Tuesday, January 27, 2009

HC University -- Class Update

The Basic Maintenance and Wheel Building Classes are full. If you have interest in those, email Jim or Kevin and we will start a waiting list for a second class.
  • If you haven't paid for your class yet, please do so as soon as possible. You know who you are.
  • If you need rims/hubs/spokes for the wheel building class, please order them ASAP as well. We need time to order whet we don't have in stock and get the spokes cut in time.
The 3 Speed Rebuild Class is FULL. Mark Stonich, the instructor, asked me to let the class participants know that he will bring a few hubs that can be disassembled and reassembled. He also tells us that in addition to AW hubs, AM, FW and S5s are also welcome.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

HC's First Annnual Pub Crawl -- Update

The HC crew will be pulling out from the shop at 11:15 Sunday. Bundle up and join us for the ride North.

Texas has it's debutante balls, New Orleans has Mardi Gras and the Big Apple has New Years Eve in Times Square. But those events pale in comparison to what will become the social and cycling event of the winter season here in Minneapolis.

Come join us for the first annual Winter Pedal Pub Crawl, organized with the substantial help of good friend Lanny Hoff of Artisanal Imports. There will be door prizes, beer and food specials, and the opportunity to mingle with a broad and quirky cast of characters.

This is designed to be a cycling event and the 5 pubs are spread out over a whopping 9 mile course. The weather forecast for Sunday is expected to be character building -- 5 above and snowy. But if you or your bike aren't set up for winter riding, drive, dog sled, walk or ski -- its a celebration of winter, cycling and beer.

When: Sunday, January 25
Where: Bulldog, NE at 401 East Hennepin

The festivities start at noon and will continue until the last man/woman is standing. We will have a sag wagon available should anyone need it. For those planning on riding, a group will leave HC at 11:15 for the trip North.

If your liver isn't up to all 5 stops, join us when you can. Here is an approximate schedule (note the ish):

Mackenzie -- 1:30ish
Bull Dog Uptown -- 3ish
Blue Nile -- 4ish
Town Hall -- 5:15ish

Bring your friends, neighbors, co-workers, parents -- anyone and everyone who enjoys good company and great beers.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

HC University 3 Speed Class

UPDATE 1/20 -- Basic Maintenance is full. Wheel building and 3 speed overhaul each have 1 spot left so sign up fast. If you haven't paid yet, please stop or call in and take care of that.
Important: If you're in the wheel building class and need rims, spokes and hubs, please let us know ASAP so we can supplies on hand.

Mark Stonich of Bikemith Design, a local Sturmey Archer (SA) guru, has once again agreed to teach the fine art of overhauling a 3 speed hub. Mark will show you how to disassemble and reassemble the hub and look for worn or broken parts. You will need to bring a wheel to class and the hub should be an AW model only (if you're not sure, give us a call).

Date: Saturday, February 21
Time: 8AM - 12 PM
Cost: $60

Class size is limited to 6 and this class fills fast. Email Jim or Kevin if you want to attend and we ask that you pay in advance to confirm your spot.

Get your bike ready for the Lake Pepin 3 Speed Tour.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

HC University -- UPDATE 1/23

Wheel building and Basic Maintenance classes are full. If you missed out and still want to attend, email Jim or Kevin and if there's enough interest, we will start a list for another round of classes in March.

As is our custom, we will be offering a great selection of bike maintenance classes in the coming weeks/months. Jim wanted to offer a class on the use of Osprey feathers as a bike accent but with a worldwide shortage of Ospreys, the rest of the faculty convinced him otherwise.

Our goal is to help our customers become more self sufficient, and capable of working on most of the routine maintenance items on their bikes. The faculty includes some renowned local personalities who have years of experience in sharing their encyclopedic knowledge of all things bicycles.

Our classes are hands on. You should bring your own bike to the Basic Maintenance class and a 3 speed wheel and wheel parts to the appropriate class.

Our course offerings will include:

Basic Maintenance -- FULL -- in this class, we will show you how to do a basic tuneup. This includes basic adjustment of wheel, headset and bottom bracket bearings; adjustment of derailleurs and brakes; and minor wheel truing.
Date: Saturday, 2/7; 8AM-12PM.
Location: HC
Cost: $60 (plus parts, if any)
Class Size: Limited to 6 participants

Wheel Building -- FULL -- You will learn how to build a wheel from scratch including lacing, tensioning, dishing and truing. You will need to bring a rim spokes and hub to class. If you purchase the materials from HC, there is a 10% discount. NOTE: Please let us know as soon as possible what parts you will need as well as spoke length (we can calculate that for you).
Date: Saturday, 2/14; 8AM - 12PM
Location: HC
Cost: $60 (plus materials)
Class Size: Limited to 6 participants

We are also working on scheduling our 3-Speed hub overhaul class and frame building demonstration at Curt Goodrich's shop. Check back here for dates and times but they will most likely be in March.

These classes always fill up quickly. If there is enough interest, we can schedule a second Basic Maintenance and Wheel Building Class. To reserve a spot, we need payment in advance so stop in or call/email Jim or Kevin.


Twin Cities Swap Meet

The Twin Cities premier swap event is being held Sunday, February 8 at the national Sports Center in Blaine. HC will probably have a table there selling all sorts of "schwag" and items you cannot live without. Ignore the 2008 on the poster -- its this year. Really!!

For more info, check here.


Handbuilt Bike Show

This year the North American Handmade Bicycle Show will be held in Indianapolis Feb 27 thru March 1. In the past, this has been a west coast event, and not terribly convenient for us on the prairie. Anyway, since Indianapolis isn't that far from here, we are planning to make the 10-hour drive, see the show, and ride our bikes around Indianapolis for a couple days.

We have heard from customers and friends that there is some interest in getting a caravan together to drive to Indy and share not only good company, but also expenses for gas, lodging, etc. We at HC don't want to be responsible for making hotel reservations or anything, but we are willing to take names of who wants to go, who has a vehicle to drive, etc, so that we can coordinate and make this trip as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

(By a strange series of events that transpired just yesterday, I find myself in need of a ride. I'm a good travel companion, with an excellent voice for singing along with Celine Dion on the radio.)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Now taking orders for new Rivendell frames

As you may know, Rivendell has been working on a couple new frames this year. HC is paid up and on the short dealer list to sell the Sam Hillborne, and we're considering the Betty Foy, too.

This is one of the photos of the Hillborne.

As a long-time fan of the Atlantis and Rambouillet variants, I admit to initially being somewhat doubtful about the design of these new models. But these photos have me convinced that this is going to be a great bike for touring, commuting, trail-riding, quick-ish road riding, and any other type of riding you can contrive (within reason).

The Hillborne framesets are going to cost $1000, and a complete bike is going to be around $2000. We have ordered a range of sizes, and are now taking $200 deposits. The ETA is late March or April. If you're interested, call or email for info on sizing, or to place your deposit.

If you're seriously interested in the Betty Foy mixte, let us know as soon as possible, and, if there's enough interest, we'll arrange to get those, too.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Years

I counted 14 bikes and riders when we left the shop for our annual New Years Ride. Temps were in the upper 20's and the roads were a combination of ice and what we like to call oatmeal -- that soft sticky snow that can be tough to ride thru. It's a little tough on the equipment but well worth it.
We rode up to Hard Times on the West Bank for food and libation and then headed south detouring across the Stone Arch Bridge. Various people went their own way from time to time and it was a great way to start the New Year.