Sep 05 2014

A Great Year is Topped off With a Huge Industry Honor!

Calhoun Cycle Group Rides

I’d like to thank our world class customers for helping to make 2014 a great season. It has been a very rewarding year at the shop. A great mix of social rides, a high volume of repair projects and a world of people riding their bikes (new and old) into the shop in need… Racks, bags, baskets, tires, tubes, power-assists, apparel and on and on. Calhoun Cycle is truly blessed to have so many customers that ride their bikes every day!

2014 Interbike Awards

To top off the 2014 season, Calhoun Cycle has been nominated with just 4 other shops across the country as the BEST URBAN/LIFESTYLE Bike Shop by THE cycle industry magazine—Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, also known as BRAIN—as a part of Interbike‘s first annual industry awards gala. Known as the IB Awards, the event will celebrate the bike industry’s success and innovation. This is a great honor for us and it’s all thanks to YOU, our fabulous customers that are willing to look at the bicycle as a transportation tool as well as a fine way to get some exercise.

A complete list of nominees in all categories is available here (PDF). Categories for the retailer awards include Best Urban/Lifestyle Shop, Best Pro Road Shop, Best Mountain Bike Shop, among others, with five nominees within each category. Winners will be announced at the IB Awards in Las Vegas, Thursday, September 11, 2014.

Thanks to all of you great customers as well as the fabulous staff of Calhoun Cycle for making this possible.

Luke Breen

 

 

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Aug 08 2014

Our eBay Store is Open!

 

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Every few years we open the Calhoun Cycle eBay store to share some of our best deals. The supplies are very limited so visit http://stores.ebay.com/calhouncycle today!

Here are a just a few of the many items we have on sale at our eBay store:

  1. Biologic Bike Mount for iPhone 4 and 4S. Are you still holding onto those older models of the iPhone? It’s your lucky day! These mounts have a retail value of $60, but are only $29.95 on the eBay store.
  2. SRAM Rival Crankset with GXP Bottom Bracket. This was going to be used on a Surly Cross-Check by an employee, but she decided not to use it. The retail is $200, but it can be yours for just $139.95.
  3. Ortlieb Zip City Shoulder Bag. Want a fun, colorful messenger bag for the new school year? Start the year in style with this new backpack. This bag retails at $100, but is on sale for $64.95!
  4. WallIt Sand Pannier. Are you looking for a classy bike bag for work? This racktop bag is specific to the RackTime rack that is sold here at Calhoun Cycle. The bag is on sale for $34.95 from its retail price of $60. Hurry! This item has many eBay watchers (;
  5. Speed Metal PDW Grips. Need some new grips for your speed demon? These cool grips were $35 and can be yours for only $19.95!

In-Store pickup or having items shipped are both available for items in the eBay Store. If you have any questions feel free to call (612-827-8000) or email.

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Jul 18 2014

My Race on a Brompton [@ BUSC 2014]

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Calhoun Cycle has been the host of the Brompton US Championship for the past two years. Meeting all of the racers has made me want to participate, despite the fact that I’m not a racer (I must be a competitive commuter). This year BicycleSpace, a shop in Washington DC, hosted the event which gave me the opportunity to do this.
Calhoun Cycle has a lightweight, speedy demo Brompton that I rode quite a bit last summer. I felt this S2L-X would be a great choice for the event, so a few weeks before the race I started putting some miles on the bike with my sights set on losing a few pounds as well as getting in shape (I was taking my cues from Spencer Morse who is one of the strongest Brompton racers I’ve seen).

busc7out on an extended morning ride to work before heading to DC

I got in the best shape I can muster (I’m a 51 year old realist) and did in fact lose the 5 pounds I was aiming for. I made some tweaks to the bike, but didn’t bother up’ing the gearing as the 7% reduced gears were pretty much all I could handle.
Race day brought on a sickening mix of heat and humidity. This was certainly an edge up for me having been raised by two South Dakotans that were raised during the depression. They happened to be Norwegians as well, which meant that until it hit 100° the temperature was never mentioned and then only in a neighborly fashion (“I sure hope it´s not so hot that the day lilies droop…”). I happened to be standing with my bike near Jordan as he called out for the racers to start lining up their bikes, so I went right up and set my folded bike in the front row.

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turning on my camera before the race

I envisioned myself running up and quickly unfolding my bike and heading out first, but running up the lanes with a lot of people was challenging to do without crashing. I patiently worked up to my bike and methodically unfolded it and hit the road with probably less than 20 people in front of me. All good…. Up and riding, feeling good on the bike with the seat height correct and even straight : )

busc5Racing to my bike at the start

The first half lap was a big loop through and around a couple of RFK Stadium parking lots. By the time I finished this section I was past almost all but the speed demons. The next section was cobblestone that wove through Congressional Cemetery. This started with a fairly steep climb and by the time I got to the top of this I could see a group of four racers that were in the lead. At this point I passed the last person other than the lead group and saw a big strong rider pulling up behind me. It was Peter of NYCE Wheels and I smiled and mumbled something incoherent. He drafted me for a moment, but was quickly moving past me nodding for me to grasp his draft. I managed it for all of about 10 seconds and then yelled “good luck” to him and in a flash he was gone. With the first of my 3-1/2 laps completed the race was feeling pretty lonely. Not a great feeling being that I had envisioned working with someone to break the wind with, but before the second lap was completed I had a lone rider ahead. I caught and passed him (Alex) for a while and then he caught and passed me, and this back and forth went on. At about lap 2-1/2 Alex and I caught a rider that had been holding with the lead pack, but now the heat was getting the best of him and he was dragging a bit. Alex and I passed him and continued our cat and mouse past lap 3. With about a mile left in the race I passed Alex for the last time. The heat must have worked him down, so I crossed the finish line in fourth place thinking I was done, but got no signs from anyone and I just wasn’t 100% sure if I had done all the laps (duh). So without even thinking it over I went on to do one more lap. I feel pretty silly about that, but it just points out is how unseasoned a racer I am.

busc6these are all the BUSC 2014 racers that were at last year’s BUSC in Minneapolis

The weekend was super fun and while I loved being part of the actual race, I have to say that all the weekend’s events were an absolute blast. Being with a group of Brompton superfans is a ball : )
Friday night at the British Embassy, Saturday’s Brompton Urban Challenge, and Sunday’s Championship race were all great fun to be a part of. If you have a chance to participate in the Brompton US Championship in the future, I’d highly recommend it. While my post talks about the race in a competitive tone, the majority of participants are out to ride with a large group of politely paced racers that are all connected by there lovely Brompton Folding Bicycles.

Here are some links regarding the weekend:
-my pictures on Flickr
-gallery by Amy Ta
-BicycleSpace’s recap (with event video)
-Washington Post article and video about BUSC 2014
-Brompton US Championship website

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Posted by Luke in Event Recap, Ride Chatter



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Jul 15 2014

Tools I brought on my Brompton Adventure (#BUSC 2014)

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I’m currently sitting on an airplane headed to Washington DC for the Brompton US Championship 2014. I’m not certain what I did to be fortunate enough to be going, but it must have been something amazing because BUSC is a Brompton lovers dream come true!
We often are asked what tools are needed on Brompton folding bike adventures so I thought I’d lay out my own choices for all to see.

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The Tools
-Park IB-3 Multitool:
a fully equipped multitool (14 tools) with a chain tool and a 8mm allen wrench
-PDW San Wrencho: an elegantly practical tool you’ll need to remove the Brompton’s bolted-on wheels as well as removing the tires
-Rema Patch Kit: along with a couple TB-2 Emergency Tire Boots (sharp road debris is a global phenomena… it’s best to be prepared)
-Schwalbe AV4 Tube: this inner tube will fit any tire that you are using
- T9 chain lube: this lube is good on both the chain and cables, just 1 ounce of T9 goes a long way
-shop rag w/rubber band, this is a nice item that all the tools can be wrapped up in. Mine happens to be a very sweet Tiny Bike Shop rag
-15mm wrench: I will use this to tighten my clipless pedals at Sunday’s race (this will be left with the clipless pedals as it won’t be needed on the road)
-Topeak Road Morph Pump: The biggest hazard with hand pumps is wrestling to get to full air pressure and ripping the inner tube near the valve. The Road Morph solves this by having the head of the pump on a rubber hose so that as you wrestle with the pump, the valve is not getting pulled and tweaked. Also an air gauge is built-in (bonus!)

If I wasn’t headed to DC to be at BUSC 2014 hosted by BicycleSpace (the BUSC clubhouse du jour) I’d likely want one more inner tube and a spare tire, but in this case I know I’ll be in good hands if I should find myself in need : )

Hopefully, I’ll only need the pump to fully inflate the tires (I like to play it safe by letting a bit of air out of the tires before flying) and the wrenches to swap pedals on Sunday, but having the toolkit along is easy enough and has me prepared.

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ADDENDUM: I’m back from the adventure and the tools I used on my own bike:
-Air pump (I flew with the tires at about 60psi and then I aired my Schwalbe Kojaks to 110 psi with the Topeak Road Morph)
-4mm allen wrench on my Park IB-3 Multitool to readjust my Ergon grips/barends
-8mm allen wrench to remove the folding pedal, 15mm pedal wrench to remove and install the other 3 pedals (because I was using clipless pedals on race day)

On Saturday’s Brompton Urban Challenge I was in a group of seven (all on Bromptons) and we suffered two flat tires in the group (neither on my own bike). Both were from tubes that had gotten ripped near the valve (likely ripped from being rough on the valve when adding air to the tires). This made me all the more sure that the Topeak Road Morph is the best pump option to bring. I fixed both flats using the PDW San Wrencho, a spare inner tube, and the Road Morph hand pump. We were back on the road in about 10 minutes each time. Had our team won the Challenge I think I’d have been viewed as the Hero of the Day, but our team was less competitive and more about fun. In our minds we won…

If you have any questions feel free to contact me

 

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