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.

6 comments:

rigtenzin said...

I am thoroughly lulled.

chiggins said...

Of course it makes sense for you to own one of these.

I can not think of a time where I've desired a bike and not been able to convince myself that this is true.

This is yet another reason why my life's better with my wife in it.

Sexay Pug though, dang.

Jim Thill said...

chiggins: you of all people NEED a Pug. What if you get another Snowpocalypse? Then what?

chiggins said...

Heh, yeah if that happens it'll be a rough 5-8 days or so. I'm already working out which of the neighbors we'll eat first, I'm thinking we start with the vegetarians.

I wonder how hard it would be to make something that would work like tire chains for Big Apples?

Jim Thill said...

Zip-ties.

Bujiatang said...

curb link stainless steel chain!

I'm still getting around 7 hours run time out of my minewt