Apr 27 2015

Help Wanted

hiring

Spring is here and Calhoun Cycle is hiring! We’re looking for FT & PT Sales Staff to join our team.

The Calhoun Cycle Sales Staff is an eclectic team of true cycling geeks. Their vast knowledge is surpassed only by their ability to really listen to our customers and they take great pride in connecting our customers with the right product. Our ideal candidate is a natural when it comes to friendly and prompt customer service, detail oriented, able to learn on the fly, and a self-starter who takes direction well. And of course, a bike lover.

The ideal candidate has:

  • 2+ years retail experience, including working with a Point of Sale system
  • Experience working in the cycling or outdoor industry
  • Knowledge of key Calhoun Cycle brands: Brompton, Linus, Bacchetta, Brooks, Tubus, Schwalbe, Arkel, Ortlieb, and Carradice
  • Proficiency with Mac OSX

Commitment & Benefits:

  • Competitive Wages
  • Employee Purchase Program
  • Pro-Form Purchasing
  • Leadership & Management possibilities for year round employees
  • All employees at Calhoun Cycle work one weekend shift

Sales Staff Responsibilities:

  • Sales & customer service (40%)
  • Inventory management (25%)
  • Weekly housekeeping & organizing (15%)
  • Processing phone & web orders (10%)
  • Security and loss prevention (5%)
  • Other duties as assigned (5%)

 

Does this sound like you? Apply now.

 

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Apr 01 2015

Zimbale Bike Bags 2.0

zimbale: | zimbälē | • beautifully designed, hand crafted bicycle bags

Zimbale Saddlebag

Zimbale is back after a 2 year hiatus. Calhoun Cycle is happy to have Zimbale back on the shelves and on our bikes! Zimbale is a small, hard-working group from Seoul, Korea that specialize in leather and cotton canvas bike bags. Before they stopped production Calhoun Cycle had been selling their product for 3 seasons. Zimbale bags were always a clean blend of function and practicality with a classic look and style. It was obvious to us that the designers of the bags were passionate about cycling.

Zimbale Bike Bags

Below is an interview with Lee, the founder of Zimbale:

1.) Who owns Zimbale Bags?
Mr. K.J.Lee, founder of Bookun ENI Corporation. I have over 10 years experience in the sewing industry

2.) Which bag in the current line is most like the very first Zimbale bag designed?
This would be my favorite bag in the line, our 7 liter canvas saddlebag

3.) What other types of products are manufactured in the factory that Zimbale bags are made?
A wide variety of backpacks, handbags, rucksacks, camping products and so on.

4.) Can you tell us what is currently being developed that might get added to the Zimbale product line?
Our backroom R & D projects currently include an awesome pair of small panniers that I am very excited about. Also there is quite a bit of energy going into broadening our handlebar bag lineup.

5.) What is your favorite type of riding?
Touring, on a Surly Bicycle… Surly Bikes are THE house favorite here at Zimbale. Many of us ride them.

6.) Where do the materials used in Zimbale bags come from?
Nearly all of our materials originate in Korea.

7.) Is the canvas used in Zimbale bags truly waterproof ?
YES! We apply a double coating system to all of our canvas. The outer canvas is wax coated and inner canvas is PU coated. We believe this is the best way to assure a waterproof bag with a nice feel to it. Also of note is that we test the canvas and the bags under the harshest conditions so that we can be 100% confident in its performance.

8.) What are you most excited about now that you are coming back to the bike bag market after the 2 year break?
Here in Korea as well as abroad we have seen a big growth in both cycle commuting and bike-camping these past 2 years. Zimbale designs have always focused on developing our bags for these types of riders. Our Zimbale Version 2.0 has a number of improvements that make our bags sure to satisfy even the very high mileage riders that are using their bikes for the most challenging riding. The gravel races that take place in your part of the US are a good example of what our bags will handle without fail.

9.) Is there anything else that you would like to say?
When we introduced the first generation of Zimbale Bags our motto was “Beyond Your Expectation”.  As a newcomer to the bicycle bag market, everyone at Zimbale believed that if we worked to go “Beyond Your Expectation” we could be successful.  Now our motto is “More than Well-Made.” We are very proud of the quality and design of our bags and this is reflected in our entire product line.

Check out this lovely album of pics that we created on Flickr:

Zimbale Flickr Album
While Zimbale’s classic designs using leather and cotton canvas have a similar aesthetic to our ever-beloved Carradice bike bags from England, each brand has it’s own unique identity and offering choices in bike bags is important at Calhoun Cycle. We know that some people will be drawn to each company’s products. Some because of the variation in each brand’s look and others for each brand’s specific designs. For example, a camera buff may prefer the boxier shape of the Zimbale bags while a weekend tourer might prefer organizing his or her goodies in the more tubular Carradice bag.

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Mar 02 2015

Brompton BLACK EDITION – Coming April 2015

Brompton Black Edition 2015 in Berry Crush

We are now accepting pre-orders for the Brompton Black Edition 2015.

Announced today, Brompton’s new Black Edition 2015 collection features Brompton folding bikes with all black key components for the first time. The arrival of the limited edition —just 5,000 Black Edition bikes will ship to dealers worldwide this spring— comes with much anticipation after years of interest in the possibility of an all-black Brompton. Brompton Black Edition bikes are only available in select customizable options, based around five main frame colors: Black, White, Lime Green, Berry Crush and Lagoon Blue. We’ve ordered a great group of S2L, S6L, M2L, M6L, and H6L bikes for you to choose from. And, as per usual, we are happy to help you personalize the bike of your choice prior to shipping or riding home. See the complete selection of bikes available for shipment beginning April 2015 here.

Customize your Black Edition bike spec at Calhoun Cycle:

  • HANDLEBARS: H, M, S Types
  • GEARING: All bikes shipped from Brompton with 2 and 6 speed standard ratio drivetrains. We have developed a custom black anodized Brompton chainring and guard in-house to allow you to change your order to match your preferred gearing choice, including 7% reduced on all 2-speeds and 12% reduced on all 6-speeds. This option is available for just $60 with the purchase of a new bike and as a spare part for $99.97 at CalhounCycle.com. For information about Brompton’s gear ranges and ratios, click here.
  • VERSION: All Black Editions will be assembled at the Brompton factory with Brompton’s Black L-version mudguards. If you’d like to add a Brompton or Nitto rack to your bike prior to shipping to your door (or taking it home for our local customers), we’re happy to make that happen. When ordering online, simply select the rack of your choice under the “rear luggage” option, or choose none to stick with mudguards only.
  • COLORS: Frame extremities including the stem riser, rear triangle, and front fork are black on all Black Edition bikes. Mainframe options are Black*, White*, Berry Crush, Lime Green and Lagoon Blue. As with standard Brompton orders, *Black and White frames are surcharge free colors. Base prices for each bike available for pre-order are listed at CalhounCycle.comThere is no surcharge on Black Edition bikes, all are priced at standard 2015 pricing.
  • SEATPOST: choice is available as usual – standard, extended and telescopic all in black, of course! We have ordered bikes with both standard and telescopic seatposts to accommodate riders of all heights and offer the most compact fold. If you’d prefer an extended post, please contact us.
  • SADDLES: All Brompton Black Edition bikes come with a standard Brompton rail saddle with special edition black rails. If you’d like to add a Brooks saddle to your order, we recommend the Black B17 Special for men or the Black Team Pro S Special for women. Both feature hand-pounded copper rivets and saddle bag loops. Several saddle choices are offered in each bike listing. If you don’t find the saddle you’d like in the drop-down menu, simply add it to your cart as a separate item.
  • LIGHTING: Black Edition bikes are assembled with reflectors only, but as the bikes all include standard Brompton front wheels with silver rims and spokes, we can easily change out the front wheel to help you upgrade the bike of your choice to dynamo lighting. We are offering 3 packages with Black Edition bikes:
    • Brompton’s standard Shimano set-up with a B&M Lyt in front and a Brompton light in rear
    • Brompton’s standard SON set-up with a B&M Cyo in front and a Brompton light in rear.
    • A special SON XS Black Edition dynamo package including a SON XS front wheel with a black and silver SON XS for Brompton hub — built with silver straight-pull spokes by expert SON wheelbuilders, a Black anodized Edelux II headlight, and a black SON taillight, installed for $675.00.
  • QUESTIONS? For more information, please call 612-827-8000.

colors

Black Edition components:

The following components are supplied in black as part of the Brompton Black Edition bike:

  • Handlebars
  • Headset
  • Crankset
  • Pedals
  • Seatpost
  • Saddle rails (Brompton standard rail saddle)
  • Pentaclip
  • Fenders
  • Hinge clamps
  • Brake levers
  • Brake calipers

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Feb 23 2015

Carradice Harris Tweed City Folder for Brompton

Caaradice, Harris Tweed & Brompton

Carradice of Nelson bike bags have long been the standard among randonnuer riders around the globe. Being 100% reliable and intensely durable are essential features in that cycling arena. Carradice has proven itself to be one of the most dependable brands through the test of time (and very hard use).

Carradice of Nelson

Calhoun Cycle has been importing Carradice from England for nearly 20 years and were the first in North America to import the Brompton specific Carrradice City Folder (see a 2008 Shopcast post HERE). When Carradice introduced the Stockport City Folder for Bromptons (including S bar types) we were quick to bring them across the pond and introduce them to North America.

Carradice Originals City Folder, Stockport and City Folder in Harris Tweed Edition
Carradice Originals City Folder, Stockport City Folder and the new Harris Tweed Edition City Folder

This past fall Carradice introduced their Harris Tweed bags and we fell in love with the look that tweed added to an already iconic design. Now Carradice has added a Harris Tweed City Folder and Calhoun Cycle purchased the first production run (obviously we’re a bit excited about this bag). The Harris Tweed bags add tweed flaps onto the waterproof cotton duck, so the bags are just as weatherproof as the non-tweed models.
Here are some pictures of the Tweed City Folder:

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