Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Minneapolis Country Bike Rally

I will be hosting a Country Bike Rally in Minneapolis during the last weekend in September. "Country Bike", a term coined by Rivendell's Grant Petersen, includes bicycles that are versatile enough for lots of different types of riding, on-road and off-road. Basically this includes the spectrum of riding that lies somewhere in the middle ground between road racing and "technical" off-roading. Anyway, here's the schedule.

Friday, September 26, evening: Meet and greet party at Hiawatha Cyclery
Saturday, September 27, all day: riding
Sunday, September 28, all day: riding

The actual riding itinerary is TBD. I'll probably have a couple different length ride options so you can find something that suits your tastes. In any case, I will showcase some of the Twin Cities' best riding, both urban and in the woods.

Out-of-towners can camp or find local lodging or maybe coordinate with locals who have a spare bed.

Please tell your friends.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Used bikes and frames UPDATED 7/8/2014, plus other closeouts

We've accumulated quite a few pre-owned and/or used bikes and frames to sell. One of these might be just what you need to get kick off your Spring riding for 2014. All these are owned by employees or close friends of HC, so we can vouch for the bikes' histories. Please check here often because I seem to have more bikes to add. I'll delete the bikes as they are taken off the market. Last update 2/14/2014.

1960-something Triumph 3-speed. Great shape, looks barely ridden, but may need some cleaning and lubing. Seat-tube is approximately 23" C-T, so this would fit a medium to tall person. $150 or reasonable offer.

Rawland Nordavinden 58cm (read about it here). This is a chubby-tire 700c road frame that is designed for all types of road riding, and would be pretty great for all-day comfort on centuries, brevets, or on gravel. This frame is effectively new, never been fully built up or ridden since our customer bought it from us last year. The fork (not shown) is included, but it's still wrapped in bubble wrap, and I didn't want to mess around with installation for this photo. It includes a headset and square-taper bottom bracket. The frame alone retails for $725 plus shipping. This one is $650 including the headset and BB.

Singular Osprey 54cm C-C on the seat tube, 53.5 cm C-C on the top tube based on my measurement, frame, fork, Velo Orange headset, and basic seatpost. This is an attractive lugged steel road frame with a classic 1" threaded fork for a quill type stem. This is technically "new", but has been hanging around in the shop long enough to collect a few minor scuffs. $550

Kona "Jake the Snake" cross frameset, includes frame, fork, headset, seatpost, and stem. Well used but very well cared for. Seat-tube 55 cm C-T and top-tube 53.5 cm C-C actual. $275

Raleigh One-Way converted to 3-speed fixed gear. New hub internals, chainring, cog, chain, and shifter. Brooks B17 Champion Special saddle. Seat tube 59 cm C-T and top-tube 59 cm C-C actual. $400

Surly Krampus frameset, size medium 18". Shop demo frame. Barely used. $575