Posts Tagged ‘commuter bicycle’

Today It’s Mostly Front Lights …

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Time was when bicycle lights would cost you $2.00+ per lumen. Modern LED lights will more likely cost you 20¢/lumen.

The Cateye Volt300 - $59.99

The Cateye Volt300 – $59.99

Today’s bike light is now very bright and effective for its size and will most likely have the advantage of being rechargeable and switching to several lighting modes.

The package includes a helmet mount

The package includes a helmet mount

We’ve just taken delivery of the latest Cateye Volt300 front light with a claimed output of 300lumen for 3 hours on full beam and up to 11 hours on Hyper-Constant.

Hyper-Constant Technology is a true first among the cycling industry. LEDs maintain a solid beam while simultaneously flashing, allowing cyclists to “See And Be Seen”.

Kit includes helmet mount, handlebar mount and charging cable

Kit includes helmet mount, handlebar mount and charging cable

The light can recharge on any USB port or USB phone charger and the battery is easily removable with spare batteries and an optional charging cradle also available for long trips and commutes.

We have a range of Cateye rechargeable and regular battery lights as well as high-end units by Light & Motion and Knog. We also stock effective budget lights by Blackburn and Giant.


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Alan That British Bloke | OldCranksCC Forum


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


Buying a Bicycle : Hybrids

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
Hybrid bicycles - many people's first choice

Hybrid bicycles – many people’s first choice

If you’re looking for a bike that can cruise round your neighborhood, take a ride on a canal path or trail through your local park and commute around your town, then a hybrid bike might be the one for you.

Hybrid bicycle with suspension fork

Hybrid bicycle with suspension fork

Hybrid bicycles blend characteristics from more specialized road bikes, touring bikes and mountain bikes to create a general-purpose, user-friendly bicycle. Their stability, comfort and ease of use makes them popular with beginning bicyclists, casual riders and urban commuters.

Hybrids may integrate the flat handlebars, upright posture and brake system of a mountain bike. They may also have numerous accommodations for accessories (front and rear racks, water bottles, and fenders) typically found on a touring bike.

Many also have the larger wheel diameter (e.g. 700c) and lighter components of a road bike — and a rim/tire configuration that falls between the road/touring bikes and mountain bikes.

Basic hybrid bikes will have rigid forks, but probably a suspended seatpost to absorb the bumps in the road. Higher end models will use a suspension fork for further comfort.

Halter’s favorite basic hybrid bike is the Giant Cypress available in a number of variations, from rigid forks to suspension forks. Higher end models also feature better drive-train and brake components. Cypresses are available in regular (men’s) and step-through (women’s) frames.

Sports & Fitness hybrid - lightweight, straight handlebar road bike

Sports & Fitness hybrid – lightweight, straight handlebar road bike

Sports and Fitness bikes are a recent development of hybrid bikes. With lightweight frames and more responsive geometry, these are almost straight handlebar versions of drop handlebar road bikes, but with a more relaxed frame geometry.

Rugged enough to be ridden on a trail, these bikes are most suitable for the rider who sees themselves riding several miles on the road for an extended workout.

Check out the Cannondale Quick or Giant Escape for the best in in Sports and Fitness hybrids.

The Giant Escape City - a fully loaded commuter or utility bicycle

The Giant Escape City – a fully loaded commuter or utility bicycle

Commuters looking for a less costly and more rugged alternative to a road or cyclo-cross bike for their daily commute or just running errands should try the Giant Escape City.

Available in men- and women-specific configurations, these bikes feature fenders, kick-stands, racks and other accessories useful to the utility cyclist.

Just add lights and panniers and you could transform your daily commute as well as save the planet.

For people looking for a more challenging experience without making the jump to a mountain-bike take a look at the Giant Roam.

The Giant Roam - for adventurous spirits

The Giant Roam – for adventurous spirits

Rather lighter than a mountain-bike at this price point, the Roam features front suspension, which can be locked for riding on the road, hydraulic disc brakes and other advanced components.

There are a lot of good reasons for buying a hybrid bike, a Jack-of-all-trades.

They are great bikes which do exactly what they say they will, but if you have greater ambitions; regular 20-30+ mile road rides, cycling as part of a committed exercise regime, serious off-road/cross-country adventures, touring Peru, then get into your local bike shop and ask their advice, try a few bikes. Find out what exactly meets your needs.

Halter’s stocks a full range of hybrid bicycles by Giant and Cannondale. We can also advise on alternatives by other makers such as Electra and Salsa.

Come and try them out.

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Alan That British Bloke


 
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