Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Saturday night ride!

Mark Stonich is leading another night ride, this Saturday Oct 3, leaving from HC headquarters at 7:30 PM. Dress warm enough and bring lights. There will be a food and refreshment stop at Bulldog Lowertown, which has fancy beer and a kitchen that's open until 1 AM.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fall Winter Hours

It's that time of year. Effective this Sunday, our hours will be:

Sunday -- Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday -- Friday: 12PM - 6PM

Saturday: 12PM -- 4PM


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Surly Long Haul Trucker

If I had my way, most cyclists would ride a Surly Long Haul Trucker. They aren't for everybody, of course, just most people, and by my crude mental computations, we've sold more LHTs than any other model of any other brand. The one-bike-for-every-ride - commuting, fast road riding, trails, touring, pavement, gravel, etc - is sort of a mythical beast, but the LHT (appropriately equipped) is probably as much of an "all-rounder" for those widely varied uses as any bike on the market. Its hallmarks are stability and sturdiness, which most new LHT riders notice on the first test ride around the block. And for $1095, with really nice stock parts, it is a better value than just about any even remotely similar bikes that come to mind.

"Truckaccino" LHT Commuter, with Tubus Logo rack, Cascadia fenders, Brooks B17 Imperial saddle, and Pletscher 2-leg kickstand.
truckaccino LHT

Here's a fully kitted LHT tourer (Surly racks, Arkel panniers) we set up awhile back.
LHT loaded
(sorry for the atrocious lighting)

One of the staff's Truckers on tour in Oregon.

We're lucky to have Surly as a local brand. Those guys down there in Bloomington have their share of quirks, but they know bikes, and they are top-notch people, as individuals and as a company.

Upcoming store hours, and a mini-sale

Because of the arrival of a new addition to the Thill family, HC will be closed Sept 9 through Sept 11 (W-F next week). Repair bikes dropped off in the next few days will likely not be ready until Sept 13 or later. Mail orders that come in while we are closed will not be shipped until Sept 13 at the earliest. I will likely be available to answer emails on a limited basis, but please don't panic if it takes 24-48 hours to receive a reply to your inquiry.

Because we will be closed most of the week, we will be open for a few hours on Monday, Sept 7, which is Labor Day. Here's the full week schedule for the week of Monday, Sept 7 through Saturday, Sept 12.

Monday: 1-5
Tuesday: 1-7
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 12-4

To encourage you to visit us over the holiday weekend, we will be having a mini-sale, starting today (Sept 3) and continuing through Sept 8. Every non-bike item is 10% off, and any non-bike purchase of $50 or more will be discounted 15% ($100+ gets a 20% discount, bikes excluded, but think about lights and studded tires!). Selected bikes and other items will be discounted even more. Sale prices apply to in-stock items only, and do not apply to service labor charges. These sale prices are not valid in conjunction with coupons or other discounts.

Some (but certainly not all) highlights of our sale:
Redline Metro 9 9sp commuter bikes: Reg $650, now $519
Redline 925 single/fixed commuter bikes: Reg $550, now $439
Torker 3sp beach cruiser with purple flower theme and matching Basil pannier, reg $450, now $299
Pitlock skewer set 02 including f and r wheel skewers and seatpost bolt, reg $107, now $75.

We still have plenty of great riding left before the snow flies (and even more good riding after that, in the snow), and this is your chance to get some really good deals.