19
Mar/14
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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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4
Mar/14
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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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5
Feb/14
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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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16
Jan/14
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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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10
Jan/14
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The Halter’s Seal of Approval

 
Shop Local

Shop Local

Halter’s is an Independent Bicycle Retailer and proud of it.

Of course, we are associated with a few major brands, but we are not a brand boutique.

We only sell stuff which we use and which we have found to be of great design, quality, reliability and value.

If we sell it, it's because we use it and like it ...

If we sell it, it’s because we use it and like it …

Between us we’ve ridden BMX and pump-track, toured on most continents and crossed one or two. Raced on track, road and mountain and crashed in triathlon transition zones.

We’ve cruised on The Shore, climbed The Tourmalet, ridden in New York, London, Paris and Munich.

And we know what it’s like to flat in the cold and wet and be let down by poor equipment or have our life saved by good stuff.

We’ve fallen off and usually got back on again. And if we haven’t done it, for sure many of our customers have and have come back to tell us what works … and what doesn’t.

So, no one tells us what to sell.

"I say, let's pop down to Halter's ..."

“I say, let’s pop down to Halter’s …”

Every item in Halter’s is here because we like it and customers like it.

Sure we have disagreements, but each one of our guys/gals is prepared to duke it out to advise you what’s the best solution for you. Heck, we’re even prepared to listen to what you think’s best.

And if it doesn’t work for you, we can sort it out and find a solution.

So, shop local for good advice and good service.

In addition, most of the money you spend in your local store stays to build your local economy.

Sending money to a website offering lower prices exports resources from your neighborhood, risks getting grey, or even counterfeit, goods and parts.

Frequently it turns out to be the wrong part anyway.

Besides, you won’t get to meet the characters and reprobates you’d meet in any good local bike store. And goodness knows Halter’s has plenty of those.

A happy new year from all @ Halter’s.

Looking forward to seeing old friends and new ones soon …


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1
Jan/14
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Happy New Year!!!

 

New year! New bike? Well, that would be nice, but not absolutely necessary …

Our experienced team of expert bike mechanics

Our experienced team of expert bike mechanics

Now is a good time to get your bike in for a tune-up.

Thinking about it when the nice weather hits will leave you queuing around the block to get your bike in the workshop and a long wait before you get your rail back on the road.

Your bike deserves professional attention

Your bike deserves professional attention

A full tune up includes; a full frame wipe down; truing wheels (as required) and checking tires; adjusting/ greasing/ lubing bearings as required – hubs/drive train; adjusting brakes, gears and lubing cables; checking and, if required, adjustment of gear hanger and frame alignment; adjusting steering/ headset bearings. In fact, just about everything possible to get your bike riding like new.

Replacement parts are not included in the cost. Our guys will call you if there’s a significant cost implication.

Running errands around town ...

Running errands around town …

A full overhaul service is also available which will dismantle your bike down to its component parts and rebuild. This will almost always involve fitting new cables and handlebar wrap which are not included in the cost.

Halter’s is happy to work on any quality, specialist bicycle retailer bought bike.

Bicycles bought from big box discount retailers and the internet do not respond well to a full service and we reserve the right to decline to service this quality of bicycle.

... or on the road ... ride a happy bicycle

… or on the road … ride a happy bicycle

So, we wish you a happy and safe cycling new year. As usual we will continue to support cycling and cyclists in the central New Jersey area. And remember, the only thing better than a freshly serviced bicycle is a brand new one … we can help there too.

Halter’s will resume our regular winter hours at 11.00am, Thursday 2 January, 2014.

Happy New Year!!!


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