Tune Up Now!

Getting the full treatment

Getting the full treatment

There is no doubt. A carefully adjusted and well maintained bicycle is a safe and efficient bicycle.

Most regular cyclists recognize the need to keep their bike in good condition. For a regularly used bicycle, about once a year should do it unless it’s being used for all-weather commuting or engaged in really high mileage.

Bicycles for occasional use may only require a tune up every couple of years or so. Don’t forget your old grandad’s bike which has languished in the garage for years. They require a tune up more than anything to check for rotten tires and dangerous corrosion.

Now, speaking as someone who regularly helps out in a full-service bike shop, nothing says the good weather’s coming like on the Friday before the first 60F+ weekend in April than having a queue of customers who need their bike tuned up “by tomorrow.”

Look. We’re keen to help out, but there’s a limit to what can be done in 24 hours when workshop turnaround time is, at that time of year, seven to ten working days, more if specific parts are needed.

It just so happens that the next two or three months are an excellent time to bring your favorite road bike or mountain-bike, hybrid, cruiser into Halter’s and give them the spa treatment. And, unless your bike requires some obscure replacement part, get your bike back in a couple of days. Or less.

Items included in a Halter’s Tune Up include:

frame wipe down; gear hanger alignment checked and adjusted as required; wheels checked and trued; adjust, lube/grease wheel hubs as required; tires examined and condition noted; brake cables checked, lubricated and adjusted; gear cables checked, lubricated and adjusted; adjust, lube/grease bottom bracket as required

So. Don’t get caught out by the first sign of warm blue skies in 2015. Give your bike the luxury treatment now and be prepared.

If you’re seeking information on other topics click on any item in Halter’s Tag Cloud in the right hand column of this blog …

Alan - That British Bloke


Winter Draws On – but keep on riding …


As the last leaves are falling off the trees thoughts turn to the winter. Yes, it’s possible to cycle through the winter, but you need to be prepared …

Snow time! Just be prepared ...

Snow time! Just be prepared …

Prepare Your Bike : Riding cold salty pot-holed roads takes a huge toll on your bike. Salt etches away at frames, paint jobs and metal finishes, and grit and grime gets into bearings and friction surfaces accelerating wear and shifting mechanics out of adjustment. So if you have the choice don’t use your pride and joy.

Rather, pick a bike you can adapt without worrying ruining its expensive good looks. More than ever, ensure your choice is well-maintained and tuned up.

Nothing is as miserable as a preventable mechanical holding you up just as the street lights turn on and the sleet moves in. And of course, carry a small tool- and flat kit just in case.

The ultimate in winter tires, but won't fit all frames ...

The ultimate in winter tires, but won’t fit all frames …

Tires : In the winter flints, glass and rough roads subject tires to the limit. If you’re riding regularly throughout the season consider running heavier duty and wider tires on your road bike. Most road bikes will take 25mm wide tires and many will run 28mm wide tires.

Consider something like Continental 4-Seasons if you’re looking for toughness and performance. Continental GatorSkins provide great flat protection at a lower price and if you’re looking for the ultimate in winter protection look at the Schwalbe Marathons. If you’re regularly riding on ice and snow look at getting studded tires for greater control and security.

Fenders keep water off your back and muck off your bike - these are clip-on fenders

Fenders keep water off your back and muck off your bike – these are clip-on fenders

Fenders : Nothing says winter riding like the black streak up your back which accumulates after almost any ride. Fenders or mudguards not only protect you from the spray which splatters up your bike, but also helps protect the rest of the bike from excessive exposure to the elements and dirt.

Some bikes have fittings for fenders, but it’s possible to fit fenders to almost any regular road bike or hybrid.

Clip-on types are also available if you want the option of removing the fenders on fine weather days.

Stay Warm : Of course, you need to stay warm. As well as wearing winter-specific jackets and tights look after your extremities. Winter cycling shoes are, of course, ideal, but start with Merino wool socks. Wool can carry its own weight in water before it even feels damp and provides better insulation than most synthetics.

Insulated and water-proof shoe covers will help keep most feet warm. Use toe-covers if you’re looking for something you can stick in your back pocket as the day, hopefully, warms up.

Also, check your shoes for cooling vents. Some have the ability to be shut. Otherwise seal them up with some duct-tape or similar.

Lastly, resist the temptation to make your feet too snug. Leave enough room for circulation to help keep your feet warm.

... And why not?

… And why not?

Hands, of course, also need protection from the cold and wet. Choose a full finger, insulated glove, preferably with a high-tech synthetic barrier such as WindStopper or similar. Some people find their hands fare better in a mitten or lobster-claw variation. I find silk glove liners really help.

Heads are usually covered by a helmet, but features which make for a great summer helmet, like cooling vents, may prove too chilly for the winter. Look for a thin cap made from WindStopper or other synthetic which will help prevent heat loss through the top of your head and cover your ears. You might want to consider a face-mask or balaclava in really nasty conditions.

Get Lit Up : Never has effective bike lighting been so good and so available. Virtually all lights now use very bright and efficient LEDs, and many are re-chargeable. Re-chargeable lights cost more, but most are capable of, at least, 600 charging cycles. When looking at a regular battery light remember to factor in the cost of 600 sets of DuraCells into the true cost. A bright rear light is absolutely essential with most having a selection of steady and pulsing modes. Rear lights output from about 10 lumens of red light up to about 50 lumens.

Stay bright!

Stay bright!

Front lights fall into two types; conspicuity lights and headlights. Conspicuity lights feature a very bright, wide field beam which only minimally lights up the road, but ensures you will be seen – about 50 lumens to 100 lumens.

Headlight focussed beam lights tend to be more expensive, but really light up the road or trail, depending on their power – from about 300 lumens to 2500 lumens. Around 700-1000 lumens will be plenty for most road riders and commuters. The more powerful lights are for off-road use, although the extra power can be useful on the road too.

Visit Halter’s for :
Clothing by : Gore, Pearl Izumi, Castelli and other fine makes
Lights by : Blackburn, Cateye, Light & Motion and Knog
And, of course, we’ll tune-up and prepare your bike too …

If you’re seeking information on other topics click on any item in Halter’s Tag Cloud in the right hand column of this blog …

Alan - That British Bloke


Back on the Blog


So, it’s been a while. But the big move is over and we’re well settled in.

If you haven’t dropped in to see us yet come on down and see one of the best ranges of bikes and bike gear anywhere. Yes, anywhere.

Halter's new shop at Skillman, Montgomery, NJ

Halter’s new shop at Skillman, Montgomery, NJ

If you’re seeking information on other topics click on any item in Halter’s Tag Cloud in the right hand column of this blog …

Alan - That British Bloke


Okay … We’re In!!!


So, yes … here we are.

Take a quick tour of the store:









Halter's new shop at Skillman, Montgomery, NJ

Halter’s new shop at Skillman, Montgomery, NJ

Be seeing you …


Halter’s Cycles : Skillman, Montgomery, NJ


Welcome to our new shop!

Open for business Tuesday, 2nd September 2014


Halter’s Cycles
Suite #29
Route 206N

Tel: 609 924 7433
Web: www.halterscycles.com
Email: info@halterscycles.com

Halter's new shop at Skillman, Montgomery, NJ

Halter’s new shop at Skillman, Montgomery, NJ

Getting there: Route 1S / Promenade Rd/ Route 27S to Kingston / Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd to Rocky Hill / 518W to 206 ...

Getting there: Route 1S / Promenade Rd/ Route 27S to Kingston / Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd to Rocky Hill / 518W to 206 …


New Beginning – 1st September 2014


So, you’ve probably heard, but Halter’s Cycles is on the move to purpose-designed new premises in Montgomery.

Halter's new shop on Route 206 in Montgomery

Halter’s new shop on Route 206 in Montgomery

Owner, Jason Fenton, issued this Press Release today, 19 August 2014:

Halter’s Cycles to open in Montgomery Township, 1st September 2014

Montgomery, NJ: The owner of long established Halter’s Cycles, Jason Fenton, is pleased to announce the business is relocating to a totally re-purposed and remodeled store in the cornerstone location of Montgomery Shopping Center on Route 206, in Skillman, 1st September, 2014.

Halter’s Cycles opened in 1987 in Monmouth Junction, NJ. Mr. Fenton originally worked in the store from 1992, but went on to purchase the business in 2006.

Mr. Fenton explained this move to the Montgomery Shopping Center.

“This has really given us the opportunity to be more in contact with our customers and closer to local cycling routes and mountain biking destinations. We are looking forward to establishing a base for a healthy and environmentally friendly business in Montgomery.”

The new store has been extensively refitted by The Historic Building Company of Lambertville, NJ, sourcing and reclaiming materials that emphasise Halter’s commitment to sustainable business. It features beams and woodwork rescued from a local Rocky Hill barn to produce a unique look and experience for the customer, while making good use of precious materials.

Halter’s offers an extensive inventory of quality cycles, accessories and apparel for everyone from children and canal path cruisers to committed recreational and competition riders on any type of bike from toddlers’ balance bikes to hi-tech triathlon machines.

Mr. Fenton said, “Each member of my staff is an avid cyclist and our interests cover the whole range of cycling activity from leisure and utility cycling to competing at the highest level. Every bike and accessory from our extensive inventory has been tested by us and our loyal customers. We only sell what works.”

“Every customer’s requirement is unique and we strive to find solutions that are appropriate for anyone. We always ensure the bikes we sell are the right size and will do the job the purchaser wants.”

“We specialize in customizing and professionally fitting bicycles. If you’re thinking of buying a road bike, be prepared to put at least a couple of hours aside so we can do a good job.”

Halter’s also has extensive workshop facilities and can undertake any job on a quality bike from annual tune-ups and flat fixes to complete overhauls.

Mr. Fenton is a steward of the Six Mile Run Reservoir Site and has been instrumental in blazing and maintaining the extensive network of bike trails there.

Bicycle brands sold by Halter’s include; Cannondale, Cervelo, Felt, Focus, Salsa, Surly and frames by All City, Se7en and other specialty suppliers.

Components include: Easton, Mavic, Shimano, Speedplay, SRAM, Zipp …

Accessories include: Blackburn, Cateye, Garmin, Giro,Knog, Light & Motion …

Apparel by: Castelli, Giro, Gore BikeWear, Pearl Izumi, Sidi …

Shop Hours:

Monday : 11.00am-7.00pm
Tuesday : 11.00am-7.00pm
Wednesday : 11.00am-7.00pm
Thursday : 11.00am-7.00pm
Friday : 11.00am-7.00pm
Saturday : 10.00am-5.00pm

Contact: Jason Fenton

Phone : 732 329 9022
Web : halterscycles.com
Email : info@halterscycles.com

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