Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
We'll keep you posted on our progress with photos and descriptions.
First Ride is a week later so there may be some hope, but the W&OD Trail has sections that are out of the sun and stay frozen. I have concerns. Check back here next week.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
For the holidays, here's a great gift set of accessories from Sigma Sport
BC506 Cycle Computer (regular price $25)
TriLED LED Headlight (regular price $20)
CubeRider LED Taillight (regular price $15)
All three together for only
Hurry! Supplies are limited.
One more improvement... You may recall that the traditional generator systems left you dark when you came to a stop. Many of today's lights come with a "standlight" that stays on when you stop moving! A very nice safety feature.
We currently have in stock two complete wheels ready to roll. Here are the specs:
For 26" Wheel Bikes -
Shimano DH-3N72 Hub Dynamo: $120
26" Sun CR-18 Rim: $36
32 Stainless Steel Double Butted Spokes: $32
For 700C Wheel (road, hybrid, touring) Bikes -
Shimano DH-3N80 Hub Dynamo: $168
(the 3N80 is a bit lighter and more efficient than the 3N72)
700C Sun CR-18 Rim: $36
32 Stainless Steel Double Butted Spokes: $32
The above are just two possible setups. Other options are available. Lights compatible with dynamo hubs start at around $40 for a head light, $30 for a tail light. Ask us about the options available. You can see an example of a wheel and headlight in the shop, so come on by!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Sometimes I just need to be patience. At least five years ago I started emailing the Danish cycle manufacturer, Nihola in an effort to become a dealer for their tricycles. I had no success getting a response for a period of time. Then I got a response I didn't like. So I stepped back and scratched my head.
This fall the folks at Fourth Floor Distribution in Toronto have been successful in importing the Nihola Family 3. I now have a Nihola on the way to bikes@vienna. I'm excited about the potential for the Nihola products in this area. The Family 3 provides for an adult piloting the trike and up to three children in the front compartment. The compartment has a seatbelt or has optional shoulder harnesses. It also has a hood available to keep young passengers dry and out of the cold. The Nihola site in Germany says it this way:
"Our new Öko-Tex-100 hood (an ecological fabric), now available in bright fantastic colours, will ensure that you will be easily spotted by other traffic users. Underneath the hood our smaller Nihola passengers will be cosy, dry and warm. No expense was also spared for Nihola's lighting system. Niholas are factory fitted with one of the safest dynamo driven bicycle lighting systems produced by the German leader "Busch & Müller.“ Additional easily fitted bright positioning lights (two in the front and two in the back) allow you to be seen even better. And each and every Nihola is fitted with super robust anti burst tyres by German tyre manufacturer "Schwalbe.“ Pinched or burst tyres will be other people's problems. Remember that with a Nihola you are safely on three wheels and won't tip over in any weather, even in wet or icy conditions."
You can review a number of photos of the Family 3 by clicking on http://nihola.info/da/nihola+cykler/cigar+family/
If you'd like to see how the hood goes on the Family three you can view a video showing the installation at Nihola YouTube Install Video plus you'll get exposed to some German language too.
I believe that the Nihola Family 3 will appeal to families who have wisely chosen to live close to schools, stores, and activities so they can cycle. The Family 3 can be the replacement for a second auto and perhaps even a first vehicle. Sooooooo how much does a Nihola Family 3 cost? Generously appointed the Family 3 costs $4150.
Thinking that is serious money? Let me take your mind off that number with a lighthearted video featuring the Nihola trike in an outdoor pageant. Click on this swimmingly interesting video.
When you've stopped smiling then here's a video looking over a Family 3 up close.
Places to visit:
MORE INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE
The Nihola trikes available to bikes@vienna are outfitted with:
7 speed SRAM internal hub
Padded Bench Seat
Clear Front Panel
The trikes are black frame with a black container (remember the clear front panel) with Rain Hoods in black, red, tan, white polka dots, or green.
The cost ready to ride from Vienna (includes shipping, assembly, and continuing care) is $4150 plus Virginia Sales Tax of 5%.
bikes@vienna is located in downtown Vienna on an alley just off of Maple Ave/Route 123. We sell cycling equipment that you don't normally find in a bike shop such as folders, trikes, recumbents, and tandems. We're open five days a week. We're open on Saurday and Sunday so we close on Tuesday and Wednesday. We're close enough to the Vienna Metro Station that we can pick people up at Metro and bring them to the store. Call us before you begin your journey.
128A Church Street, NW
Vienna, VA 22180
finally tried the Brompton on the C&O Canal. I started at Carderock
and rode about 8 miles out and back, and it was great. The small
wheels handled the surface with aplomb, and the bike was comfortable,
fun, and fast. My speed was right about the same as on my full sized
bikes, and it was great to be able to just tuck the bike away when
done. Watch my personal blog for a longer post and more pictures.