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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Memorial Day


Halter’s Cycles will be closed this Memorial Day, Monday 26 May, 2014.


Hone Your Skills

Coach Tuff helping out ...

Coach Tuff helping out …

Regulars to the shop will know Ben Tufford who, when he’s not coaching and advising mountain-bike, road and cyclo-cross riders, drops into the shop and helps out in our maintenance department.

This spring he’ll be running a course promoting safe group riding which will not only be of benefit to budding road racers, but anyone who’s ever ridden in a bunch on a club ride, sportif, or, of course, in any mass participation event.

It will enable you to prepare for your next group ride or race with greater confidence and less anxiety. This will improve safety for yourself and others while promoting a fun experience for all.

Details: Ben’s Safe Racer Clinic will be held at Mercer County Park, West Windsor Township, NJ, Sunday April 13, 2014.

You can find out more about the Safe Rider course here and about Ben’s Cognition Endurance Coaching here.

Ben explains the finer points of riding ...

Ben explains the finer points of riding …

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Alan - That British Bloke


Summer is a’Comin’

Who needs spandex???

Who needs spandex???

Well, let’s hope …

Anyhow, it’s time – 3.10.2014 – to get back to our regular 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
Sunday : Closed

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Alan - That British Bloke


Fat Planet


So, just as you were thinking, “How much longer can this Polar Vortex keep me from riding my bike?”, then along comes a new genre of bicycle, the Fat Bike, which will take Arctic blizzards in its mighty stride.

The Surly Moonlander

The Surly Moonlander

Fatbikes were invented for winter trail riding and racing in sub-arctic Alaska and simultaneously, for touring the deserts of New Mexico.

Shop customer Ben Tufford of Cognition Sports tries out his new Salsa Beargrease XXI

Shop customer Ben Tufford of Cognition Sports tries out his new Salsa Beargrease XXI

Their utility has expanded to include all forms of cycling; they thrive in snow, sand, desert, bogs and mud as well as riding what is considered normal mountain biking.

But for us, it’s their ability to make the most of even the most difficult icy conditions which makes a fat bike worth considering if you’re the type who just wants to get out there, even on the snowiest day.

And, as mentioned, fat bikes are not just for winter fun, but are also fun on the trail, can be seriously loaded for wilderness camping and expeditions

Halter’s has been supplying fat bikes for a couple of years now, and has one of the best selections of Salsas and Surlys in the tri-state area.

No need to wait for the good cycling weather. Look in and see what all the buzz is about.

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Ben Tufford - Cognition Endurance Sports Coaching

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Head Case


It’s that time of the year again when, if you don’t already have a bicycle helmet, you should be thinking of getting one. And even if you already have a helmet it might be time to think of getting a new one.

Helmets are the number one cycling accessory

Helmets are the number one cycling accessory

All the gals and guys at Halter’s wear a helmet whenever riding a bike, no matter if on the road, on the trail, or just cruising around the neighborhood.

In fact, most of our customers think that way too, although, in New Jersey it’s not the law that you must wear a helmet when cycling.

Children, of course, should always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle

Children, of course, should always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle

However, it is the law in NJ that children must wear an appropriate helmet even if they’re just a passenger on a bicycle.

There is an argument that there is no need to wear a helmet, and indeed it is a personal choice.

In Amsterdam no-one wears a helmet, but ...

In Amsterdam no-one wears a helmet, but …

It’s true that in more cycle friendly cultures very few people, even children, wear helmets and the accident/injury rate is lower than in most helmet wearing societies.

Unfortunately, this happy situation does not apply in the US, and on balance we strongly recommend every cyclist wears a helmet.

Mountain biking ...

Mountain biking …

Helmets really do have a limited life in use. Any helmet that has already taken a hit in a crash should immediately be replaced.

... or riding on the road

… or riding on the road

Helmets that have been subject to sunshine, UV, sweat and extreme temperatures should be replaced every two or three years. If the adjustment pads are rotten or missing, you can replace them, but their condition is a good indicator of the state of the rest of the helmet.

Helmets are not just a chunk of poly-foam, but at the very least have an interior structure and reinforcements which can degrade over a period of time or can be disrupted and made less effective once it’s taken a hit and done its job.

Tripp's helmet after a trail fall

Tripp’s helmet after a trail fall

Halter’s wrench, Tripp, recently took a fall as his helmet shows here. His GPS showed an instant 21mph to zero and, typically for a mtb incident, the helmet protected Tripp from a strike to the back of his head.

Helmets designed for MTB use tend to give more protection to the back of the head for this reason. They also usually include a peak which provides some eye protection in the woods.

Road helmets tend to give more protection to the temples and don’t have a peak to make looking forward when on the drops easier, but riders who wear glasses may find a peak a benefit.

Regardless, most riders wear whichever helmet is most comfortable and suits their needs whether they’re on the road or the trail, or just around the neighborhood for that matter.

All helmets on sale at a quality independent bike store will usually comply to at least two out of three of the principal international standards whether they cost $40 or $400.

US, European and Australian certifications and requirements are slightly different, but in practice any helmet which meets any one of them promises the best protection available regardless of cost.

More expensive helmets will be sized for a better fit, be lighter, enable better air-flow, be available in more colors, and have many detail enhancements, which may or may not be important to you.

Halter’s sell helmets by Bell, Cannondale, Giro and Lazer.

Be sure you start the season with a safe helmet.

You know it makes sense …

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