Posts Tagged ‘Cannondale’

Head Case

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

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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Alan - That British Bloke | OldCranksCC Forum


Cannondale Demo Day @ 6MR

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Sunday, 22 September 2013, 9:00am until 2:00pm

Six Mile Run, Franklin Township, NJ.

Map here …

MTB and Road …

Rain CANCELS this event! Watch the weather.

Bring your own Pedals, Helmet, Water and a way to change a flat.

Valid ID please.

Cannondale Demo Day @ 6MR

Cannondale Demo Day @ 6MR


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Cannondale Demo @ Six Mile Run State Park – 5.26.2013

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

URGENT : RAINED OUT

Rain Date to be determined. Watch this space.


Halter’s is hosting a Cannondale demo day this Sunday the 26th at Six Mile Run State Park. 9.00am-2.00pm.

www.cannondale.com

www.cannondale.com

Now’s the chance to ride your dream Cannondale, road or mountain-bike.

Bring your shoes and helmet.

Please park your car considerately.

Last rides from 1.00pm.


Date: 5.26.2013 : 9.00am-2.00pm

GPS address:

Six Mile Run State Park
2298 Lincoln Hwy
North Brunswick
NJ 08902 USA

Halter’s Cycles
4095 Route 1
Monmouth Junction
NJ 08852 USA

phone: +1 732 329 9022

Which Bike?

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Over the years the basic bicycle has evolved into a number of configurations, some good for general use, some with specific intentions.

So which bike is best for you?

Cruiser bicycles - low seating makes for a very stable rider position ... great for riding on the shore and around your community

Cruiser bicycles – low seating makes for a very stable rider position … great for riding on the shore and around your community

Cruiser bicycles : A long wheel-base and low center of gravity makes for a very stable ride and comfortable upright stance for the rider.

These bikes are excellent for cycling around your neighborhood or round town. They will also negotiate smooth off-road routes like the canal tow-path and trails through parks.

The low seating position makes it easy for anyone to get their feet onto the ground so it’s perfect for the nervous rider.

Hybrid bicycles - good on the road or on smooth trails

Hybrid bicycles – good on the road or on smooth trails

Cruiser bikes are not so good if your rides include a lot of hills or you’re intending to take on longer, more ambitious rides.

Hybrid Bicycles : If you want to break out of your neighborhood on your bicycle and ride as part of a healthy life-style regime then a hybrid bicycle could be for you.

Hybrids will keep you in an upright stance, but in a higher, more efficient position which makes climbing hills and cycling longer distances rather easier than on a cruiser.

Sports and Fitness Bicycles : lightweight, nimble hybrids

Sports and Fitness Bicycles : lightweight, nimble hybrids

You can find out more about hybrid bicycles here …

Sports and Fitness bicycles : These bikes are a lightweight, non-suspension, development of hybrid bicycles. Almost, but not quite, straight handle-bar road bikes, but still capable of riding made up paths and trails, these bikes appeal to the person seeking to expand their bicycling horizons and get a bit of a workout at the same time.

Higher end S&F bikes are approaching the cost of a good road bike, so if you’re considering purchasing at this level seek the advice of your local bike store to make sure this type of bike really is for you.

Mountain Bike - hard-tail or full-suspension

Mountain Bike – hard-tail or full-suspension

Mountain Bikes : For many people this is their entry point to cycling.

Traditionally, MTBs have been characterized by fat 26″ tires, but now most of our higher end bikes use 29″ wheel (29ers), the same diameter as a road bike, but wider.

MTBs have their own sub-genres; XC, all-mountain, downhill, freeride, etc.

The NJ terrain was made for hard-tail 29ers. Their ability to roll over the typical surface here will suit most people.

Fatbikes and Single-Speed MTBs

Fatbikes and Single-Speed MTBs

If gnarly, rocky trails are your forté then consider a full-suspension bike, although at any price point a hard-tail will have superior components to a full-suspension bike.

Further developments of MTBs include the Fatbike with immense wheels capable of rolling over soft, granular surfaces such as sand or snow, and the Single-Speed MTB, no gears, no suspension for the back-to-basics crew.

Men's and Women's Road bikes - performance and comfort/endurance geometry ... but which one's which?

Men’s and Women’s Road bikes – performance and comfort/endurance geometry … but which one’s which?

Road Bicycles : If you want to ride the maximum distance with the greatest efficiency then you must consider a road bike. Don’t be put off by skinny tires, narrow saddles and drop-handlebars. These bikes are designed to be ridden over many miles, hundreds, even thousands of miles. No one will do that if they’re uncomfortable on their bike.

All road type bikes offered by Halter’s are only sold with a personal bike fit. This is by appointment only – just call the shop – and can last a couple of hours, but will certainly provide you with the best, most comfortable and efficient ride within your budget.

Road bikes fall into a couple of categories; men’s and women’s and performance and comfort/endurance.

Don’t get too caught up in definitions. The right bike is determined by an arcane formula determined from its intended use, your height, proportions, flexibility and just how you feel when riding it.

Taller women will fit a “men’s” frame better, and shorter men with proportionately long limbs may suit a “women’s” bike. Classic road races have been won on “comfort/endurance” frames and tall guys with short legs may find a “performance” frame more comfortable.

So what we’re saying is, “It all depends …”. Only a professional bike fit can determine this for you.

There are also a number of variations of road bike built to accommodate different challenges.

Cyclo-cross and Touring bicycles

Cyclo-cross and Touring bicycles

Cyclo-cross Bicycle : Cyclo-cross (CX) is a huge sport in the winter in Europe where riders race on short courses across fields and park lands either in mud or freezing temperatures … Sounds like fun, huh?

Well, there is a thriving CX scene here in the US if you feel the need.

However, CX bikes also make excellent commuter bikes because of their ability to accommodate wider tires, fenders and luggage racks.

Touring Bicycle : Whether you’re a credit card tourist flitting from B&B to B&B, or riding a self-sufficient epic coast-to-coast ride, the appropriate touring bike will help you eat up the miles while specially adapted to carry the necessary paraphernalia – tent, sleeping bag, stove, clothes, etc.

Triathlon or Time-Trial bicycles and road bike bar adapters

Triathlon or Time-Trial bicycles and road bike bar adapters

Triathlon or Time-Trial Bicycle : First time customers often present themselves in the shop with the purpose of buying a tri-bike.

Be in no doubt, a tri-bike is the most specialized and focused bike we sell.

In comparison to a regular road bike tri-bikes have delicate handling, less efficient brakes and comfort can be compromised by the need to get from A-to-B as fast as possible. Most bike clubs also prohibit tri-bikes on club rides.

Custom-built bicycle - road, tourer, mtb, cyclo-cross - a Seven Cycle crafted to your exact requirements

Custom-built bicycle – road, tourer, mtb, cyclo-cross – a Seven Cycle crafted to your exact requirements

Most committed triathlon customers ride a regular road bike for training and transfer to their tri-bike just prior to competition. Road bikes can be adapted with the addition of a tri-bar and some fit work which is more than good enough for most competitions.

Custom-Built Bicycle : If you have very particular requirements, or if only the best is good enough, then consider having a bicycle tailored and hand-built for you. Nothing will work for you better.

After a personal consultation with our expert bike fitter, Seven Cycles will build you a frame from steel, titanium, carbon fiber or a blend which will fit you like a glove and have exactly the characteristics you specify. Halter’s will then add the finest and most appropriate components for the most exclusive bike you will ever own.

Of course, expect a price in the five-figure range …

Halter’s sell bicycles and frames by: Cannondale, Electra, Giant, Salsa and Surly. We will also build you a bike to your specification from a fixie to the ultimate bespoke bike from Seven Cycles. We also sell frames from a number of makers including All-City and Tom Ritchey.

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Alan - That British Bloke


Children’s Bicycles

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

threekids

First of all, let’s get a couple of things out the way.

Buying a child’s bike in your favorite independent bicycle store is going to cost you more than in a big box discount store.

Bike shop quality children’s bicycles are built from quality parts, often the same components as found on adult bikes. They are diligently assembled by experienced bike-mechanics to deliver your child a safe, properly designed and durable bicycle. The shop will also have the resources and the commitment to resolve mechanical, safety and warranty issues which may arise.

A cheap bike only looks like a bike. It’s a toy, not a bike. Issues will often cost more to remedy and repair than the original price of the bike. And there will be issues.

In New Jersey it's the law ... and plain common sense

In New Jersey it’s the law … and plain common sense

Secondly, it is the law in New Jersey for children under the age of 17 to wear a cycling helmet when riding a bike. More about this here and here.

One of the first decisions to make when considering your child’s first bike is whether or not to use training wheels.

Recent studies indicate that children learn to ride a bike faster and with more confidence using a balance bike.

Balance Bikes - dispense with training wheels

Balance Bikes – dispense with training wheels

A balance bike dispenses with pedals so the child scoots along supported and propelled by their legs. Children often acquire this skill surprisingly quickly.

Indeed, the most effective way to encourage your child to ride a bike is to give them a balance bike, a helmet and a grassy slope.

They will be well on the way to riding a two-wheeled bicycle in a very short time.

16" children's bikes with training wheels and coaster brakes.

16″ children’s bikes with training wheels and coaster brakes.

However, most children’s bicycles with wheel sizes between 12″ and 16″ – standard bike shop sizes – will come with training wheels, and some 20″ wheel bikes can have training wheels fitted after purchase.

12″ and 16″ wheel bicycles feature coaster type brakes. That is brakes which work when pressing the pedals backwards.

Some 16″ bikes also include a hand brake controlled by a lever on the handlebar. This is useful for older children since it introduces them to the type of brake they’re more likely to use as they progress onto larger bikes.

20″ wheel bikes have a number of configurations from cruiser-type bikes with coaster brakes, BMX and mountain bikes with gears and hand-brakes.

The largest child’s bike size, the 24″ wheel, is also available in many types, from cruiser to fully featured mountain bikes with suspension and gears.

Halter's stock a wide range of children's bicycles

Halter’s stocks a wide range of children’s bicycles

Lastly, older children and teenagers may be more suited to a full size adult bicycle. Many are available with extra-small frames which taller children can ride safely. This will cost you a little more, but your child will have a bike which will fit them for a long time to come.

Halter’s stocks a range of quality children’s bikes from Giant, Cannondale and other makers.

All our bikes are backed by the manufacturers’ warranty and our expert service.

We also supply infant tricycles and can advise you on adaptive bicycles for children with special needs.

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Alan - That British Bloke


Ladies and Gentlemen

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
Electra Amsterdams - His 'n' Hers. A traditional interpretation of men's and women's bicycles.

Electra Amsterdams – His ‘n’ Hers. A traditional interpretation of men’s and women’s bicycles.

Yes, you too can look elegant in a skirt on a bike

Yes, you too can look elegant in a skirt on a bike

One of a bike shop’s essential FAQs is, “Do you have any women’s bikes?”

Of course, the answer is “Yes”, but what are customers expecting to find?

A women’s or ladies’ bicycle is characterized by a frame with a step-through frame. That is a bicycle with with a crossbar which has been lowered. The Electra Amsterdams above illustrate the essential difference.

A diamond frame - light and strong

A diamond frame – light and strong

The design of women specific bicycles stems from a time when women rode bicycles in skirts and dresses and the frame was adapted to accommodate a low step-over height and maintain modesty.

The ladies’ frame does have some disadvantages. It’s heavier and less strong than a conventional diamond frame bike.

But if you have mobility issues – male or female – or really do anticipate riding in a skirt or dress then this type of frame is for you.

You can find further advice about riding in a skirt on the copenhagencyclechic.com website.

Giant Avail and Giant Defy - same bike but one is designed for women. Which one's which?

Giant Avail and Giant Defy – same bike but one is designed for women. Which one’s which?

Modern women-specific bicycles are more likely to use the diamond frame configuration. The trend towards compact road frame geometry means that “men’s” and “women’s” bicycles look very similar.

Put together the bikes are almost impossible to tell apart. Subtle changes to the length of frame tubes and angles bias the frame towards the intended user.

Women-specific bikes may also have the benefit of narrower handlebars and levers and controls suited for smaller hands and female-specific seats.

Now, here’s the thing; There is no law or commandment which says men must ride men’s bikes, and women shall ride women’s bikes.

Electra Townie 7D - you don't have to have pink

Electra Townie 7D – you don’t have to have pink

Men with mobility issues and new to cycling may want to consider a step-through frame.

Tall women may find a “men’s” frame more comfortable.

Smaller men may find a “women”-specific” frame more suited to them. Fortunately, the PiP – Paint-it-Pink - philosophy has passed most bicycles by, except where women have been identified as a particular demographic.

The real issue, when buying a bike, is do you feel safe and comfortable when riding it? The range of available frame configurations means there will be a bike just right for you.

Halter’s stock a number of step-through bicycles, including: Giant Sedona, Giant Cypress, Giant Escape and the Electra range including Townies. We also have a step-through mountain bike, Giant Revel 4.

Women-specific compact frame bikes include: Cannondale Quick, Giant Escape.

Virtually our entire line of regular road bikes – Cannondale SuperSix and Synapse, Giant Defy/Avail – are available in a women’s configuration. Many higher end mountain bikes also have variations designed for women.

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Alan - That British Bloke


 
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