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.








    I'm not certain of a price just yet, but I will answer questions and entertain offers: jimAThiawathacycleryDOTcom

    Anniversary Sale

    In honor of our 2nd anniversary, we are having our first ever store-wide sale. Everything and we mean everything is on sale (labor excluded). The sale runs from today, Monday, February 18th through Saturday, March 1.

    10% off anything in the store or in stock at our main distributor.

    20% off all rims and tires in stock. We have lots of rims to choose from from Velocity and Sun.

    20% off all in stock pre-built wheels.

    In stock bikes:


    Breezer Freedom; 50 cm C-T (medium) diamond frame; Regular price $450; Sale Price $350.

    Breezer Uptown 8; 50 cm C-T (medium) diamond frame; Regular price $910; Sale price $800

    Redline 9*2*5; 54 and 56 CM; Regular price $490; Sale price $350 SOLD

    The following bikes are complete except for pedals and saddle. Call for specs.

    Salsa Casseroll; 57 cm; This is built with 650b Wheels, Cascadia fenders and Nitto Promenade bars. Regular price $1600; Sale price $1250.

    Rivendell Bleriot; 59 cm C-T and 61 cm; Regular price $1900; Sale price $1750.

    Rivendell Rambouillet; 52 cm C-T; Regular price $2500; Sale price $2000

    Surly Long Haul Trucker; 56 cm C-T; Regular price $1600; Sale price $985 SOLD

    Used and Classic (All sold as is)

    Rivendell Quickbeam; 62 cm C-T; Classic orange with cream headtube; normal scratches that have been touched up; Complete bike; Sale price $1250

    1983 Stumpjumper Sport; 22"; silver in color; one of the original vintage mountain bikes;in excellent shape; no, pedals or saddle; $1300

    1963 Freddie Grubb; Black in color; 56 cm C-T; Sturmey Archer 4 speed FW hub; Nitto stem and Northroad bars; B5N Brooks leather saddle; Perfect for the Lake Pepin 3 Speed Tour; Complete bike; $600

    Call or stop in soon.


    Open House and 2nd Birthday Party

    That's right. We celebrate our 2nd birthday this month and we're having a party.

    Where: HC

    When: Friday, February 22 from 5 - 9 PM

    There will be live music, food and refreshments. Bring the family and help us thank all of those who have made our success possible.

    The shop will close at 3PM Friday so we can get ready.


    Friday, February 15, 2008

    Class update

    Our class series begins next Saturday and they are filling up fast. There is still space in all of them so if you want to sign up, you should do it soon. Details below.

    I am also happy to announce that Curt Goodrich has agreed to lead another seminar on frame building. It will occur in late March so stay tuned for more details.
    Our second annual bike repair class series will begin Saturday, 2/23. All classes will run from 8am to 12 noon so the shop will not open until after class. Shop rides will continue uninterrupted, leaving from the shop every Saturday morning at 7:45ish.

    Each class will cost $60 or you can purchase the entire series of 4 for $200. Class size is limited to 6 each and if there is enough demand, additional classes can be added.
    Payment is required in advance and you can call it in or stop by. Email Kevin ( with any questions or to reserve your spot. These filled up in a matter of days last year so don’t hesitate and sign up now.

    Basic Maintenance. Saturday, February 23, 8-12 noon. We will cover a basic tune up including adjustment of gears and brakes, drive train maintenance and minor truing of wheels. Students will work on their own bikes and have them ready for the warm weather.

    Basic Overhaul. Saturday, March 1, 8 - 12 noon. Expand your bike repair knowledge by learning how to overhaul the bottom bracket, headset and hubs. Student will work on their own bikes.

    Wheel Building. Saturday, March 8, 8 - 12 noon. Learn to lace, tension, true and dish a wheel. Students should come prepared with the supplies necessary to build one wheel. We are offering a 10% discount on all parts purchased through us.

    3 Speed Overhaul. Saturday, March 15, 8 - 12 noon. Mark Stonich has graciously agreed to teach this class for the second year, and is one of the most knowledgeable guys around on internal hubs. The class will focus on the Sturmey Archer AW hub, the most common hub out there. Students can bring a hub to overhaul or with advance notice, one can be provided. Get your steed ready for the Lake Pepin 3 Speed Tour.

    Monday, February 11, 2008


    Jim and I had a great time attending the show and riding around Portland. It truly lives up to its reputation as a great cycling city.

    Pictures and ride reports are here.


    Tuesday, February 5, 2008

    Twin Cities Bike Swap

    We won't be there because we'll be in Portland at the time, but this year's Twin Cities Bike Swap will be held Sunday, Feb 10, 9:30-2:30 at the National Sports Center in Blaine. This is the event that was held at the St Paul Academy in previous years. We have always enjoyed this event and regret that we can't be there this time. If you are available, and looking to break the cabin fever, head up to Blaine to look for deals and see friends.

    Saturday, February 2, 2008

    Heading West

    Jim and Kevin are heading west to Portland to visit the Hand Built Bicycle Show and see the sights. The shop will be closed Thursday, February 7th through Wednesday, February 13th.

    We are taking bikes so look for ride reports, pictures and possibly video

    The Saturday morning ride will most likely go on so show up at 7:45ish.