Archive for October, 2013

Winter Draws On …

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Halter’s will be observing new hours through the winter period.

As from the 4th November, 2013, the shop will be closed on Mondays.

Cold enough?

Cold enough?

The new hours will be:

Monday : CLOSED
Tuesday : 11.00-7.00
Wednesday : 11.00-7.00
Thursday : 11.00-7.00
Friday : 11.00-7.00
Saturday : 10.00-5.00
Sunday : CLOSED

We return to regular hours next spring.


How To Lock Up Your Bike

Friday, October 11th, 2013

It’s one thing to buy a good lock. It’s another thing to use it correctly. Honestly, if anyone really wants your bike they will take it. However, locking up your bike securely will put off that person who just wants a ride home or something to sell. At the very least it may just persuade them to steal a less secure bike because it’s easier.

Buy the right type of lock ...

Buy the right type of lock …

These valuable tips come from road.cc:

Lock your bike to a secure, immovable object. Trees and certain pieces of street furniture don’t make particularly good locking locations; trees limbs can be sawed through, and your bike can often be lifted over bollards and signposts.

The Cable Lock - available in different lengths and combination and key mechanisms

The Cable Lock – available in different lengths and combination and key mechanisms

Your wheels are the most vulnerable part of your bike. Make sure that your lock goes through both wheels and the frame, or use two locks: one for each wheel. Alternatively you can invest in a locking wheel skewer for your front wheel.

It doesn’t take long to steal a bike. Make sure that you lock your bike up properly whether you are leaving it for 30 seconds or half an hour.

Bike lights and other items and accessories that are not secured to your bike are easy pickings for thieves. Take them with you whenever you leave your bike.

No matter how safe you feel in your home, your bike is still at risk, especially if it’s in your garage or your shed. Lock it up at home like you would if you were on the street.

Not all bike locks are cheap, but you really do get what you pay for. If you treasure your bike, buying the best locks that you can afford would be a wise investment.

A U-Lock - Some come with an extension cable

A U-Lock – Some come with an extension cable<[/caption] If you come back to your bike and it’s got a mysterious puncture or damage, walk it home. It’s probably been marked in the hope that you’ll leave it there overnight.

Consider using a registration service, to physically mark your bike with an identifying feature and link it to your identity on a database. Some towns and police departments offer free solutions, and there are alternatives.

[caption id="attachment_1767" align="alignleft" width="300"]The "New York" Bike Lock - probably the most secure, but it is probably heavier than your bike The “New York” Bike Lock – probably the most secure, but it is probably heavier than your bike

If it does go missing you must report it. The police will only take bike crime more seriously if they have reason to do so.

If you’re down to one lock, or are particularly worried about the security of your wheel, taking your front wheel with you eliminates half of the risk of theft immediately.

Use secure bike parking wherever possible. Even for a price, your bike will be far better protected from theft inside a designated secure location rather than on the street, no matter how well you think you’ve locked it up.

What is wrong with this picture?

What is wrong with this picture?

Make sure that you lock your bike up in as public of a place as possible. If you leave it in a secluded location, it will give any would-be thief time to work on your lock undisturbed.

Make the lock mechanism itself hard to access. For example if you’re locking your bike to railings, point the lock mechanism away from the street so it’s harder for a thief to attack.

Replace your quick-release with a seat-pin bolt

Replace your quick-release with a seat-pin bolt

Don’t leave space in your shackle – any extra space gives evil bike stealing tools the room they need to do their dirty work. Don’t give them that opportunity.

If you’ve taken out insurance on your bike don’t buy any old lock. Make sure that the locks that you have purchased are featured on your provider’s approved products list as some insurance companies insist on their use.

But most importantly, wherever you’re going, please do not forget your lock!

lockup

Halter’s sells a range of locks from Abus, Blackburn, Knog, Kryptonite and other good manufacturers. Let us advise on what’s right for you.


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Alan That British Bloke | OldCranksCC Forum


Halter’s Workshop

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Halter’s don’t just sell new bikes. We also take care of your trusty bicycle. Anything from fixing a flat to programming your electronic gears, adjusting your brakes to a full overhaul.

Your bike deserves professional attention

Your bike deserves professional attention

We service and repair bikes from beach cruisers to full-suspension mountain bikes, hi-tech triathlon machines to cyclo-cross bikes and your trusty hybrid bike or commuter.

We are delighted to look after any quality bike produced by a reputable manufacturer – we have a list here – and sourced from an independent bicycle dealer or produced by custom frame builders and designers.

This adult Bike-Shaped Object - BSO - cost $140 in the toy department of a big box store - why?

This adult Bike-Shaped Object – BSO – cost $140 in the toy department of a big box store – why?

However, we reserve the right to refuse to service or repair bicycles purchased from big box and discount retail stores. These bicycles – Bike Shaped Objects – are often built to lower standards and use non-standard parts and components.

We are not able to warranty that any possible repair or adjustment to this type of bicycle is either safe, reliable or economic.

This bike, from a reputable manufacturer, cost $3000 from an independent bicycle dealer - why?

This bike, from a reputable manufacturer, cost $3000 from an independent bicycle dealer – why?

You can find out more about Bike Shaped Objects here.

Lastly, time moves on, unfortunately, and it’s been over three years since we published our last workshop tariff.

You can find details of our new tariff here although any menu cannot anticipate every circumstance. Naturally, we will call you should we find issues which go beyond our original quote/estimate.

Workshop turnaround is currently down to a few days, but take advantage of our quiet season – November to March – and get your bike in for its annual service.

For sure, in April or May you will want your bike for tomorrow’s first ride of the season and find yourself waiting a week plus.


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Alan That British Bloke | OldCranksCC Forum


Today It’s Mostly Front Lights …

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Time was when bicycle lights would cost you $2.00+ per lumen. Modern LED lights will more likely cost you 20¢/lumen.

The Cateye Volt300 - $59.99

The Cateye Volt300 – $59.99

Today’s bike light is now very bright and effective for its size and will most likely have the advantage of being rechargeable and switching to several lighting modes.

The package includes a helmet mount

The package includes a helmet mount

We’ve just taken delivery of the latest Cateye Volt300 front light with a claimed output of 300lumen for 3 hours on full beam and up to 11 hours on Hyper-Constant.

Hyper-Constant Technology is a true first among the cycling industry. LEDs maintain a solid beam while simultaneously flashing, allowing cyclists to “See And Be Seen”.

Kit includes helmet mount, handlebar mount and charging cable

Kit includes helmet mount, handlebar mount and charging cable

The light can recharge on any USB port or USB phone charger and the battery is easily removable with spare batteries and an optional charging cradle also available for long trips and commutes.

We have a range of Cateye rechargeable and regular battery lights as well as high-end units by Light & Motion and Knog. We also stock effective budget lights by Blackburn and Giant.


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Alan That British Bloke | OldCranksCC Forum


 
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