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Bouncy, Bouncy …

January 22nd, 2015

Keep your suspension working like new

Keep your suspension working like new

Probably one of the most maintenance intensive areas of a mountain bike is the suspension.

A combination of wanting the lightest weight, maximum performance and receiving the maximum abuse means that bearings, bushes and seals on all suspension units are subject to great stress and wear.

Wear in bushes will quickly evolve into wear which may not be serviceable and leaking seals will ooze suspension fluid leading to loss of efficiency and further wear.

It's not just forks ...

It’s not just forks …

Regular riders should have their suspension inspected and maintained at least once a year, or as recommended by their manufacturer.

Now, oddly enough, this is a great time to get your mountain bike into Halter’s for inspection and maintenance. We have the area’s best and most experienced technicians to work on your pride and joy, and the bike will be ready to shred when the good weather gets here, not sitting around feeling sorry for itself leaking fluid or with seized components just waiting to let you down on your first ride of the season.

So get in here now!

We service and maintain RockShox, Fox and Leftys, as well as Manitou, Marzocchi and other quality brands. Most jobs done on the premises.


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Alan That British Bloke


Happy New Year!!!

January 1st, 2014

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


Happy Holidays

December 12th, 2013

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 apr├ęs-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


Halter’s Workshop

October 8th, 2013

Halter’s don’t just sell new bikes. We also take care of your trusty bicycle. Anything from fixing a flat to programming your electronic gears, adjusting your brakes to a full overhaul.

Your bike deserves professional attention

Your bike deserves professional attention

We service and repair bikes from beach cruisers to full-suspension mountain bikes, hi-tech triathlon machines to cyclo-cross bikes and your trusty hybrid bike or commuter.

We are delighted to look after any quality bike produced by a reputable manufacturer – we have a list here – and sourced from an independent bicycle dealer or produced by custom frame builders and designers.

This adult Bike-Shaped Object - BSO - cost $140 in the toy department of a big box store - why?

This adult Bike-Shaped Object – BSO – cost $140 in the toy department of a big box store – why?

However, we reserve the right to refuse to service or repair bicycles purchased from big box and discount retail stores. These bicycles – Bike Shaped Objects – are often built to lower standards and use non-standard parts and components.

We are not able to warranty that any possible repair or adjustment to this type of bicycle is either safe, reliable or economic.

This bike, from a reputable manufacturer, cost $3000 from an independent bicycle dealer - why?

This bike, from a reputable manufacturer, cost $3000 from an independent bicycle dealer – why?

You can find out more about Bike Shaped Objects here.

Lastly, time moves on, unfortunately, and it’s been over three years since we published our last workshop tariff.

You can find details of our new tariff here although any menu cannot anticipate every circumstance. Naturally, we will call you should we find issues which go beyond our original quote/estimate.

Workshop turnaround is currently down to a few days, but take advantage of our quiet season – November to March – and get your bike in for its annual service.

For sure, in April or May you will want your bike for tomorrow’s first ride of the season and find yourself waiting a week plus.


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Alan That British Bloke | OldCranksCC Forum


Bike Without Fear – Canal Road Closed : Sunday 8th September 10am-4pm

August 29th, 2013

Yes, it’s true.

On Sept 8th, Franklin TWP is closing off Canal Road to cars.

Show your support and show up!

http://franklintwpnj.org/notices/BIKENHIKE2013.pdf

http://franklintwpnj.org/notices/BIKENHIKE2013.pdf


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Alan That British Bloke | OldCranksCC Forum


FreeWheelers 33rd Princeton Bicycling Event – August 3, 2013

August 2nd, 2013
See you there!!!

See you there!!!

Look out for Halter’s Technical Support at Princeton FreeWheelers’ 33rd Bicycling Event this Saturday, August 3, 2013.

Halter’s workshop regulars, Trip and Shannan, will be helping get the show on the road.

Details here …

Wishing you constant tailwinds …


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Alan That British Bloke | OldCranksCC Forum


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