Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Day Ride

Start the year off right with a pleasant bicycle ride with the usual hooligans from HC. We'll roll at 10 AM from the shop. Everybody is welcome.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Need an easy project?

Kevin has drunk the 26" wheel Trucker Koolaid so is now offering his 700c trucker for sale. It includes:

58 cm -- frame, stem and fenders are powder coated -- color is called Merlot

Thill built wheels -- Deore hubs; 36 hole; Delgado rims; Schwalbe Marathon tires
Berthoud stainless fenders

FSA Orbit headset

It needs:
drivetrain -- chain, bottom bracket, front and rear derailleurs and cassette
brakes and levers
seatpost and saddle
handlebars
racks

You probably have the parts laying around to complete this. Be ready for the spring touring season.

Asking $650. It can be seen at HC.




Cheers

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Open Christmas Eve, Christmas ride

We will be open today, Tuesday, December 21, until 5:30 PM. For the rest of this week: 3-6 PM Wednesday-Friday, or by appointment. We are closed on Christmas Day, but there will be a Christmas Day ride leaving the shop at noon. Please come on the ride for food and fun.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Winter Pub Crawl, Sunday, January 30

In what is now rightfully described as a tradition, we present the 2011 Winter Pub Crawl, co-sponsored by HC, for your winter riding/pub-hopping pleasure. The date has been set: Sunday, January 30, and the plan is to tour some of the finest beer pubs in Minneapolis. Details are still sketchy, but it's safe to say you can expect great beer, new and old friends, fabulous prizes, cool and unusual bikes, innumerable surprises, and uproarious hilarity. As usual, the lion's share of the organizational work and motivation for the pub crawl is being shouldered by the esteemed Mr Lanny Hoff, Belgian beer magnate (and good friend), so you know it will be a quality experience. I don't even drink, and I LOVE the pub crawl: sausage sampler platters, sneering/busty bartender ladies, and riding my bike with a large number of slightly buzzed friends, are reasons enough.

Anyway, the point is: Save the date, Sunday, January 30, 2011.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Last chance to get posters

We still have a small number of HC posters from Adam Turman, and this will be the last chance to get one of these for yourself or for the cyclist on your holiday gift list:

They are 18x24", printed by Adam Turman on top-quality poster paper. $25 plus applicable tax. S/h anywhere in the US is $5. Order here.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Some screaming clearance deals

We have a few Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires left, 700x40 and 26x1.75. $60/each (reg $80), which is a great deal for these fantastic winter tires.

Schwalbe Marathon Surpreme 700x40 folding, $54/each (reg $70). Perfect for your 700C Long Haul Trucker, Cross-Check, Sam Hillborne, Atlantis, etc.

Ortlieb Backroller-Plus panniers, black, pair, $160 (reg $200)
Ortlieb Frontroller-Plus panniers, black, pair, $120 (reg $160)

All in-stock bikes and frames, 20% off (or more, in some cases).

All in-stock bags 25% off.

Tune-up and labor special. Tune-up labor $50 (reg $85). All other labor 20% off the usual rates.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

HC work shirts

These just in, various sizes, and any color you want as long as it's black or this blue striped pattern (slimming).






Stylish, high quality, and just $40.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wheelbuilding class, December 18

I have recently received a few requests for another wheelbuilding class, and the last one filled up quickly. Building and riding your own wheels can be a satisfying experience on its own, provides a valuable home-mechanic skill (truing), and usually results in excellent quality wheels.
halfradial
I will hold the class Saturday, December 18, 8am-Noon. The registration fee is $60, which is required to reserve your spot. We will provide a workspace equipped with a truing stand and spoke wrench for you to use during the class. Most people are able to build one wheel during the class, but others try to build a pair of wheels. You can supply your own rim(s), hub(s), and/or spokes, or you can get those items from HC for a discounted price with class registration. If you don't know which wheel components suit your needs, tastes, and budget, we will help with that, too. Call 612-727-2565 or stop in to register and discuss options for your new wheels.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving, and a doorbuster sale

We at Hiawatha Cyclery wish you a happy thanksgiving. The weather may be challenging, but you know after that much "family time", a good bicycle ride will be in order. So get out and ride!

We will be taking some time off for the holiday. The shop will be closed Wednesday through Friday. We'll be back to normal on Saturday.

Starting today and until further notice, take 20% off ANY in stock item, including bikes, frames, tires, lights, bags, parts. Special order items, custom bikes and wheels, and labor may be discounted similarly, but we'll decide what makes sense on a case-by-case basis. If you buy a gift certificate (which could be for yourself...), we will add 20% to whatever you pay. For example, $100 buys you $120 toward some future purchase, for yourself or for a gift.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

New Parking Facilities

at HC. Come try them out.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wheelbuilding class, November 20

I have recently received a few requests for a wheelbuilding class. Building and riding your own wheels can be a satisfying experience on its own, provides a valuable home-mechanic skill (truing), and usually results in excellent quality wheels.
halfradial
I will hold the class Saturday, November 20, 8am-Noon. The registration fee is $60, which is required to reserve your spot. We will provide a workspace equipped with a truing stand and spoke wrench for you to use during the class. Most people are able to build one wheel during the class, but others try to build a pair of wheels. You can supply your own rim(s), hub(s), and/or spokes, or you can get those items from HC for a discounted price with class registration. If you don't know which wheel components suit your needs, tastes, and budget, we will help with that, too. Call 612-727-2565 or stop in to register and discuss options for your new wheels.

Business is slow, and we miss you

Now that the election is behind us, I sincerely hope that we can turn our attention back to bicycling. Sales are really slow here at HC, even for this time of year, but we have some great products to get you ready for Winter cycling or (hopefully) for a prolonged Fall. We have a good selection of studded tires, lights, and even bicycles that are especially well-suited to winter riding. And if you already have your bike and equipment for the "off-season", chances are it could use a little love before you take it out onto the ice and snow. In any case, come and see us. We miss you.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

You know October won't last forever

It's easy to get lulled into complacency by the gorgeous October weather we've been enjoying. Unfortunately, it's highly unlikely that this will continue until any threat of ice and snow has passed. We at Hiawatha Cyclery are betting on winter by stocking up on some "off-season" essentials:

Studded Tires:

At the moment, we have the most popular sizes of Schwalbe Marathon Winter (700x35, 26x1.75, $78 each), Schwalbe Snow Stud (700x38, $72 each), and for the ultimate in spike-tire experience, the Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro (26x2.1, $150 each). Get them while they last, because they're usually gone by the time you really need them. Buy a pair and get a discount.

Other models and sizes will be coming in as they become available, so if you want something different let us know. We are not planning to stock Nokian or Kenda studded tires this year, aside from some possible old stock from previous seasons, or if we run out of Schwalbe.

Lights:
Also, it's getting dark earlier now, so you'll need lights. Generator lighting systems are wonderful, and there are endless options. We can help you configure a system that will suit you, your bike, and your needs. But, if you want something a little less involved and less costly, we have the usual Planet Bike Blaze headlights (1W $45 and 2W $55) and Superflash taillights ($25). We also have a good inventory of the latest Nite Rider MiNewt Mini 150. I have been using the older generation of the same light for a couple years now, and I love it. I usually even carry one as a back-up on my generator-equipped bikes. The MiNewt Mini is lightweight, easy to put on and take off the bike, rechargeable, and it works just fine even when it's cold outside. This new model is brighter, has a blinky mode, and there's an indicator light to let you know when it's fully charged. It's a lot of light for $90.

Fat Bikes:

I just ordered a Pugsley. We will get it set up and ready for you to test-ride and buy real soon. Of course it makes sense for you to own one of these. Just $1550 for the stock bike.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fall

If you haven't been out riding in the woods, why not???
Salem Hills

Another thing that happens in the Fall is that I start thinking about the Spring. I am planning to ride Almanzo again, and, having gone totally off the deep end, I'm also on the roster for Trans-Iowa.
part of TI v6 route

We at Hiawatha Cyclery are proud sponsors of both events. The appeal of these free gravel racing events (aka gravel grinders) is not readily comprehended by most people who ride bikes, but if you "get it", you owe it to yourself to try one of these. My personal favorite so far, just based on the beauty of the route and the quality with which the event is presented, is Almanzo. Do it.

Friday, October 8, 2010

We support Adventure Cycling

You'll have to scroll down a bit, but we are now listed as a corporate supporter of the Adventure Cycling Association. We normally shy away from "marketing", but we like Adventure and we like Cycling, and we especially like to combine the two. You should really join Adventure Cycling by the way. It's a good deal.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bike Deals

There's still PLENTY of good riding left this year, so you might as well take advantage of some of these deals and get yourself a nice new bike.

Here are a few that need to go to a good home:

Soma Buena Vista mixte, 54 cm SOLD!!!The mixte design and uncut steerer means that the sizing on this will fit a broad range of riders, probably 5'4" to 5'10" depending on leg length. I am 5"8" and the saddle height in the picture fits me perfectly. The ride is smooth and comfortable.
Soma Buena Vista
This is a classy and beautiful mixte with an excellent part-spec, including the super swanky IRD thumb shifters, Brooks B18 Imperial saddle, Thill handbuilt wheels with Dyad rims, etc. In hindsight, I probably should have gone cheaper on the parts, since not too many people seem to be in the market for a $1750 mixte. Anyway, $1400 (plus tax) takes it home.

Redline Monocog Flight 29 17"
Redline Monocog Flight 29er
 A really nice, lightweight single-speed 29" trail bike. Normally $900-ish, now $729.

Redline Metro-9 several sizes
Smart and attractive 1x9 commuter bike. Think of a flat bar road bike with fenders and rack mounts. Normally $579, now $479.

Rivendell Sam Hillborne in all sizes
hillborne roadie
These are among the most versatile frames available. We have set them up with tires up to 700x45! Some sizes are Taiwanese-made and cost $1000 for the frameset, and other sizes are US-made and cost $1250 for the frameset. Buy any Hillborne frameset that we have and get 20% off the parts kit. This amounts to a savings of $200-300 on a typical complete bike.

My early 80s Stumpjumper fixed-gear:
Stumpjumper fixed-gear
This has been one of my main bikes the last few years, but I have too many bikes that I don't ride enough. I'll be sad to see it go, but happy if somebody else will ride it everyday. It does it all: trails, touring, commuting, etc. I'm 5'8", and this is a good fit for me. This bike is set up as a fixed gear with Phil Wood Kiss-Off hubs built on Velocity Cliffhanger rims, a Brooks B17 saddle, and a lot of other nice parts, good tires, etc. It can easily be converted to a multispeed bike with a cassette wheel, derailleur(s), and shifter(s). These old Stumpjumpers are really laid-back and have ultra-long chainstays. Also a cool bi-plane fork crown. Makes a great winter bike. $650

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Almanzo Gentlemen's Ride: HC version

I decided to join Team Four-Foot Meat Rope for the Almanzo Gentlemen's Ride. With the event commencing first thing Saturday morning, I had to leave very early Friday morning to get there on my bike.
Rolling out
4 AM roll-out from HC. Ron joined me. For Ron's sake, I did my best to keep a stiff upper lip in spite of sleep deprivation, heavy winds, and cold, driving rain. If I was on my own, I probably would have started crying and headed for home within 10 miles. But we pressed on and the weather (and my attitude) gradually improved.

We made shockingly good time to Northfield, where we enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Ole Cafe. I love that place. As we approached Nerstrand, Ron picked up a nail in his tire.
Ron fixing a flat

Near Dodge Center, we encountered miles and miles of wind turbine installations:
Wind turbines

Finally, in our overnight town of Stewartville, we were greeted by this bustling adult entertainment facility. We decided to scrap the race and just look at porn all weekend.

Just kidding.

Almost 112 miles to Stewartville:
Day 1 mileage

The next morning, we rode 20 miles to Spring Valley for Almanzo. If you are not familiar with Almanzo, it's 100 miles of gravel, with lots of steep hills.
Almanzo hill climbing

A lot of people found the water crossing to be scary/invigorating:
Almanzo water crossing

In the end, Four-Foot Meat Rope finished the race, though not in any danger of being mistaken for a fast team. We all had a great time. The Almanzo route is one of the prettiest cycling routes I can imagine, but after 125 mostly gravel, hilly miles for the day, I was worn out. Believe it or not, I didn't want to ride uphill 20 miles in the dark and cold back to my hotel, so I caved to peer pressure and accepted a ride. I settled in that night feeling a little uncertain about riding alone back to Minneapolis.

The ride back was uneventful, and I took few pictures. Here's one of downtown West Concord.
West Concord, MN

After navigating the southern burbs under darkening skies, I rolled in around 8:30 PM feeling good, but tired. 351 miles in 3 days on my odometer.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Rolling out, closed Saturday, Sept 25

Kevin's in the California wine country, Mongo is going to stay home in the man-cave doing blindfolded Rohloff rebuilds, and I/Jim will be riding to Southern Minnesota to enjoy the gravel and camaraderie of the Almanzo Gentlemen's Ride.

In any case, we'll be closed on Saturday, Sept 25. Back to "normal" on Tuesday.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Saturday Night Ride

This just came across the wire from Mark Stonich:

Saturday Sept 11th
Leave Hiawatha Cyclery at 7:30 PM.
About 20-25 miles.  Stop for munchies @ Coffee News Cafe on Grand Ave in St Paul
We will try out the new trail along Shepard Road

Good lights are a must and light clothing is strongly recommended.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Speedhound

We are proud to announce that we are now carrying Speedhound bicycle frames and completes. The frames feature an innovative dropout system that allows the use of just about any bicycle drivetrain: road gearing, mountain gearing, internal-gear hub, single speed, fixed gear, belt drive, etc. It's very clever and cool.
speedhound

The frames are also handmade in Minneapolis, available in a variety of colors, have a very cool headbadge and fork crown, and I can honestly say they build up into some of the nicest riding and handling bikes I have tried. Seriously.
speedhound

speedhound

speedhound

This one is going to be shipped westward real soon, but we will have another ready to ride on the HC sales floor, probably next week.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

price reduced on some really nice lightly-used bikes

First the Rawland (text reprinted from earlier post):

I like these Rawland bikes, a real jack-of-all-trades. This pre-owned example is in excellent, low-mileage condition. Whether you need a commuter, tourer, weekend cruiser, mountain bike, or any other kind of real-world bike, this would be a good choice.
rawland sogn

I think this is a size M. Measurements are:
seat tube c-t: 20"/50 cm
effective top-tube c-c: 22"/56 cm
standover at mid-point of top-tube: 31"/79 cm

The head tube is tall and the steerer tube is long, so getting the bars up high isn't a problem. With a few fit adjustments, this should fit most riders between 5'4" and 5'10".

The parts are mostly Deore/LX level with Tektro brakes and levers and a Sugino XD crank. Wheels were handbuilt by me on the elusive but excellent Rigida Sphinx 650B rim (36h front and back).

Complete bike as pictured $1175 $750. That is so ridiculously cheap, I can't believe it won't sell immediately. But we have moved on to other projects, and need to make some room.


We also have this lightly used 54 cm Rambouillet:
My wife rode it a bit (maybe a few hundred miles) before we had our 2nd and 3rd kids. Now she rides a Long Haul Trucker, which is better suited for pulling trailers and carrying kid seats. So this bike is for sale for $2275-ish depending on what accessories/parts you want on it. Price reduced to $1850, as pictured minus saddle. The current incarnation of Rivendell road bike costs more than that, just for the frameset.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The versatile Sam Hillborne

Of all the unique and interesting bicycles we sell, none has lured more customers into the shop over the past year or so than the Rivendell Sam Hillborne. Most people that have heard about Rivendell want to see the pretty lugs and candy-colored paint in person, but the real beauty of the Hillborne lies in its versatility.

Consider this one, set up as a "road bike" with light wheels and light tires. Keeping with the theme, the crank is a modern compact double.
hillborne roadie
This is a really fun bike; you should come in and ride it.

Going in another direction, we decided to make a Hillborne that emulates the "adventure bike" concept that is currently popular. Who knew that a bike with sidepull brakes could fit a 700x45 knobby tire with room to spare? The Woodchipper handlebar, camo tape, and frame bag really tie the package together.
hillborne all-rounder
 hillborne all-rounder
hillborne all-rounder
hillborne all-rounder

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Minnecycle this weekend!!!

Please consider joining us this Friday at 6:30 PM for a ride from HC to the Minnecycle show, featuring the work of local bicycle framebuilders and other bicycle-themed artwork. Bring lights and some money.

Note, the graphic that was here previously was from 2009. My apologies for the confusion on the dates. For 2010, the dates and times taken from the Minnecycle2 Facebook page are:

Friday, July 30 - 4:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 31 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Evolution of an unorthodox machine

The Thill Family Bicycle started as a stock 1992 Santana Arriva tandem that I found in nearly-new condition for a good price on Craigslist.
I upgraded the wheels with the heavy-duty touring wheels I had originally for my Atlantis (which I sold). I also replaced the unnervingly skinny 700x26 stock tires with some Jack Brown Blue 700x33, which were a bit of a squeeze. Most importantly, I modified the stoker position for a small child (namely, my daughter Elissa, age 4 at the time), using some stock stem and bottom bracket adapters marketed under the Problem Solvers brand (from QBP). My friend Mark at Bikesmith Design provided a crankset with the arms shortened to 90 mm (and threaded for tandem, of course). The subsequent addition of the child-seat (shown above with my son Oliver, age almost 2 at the time) was a short-lived experiment that made the bicycle difficult to control. Anyway, Elissa and I rode the bike maybe 100 miles last Fall before we had some crummy weather in October that compelled me to put the tandem away for the winter. During the Winter, I asked Bikesmith to make me a 1-1/4" quill adapter (diameter of the adapter is 1-1/8" or 28.6 mm). The quill adapter slides into the threaded steerer tube like a normal 1-1/4" quill stem, and is just the right diameter to accept a 1-1/8" threadless-style stem. As you may know, there is not a wide selection (new or used) of 1-1/4" quill stems (the stock stem from Santana was not terribly comfortable), but there are hundreds of options for 1-1/8" threadless stems. The quill adapter gave me much more flexibility to fit the bicycle to my body, and made longer rides more comfortable and fun.

This Spring, as soon as it seemed reasonable to go camping, Elissa (now age 5) and I loaded up and headed to Carver Park Reserve.


Elissa rode about 65 miles over the two days, and had a great time. I couldn't have been prouder. On the down side, I decided (again) that the Jack Brown Blue tires were not for me (tried them on 3 bikes, and hated them every time). I switched to Panaracer Pasela 700x28, which made the bike much more lively and fun to ride on pavement. The problems with this tandem started to become obvious:

1. There was not enough tire clearance for tires that would allow me to comfortably do the kind of multiple surface rides and touring that I most enjoy. When we rode trails or gravel, Elissa complained about the bumpiness, and I felt that the skinny tires didn't provide enough control on loose materials like gravel and sand.

2. Cargo capacity is the same as on a single touring bicycle (front and rear panniers), but must be shared by two riders. It's workable, but sub-optimal for travel with children, who require toys, books, etc.

3. Elissa was a fun companion, but Oliver was getting to the age where he would enjoy bike rides, too. I felt bad leaving him behind when Elissa and I went riding.

One day, in the presence of some bike geek friends, I openly proposed the idea putting an Xtracycle on the tandem. That idea, because it is ridiculous, received some laughs. But I was half-serious. The more I thought about it, the better I liked the idea. I could carry lots of stuff, including an extra passenger, and the Xtracycle with a 26"/559 mm wheel has plenty of tire clearance. One day at the shop, I noticed my Pugsley fork and wheel lying in the corner. Porn music started playing in my head (wah-wah-chicka-wah-wah) and it started to come together: Tandem plus Xtracycle plus Pugsley. The cherry on top was the potential for using disc brakes, even hydraulic! I would be foolish NOT to do this! (yes, a headset adapter is required).

 It turns out the Pugsley wheel and tire produces some pretty scary handling characteristic with a bike of this length. Luckily, this is the symmetrical Pug fork, which will take a normal wheel, too.Off with the Pug wheel, and on with a more conventional wheel with a Schwalbe 26x2.35" Big Apple to match the rear. Mr Rose at Shockspital modified an Avid Juicy brake by adding a hose long enough to cover the span from the handlebar to the rear disc.

The maiden voyage of this contraption was a 65-mile jaunt through the river bluffs and rolling hills between Minneapolis and Wilson, Wisconsin, where we over-nighted on the property of Dave's Brewfarm.
Elissa's previous long day was about 35 miles. On the Brewfarm trip, she did back-to-back days of 65 and 72 miles, respectively. I frequently offer her a chance to get off the bike, to take a break, but she usually declines in favor of more pedaling. After a 137-mile weekend of hills and heat, we were walking in the house and I asked if she was glad to be home. "Yeah," she said, "but I'd rather be out on the open road." Huh.

Last weekend (Independence Day weekend) we stayed closer to home, but still rode the tandem a lot for errands and general transportation. It turned out to be a 70-mile weekend for Elissa and me, highlighted by a trip to the St Paul Farmer's Market:
We also made a side trip to a grocery store on the way home, and our load was impressive!

Once home from the grocery run, my wife mentioned that Oliver (now 2-1/2) is usually very enthusiastic about the bike, and very sad when we leave without him. I immediately found some suitable clothes for him, strapped on his helmet, lowered the saddle a bit, and snugged his feet into the toe straps. We made a tentative trip around the block:

Wow, he didn't jump off or freak out! We kept going. Down the street, turn here, turn there, pretty soon over the bridge and westbound on the Minnehaha Parkway bike trail. Then around Lake Nokomis. Some old lady rode behind us for awhile before making a snide comment about my decision to have a small child on the bike, but Oliver was doing just fine and having the time of his life.
All total, Oliver has 8 miles on the bike. I suspect he'll have 100 more by the end of the year.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Open Saturday, July 3!

Just so there's no confusion, we'll be open during our regular hours of 12-4 on Saturday, July 3. Come and visit us, and let me talk you into buying something!

If you're looking for something to do Saturday evening, if you like bikes and sausage and you want to be part of a bona fide spectacle, consider attending the famous annual party at the palatial estate of Shockspital founder and HC friend B. Rose (and his wife, Julie). Here's the data:
Start Time:
Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 5:00pm
End Time:
Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 5:00am
Location:
111 37th St E
Minneapolis

It's family-friendly until it gets dark. After sundown, different story.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Closed Saturday, Again.

We will be closed for the Brewfarm Tour this Saturday, June 26. Sorry for the inconvenience. We won't close on Saturday again for awhile. Promise.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Closed this Saturday, and a recent project

First of all, every single member of the HC staff will be taking the day off on Saturday, June 19, and the shop will be closed. Mongo and I will be rolling the inaugural West Side Dirty Benjamin race, and Kevin is out west leading an Adventure Cycling tour.

Just to reiterate:

The shop will be closed on Saturday, June 19. If you need something from HC and can't make it during regular weekday hours, let me know. I am often flexible about staying late or coming in on my usual days off.


Second, we made some improvements to my tandem:
xtrapugfor2

xtrapugfor2

It turns out that skinny tire bikes are not terribly appealing to me, and tandems are no exception.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Lovely pre-owned Rawland for sale

I like these Rawland bikes, a real jack-of-all-trades. This pre-owned example is in excellent, low-mileage condition. Whether you need a commuter, tourer, weekend cruiser, mountain bike, or any other kind of real-world bike, this would be a good choice.
rawland sogn

I think this is a size M. Measurements are:
seat tube c-t: 20"/50 cm
effective top-tube c-c: 22"/56 cm
standover at mid-point of top-tube: 31"/79 cm

The head tube is tall and the steerer tube is long, so getting the bars up high isn't a problem. With a few fit adjustments, this should fit most riders between 5'4" and 5'10".

The parts are mostly Deore/LX level with Tektro brakes and levers and a Sugino XD crank. Wheels were handbuilt by me on the elusive but excellent Rigida Sphinx 650B rim (36h front and back).

Complete bike as pictured $1175.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

First Annual Brewfarm Classic

On June 26, we will be riding 70 miles or so out to Dave's Brew Farm in Wisconsin, then riding back the next day. There will be great food and beer and camping. We are limiting the bike ride portion of the event to 25 riders, but families and friends (no pets, please) are invited to drive out to the farm for the food, beer, and/or camping. The official invite and more details can be found here.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Ok, We Lied

When we started selling our first run of the first HC poster, we said that when they were gone, they were gone. According to Adam Turman, the artist, these sold faster than virtually any other poster he has ever created for a business.

But, so many people expressed deep and profound remorse about missing out that we had Adam print 30 more. When those 30 are gone (and a number of them already are), it will not be reprinted. Really. We mean it!

So, if you missed out the first time, now is your chance to get one. Still only $25 plus $5 shipping in the Continental USA. Order online here, or stop by the store.

These probably won't last for long. You've been warned.

Cheers

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Saturday Ride, 6/6

It being the first Saturday of the month, it's time for a Family Ride. There's no better way to share quality time with your relatives than from the seat of a bicycle.

Bring the whole tribe for a casual ride to some unique and off beat breakfast/coffee joint.

Meet at 8AM at HC World HQ.

Cheers

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Saturday Ride 5/29

This Saturday's ride will be to the St. Paul Farmer's market. So bring panniers, your cargo bike etc. and come join us. It's always fun and the weather should be great.

We will leave HC World HQ @ 8 am.

Cheers

Monday, May 24, 2010

Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour

This was the third time in four years that I've done the Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour. The casual slow-as-possible atmosphere and the quirks of old 3-speeds make this ride unique and enjoyable. Adding to my enjoyment this year was my 5-year-old daughter, Elissa, who rode with me on a 1960s Gitane tandem, converted to 3-speed:
IMG_3700

My mom was along for part of the 3-speed tour, too:
IMG_3704

As you can see, we didn't necessarily stick to the main roads. The 3-speed tour has the potential for some real adventure, as there are some very rustic (and scenic) roads that can be used as alternatives to the busier roads.

And then there are the bikes:
IMG_3706

And the locals:
IMG_3690
Elissa befriended this horse and fed him some grass.

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This year's 3-speed tour had an age range of riders spanning 87 years, from Elissa at age 5 to a gentleman from Michigan at age 92. They are the youngest and oldest ever to pedal the 3-speed tour, I believe.