Thursday, May 21, 2009

The HC League of Extraordinary Gentlemen's Hitting The Road

The HC League, being neither extraordinary nor gentlemen, is going touring. That's Jim in the fedora but we have no idea who the woman is (although she can come along if she wants).

We are planning a self-contained tour of SW Wisconsin and SE Minnesota primarily to do what we all love to do, and to test some equipment. If you're riding in that area in a few weeks or lurking about the campgrounds, we'll be the group in smoking jackets telling tall tales until late into the night.

HC will be closed Monday, June 1 through Friday, June 5th. We will reopen on Saturday, June 6th.

We'll try and post some pics along the way.


Closed for Memorial Day

We will be closed Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day. We will be open normal hours this Saturday (12-4) and Tuesday-Friday (1-7).

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Saturday ride, May 23: Nature Ride!

Bring a bike that can be ridden off the pavement, please.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Bikes and Beer

Admit it. Cycling around town on a warm (ok almost warm) Sunday afternoon and stopping for a plethora of exotic adult beverages is a pretty fair way to wrap up the weekend. Besides, you won't be burning carbon based fuels and you'll definitely be flushing the old kidneys out. So, you've got that going for you.

Lanny Hoff, great HC customer and friend, and renowned beer raconteur is hosting another of his over the top pub crawls.

When: Sunday, May 17 at 3:30 ish

Where: It begins at the Modern Cafe as part of the Gastro Non Grata. There are 4 official stops but you'll finish at wherever the mood strikes you.

Tons of details here including a map.

The last time we had a pub crawl, the weather was close to this. It should be warmer tomorrow and for certain, the beer will be, shall we say, higher on the beer chain.

Ride on!!!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Saturday Ride, May 9

We are headed to the St Paul Farmer's Market. Great food, coffee, produce and plants. Ride your "grocery hauler".


Wheelbuilding class, May 30, 8AM

Due to popular demand, we will be doing another wheel-building class Saturday, May 30, 8AM-Noon. Class fee is $60 and is due at the time of registration. You will need to supply your own hub, spokes, and rim for the class, or you can buy those items from us at a discounted price. Please register for the class as soon as possible. I can help with selecting wheel components that are appropriate for the intended purpose, your budget, etc. Please email jim at hiawathacyclery dot com or call 612-727-2565 with questions.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Lake Pepin ride, May 24 (update May 14)

Some folks have been asking when we're going to do a Lake Pepin ride again. May is a great month to do it, so I'm proposing Sunday, May 24. I chose that date to avoid potential scheduling conflicts with some other bike events. It's Memorial Day weekend, however, and that initially caused concern, as holiday weekends tend to increase traffic, notably of the exceptionally loud and boisterous motorcycle variety.

Rather than be intimidated into inaction, we should take this opportunity to explore some of the wonderful back roads and side streets in the vicinity of the lake. If we get off the main highways, we'll be treated to some quiet roads, a few challenging hills, some barely civilized gravel, self-guided botany lessons, spectacular views, and of course, high adventure. For the food-centric among us, I'll be sure to make room in the itinerary to visit the best bakeries, coffee houses, and eateries in the area.

a detour

If you're going to do this, I recommend a bike with some low gears and larger tires (28 mm or bigger). Lots of us have done some of these routes on 50-year-old 3-speeds, so it's more than doable on a modern touring bike, cross bike, roadified MTB, or what have you. If your only bike is 17 lbs and fits at most 25 mm tires, you are seriously missing out and should contact me with your credit card number or a wad of cash as soon as possible. (On the other hand, a less than optimal bike would add to the challenge...)

I should mention that this is an informal ride, completely unsanctioned by anybody, and unsupported. We'll probably ride as a group, more or less, and help each other with whatever happens, but please be responsible for your own safety, equipment, tools, food, etc. And bring some money in case you want pie or some coffee. Distance is probably going to be about 90 miles, but we'll take our time and ride at an easy pace with plenty of stops. Also, I'm leaving room for flexibility in the route, so we can adjust for weather, fitness, moods, etc.

Let's meet in Red Wing at the east parking lot at Bay Point Park, and plan to roll at 8:30 AM. Those who want to car pool are encouraged to meet at HC at 7 AM and we'll try to fit everybody in to a minimum number of vehicles.

Here's the route I have in mind.

And the cue sheet.