Thursday, April 30, 2009

First Saturday of the month

Last summer, on the first Saturday of every month, the HC ride became something called a family ride. This weekend is the first Saturday in May, and we'll re-start this tradition. Expect shorter distances, fewer hills, and slower speeds - perfect for friends or relatives who aren't up to our usual high-intensity rides.

Saturday, 8 AM to noonish

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Rivendell Sam Hillborne coming soon

Our long-awaited order of Rivendell Sam Hillborne framesets are shipping out today!

(photo from Rivendell's Hillborne page)

This is a great "all-rounder" frame for touring, commuting, trail-riding, brevets, and just about any other normal way to use a bicycle that doesn't involve racing or 3-foot drops off rock piles. Available in four sizes, and in general we recommend getting the biggest size you can stand over with 2-6 cm of crotch clearance. To quote from Rivendell's web page: "If you're a crotch-worrier and are in betwixt sizes, go small. If you're not, go big."

48 cm: standover ~75 cm
52 cm: standover ~79 cm
56 cm: standover ~83 cm
60 cm: standover ~88 cm

For example, I/Jim have a PBH of 85 cm and ride a 58 cm Atlantis, 56 cm Cross-Check/LHT, etc. If I was buying a Hillborne, I'd probably get a 52, but I could easily ride and be comfortable on a 56.

The two smallest sizes take 650B wheels, and the two biggest sizes use 700C. Tire selection for 650B is getting pretty good, so no worries there (seriously, don't worry). I highly recommend selecting a frame size based on your standover height, rather than on wheel size. But if you're in between 52 and 56 and can't decide, then wheel size could be a factor that sways your choice. You can have a nice bike to ride with either wheel size, and we'll stock tires and rims for 650B as long as we're in business.

Framesets are $1000. Complete bikes around $2000, not including saddle and pedals (which we can provide at a good price). Call or email jim@hiawathacyclery to ask questions, discuss details, or place an order. Quantities are limited, and don't think the popular sizes will last long.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Looking for a Mountain Bike?

Occasionally, we have bikes for sale that would be considered by most folks, "vintage". That doesn't always mean valuable -- just used but not abused. And lately, we have had a number of people coming in looking for used mountain bikes, something that we rarely have.

Kevin has been thinning his personal herd a bit of late, and this is the latest offering.

Late 90's K2 Zed -- Size Large
Aluminum Frame
K2 suspension fork
Upgraded wheels
Deore XT Driveline
Avid V brakes
"Newish" Geax Sedona Tires
Terry Liberator saddle
No pedals!!

Just tuned up!!

It's been ridden on area single track and used for commuting. It has never been jumped or ridden over picnic tables -- honest. Kevin falls a lot and he's not really up for 6 months in a body cast.

Asking $250 but reasonable offers will be considered.


Monday, April 6, 2009

Atlantis and Quickbeam for sale

B in Appleton, WI is looking to sell her Atlantis and her Quickbeam. I think they're both 56 cm.

I don't know many of the details of these bicycles, but the Atlantis has custom pea-sage-colored paint, and the Quickbeam has a fixed/free flip-flop set-up.

As I said, I don't know the bicycles, and I've never met the seller. If you are interested in buying one of these, contact bikingb at mac dot com.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Vintage Velo updates

As Kevin mentioned here awhile ago, we started a new blog called Vintage Velo to publicize some of the used bikes we have for sale. I recently added a few that may be of interest to a discerning cyclist like yourself.

Some special deals

I added a new sale/closeout category to our web store. Click here to see what kind of deals you can score. Limited supplies - prices good while supplies last. Etc.