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.

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.

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.

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

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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Alan That British Bloke | OldCranksCC Forum


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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Alan That British Bloke | OldCranksCC Forum


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.

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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Alan That British Bloke | OldCranksCC Forum


Christmas / New Year 2013-14

Store hours over the holiday season:
2013 December 22 Sunday | CLOSED
23 Monday | CLOSED
    24 Tuesday | 12pm-5pm
25 Wednesday | CLOSED
26 Thursday | CLOSED
27 Friday | CLOSED
    28 Saturday | 10am-5pm
29 Sunday | CLOSED
30 Monday | CLOSED
31 Tuesday | CLOSED
2014 January 1 Wednesday | CLOSED
    2 Thursday | 11am-7pm
    3 Friday | 11am-7pm
    4 Saturday | 10am-5pm
Snow and bikes

Snow and bikes


Happy Holidays


So you have to buy a present for your cycling friend, colleague or relation … and we know how picky cyclists can be don’t we?

So here are a few ideas of items that are (almost) always useful to (almost) any cyclist.

Knog Blinder rear light

Knog Blinder rear light

A rear light is always useful as well as being a welcome safety item. Useful, even on a summer day, as you cruise along under the shade of the trees. Basic battery rear lights from $10.00; rechargeable lights from about $30.00.

We also stock a full range of front lights from $15.00-$500.00. Lighting sets from around $30.00.

CO2 Inflator

CO2 Inflator

Always useful on the road or on the trail, a CO2 inflator – from $18.00 – saves time and means carrying less weight. Halter’s also stocks a range of regular bike pumps – from $15.00 – and floor pumps from around $30.00.

Jandd front bar bag

Jandd front bar bag

More than useful for an extended day ride, the Jandd bar bag has no ugly bracket to ruin the lines of a favorite road bike, but has plenty of room for the stuff riders need on those Century and charity rides – $18.99.

Look out too, for seat bags just large enough to take a spare tube, levers and bike tool – about $25.00 and up. Full featured bar bags from $50.00.

Water Bottles

Water Bottles

Virtually all bicycle water-bottles fit all bicycle bottle-cages. Okay, so there are one or two exceptions … but only one or two.

Every water-bottle, in the end becomes a bio-hazard, so new ones are always welcome. A basic bottle costs from around $5.00 and insulated ones $14.00.

Bike computers from $500.00 to $30.00

Bike computers from $500.00 to $30.00

A bike computer is a great way of keeping track of speed, distance and time. A good basic wired computer from Cateye is from about $30.00; wireless from around $50.00.

Serious users might be interested in a GPS featured unit. Prices for GPS start around $140.00; ANT+ capable $250.00 and full featured on screen mapping from around $400.00.

Ring my bell ...

Ring my bell …

Nothing says, “Get out the way!”, quite as nicely and politely as a bicycle bell.

Always useful if you’re riding in the proximity of pedestrians, in town or on the trail.

From around $10.00.

One size fits all ...

One size fits all …

On the bike, or off, we have the Hat.

Under-helmet thermal skull-caps with wind-proof panels are great for on the bike and woolly beanies for the aprés-ride, and we have a hat for everything in between.

And you can’t buy the wrong size.

From $25.00.

Bicycle Multi-tool

Bicycle Multi-tool

Bicycle multi-tools are always useful.

A good basic, get-you-home, tool costs from less than $20.00. One with enough adapters to enable a full overhaul on a round the world trip will cost a lot more.

Don’t forget, all modern bikes use the metric standard, so don’t think you can get by using old US Standard tools …

Halter's Jersey

Halter’s Jersey

Unique! Available nowhere else! The Halter’s cycle jersey.

Made by Pearl Izumi and available in blue or grey, women’s and men’s fit.

A reminder of their favorite store when they’re not in it – $110.00.

Matching bib-shorts also available.

Gift Certificate

Gift Certificate

And last, but certainly not least, the Halter’s Gift Certificate to any value you like … what more could anyone want?

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Alan That British Bloke | OldCranksCC Forum


Decisions, decisions …


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