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.

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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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Feb 19 2015

We’re Hiring – Sales Manager

Calhoun Cycle is hiring a full-time Sales Manager

At the end of January we said goodbye to long-time Calhoun Cycle Sales Manager (and Tiny Bike Shop Concert sound engineer extraordinaire) Greg Neis. We will miss having Greg around the shop on the daily, but we are excited to grow and expand our team once more for the 2015 season. All that is to say, we’re hiring a new Sales Manager.

Interested in applying? Know someone who would be perfect for this tiny bike shop? Read on!

Position: Sales Manager, full time

The Sales Manager plays a critical role in the success of the Calhoun Cycle brand. The position is responsible for leading the sales team, identifying opportunities to increase sales, managing the shop’s schedule, and coordinating special projects with the service team.

Successful candidates will:

  • Maintain organization amidst a regular stream of projects; including event planning, custom-build consults, and promotions.
  • Be comfortable training seasonal staff to ensure each gains the necessary product knowledge to assist customers with Calhoun Cycle’s unique inventory.
  • Have a friendly and approachable attitude when interacting with all customers and employees.
  • Demonstrate expertise in the technical aspects of the bicycle, yet share an openness and enthusiasm to work with cyclists of all abilities.

Experience required:

  • A minimum of 3 years of retail management experience, preferably in the bicycle or outdoor industry.
  • B.A. in business or retail management preferred, but not required.
  • Proven track record in achieving store sales goals and in leading a sales team.

Bonus points for:

  • Knowledge of key Calhoun Cycle products/brands: Brompton, ICE trikes, Linus, Brooks, cargo bikes, recumbent bikes & trikes, Tubus racks, Schwalbe tires, Arkel, Ortlieb, and Carradice bags
  • Impressing us with your Brompton fold
  • Proficiency with Mac OSX

Compensation & Benefits:

  • This position offers a competitive salary
  • Access to the Calhoun Cycle Employee Purchase Program

How to apply:

Interested applicants should fill out Calhoun Cycle’s job application form. Be sure to specify “Sales Manager” under position sought. Additional materials, while not required, may be sent by mail to Calhoun Cycle, 3342 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408. No phone calls, please. For more information about Calhoun Cycle, visit calhouncycle.com. This position will remain open until filled.

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Jan 30 2015

The EVO S+ Bar for Brompton… a Better S Bar?

 

EVO S+ w/S Bar Shadow

We like the Brompton S-Type bikes here at Calhoun Cycle. In fact we like the S-Type so much that we have developed a handlebar customization to make it a better fit for more riders. The stiffness of the bars gives a great feel of the road and a touch more confidence when you’re pushing it (like you might be late for work if you don’t work it a bit), but the stock Brompton S bar is quite narrow and low, which limits its practicality for many riders. The EVO S+ Bar keeps the stiffness and handling benefits, but adds width as well as height, making this setup fit a wider range of riders. The S+ bar improves the ergonomics, yet the bike keeps the clean, simple lines of the stock S-Type (arguably the sexiest of the Brompton model types).

EVO S+ Bar

Brompton customizations are different from tweaking most bikes in that the smallest change can get in the way of the bike’s magnificently fast fold or prevent the folded package from being its very smallest. Changing either of those features would be a horrible thing indeed. The EVO S+ handlebar customization does not affect the fold or the folded size, so if you are considering making the change, it’s simply a matter of whether the S+ bars would be a nice upgrade for you. We have bikes in the shop that are setup with the S+ bars. Riding one of our S+ test bikes a ride would be the easiest way to decide, but many of you know from your other bikes that you may or may not be interested. From our experience the S+ setup would be an ergonomic and handling improvement for anyone riding an S-Type bike.

EVO S+ Handlebar w/Ergon GPS2 Grips

NOTES: The EVO S+ Bar Package was designed to be a customization to Brompton S-Type bikes. Brompton stem risers are specific to each type of handlebar (S, M, P & H). The S-Type and the H-Type stems are the same height, so either of these stems will work with the S+ bar packages, though at this point we have only made the conversion using S-Type bikes. The H-Type stem has a slightly (1/2″) shorter reach from the saddle and being that Bromptons are quite short regarding saddle to handlebar reach, we would not expect many people to convert an H-Type bike to the S+ Bar. Mind you, if you came across a used H-Type Brompton or simply purchased an H-Type thinking you’d want the highest handlebar height and now you’re wanting a bit stiffer a front end, then this conversion would make perfect sense.

EVO S+ Bar Package

PACKAGES: All the cables have to be setup perfectly to keep Bromptons running and folding without issue. The S+ bar is adding 45mm of rise, which means that all the cables need to be lengthened. We have put together packages for all Brompton models. If you are using standard Brompton grips, you will need to buy new grips because they are glued onto the handlebar and can’t be removed without cutting them off. We’d recommend looking into Ergon grips (if you’re not already using them). These are very ergonomically friendly grips and if you’re looking into the S+ conversion, we’d guess that you are in the ergonomic appreciation boat (with us). If you are using a grip that is removable, you have the option to buy your package without grips.

Here are the EVO S+ Packages:
1-speed: handlebar, grips and brake cable/housing kit
2-speed: handlebar, grips, brake & shifter cable/housing kit
3-speed: handlebar, grips, brake & shifter cable/housing kit
6-speed: handlebar, grips, brake & both shifter cable/housing kit

The cable kits are assembled assuming that you’ll be re-using what is possible re-use (like using the rear brake cable as your front brake cable).
If you are not local to Calhoun Cycle, we’d recommend that you have the package installed at your local Brompton dealer. If you’re bringing the bike to a non-Brompton dealer for the install, be sure they understand that the routing of the cables is very, very specific on Brompton bikes and their techs will need to keep the routing the same as it already is (improving cable routing is something most mechanics will want to do…which is usually great, but very problematic on a Brompton).

EVO S+ w/Ergon GP2-S GripsBelow is a pricelist that includes the Packages that are available. The starting package of $59.97 assumes that you would need grips. We’d love to get you setup with the EVO S+ Package as we think it is a great customization for riders of S-Type Brompton bikes. If you’re shopping for a bike and thought that the S-Type bike was only suited for petite riders, we’d recommend that you re-think that and come in for a ride.

EVO S+ Bar Kit Pricelist

Check out the EVO S+ Bar product video:EVO S+ Product Video

 

 

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