Hoff, is sponsoring our first ever Winter Pub Crawl.

The details are still being worked out but it will involve biking to multiple establishments, drinking great beer and noshing on some great food, all in the company of some of the great cycling "personalities" the Cities has to offer.

Note: If you don't drink, come anyway. This is a social ride and will be safe for kids and small animals.

Date: Sunday, January 25 (it doesn't conflict with either of the Bowls -- Stupor or Super)

Time: noon'ish (lunch at Bulldog) to whenever

Once we nail down the venues, we will post a list and maybe a map. If you can't make it all, you can jump in at some point.

Don't miss it!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving Hours

Thanksgiving Day -- closed.
Friday -- 12-6
Saturday -- closed

Like the sun rising in the east, the Saturday ride will occur as always. 8AM from the shop. Be there!


Black Friday Sale and store hours

We'll be closed on Thanksgiving, but we'll be open on Friday to finish up our Black Friday sale, which starts now. Then we'll be closed again until Tuesday, December 2.

During the sale, everything in the store will be at least 10% off the regular price. Prices on some items will be reduced even more. For example:
  • All non-studded tires are 20% off (studded tires are already on sale).
  • All DLumotec generator-powered oval LED headlights are 20% off.
  • All Planet Bike generator-powered headlights are 50% off ($10)
  • All Arkel products are 20% off.
  • Brooks brand saddle covers 50% off ($5).
  • All Soma yellow cork handlebar tape 50% off ($7).
  • All Topeak Explorer racks are 20% off ($32).
  • All Jandd racks are 20% off.
  • All Topeak "Master Blaster" frame pumps are 33% off ($20).
  • All Kryptonite locks are 20% off.
  • All rims are 20% off
  • All 40h and 48h rims are 30% off.
  • Pre-built dynamo wheels in 26" or 700C are $120.
  • SRAM i-motion 3sp hubs $85
  • SRAM i-light dynamo hub, 36h, $50
  • We also have a number of bikes and frames on the floor that will be available for favorable prices. We don't want to keep them all winter.
These prices are available in-store or for online/phone orders, and are limited to what we have in stock at the time of purchase. These prices do not include labor or installation, if applicable.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Studded tire sale prices (update)

Sooner or later, we're going to be getting snow and ice, and studded tires will start to seem like a good idea. A few people have asked if we still have a special price. We charge MSRP for individual tires, but offer a deal if you buy a pair. Note that some of the prices may have changed since last time I posted.

Schwalbe Marathon Winter, 26x1.75, 700x35, 700x40: $78 each or a pair for $140

Nokian Hakkapellitta, 700x35, $50 each or a pair for $90

Nokian Mount & Ground, 26x1.9, $65 each or a pair for $120

Kenda Klondike, 700x35, $65 each or a pair for $100

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Saturday Nature Ride

This Saturday's ride will be a Nature Ride. Nothing too technical or difficult, but not recommended for skinny-tire racing bikes either. We ride out as usual at 8 AM.

Cippiollini has suggested a train component to the ride so we can bypass the previously hazardous environs of Richfield. We'll see how it goes.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Winter Projects Anyone?

In case any of our readers are looking for a winter project for next year's 3 Speed Tour, I found a few candidates at Express Bike today.

Dunelt -- ladies 3 speed; blue; it appears to be complete; $90

Gazelle -- 25.5 inch frame; chain and skirt guard, ring lock, front and rear lights powered by a sidewall dynamo; black paint in fair shape; it looks complete and big frames are hard to find; $140


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Moving On Up

After almost three years in business,we have decided to hire a Fashion Director. We hope he can help us continue to be at the forefront in setting trends for all things cycling.

After many interviews and auditions, we have chosen Paul "Cippiollini" Smith for this important role. Here he is trying out HC's new Lawrence of Arabia winter head gear line.

Please join us in welcoming Paul to the HC family!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Fun Stuff

One of the great things about working in the bike business is having the opportunity to see bicycles that have some history. A friend of mine brought in a bike that her brother had bought in Thailand on his way back from Vietnam in the early 1970's. It is branded "Skyway", and has some very early Suntour derailleurs. I have been unable to find out much about it so if anyone knows anything about these bikes, let us know.

It's basically not been ridden in all those years and needed some tires and a basic tune up. Mark was able to get everything working again, including those awesome headlamps.

We hope Lill enjoys many, many miles on her new old bike.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Saturday night ride!

Note: The morning ride is still happening as always at 8 AM. The night ride described below is extra.

Night Ride
Saturday November 1st 630 PM

Time to burn off all that Halloween candy you're going to snarf down Friday night.

Mark Stonich will be leading another night ride, leaving from Hiawatha Cyclery. Planed route is about 30 miles and will include some St Paul industrial routes that have bike lanes and are lightly traveled at night and past the State Capitol.

Please bring lights with good batteries or a dynamo, sufficient for up to four hours of use. Bright/light colored clothing is also advised.

Eats would be at Shish, or the Coffee News Cafe on Grand Ave in St. Paul. Both are open till 11 PM

Monday, October 27, 2008

Hiawatha Cyclery diversifies!

Starting this Tuesday, HC will begin selling Peace Coffee beans by the pound. We will be stocking several varieties under that brand, so there should be something for everybody. If you have a preferred variety or want to try something specific, let me know and I'll make sure we have it for you.

I've been impressed by Peace Coffee's business model for some time. In addition to their cooperation with small coffee growers to ensure fairness in the coffee trade, Peace Coffee does their local deliveries by bike or by a bio-diesel van. Our delivery is going to be on Tuesdays, and I've been told to order by Monday at noon so they have time to roast the beans within a day of delivery. That sounds pretty fresh to me.

Most varieties will be $11/lb (yes, a real 16 oz pound) or $50 for a 5lb bag (pre-order, please). That's probably cheaper than what you pay for halfway decent whole bean coffee at the grocery store, and this is fresher and localer. To get free delivery, I need to order 15 pounds per week. So stop by Tuesday or Wednesday to get your freshly roasted coffee and to help me get an idea of how much to order for next week.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Bleriot with creme tires

Somebody needed to do this.
Bleriot with creme tires

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Hunter's Moon Ride

Hunter's Moon Ride
Leaves from Hiawatha Cyclery
Friday Oct. 10th 7:00 PM

Mark Stonich will be leading another of his famous night rides. Planned route is a rather flat 28 miles and will include Minneapolis and St Paul residential streets, Lake Calhoun, the Kenilworth and Cedar Lake trails, Downtown Hennepin Ave., Stone Arch Bridge and the U of M Campus.

Please bring lights with good batteries or a dynamo, sufficient for up to four hours of use. Bright/light colored clothing is also advised.

We will stop somewhere and eat. There are several food options, both open until 11 PM.

Monday, October 6, 2008

safe investments

In these troubled economic times, we at Hiawatha Cyclery advocate investing your money where it will yield some immediate and lasting tangible benefit to you, regardless of how the stock market ravages your 401k or IRA. This time of year, the most sensible investment you can make may be in a good set of studded tires. To entice you to act soon, we have special pricing for a limited time on some models. All the tires we sell feature carbide steel studs, for wear resistance. It's not uncommon to get more than 5 years out of one set of tires. My old Nokians are entering their fifth winter, and I'm hard pressed to detect any significant stud wear.

Nokian has been a pioneer in studded tire development. These tires are known far and wide for toughness and longevity and high rolling resistance.

Mount & Ground W160 26x1.9" MSRP $65, now $110 for a pair
Hakkapelitta 700x35 106 studs MSRP $52, now $90 for a pair.

We tried the Kenda studded tires last year when Nokians were impossible to find, and we were suitably impressed. Kevin rode them all winter on his ANT and claims they roll better than Nokians (not hard to imagine). They seem to be a little skinnier than the Hakkapelitta 700x35, and may fit bikes with slightly tighter clearances.

Kenda Klondike K1014 700x35 MSRP $65, now $110 for a pair

My initial impression of the Schwalbe tires (Snow Stud model) was that they were high quality, but I didn't see why they may be preferred to the old reliable Nokians that we love so well. Then Schwalbe came out with the Marathon Winter, which may be the nicest commuter-level studded tire on the market. It appears to have a lighter, more supple casing and isn't any heavier than it has to be. Despite having LOTS more studs, it's a lighter tire than comparable Nokian and Kenda models. Mark rode some last winter and put to rest his blisteringly negative associations of studded tires. The Schwalbe Marathon Winter features a reflective stripe on each sidewall for added visibility.

Marathon Winter 700x35 MSRP $78, now $130 for a pair
Marathon Winter 700x40 MSRP $78, now $130 for a pair
Marathon Winter 26x1.75" MSRP $78, now $130 for a pair

We hope to add the Nokian A10 in 700x30 and 650B to our inventory soon.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Family Ride, Saturday October 4

This Saturday's ride is our monthly family ride. Jim is playing Mr. Mom and will be bringing both of the mini-Thills along. It will be a little cool in the morning but come join us for a leisurely ride to a good breakfast spot.

Ride leaves at 8'ish from HC.


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Change of Hours

It's getting darker earlier now and the temps are starting to feel like fall. It's time for us to move to our fall/winter hours. Effective Monday, October 6, our hours will be:

Sunday - Monday: Closed

Tuesday - Friday: 12PM - 6PM

Saturday: 12PM - 4PM

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bikes on sale

It's officially Fall, and that means the best riding weather all year. We'd like to clear out some inventory, and that means some good prices on really nice bikes. Please inquire for more details on any of these machines, or just stop in and see the bikes yourself.

2008 Redline 9-2-5, reg $600, now $450. We currently have 52 and 54 cm sizes,just the 54 cm size which is equivalent to a 58 cm bike that has a more traditional geometry.

2008 Origin8 Cykel3, lugged steel 3-speed commuter, 56 cm. Reg $600, now $450.

2008 Redline R530 size M, includes fenders, rack, chainguard, etc, reg $600, now $500.

2008 Redline R530 size L, includes fenders, chainguard, etc, reg $600, now $450.

Surly Cross-Check, black, 56 cm, with a fine mix of parts spec'ed at HC, $1000.

Surly Long Haul Trucker, blue 56 cm with a fine mix of parts spec'ed at HC, including Albatross bars. $1000

Surly Pacer, silver, 58cm, with a great part spec, really nice wheels, $1250 (no saddle or pedals).

Rivendell Atlantis 56 cm with a fine mix of parts, $2550 (no saddle or pedals).

ANT Boston Roadster, 50 cm but fits a wide range of riders, dynamo hub, Nexus 8sp, rack, basket, originally about $2300, now $1800.

Used stuff:

Schwinn Continental 23"(58cm) in really nice shape $125

Mystery bike (probably a Japanese brand) , 58 cm lugged steel frame, nice parts, really nice, nearly new wheels, new tires $475.

1988? Bianchi Premio, red, 58 cm, new 650B wheels and tires, new Albatross bars, new Tektro 556 brakes, new Berthoud fenders, nice mix of new and used parts. Rides like a dream. $350

Surly Long Haul Trucker frameset, 58 cm original pea-sage green color, $350

Novara frame converted to a super-commuter, unique custom Frankenbike, probably appropriately sized for someone 5'7"-5'11", give or take. Sturmey-Archer XFDD Dynamo hub, 7sp SRAM internal hub with triple crankset, drum brakes front and rear. Front and rear racks, lights, fenders, chainguard, sprung Brooks B66 Champion saddle, Albatross bar, etc. $900

Giant Iguana ATB, 19.5" c-t, great condition, front rack, good winter bike or all-purpose bike. $225

1978? Raleigh Competition GS, 54 cm c-t, lots of Campagnolo parts $450

Nishiki time-trial/triathlon frame and fork, 47 cm c-t. Includes Suntour Cyclone crank and BB, rear brake, and wheels/tires. This unique frameset is set up for a 24" front wheel and a 700c rear wheel (both wheels are included). $200

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Updated light special

We've had a great response to our dynamo wheel plus headlight combination, and have sold out of the IQ Fly headlights (hopefully get more in about 3 weeks). We still have plenty of Dlumotec LED lights in stock, and now the economical 2.4W halogen lights from Planet Bike.

Here's what you get:
Pick either:
A Shimano dynamo hub (3D71) laced to a black 32h Salsa Delgado 700c rim
A Shimano dynamo hub (3N30) laced to a silver 36h Velocity Aeroheat 26" rim

A Planet Bike halogen light for $150
A Dlumotec Oval LED headlight for $195

I also have 650B dynamo wheels with the silver Velocity Synergy rim (32h) and the 3D71 hub. Add $30 to either of the combos listed above for this 650B option.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Saturday ride

Just wanted to get the 'nature ride' post from last week off the headline position, so people don't get confused.

I don't know what the hell we're going to do this Saturday (Sept 20). Hard to believe, I know. Of course, it's not too late. I may meticulously construct a highly orchestrated ride itinerary in the eleventh hour. You never know.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Saturday ride

By popular demand, this Saturday morning (8-11 AM) we will have our Nature Ride.

I used to call it an "offroad ride", but that scared some people off because, I suppose, they envisioned riding over some sort of difficult terrain that requires athleticism and special skills. This ride is not like that. It's in the woods and mostly unpaved, true, but it's on a trail that is, for the most part, smooth and flat. There is a short bumpy spot where it may be good to walk the bike, and one large hill that you can walk with no loss of pride, but otherwise, it's easy and fun.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Get Lit! Dynamo Light Special

It's getting to be that time of year when we start thinking more about lights. We like dynamo-powered lights in the Fall and Winter because batteries need recharging and don't always handle low temperatures well. We are now offering a combination that includes a Shimano dynamo hub (DH-N71) laced to a Salsa Delgado Cross 700c rim paired with a Busch & Muller DLumotec Oval-N LED headlight for $195. For $25 more, upgrade the light to the Lumotec IQ Fly N-Plus (brighter and includes standlight).

Friday, September 5, 2008

Minnehaha Bags Are Here

I previously posted that Banjo Brothers had developed a new line of canvas bags. Well, they arrived today and are beautiful. Bill C and I have been testing them for a few weeks and they are as functional as they are attractive.

Utility Pannier -- $65 each

Shoulder Bag (aka the Murse) -- $70.
Small Saddle Bag -- $45
Medium Saddle Bag -- $70
We have already sold a few so if you want one, get in here quick.


Saturday, 9/6 Ride -- Family Ride

Its slow, its casual and there's always a great food/coffee stop. Bring the gang and join us.

I have asked this family to join us but their people have not yet responded. Hopefully, the "first dude" can make it.

We leave at 8 AM from HC World HQ.


Saturday, August 30, 2008

New T-shirts

We just got in more T-shirts with new bike quotes:

"Cycle paths will abound in utopia" -- HG Wells

"Ride lots" -- Eddy Merckx's #1 training tip.

We have lots of size Large, XL, 2XL and a few in 3XL. Colors are Black, Green, Blue and Grey and they are the same soft high quality T.

These are probably the last of the short sleeves given the time of year so if you're collecting the whole set, come and get em. $24.


Thursday, August 28, 2008

Saturday Shop Ride

After a short hiatus, we will be reopen for business on Saturday, 8/30 from 11'ish to 4. That also means our shop ride will leave the shop at 8 for an urban ramble and coffee/food stop. No itinerary in mind as of now but there are countless possibilities:
  • we could test the security perimeter for the RNC Convention in St Paul
  • visit the Polish lasses at Kamarchek's
  • head over to the U and check out the "walk of shame"
Bring ideas on Saturday.


Friday, August 22, 2008

Minnehaha Bags

The boys at Banjo Brothers have done it again. They are now rolling out a new line of canvas bags under the Minnehaha Bags brand. We talked with them about a year ago about developing some canvas bags that were reasonably priced and could fill the needs of the everyday cycling community.

We have been testing some prototypes for a few weeks and I have been using the Medium Saddlebag. It is about the size of the old Lil Joe Bag but comes in black with really nice leather trim. It mounts easily and holds a ton of stuff. I have received compliments from people whenever I have parked the bike.

They are offering two sizes of seat bag, a canvas grocery pannier, a utility pannier and a beautiful canvas shoulder bag that is the ideal size. As with everything the boys have made, the quality is superior and being cyclists themselves, these bags have lots of useful touches like detachable reflective tabs and places for blinkie lights.

HC should have them in stock in the next few weeks. Check out their web site for more details and pricing but here are a few pics.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Thill is Gone

Literally. The Thill family vacation begins tomorrow and the Family Truckster is headed for points east.

That means that the B Team -- Kevin and Mongo -- are holding down the fort until after Labor Day. We're smarter than we look (and act) so don't try and pull the old "Jim told me he would sell me a fully equipped Atlantis for this cool old French frame" scam. We're on to you (unless of course its a 58 cm chrome Rene Herse).

Here's the plan:
  • We are open Friday and Saturday, 8/22-8/23 during normal hours.
  • Saturday morning's ride will leave the shop promptly at 8 ish and head towards the St. Paul Farmers Market. Good HC friend Paul "FU" Smith has promised to reveal the location of a super secret coffee stop over by Swede's Hollow. Bring your vegetable hauler and a sense of adventure.
  • The shop is closed Monday through Friday 8/25 - 8/29 for a little break and to do some much needed rearrangement of the shop. Any orders placed over the internet will not be shipped until after Labor Day.
  • We will be open Saturday, 8/30 and the shop ride will begin at 8 ish.
  • We will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, 9/1. If we don't get arrested for showing our Republican brethren a little local hospitality, we will reopen at our regular times starting Tuesday, September 2.
  • Jim will bring by his CSA produce haul Friday to share with the masses. If you need veggies for the weekend, come by and take what you need. And no, a dozen ears of corn will not get you an Alfine Hub.

Thill family -- Have a safe visit to Chicago

watch out for loose women in hot cars

bring us back a "Really Nice" souvenir.

And Jim, remember, road trips with the family are fun, fun.


Friday, August 15, 2008

Saturday's (8/16) Ride

. . . will have an urban theme. OK, we have no defined route but it will be an easy pace and Jim has a new breakfast place he wants to try out.

So, bring your appetite and sense of adventure.


Upcoming Shop Closure

The shop will be closed:

Monday thru Friday, 8/25 -- 8/29
Labor Day, Monday, September 1.

Any internet orders will probably not be shipped out until after Labor Day.

We will be open on Saturday, August 30th and our ride will leave the shop at 8AM.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Bike Boulevards

The Twin Cities has received a federal grant to convert several streets in the metro area to bike/pedestrian friendly boulevards. The roads will still be open to vehicular traffic but the idea is that bikes and walkers will have priority and cars will use alternative streets to get around, usually on a parallel street. It will also represent a major link to a number of bike paths in the area.

The only street in St Paul that may gain the "bike boulevard" designation is a section of Highland Parkway from the Mississippi River East to Snelling Avenue. Neighbors living in the area have expressed initial opposition because I really don't think they understand what a bike boulevard is.

There is a public meeting, Monday 8/11 at 7PM at the Hillcrest Rec Center on Ford Parkway in St Paul. If you ride anywhere in this area, it would be great if you could attend and show your support. A huge turnout of cyclists, especially coming by bike will be great.

Kevin will be leaving HC at 6:30 to attend so if you want to ride over as a group, meet up there.

Here is a map for the rec center. Hope to see you there!

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Saturday's (8/9) Ride is Off Road

We haven't done one in awhile so it's long overdue. We'll ride the River Bottoms, scare the hell out of the wildlife and end up somewhere for coffee/food.

Meet at the shop at 8. Mountain bikes and/or off road riding skills are really unnecessary. You should definitely be riding tires that are 28 mm or wider.


Monday, August 4, 2008

Awash In Dummies

Given recent gas prices, people all over the US have been giving up their cars in favor of cargo bikes. Surly's Big Dummy is the by far the best designed, and we have built up several of them recently for customers.

They have been in short supply recently but the crack team at HC has been able to obtain both a 16" and 18" frame. They come in any color you want as long as you like Military Green and can be built up in a wide array of configurations.

These won't last long so if you've been contemplating a cargo hauler to bring home your groceries, lumber for that backyard project or 40 pounds of kale from the local farmers market, don't wait.

16" frame -- $895
18" frame -- $1,050


Monday, July 28, 2008

Family Ride, Saturday, August 2

UPDATE -- 26 riders dragged themselves out of bed Saturday for our Family ride. Infants, toddlers and adult children enjoyed a leisurely ramble to Kramarcheks for a substantial Polish breakfast. The girls behind the counter were in rare form when presented with 26 hungry cyclists but everyone was fed and happy in short order.

This Saturday will be our monthly family ride. The pace will be slow, the conversation lively and the breakfast/coffee stop bountiful.

So bring your kids, your wife or mistress (but please, not together), significant other, parents, grandparents or anyone else who can balance on two wheels.

We leave at 8AMish from HC -- 4301 E. 54th Street in Minneapolis.


Friday, July 25, 2008

The Hills are Alive . . .

you know the rest. Saturday's ride will go across the Mendota Bridge and up and around the bluffs. Fixies may or may not be appropriate depending on your fitness level. Three speeds should be sufficient.

Break out the lederhosen, pack a few Ricola cough drops and join us.

Coffee at Jerabek's New Bohemian.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Sale Continued thru 7/26

Response has been great to our sale so far so we are going to extend it through Saturday, July 26th.

Everything in the store is 10% off, select bikes are reduced and we have a few tables of high quality used parts, rims and wheels.

Come by and check it out.


Friday, July 18, 2008

Upcoming Weekend Activities


Weekly shop ride departing at 8AM. Route TBD.

First Annual Sidewalk Sale; 11-4; lots of good used stuff. Everything in the store is 10% off.


Lake Pepin Ride; meet at Bay Point Park in Red Wing at 8AM. 75 miles with lots of refreshment stops.

Anyone needing a ride needs to let us know TODAY (Friday). Otherwise, we assume you will meet us there.

Weather looks good.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Sidewalk Sale this Saturday, 7/19

Saturday morning's ride will happen as usual departing at 8. Destination/theme? None as of now but check back often. We may become inspired!

This will come as no surprise to our regular customers but since moving to our new location, we have accumulated an assortment of odds and ends that need a new home. Between working on "unusual" bicycles and Jim's "send me all ya got" ordering philosophy, the pile of "where the heck did that come from?" stuff has grown quite large. We need to recycle the pile to make more room.

For those of you who already have your own piles at home and to thank you for your patronage, everything in the store will be 10% off, Saturday only.

The following complete bikes are also on sale:

A.N.T. Roadsters -- 50 and 60 cm; nicely equipped; regularly $1900, now $1800.
(Kevin rides one and loves it)

Redline R530 -- assorted sizes; available in traditional and step thru frame; all ready to go for commuting and running errands around town; regularly $600, now $525.
Redline 925 -- single speed commuter that be set up as fixed gear or single speed; regularly $600, now $525.

Surly Big Dummy Frame -- 16"; $895. The next batch is going to be $1,050 so if you want a cargo hauler and this is your size, grab it now. It can be built up using a variety of components. We may not be the brightest bulbs in the box but we know Dummy's.

So come join us this Saturday from 11-4.


Friday, July 11, 2008

Going for Greens

Tomorrow's ride will be to the St Paul Farmer's Market. Bring your cargo hauler for that 40 pounds of Kale you plan to buy. Kale recipes are here.

We leave at 8 ish. Remember, the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon is tomorrow morning so River Road and Minnehaha Parkway are closed.


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Lake Pepin Ride, Sunday, July 20

When: Sunday, 7/20. Leave Baypoint Park in Red Wing at 8 AM sharp.

Ride clockwise around Lake Pepin with stops at the Smiling Pelican Bakery in Maiden Rock and the Eagles Nest in Wabasha. Distance -- 75 miles.

We have a trailer and can carry a few bikes and riders. Email Kevin and let him know if you are coming and if you need a ride down and back. We may ask for a small contribution for petrol.

This is one of our favorite local rides and if you haven't done it yet, you should.


Saturday, July 5, 2008

monthly family ride

It's been suggested that we have a family ride (i.e. slow pace, short distance, no hills) on the first Saturday of every month, just like we did today. When I say "family ride", in practice, this means "slower riders please join us", or, more specific to our usual group, "bring your wife." Of course, the latter translation presumes that women don't ride with us because of our speed and distance. If we slow down and they still don't ride with us, then we'll have to make up another reason.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

store hours this week and a special Saturday ride

This coming Saturday, July 5, at 8-11 AM we will do a ride for people who feel that our usual rides may be too fast or too long. We have always wanted to be welcoming to riders of all ability levels, but a lot of would-be newcomers express concerns about not keeping up, or worse yet, slowing down the group. Those riders are welcome every week, but this week is officially a slow ride. None of that hot-rod 12 mph stuff. I'm going to try to bring my wife and kids and my mom and maybe a few unsavory types. I hesitate to promise an exact speed or distance, but the goal is to not exceed the ability of anybody who rides a bike somewhat regularly.

Also this week, on Wednesday evening, I'm going to do a time-trial with some friends. The shop will close at 4 PM that day so that I can prepare myself for 20-some minutes of hell.

Since Saturday is part of a holiday weekend, we will be open reduced hours: 11 AM-1 PM. No on-the-spot repairs that day. Just sales, and repair drop-off and pick-up.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Gay Pride Ride!

Always on the lookout for a ride theme, we noticed that this weekend is the annual Pride Festival. The timing of the HC ride isn't perfect, but we'll be riding through the festival as it opens. The people-watching should be first class. If, after riding through this event, some of us experience a hankering for sausage, we could ride over to Kramarczuk's for breakfast.

I normally don't advertise ride plans in advance. But in this case, you may need time to get your outfit together. You know who you are Pete!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Porteur Atlantis

We had some fun this week:
Atlantis Porteur

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Alley Cats

Minneapolis and Saint Paul both have an extensive network of alleys. We have always enjoyed riding them and I consider them the windows to the lives of city dwellers.

This Saturday's HC ride will be all about alleys. We are going to wind our way around the alleys of Minneapolis, hopefully running into a few yard sales along the way. Bring a bag, a cargo bike whatever you need to haul home some new found treasures.

A prize will be given to the weirdest yard sale purchase.

If you know of any interesting or unusual alleys, we want to know about them.


Friday, May 23, 2008

bikes that need to go! (updated again)

We have some great bikes that, for whatever reason, have been sitting around here too long. We have new inventory coming in, and we need to simultaneously make room for the new stuff, and pay for it. These are great deals, by the way. In all cases, if you are seriously considering a purchase of any of these bikes, feel free to email, call, or stop by for details.

Here's a run-down, by brand:

1. Rambouillet 52 cm complete bike, blue color, no saddle or pedals - $1750 (that's way too cheap, but there it is)
2. Atlantis 56 cm, dynamo ft hub, Big Apple tires, Albatross bars, no saddle or pedals. An absolute blast to ride. $2500
3. Bleriot* bicycles 59 cm and 61 cm, no pedals or saddle, $1500
4. Atlantis 58 cm, consignment bike, like new, low serial number (#76), fancy lugs, Honjo fenders, Brooks Flyer saddle, and a great part spec. $2500
* I understand that the Bleriot may not be around much longer. Get one while you can.

1. 1x1 consignment bike, 18", solid commuter, $400
2. Traveler's Check 58 cm, nice mix of parts, $1800 as built
3. Pacer 58 cm, nice parts, handbuilt wheels, etc, as built, $1500

Casseroll 57 cm, with 650B wheels, 42 mm Fatty Rumpkin tires, Cascadia fenders, Topeak rack, Japanese bell, Nitto drop bar, and a nice part spec with 1x8 gearing, XT hubs, etc. No saddle or pedals. This bike is somewhat unusual because of the wheel size conversion, but one of my personal favorites. Great commuter bike ready to roll. I'm going to start riding this one if nobody buys it. $1350

2008 9-2-5 in 50, 52 cm and 54 cm sizes. Add 4 cm to get "virtual sizes" of 54, 56 cm and 58 cm. Was $550, now $450. Local sales only on Redline, no shipping.

1. P/R 59 cm with 26" wheels. Nice parts, but I put one of the downtube decals on crooked. $1250
2. P/R 61 cm Kustard color, 650B, well equipped complete bike with generator lighting and many nice touches. Consignment bike in really nice shape. $1250


1. Boston Roadster. Big bike, 63 cm C-T, stand-over 87 cm. Albatross bars, dynamo ft hub, Nexus-8 rear, Berthoud fenders. Jandd rack. Rides like a dream. As built, $1900.
2. Boston Roadster 50 cm with basket, Berthoud fenders, rack, dynamo, gorgeous bike, As built, $1900.

Vintage stuff:
1. 1972 Schwinn Paramount ~59 cm c-c, beautiful chrome touring bike, Phil Wood hubs, Campagnolo crank, derailleurs, shifters, etc. $1000
2. Like new 1983 Specialized Stumpjumper Sport frameset, 22", mostly new parts, mix of new or NOS XT, XTR, and even Campagnolo (rims). $1300

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Memorial Day Hours

We will be open from 11 AM to 4 PM on Monday in honor of Memorial Day.

We will resume normal hours on Tuesday.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Atlantis framesets are here!

We haven't been able to get our hands on new Rivendell Atlantis framesets since last August, but we have some now. These are really lovely, with the fancy new lugs and fork crown, cream accents on the dropouts, and a fantastic new seat-tube panel. Available sizes: 56, 58, 61, and 68. $1600

Please call or email to order or to discuss complete bike package specs and pricing.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Weekend hours

We will be closed Saturday May 17 and, as usual, on Sunday May 18. We'll reopen Monday during normal hours.

There will be no repairs while you wait on Friday, aside from flat fixes and perhaps minor adjustments.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Start Your Collection Now

Let's face it. Most of us collect something. At HC, we all have a collection of bikes and parts, and admittedly cannot pass up the opportunity to add to them whenever possible. Since our goal is to make sure you, our customers, are always happy, we are offering a collection of our own.

Now in stock are the first two of the official HC t-shirt series featuring not only our awesome 4 color logo but a pithy cycling related quote. We will feature new shirts periodically with different quotes so you will want to make sure that you own the complete set. These are soft 100% cotton and shrink minimally when washed. We have a decent selection of colors and sizes in both but they will go fast so stop or call in soon. Price -- $24

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

New Commuter Bike

Gas prices continue to climb everyday and the weather is finally getting better. If commuting by bike is something you want to do, this may be the bike you need.

We just received a supply of Redline's new R530 commuter bike. Designed in the European tradition, it comes complete with a 7 speed internal hub, fenders, a fully enclosed chainguard and rear rack.

We have a good selection of sizes in stock now. Price is $599.

Stop in for a test ride.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Atlantis frame reservations

We are now taking deposits for Rivendell Atlantis framesets and complete bikes for June-ish delivery. The Atlantis has always been our favorite and best selling Rivendell model because of its incredible versatility. The most recent Atlantis shipment we received was last August, so it's not like they're always available when you want one. We expect to have available a variety of the most popular sizes, but only in limited numbers for each size.
bike rocks
Please give a call or email to arrange a deposit and get your name on the list.
snowy bike
By the way, if you happen to need a 56 cm or 58 cm Atlantis, we have them in stock right now. Call for details.
bike in leaves

Monday, April 28, 2008

Miss the Spring Classics?

Given the value of the dollar now, getting to Belgium to see Liege-Bastogne-Liege or Gent-Wevelgem gets pretty pricey. And let's be honest, given what the weather is there this time of year, you need to suck down a lot of that famous Belgian beer to make it tolerable.

Not to worry. Now all you have to do is pedal your way over to the Bulldog Bar at 2549 South Lyndale the last Tuesday every month. HC good friend and customer Lanny Hoff has the enviable job of being a rep for Artisanal Imports, purveyors of fine Belgian beers.

Starting tomorrow, 4/29, all Artisanal beers are 50% all day. Once the weather improves a bit, we will have an HC ride from the shop to attend, hopefully starting in May.

Stop by and say hi to Lanny and enjoy some great beer.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

When It Rains, It Pours

2 days of gorgeous weather and gas at $3.40/gallon has inspired lots of people to bring their bikes in for tune ups/repairs. And, with the Ironman ride this weekend, lots of folks will want their bikes "dialed in" for the ride.

We say -- bring it on.

But, if you want your bike tuned up in time for the weekend and need parts, you should allow enough time for us to get whatever you need by Friday. So, we would strongly encourage you to bring whatever you're riding in on Tuesday or Wednesday, at the latest.

Ride on.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Ho Hum

Just another day of interesting bicycles landing here on a Saturday afternoon.

Pete's very nice Kuwahara

An absolutely beautiful Glorius. That's an equally beautiful Riv All Rounder behind it.

Eric's new Brompton Folder

Tom's highly customized Bianchi. Note the copper tubing cable guides, homemade fenders and integrated sound system..

And this bike was spotted locked up outside Axman surplus on University Avenue. Nice canvas panniers and what looks like creative use of a 2X4 to hold it all together.

Given the steel our customers ride everyday, seeing a Confente, or a Hetchins would be -- well, no big deal. Oh, I forgot, we have a Hetchins in the shop. Never mind.

And if you want to see what our Saturday morning rides look like, go here. Just ignore the 4th picture down -- the guy with his finger extended is really old and thats the only finger he has left on that hand. Old war injury or something.


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

We'd Give Them Away But Our Wives Won't Let Us

The weather has finally broken here in Snowtown and we have bikes to sell. Oil just broke another record today so ditch the car and get out and ride.

New Bikes

Rambouillet -- 52 cm; no saddle or pedals; $1750

Bleriot -- 59 and 61 cm; no saddle or pedals; $1750

Salsa Casseroll -- 57 cm; 650b wheels, fenders and rack; no saddle or pedals; $1500

Used Bikes

Atlantis -- 58 cm; early model with fancy lugs; Honjo Fenders, Very nicely equipped; almost new; $2700

Surly 1X1 -- 18"; well ridden but lots of character for commuting; $400

Call for details. Stop in for a test ride.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Framebuilding Class

By all accounts, framebuilding class was a success.
Thanks to Curt Goodrich for his time and for the hands-on experience!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


We just got in our new screen printed T's for summer. They look awesome, are available in a wide range of sizes and in blue, black, green and grey. $20.

Kevin is modeling his while interacting with our local boys in blue (he was let go with a warning!)


Frame Building Class/ Saturday Ride

There are still 4 places left in the frame building class this Saturday at 11 AM. Cost is $25. Curt Goodrich is an artisan in steel and it is always amazing to see him at work. Call or stop by to register and pay.

The Saturday ride will leave HC at 8 am as always. At some point, those going to the class will break off and head up to Curt's. If you want to drive/ride there directly, Curt's shop is located at:

2010 East Hennepin Avenue, Suite o4-o23

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His shop is in the basement on the east side. As you come into the complex, look for a door directly behind the coffee shop and you will see Curt's sign.

If you get lost, call Kevin on his cell at 612 384-7643 and he will guide you in.


Friday, March 21, 2008

The "Green" Shuttle

Now that we have our own cargo bike and given our close proximity to both the airport and the LRT line, we have decided to offer the first truly "green" airport shuttle service in the Twin Cities.

Jim's mother needed a ride from the LRT station so Jim went and picked her up. Ok, the weather wasn't ideal but as you can tell from the pix, she enjoyed it.


Xtracycles in stock

We finally have Xtracycle Free Radical kits in stock for $450. Labor for installation is another $100. They come in both 26" and 700C flavors, though it doesn't matter which you get if you're doing disc brakes.

Saturday, March 22 and the Framebuilders Class

The Frame building class, kindly hosted by Curt Goodrich, is next Saturday, 3/29 at 11 AM. There are 6 spots left. If you want to see Curt do his magic, sign up soon. The cost is $25 and we will ride there from HC.

Tomorrow's ride leaves at 8 ish as usual from the shop. What has changed is that the shop does not open until 11 instead of 10. That leaves more time for either riding, dining or both. Given the road conditions as I write this, I suspect more dining is in order so wear your smoking jackets.


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Alfine Crosscheck

One of the problems with the Nexus or Alfine 8-speed internal gear hubs is that they only work with specific shifters. Until recently, a twist shifter was the only choice, but the Alfine group now has a Rapid-Fire trigger shifter. In either case, the shifters are made to fit on MTB or cruiser style handlebars (22.2 mm diameter). The larger diameter drop bars or mustache bars required the use of a $60 hubbub adapter, which works, but is a somewhat expensive kludge.

Our fine mechanic Mark (you may know him as "Mongo") figured out how to shift these hubs with a Shimano indexed bar-end shifter.

Alfine Crosscheck

It works well.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Saturday March 15

The shop will be open at noon. The Sturmey-Archer overhaul class meets at 8 AM. Neither Kevin nor I can attend the ride, so it will be less organized than usual.
On another note, check out the new HC garage sale bike.

Elissa riding in the rickshaw

Friday, March 7, 2008

Saturday, March 8

The ride will leave HC at 8ish as always. Dress warm cause the weather geeks are predicting sub-zero temps at launch time. The ride may be shorter than usual if the their prediction is correct but the breakfast stop will be leisurely.

The shop will not open until noon as Jim and Mark are teaching the black art of wheel building.


Big Dummy -- 20" in stock

This is Surly's fully integrated Xtracycle cargo frame. They have been long anticipated and sold out out almost immediately. Apparently, no more will be available until August, 2008.

We have a 20 inch frame in stock, ready to go. It can be built up in any number of configurations to suit your needs. Frame/fork -- $895.

Stop in and check it out. It won't last long so if you want it, act now.


Thursday, March 6, 2008


We have been selling Banjo Brothers products since we opened, and their quality has always impressed us. Today, we received a shipment of many of their bags including three new ones that deserve mentioning:

Messenger Bag -- medium sized. For those of you that don't need to carry a hat selection worthy of Macy's, this bag is just right at about half the size of the original. It has the same waterproof construction but this version can be worn on either shoulder and comes with a cell phone case, $60.

Commuter Backpack -- Large. This version is the same design as the original but comes in at 2000 cubic inches. Padded straps, a cell phone case, U lock pocket and large reflective stripes make this the ideal pack for all your commuting needs. $90.

Waterproof Handlebar Bag. This features a removable waterproof liner, front blinkie tab and a quick release handlebar mount for easy on and off. $60.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Class Update

As of today, the wheel building class is full. There are still 3 spaces left in the 3 speed overhaul class and 8 in the frame building class.

If you want to attend, please call or stop by with your payment info.

For those attending the wheel building class, if you need parts (rims/hubs) or spokes cut, we need to know no later than 3 PM this Thursday so we can insure we have them on hand.


Friday, February 29, 2008

Saturday, March 1

The ride will leave HC at 8 AM. Destination TBD but it could involve a visit to a favored coffee shop over in our State Capitol.

The shop opens at noon due to the overhaul class being held from 8-12.


Thursday, February 28, 2008

HC Photo Gallery

For two years we've been meaning to create a photo gallery of some of the bikes we've put together or had for sale in the shop. I finally got around to it. As you can see, there aren't many photos up yet. If you have a bike that we had some hand in creating, and you'd like to get it up on the gallery, feel free to stop by and have your bike photographed.

There is a permanent link over on the left side.

Tom's Kabuki Bridgestone 650B

Framebuilding Class

Curt Goodrich has kindly agreed to amaze and astound us all with his skills again. If you want to see how a frame is assembled, there is no one better able to do so. Not only is Curt an artist with a torch but he is absolutely enthusiastic about what he does.

When: Saturday, March 29th; 11 AM

Where: Curt's Shop

Cost: $25

We will ride there as part of our Saturday morning ride. Details to follow.

This class filled up quickly last year and a number of people were left out. Attendance is limited to 12 so if you went last year, please hold off registering so that others can attend for the first time. As we get closer to the date, I will update the blog so that everyone gets a crack at it.

If you are interested, please call or stop by to make payment. Email Kevin with questions.


Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Big Dummy Here!!

We have ordered a 20 inch frame that should be here this week arrived today. If you want one, this is your chance. They are selling out fast.

This frame is not part of our Anniversary Sale.

Price $895. Given its size, shipping will be costly so pickup is preferred.

Alfine is coming!!

Alfine is Shimano's new (for the US anyway) group that is being featured on a lot of the new breed of commuting bikes.

We will be getting the front and rear hubs and shifters only at this point. The Alfine 8 speed hub includes several improvements:

  • Disc brake capability, using Shimano's proprietary Center-lock rotors.

  • Double roller clutch engagement for smoother, quieter shifting

  • Shifting power modulator for smoother shifts

    We will also be getting the front dynamo hub which is disc brake compatibility and the Rapid Fire shifters. They are available in both black and silver but we have no idea what we will receive until we get them. They should arrive this week sometime.

    Check out our shop site for more info and pricing.


    Monday, February 25, 2008

    Sale update

    Somehow our old sale page got deleted temporarily misplaced (but seems to have re-appeared). I don't have time right now to do a complete run-down on everything we have at a discounted price, but here are the basics:

    At least 10% off EVERYTHING in stock or easily available from our usual distribution channels.
    20% off ALL in-stock rims, tires, and wheels that are already built

    Many bikes including Rivendell Bleriot (59 and 61 cm), various Breezers, a quirky Salsa Casserroll, and others at a reduced price - inquire for details.

    Discounts apply to bikes, frames, parts, accessories, etc. No discounts on labor.

    Sunday, February 24, 2008

    HC's Second Anniversary Soiree

    was a huge success by all accounts. Lots of friends showed up and it was great to see all the people who have made the last two years loads of fun.

    Look for more informal "Soirettes" this summer as we utilize our back parking lot for some cook outs and informal swap meets.

    Thanks to Eric, John and Pamela for providing the great music.

    Pictures here and here.


    Thursday, February 21, 2008

    Weekend Activities

    This is going to be a busy weekend at HC's World Headquarters so here's the schedule:


    3PM -- shop closes so we can tidy up a bit.

    5-9+ PM -- Open House; Live music, adult beverages, food. Bring the family and let them meet the entire HC Crew.


    7:45ish -- meet for the usual Saturday morning ride and pastry extravaganza.

    8 - 12 PM -- Basic maintenance class. There is still room for one more if you are still interested. The shop will be closed during the class.

    12 -- 4PM -- shop opens for regular business.

    Stop by and help us celebrate our 2nd Anniversary and new location. Remember, our Anniversary Sale runs to March 1st.


    Monday, February 18, 2008

    Used bike: Atlantis 58 cm

    This is one of the originals, serial #AT0076, with the highly sought after pointy lugs, in the popular 58 cm size. In addition to the low serial number and pointy lugwork, this bike also has some distinctive touches not seen on current Atlantis frames - namely a smaller but thicker brass headbadge and the number "2" on the downtube decal. The frameset is in pristine condition except for evidence of racks having been installed on the dropout eyelets. The part spec is likewise impressive and in generally great condition: XTR M900 hubs, XT derailleurs, supercool Shimano cantilevers, American Classic seatpost with Brooks Flyer saddle, Sugino XD double crank with Stronglight 48/34 rings, Dura-Ace bar-end shifters, Dura Ace headset with the logo polished off, Nitto Technomic Deluxe 11cm stem and 48cm Noodle handlebars (taped, twined, and shellacked), and Blackburn Ti cages. With hammered Honjo fenders to finish it off, this bike is absolutely gorgeous.








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