Archive for July, 2013

Summer Jersey Clearout!!!

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Mark downs - while stocks last!!!

Mark downs – while stocks last!!!

Get this!!! Summer jerseys marked down and the sun’s still shining!!!

2013 stock too … Castelli, Pearl Izumi, Gore, Giordana, Fox/Giant, Cannondale … while it lasts.

Terms : This offer does not apply to Halter’s shop kit or Halter’s Unicorn kit.


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Alan That British Bloke | OldCranksCC Forum


Junior Ride Time

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Taking Junior along on your favorite ride is one of the great pleasures of cycling.

A number of adaptions and accessories enable you to safely transport baby with your bicycle, and some even allow them to put in some effort of their own to maintain forward progress.

Rack-mounted baby seat

Rack-mounted baby seat

The Co-Pilot Limo - carries a child up to 40lb/18kg

The Co-Pilot Limo – carries a child up to 40lb/18kg

The most common solution for most bikes is the rack-mounted child carrier.

A seat like this can carry a child up to 40lb/18kg. Your child should also be old enough to support his/her own head and realize the importance of wearing a helmet.

Most child seats can be quickly removed from the bicycle when it’s not needed and has a number of safety devices to ensure security on the bike.

There are a couple of types of bicycle which are not suitable for a rear carrier so check your bicycle is suitable to fit this type of seat. Full-suspension types are not possible and cruiser-type bike are often problematic.

We are frequently asked about front mounted child seats, but currently we have not come across any design we would be happy to put our own children on.

So, inevitably, children will grow, or you need to transport two of them. What then?

Bike Trailer - carries up to 2 children in comfort

Bike Trailer – carries up to 2 children in comfort

Bike trailers are a means of carrying up to two children, or a dog or other cargo for that matter. A typical trailer will transport around 100lb/45kg, but check individual models for exact capacity.

Bike trailers connect to a regular bicycle with a coupling which can be detached for transportation. Most also fold but this isn’t always a convenient option so trailers can be bulky to move around

The Wee-Hoo - make 'em work!

The Wee-Hoo – make ’em work!

The Trailer-bike - useful for children who can ride a bike but need support over a distance

The Trailer-bike – useful for children who can ride a bike but need support over a distance

Some models can also be adapted to strollers or even joggers, usually with the addition of a conversion kit.

Often children want to feel they’re making a contribution so find the Wee-Hoo exciting to ride. The trailer can be adjusted to suit most children, even older/larger children who may have mobility or other issues.

Finally, for children who are free-riders but would find any distance difficult on a child’s bike there is the Trailer Bike; half-a-bike which is also attached to the adult cycle.

This type of trailer also enables the parent to have a sense of security and control when cycling with younger children on the road or in busy areas.

Versions are available with gears, and even a 2-child tandem version to enable a true family pace-line.

... And Baby makes three

… And Baby makes three

Halter’s stock a range of children’s transport adaptions from Burley, Co-Pilot, Wee-Hoo and Giant. Come in and ask our advice.


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Alan That British Bloke | OldCranksCC Forum


SRAM : Road Ride Experience

Friday, July 19th, 2013

A date for your diary: Thursday, 15th August 2013

The SRAM Road Ride Experience hosted by Halter’s Cycles.

SRAM Road Ride Experience - Halter's 07/15/2013

SRAM Road Ride Experience – Halter’s 07/15/2013

Products featured : SRAM Red22, Force22, HydroR rim and disc brakes, Zipp Wheels, Service Course SL Cockpit, and Quarq power meters.

Register here …

Be treated like a VIP …


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Alan That British Bloke | OldCranksCC Forum


Flats

Thursday, July 11th, 2013
Flat tire? It was okay when I bought the bike ...

Flat tire? It was okay when I bought the bike …

Let’s be clear about flats. Flat tires, that is.

Never a day goes by in Halter’s when we don’t fix at least a dozen flats. And hardly a day goes by when we’re not asked what the warranty is on a flat fix.

Well, of course we warranty our flat fixes.

Keep your tires pumped to the correct pressure

Keep your tires pumped to the correct pressure

However we can’t warranty that you will not have a flat the next time you ride the bike, pick up a piece of wire while rolling your bike from the shop to your car, that the tire will still be inflated next year or that you wont be back in next week saying you’ve had three flats in the last month; “What is Halter’s going to do about it?”

Well, again we’ll fix it, charge you the going rate and warranty that fix, but not that you won’t flat again even by the time you’ve rolled the bike out to your car.

Believe me, your tire is under attack from the moment you roll it out of the shop and then any puncture is just down to The God of Flats or lack of awareness and maintenance.

When a customer brings in a bike or wheel in need of a flat fix we always check the damaged tube and tire for evidence of how the puncture occurred.

Typical evidence includes;

  • A single pin-holesorry, there really was a bit of wire or tack in your drive or even in your garage. We don’t prick a hole in your tube just to make extra business. There’s no money in fixing flats. Really!
  • A “snake bite”two holes typically caused by running tires under-inflated or running the wheel into the ground. Offspring says s/he didn’t smash the wheel up the kerb? Really?
  • Tear around the valve stemcareless inflation though poor technique or the wrong pump.
  • Inferior quality wheel with built-in sharps including poor welds, untrimmed spokes, poor quality rim tape. Buy a quality bike from your local independent bike store!!!

We nearly always explain the evidence to the customer.

But sometimes it is just bad luck.

However, you can minimize the risk of getting a flat by ensuring your tires are correctly inflated before every use and checking your tires haven’t gathered any shards of glass, flints or even wire from vehicle tire debris after every ride. And watch where you’re steering … if you ride in the gutter you’re going to pick up all sorts of problems.

More information about maintaining your tires here …


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Alan That British Bloke | OldCranksCC Forum


 
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