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.