Thursday, December 22, 2011

Attention All Brompton Fans!

Are you an avid lover of all things Brompton? Do you ever wonder how this marvelous little machine came to be? Wonder about the people behind it?

Well, here's your chance to learn all about one of the finest folding bikes made to date - The Brompton Bicycle, by David Henshaw, is now in its second edition, and we have it here at bikes@vienna! Priced at $24, the book is a fascinating look into the story of the Brompton, as well as a good overview of folding bikes through the years.

David Henshaw is the editor of A to B Magazine, an excellent little publication devoted to folding bikes and electric bikes. It's available in an electronic edition via Exact Editions, and is quite informative and fun to read.

A good review of the first edition is here:

And a brief followup on the second:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday Hours this coming weekend!

Our hours this weekend -

Saturday, Christmas Eve: 10am - 3pm

Sunday, Christmas Day: CLOSED - Have a wonderful holiday!

Monday and Tuesday, we will be closed as usual.

Opening again at 10am Wednesday the 28th.

Please join us for the Christmas Eve Luminaria Ride, at 7pm at the shop.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gift Certificates!

The holiday season is here, so now is the perfect time to come in and get a gift for the cyclist on your "nice" list! And if you don't know what to get them, it's the perfect time for a gift certificate!

We offer general-purpose certificates, made out to any denomination, personalized for the recipient, and valid for any purchase at the store.

Now we are also offering "Tuneup Certificates", good for the LABOR charges only, for a "standard tuneup" here at bikes@vienna. A standard tuneup covers a wipe-down and inspection of the frame and wheels, adjustment of the brake and gear systems, wheel truing, and adjustment of any bearing assemblies that require adjustment. Any parts needed would be at additional cost. These certificates sell for $60, which is $20 off the normal cost of a standard tuneup. The only catch is that the bearer of the certificate must use it by April 1st, 2012. This will hopefully reduce the mad rush we typically get in April, and make it more likely the gift recipient will get their bike back quickly!

So come on in and take care of your holiday shopping today!

Monday, December 12, 2011

A heartwarming project

Now and then we get a bike in for service that has a story to it, and those are always a fun experience for both the owner and us.

Well, recently we were asked to fix up the little bike you see to the left here. It's an unusual bike in its own right, being a child's bike built with lugs, in the mixte frame style (two thin sloping top tubes). I've never laid eyes on such a bike before. It was clearly very well made, a quality bicycle, and very stylish with an elaborate, yet classy paint scheme. And look at the fenders and chain guard! The bike was made in Switzerland in the 70s, and while it arrived a bit grungy with dried out tires, you can see it cleaned up really well, and looks great.

What takes it beyond being merely "another pretty bike" is the story behind it. The fellow who brought it in to us told us his parents had bought it for him from the Jean Brun shop in Geneva, Switzerland, when he was a little boy in the 70s. He was bringing it to us to fix up so his own son could now ride it! Needless to say, we were happy and honored to be a part of the project, resurrecting a fine old bike for the next generation.

One challenge right off was the tires... a size never marketed in the US, as near as I can tell, and difficult to find even in Europe, where they were primarily used on Dutch bikes, I think. Some sleuthing on the part of the father ensued, and one day he arrived with brand new Michelins, shipped from Ireland! Then it was in Daniel's hands, and he did a marvelous job of cleaning and lubing everything, making the bike ready to ride and looking great. He even managed to revive the original bell, much to everyone's surprise.

The best part of the whole project though was when the whole family came to pick up the bike when it was finished. Mom, Dad, older sister Madeleine, and of course Avi, the young boy eagerly waiting for the bike. Even the family dog, Wolfie the toy poodle came along! Everyone was really excited and happy to take part in the "unveiling"... all of my staff as well as the family were all smiles and laughter. It was a really wonderful day. We all wish Avi many, many happy adventures with his "new" bike!

You can see more photos of the bike at:  Jean Brun Bike

Monday, December 05, 2011

2011 Luminaria Ride!

Mark your calendars! On Christmas Eve, at 7pm, we'll have our annual Holiday Luminaria Ride. For those of you who might not know, homeowners on the eastern end of town put out luminaria (lighted candles in bags) on Christmas Eve, and it's a lovely sight. We'll have snacks and beverages afterwards, so come join in the fun!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Tern Folding Bikes have arrived!!!!

Well, our first Tern folding bicycles are in! We've gotten the first few unboxed and assembled, and given them test rides. The consensus around the shop is that they are winners! Very nice bikes... sharp looking, well built, and fun to ride. First to arrive are the Link D8 ($600) and the Link D7i ($800). Come check them out!

Tern Link D7i ready to ride

Link D7i folded

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Vienna Holiday Stroll Next Monday!

Hey gang! It's that time of year again, for the Vienna Holiday Stroll, on Monday, November 28th. Come on down to Church Street to see Santa and watch the Mayor light the town tree. While you're enjoying the holiday spirit, stop by your favorite stores and do some gift shopping for your loved ones and friends. We'll be here from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, with hot drinks and snacks. We've also decided to extend our specials on lights, cycle computers and car racks through Monday evening, so come on by!

More info can be found here:

Church Street Holiday Stroll – Monday NOVEMBER 28, 2011 – 6-9 pm

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Great Guilt Reduction Ride

Well, this year we were very fortunate weather-wise, and had a beautiful morning to ride. Bright sun, no appreciable wind, and while it was a bit chilly, it was nice once we got going. A small group of about a half dozen riders, which made keeping folks together simple. We'd been warned that a 5K run might cause traffic problems for us on the trail here in town, but the timing worked out such that we didn't really have any issues.

Here's a photo of us at the Herndon train station... Left to right - Tim, Alan, Bruce, Kerie, Noreen and Roy. And special thanks to the runner who took this picture for us!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend at bikes@vienna

We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and whatever-you-want-to-call-this-Sunday, we're taking 20% off all lights, cyclecomputers, and car racks! We also have hot coffee from Caffe Amouri (just down the street from us) and tea and cocoa to warm you up.
 Hours this weekend:
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: 10:00 - 7:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 6:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 5:00

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thanksgiving Day Ride Reminder

It's that time of year again! Time for our annual Guilt Reduction Ride on Thanksgiving Day. Come and join us for a casual ride out to Herndon and back. We'll leave the shop about 9:00 am, so we can be back by 11:00, for those of you that have to prepare for dinner.

We'll have hot beverages ready before the ride, starting about 8:30. Please bring some canned goods or other non-perishable food for the CHO Food Drive. Reduce those feelings of guilt by burning off some calories and contributing to a good cause.

Below is a photo from a past Guilt Reduction Ride, with all of us posing at the Herndon Depot.

Send an email to if you think you'll be joining us, just so we have some idea of how many folks to expect.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Happy new Yuba Mundo owner!

A couple of weeks ago, we got a phone call from a fellow named Dale, looking for a Yuba Mundo "longtail" cargo bike. We've sold a few in the past, but we didn't have any of the current version in stock, so after some communication with the folks at Yuba, a bright new orange Mundo arrived for Dale.

One of the features of the Mundo is its cargo hauling capability... up to 440 pounds! And the long back end and carrier lends itself to carrying large objects... we've even heard of folks carrying kayaks, surfboards and other ungainly items on the Mundo. And there are options designed for carrying family members on the back as well. While it's more typically used as a kid-carrier, here Dale and his sister enjoy a trial run just after buying the bike.

Based on other inquiries, we decided to order a second Mundo to have available for test rides and purchase. And we've also got the Sun Atlas Cargo bike, a similar design from the same company that builds many of our recumbent bikes.  So come on in and check out your cargo options!

There are other "longtails" out there, and we've had a few through the store, most notably a Surly Big Dummy, that we ordered for a customer a couple of years ago. By all reports, he's very happy with it.

Longtails are used for everything from local errands to long distance touring. Check out more on longtails here:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Great Halloween Parade!

For a while today it looked like we might have rain for this evening's parade, but it passed through and cleared up in plenty of time to give us clear skies and stars. Add to that comfortable temperatures, a great group of riders, and enthusiastic crowds, and this year's Vienna Halloween Parade was a wonderful time.

Here's a shot of a few of the riders getting ready to start the ride. Basically we make our way to a staging area on a side street, where we wait our turn to head out on the main route down Maple Avenue in front of many, many people. The most fun are the kids, waving and shouting out things like "nice helmet" and wanting to "high five" all the riders.

Watch for more photos as other people send me theirs.

And here's our mechanic Daniel in costume.  He unfortunately didn't ride...  he ended up having to drive his car as our support vehicle, as the shop van suffered a mysterious breakdown right before the start of the parade. The only real glitch in the whole evening.

Oh, and the ride coincided with a customer's birthday, and she chose to ride with us! Happy Birthday Barbara, and thanks for coming on the parade ride and sharing your cake with us!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween Parade Tomorrow!

That's right folks! The 65th Annual Vienna Halloween Parade is tomorrow, Wednesday, October 26th! The parade starts at 7:00 pm, but we are gathering at the shop from 6:00 to 7:00 to get organized and ready to ride. Come join us to ride in the parade! Food and drinks will be provided afterwards at the shop.

The town is getting ready... from the banner across Maple Avenue to the blankets, chairs and other "placeholders" folks had already laid out along the route as of noon Tuesday! It's a big event here in Vienna, so come and be a part of it!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Halloween Parade!

We're one week away from the Vienna Halloween Parade! Make your plans now. We're gathering at the shop at 6pm on the 26th. We're hoping to have a bunch of folks riding and folding folding bikes along the route, a trike train, and any other interesting wheeled things we can put out there! Food and beverages will be served back at the shop after!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Tour du Port 2011 Is Over

And it was a great success! Lots of happy people had a great ride in spectacular weather, and we had a lot of interest in our folding bikes. I think I probably folded and unfolded bikes more times today than I ever have before in a single day.

We also provided a Dahon Speed P8 that was raffled off as a fundraiser, and the woman who won it was very pleased.

Part of our sponsorship "package" was the opportunity to offer four people free entry to the ride. Tom (who works for us) and his wife Beryl, and Roy and Noreen (customers, and the parents of Daniel, our head mechanic) took us up on the offer and had a great time. I suspect Roy got a lot of attention on his new ICE Sprint RS trike!

More photos can be seen here:

Tour du Port, Oct 9, 2011

A Variety of Bikes

All manner of bikes and riders here today. From carbon fiber roadies to bakfietsen!

Folks starting out

The "start" of the ride is very informal - sign in, start whenever you're ready. Not a massed start like the 5 Boro Ride...much more casual.

Ride officials?

They seem younger every year!

These two little girls are shouting out to everyone to ride safe and have a good ride. They look very official with the vest and flag.

Good turnout so far and a gorgeous morning!

Tour du Port

7:00 am and registration begins! We brought a Dahon Speed P8 to be raffled off for Bike Maryland. Should be a good fundraiser.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

A full and fulfilling day of events!

Well, today was a full and fun day for bikes@vienna, although it was a bit hectic. The morning started early with our attendance at the National Alliance for Mental Illness walk at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Despite steady rain and the abrupt drop in temperature, many people came out to walk in support of this good cause, and we were there with a table to show our support. NAMI is dedicated to providing support, education and advocacy for people with mental illness as well as their families. I urge you to check out their web site to learn more. It's a very good cause and worthy of support.

Later in the day, Tim went down to Prince William Forest Park to teach a session of our Basic Maintenance and Repair class for the Annual Gathering of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club. Longtime customer Susan S. suggested the event, and we're glad we were a part of it. Tim met some great folks, and reconnected with a few customers, and people seemed really engaged with the class. It's always a pleasure to see "ah ha" moments when teaching a class like this,  as people discover how brakes and derailleurs do what they do, and learn how to fix the dreaded flat tire. And unlike Vienna today, the park was having a glorious, sunny fall day, which made the outdoor class a delight.

A few more photos here

Friday, September 30, 2011

New bikes here at bikes@vienna!

We're carrying the Breezer line of bikes again! For those of you who don't know, Joe Breeze was one of the original California mountain bike guys, bombing down Mt. Tamalpais on battered old Schwinn cruisers. He was one of the first to build from scratch what ultimately became known as "mountain bikes", and started the Breezer company. About a decade ago he decided to branch off in a new direction, focusing his energy on practical bikes for transportation.

We've got several of the Uptown 8 models, part of their "Town Bike" line, which have 26" wheels and the Shimano Nexus 8 speed internally geared rear hub. Among the advantages of an internal hub are low maintenance and ease of use, as well as the ability to change gears when you are stopped. This comes in handy if you find yourself stopped and realize you're in too high or low a gear... you can simply click into the gear you want, and you're ready to go! The Uptown comes in a standard "diamond" frame as well as a "low step" frame that makes mounting and dismounting easier.

We also have a Liberty model in the shop as well, which is part of their "Range Bike" series. This bike has 700C wheels, a 27 speed derailleur based drive train, and is suitable for both commuting and longer recreational rides. You could even load it up and take it on a tour if you wanted.

Both the Uptown and Liberty come from the factory equipped with fenders, racks, and a dynamo lighting system, so they are ready to roll as practical transportation. Come on in and try one out sometime!

Basic Maintenance and Repair Class This Sunday!

Hey folks!  We still have some slots open in our next Basic Maintenance and Repair class, which is scheduled for Sunday, October 2nd, from 7 to 9 pm.  Cost is $45, and we ask that you pay in advance to reserve your space. The cost includes a small tool kit, normally selling for $22.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Interbike, Wednesday September 14, 2011

(Note - I wrote this Wednesday evening but couldn't post it until now)

Well, this was my first of two days at Interbike in Las Vegas, NV. Lots of vendors showing off all manner of products for cycling, from nutritional supplements to high end road bikes, from bells to dual suspension mountain bikes.

Today was largely a preliminary lap around the show floor, not stopping and spending a lot of time at any one booth, just more or less getting a sense of what's there.

So what caught my eye? 

First, the continuing growth of the electric bike market is impossible to ignore. Each year it seems there are more and more booths showing both complete bikes and conversion kits and motors. With the exception of the Bionx brand, it's hard to know who has the ideas that will last, but it seems a pretty safe bet that e-bikes are going to be a part of the industry for some time to come.

Another really obvious thing was what WASN'T there... recumbents! Yes, you read that right... with the exception of Sun, who are a part of J&B Importers, a major parts and accessories distributor, the only recumbent brands with booths this year are HP Velotechnik and ICE. Over the last few years, fewer and fewer of the recumbent makers have shown their products at Interbike. Why? Well, late October will bring the first ever Recumbent Cycle-Con, in Pomona, CA, a recumbent-only trade show. Given that they often seemed a bit "lost" in the mass of vendors at Interbike, I can understand the motivation behind having their own show, but I'm not sure I completely agree that leaving Interbike was the best choice. We'll see how it all plays out in the next few years.

I did spend some quality time with a few folks today, both "old friends" and new. Among the "old" were J&B Importers/Sun Bicycles, who showed a few new items... including three new models of recumbents. At the moment it's not clear whether they will replace existing models or supplement them, or when exactly they'll ship, but they look interesting. One nice feature is that they use the same attachment system as the Rans recumbents, which means it's possible to swap the seats for a Rans or similar seat. In two wheelers, there's a model with 20" front wheel and 26" rear, as well as one with 16" front/20" rear.  The third is a new variation on their delta style trike. We'll keep you posted as we learn more.

I also spent a good hunk of time with the folks at Dahon, catching up on what's coming for 2012. There are several new models, and some changes to existing models. And there are a few bikes being dropped, or put on hold for the year. In the latter, we won't be seeing any of the "mini" style bikes new this coming year, although there are still some 2011 bikes in stock. In new bikes, the Vector series takes the place of the old Speed Pro and Speed Pro TT models. There's also a new 16" bike with a really slick, quick fold, that looks quite interesting. Unfortunately, the Dahon booth had a bunch of "no photos please" signs.

In the world of folding bikes, some of you may already be aware there's a new player coming into the field... Tern Bicycles, a company founded by folks who split off of Dahon. There's a lot of "family resemblance" between the brands on the surface, but there appear to be some significant differences as well. Generally speaking, for any given model of Dahon, there's a Tern that fills the same part of the market. Among the features touted by Tern are a latching/hinging system that is identical across all of the bikes in the line and is easily serviced with standardized replacement parts. It's too soon to tell, but this looks like a line with promise.

Finally, I spent some time talking to the folks at Breezer. Some of you may recall we used to carry their bikes, primarily their urban transportation bikes, such as the Uptown 8, fully decked out for commuting with fenders, rack, and dynamo lighting system.  Well, after a lot of thought, we've decided to start carrying them again. It seems like there's a growing interest in practical bicycles, and these really fit the bill. This year they're introducing a new series, called the "Downtown" models, featuring steel frames and a few other items that allows them to sell for a bit lower prices than the Uptown series. Both lines offer internally geared 3 and 8 speed hubs, as well as a more typical derailleur drivetrain, which Breezer refers to as "external". All in all a very sharp line of bikes, worth a look and a test ride, if you're in the market for a commuter or errand bike.

That's my response to my first day at the show. Watch for more soon, along with more photos and links to even more photos.

Friday, September 16, 2011


I'm sorry if folks have been axiously awaiting word on Interbike, but Internet access at my hotel was not working well enough to post. I'm on my way back now from Vegas. Watch for photos and info in the next couple of days.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Annual Folder Frolic

Riders and bikes gather at 7am for the start of this fun ride. More later.


Well, the hotel Internet connection isn't working tonight, so I haven't been able to upload photos or post a large message here. Hopefully, I'll be able to post in the morning.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Bit of History

J&B Importers, our source for many of our parts, accessories, and recumbent bikes and trikes, is celebrating 40 years of business. They have one of the largest "booths" at Interbike, and tucked into the middle of it is this bike... A model they sold way back when. It's a typical "bike boom" 10 speed, with mostly steel parts and a lugged steel frame. Definitely entry level, but a nice bit of nostalgia.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Wild Riding on Bromptons!

Folks often ask "Are those folding bikes sturdy? How do they hold up?" Here's a video that should give you some idea of just how rugged the Brompton folding bike is... some guys doing BMX-style tricks on Bromptons! Enjoy, but as the saying goes, don't try this at home! (Thanks go to Bob, a customer, for sending this link.)

Friday, September 09, 2011

Changing Hours!

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, we're changing our hours a little. Starting the week of September 11th, we will be CLOSED both Monday and Tuesday.  Please make a note in your calendar!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Customer feedback on the Xootr Swift folding bike

Since the Xootr Swift is new this year to our lineup here at bikes@vienna, I wanted to post some feedback from someone who bought one a while back and has been riding it and enjoying it. I think it's a very fair, even-handed review, so it's worth a read:
Dear Tim,

Thanks for doing my "30 day" service on the Xootr Swift.  It was very thorough and professional, and one reason why people should come to a professional bike shop rather than order over the internet :-)

For the record, I wanted to offer a few reflections on the Xootr Swift.  I agree with the collected wisdom of all the articles you'll find online about the Swift and its folding competitors.  
Since and before buying the Swift I had ridden - some more intensively than the others - various Dahons and a Brompton.  So, here are a few reflections.

On riding performance the Swift is superb.  To paraphrase one review I read, people tend to think it's a slightly weird, a little bit cool bike, but, well, it's got small wheels and it's not a "real" bike.  Until, that is, you rocket past these skeptics, often leaving them with a "what the..." look on their faces.  

The gear change is extremely smooth, the gears are spread well over a large range.  The eight gears are plenty for most folk, although you can get an add-on front derailleur.

So, if you don't need it to fold too small, and you want a performance , seriously-zip-around-town road-folder, with decent downhill and hill-climbing gearing, that you can fit into the trunk of an (old-style) Honda Civic Sedan, this is your bike, at a not-too-expensive price for a quality folder.

But, I would add a few caveats.  The fold is mediocre, but that's your trade off for exceptional performance that does fit in the back of a Civic (so you don't have to lock the bike when you leave the car, etc. etc.).  It doesn't really fold down as bend in half.  And to get it in aforementioned Civic boot the handlebars do have to come off and "dangle".  I also pull the seatpost out (although you wouldn't have to do this for a slightly bigger car).  This is because a small saddle pouch and fenders make the seatpost stick out a little further.

On the subject of fenders, the Xootr Planet Bike "adapted" fenders on their website don't work: when you fold the Xootr in half it will rest on the rear fender.  Not good.  Instead, buy the Dahon mudguards which are shorter with a flap sticking out at the back that stops the edge of the spray.  When you fold the Xootr with them on, it is the tyre that is in contact with the ground, not the fender.

Also, the Xootr website will explain that you can get it disassembled into a 29" hardshell suitcase.  Well, yes, but it's definitely not as stress free as it looks.  For those interested, the only real folding bike that will fit into an airline legal suitcase (62" for three dimensions) without any disassembly is the Brompton.  For that and the spectacular fold the Brompton is unrivaled; and the Sport versions ride very tightly - so try out Tim's demo of that if you have the extra money!  And, by the way, even if it does fit into an airline legal suitcase or special bag, if you actually tell them it's a bike, the United rep says they will STILL charge you the $200 bicycle fee!!!!!

Two final points on the Xootr. First, you should get some small bar ends to improve wrist comfort and hill-climbing.  Second, the two quick release levers that hold the (structural) seatpost in place are quite tough to open especially if you don't angle them correctly when closing them.  You'll see what I mean when you do it the first few times!  And the quick-releases do have to be tight, or the seatpost will move.  

Overall, I am very happy with the Swift, and the fact that it fits in the boot of my Civic whenever I need it to.  Performance is spectacular.  And Bikes@Vienna's advice, delivery and after sales service were all excellent, and are why you should buy a Xootr (or any other bike) from a good local bike shop, especially Tim's!


A few comments from bikes@vienna now...
First, I'd like to thank Carl for his kind words about the shop. We try our best to provide quality service and sales here, and it's gratifying to know when we've succeeded.
On the Xootr, I'd agree with all of Carl's observations. A couple of comments about the air travel issue - it's true, many airlines will charge extra for a bike, regardless of how it is packed, which I think is grossly unfair. If it's under the size and weight limit for luggage, why is there a fee? The best course of action is to check with the airline BEFORE booking your flight to find out their policies. I know at this time that Southwest does NOT charge a fee for a bike if it is under the 62" limit, nor did Virgin Atlantic two years ago. But policies change like the weather, so it's best to check. I also know folks have gotten past the fee by simply describing the contents of the suitcase as "exercise equipment" or a "mobility device", so that's worth a try if you discover the word "bicycle" is a red flag for your chosen airline.
Also, it's worth noting that by shopping carefully, you can find a good Samsonite Oyster suitcase for under $100 online, so the combined price of the Xootr and case can actually be less than the cost of even the most affordable Bike Friday without a case. The Friday will have better components and some extra features, but it's something to think about.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Velomobiles Visit Vienna!

It's taken me a few days (okay almost a week) to write about this, but better late than never, right?

Last Wednesday, the Roll Over America cross-country velomobile tour paused in Vienna for snacks and lemonade on their final leg into DC. The group left Portland, OR, on July 29, and arrived in Washington on August 24th, averaging 125 miles a day.

So what's a velomobile? It's a human powered recumbent tricycle, with a "fairing" or shell which completely or almost completely encloses both rider and machine. Combining lightweight construction and high quality components with an aerodynamic shell produces a remarkably efficient vehicle capable of great speed.

The point of the ride was to raise awareness of alternative forms of transportation, specifically the bicycle. With fuel costs inevitably rising, concerns about our environment and climate change being discussed everywhere, and traffic congestion growing worse by the day, all manner of alternatives are going to be debated and explored. The folks who rode ROAM feel strongly that the bike is an important part of the picture, and their cross-country tour was meant to make folks think about it. I have to imagine the sight of these sleek, unusual vehicles zooming across America prompted some thought.

I've seen a few velomobiles before,  mostly at trade shows, but never have I been surrounded by a large group of them. Nor have I ever been amongst so many riders and fans of them before. They are pretty remarkable machines, ranging pretty widely in complexity and expense. Some were truly custom, one of a kind vehicles, while others were production models, most notably the Quest from BlueVelo. The riders were a genial bunch, and clearly have enjoyed themselves riding across the US. None of them looked at all ragged or tired from their travels, which at 125 miles a day is pretty remarkable.

Check out my Flickr album here:

And also follow these links below for more info:

Monday, August 22, 2011

2011 Brompton World Championshp a Success!

Well, the race is run, the tea has been drunk, the official results are in. Yesterday's Brompton World Championship was a great success.  Check out photos on Brompton's Facebook page here:

And the official press release here:

Watch this space for more news as I post it!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Interesting Blog

Just thought I'd post a link to a blog I like...

It's about one man's experiment in car-free living, specifically in Louisville, KY.  The author is Kirk Kandle, a fellow I met on the National Bike Summit Ride last winter. We talked quite a bit on the ride, and he test rode my Brompton for a bit. You may notice in some of the pictures on his blog, he's got a P6R himself now, purchased here at bikes@vienna.

He's quite the cycling advocate, and an all around good guy.  Check out his blog when you get a chance.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Basic Maintenance and Repair Class August 21st

Hey folks!  We still have some slots open in our next Basic Maintenance and Repair class, which is now scheduled for Sunday, August 21st, from 7 to 9 pm.  Cost is $45, and we ask that you pay in advance to reserve your space. The cost includes a small tool kit, normally selling for $22.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Transporting Tadpoles

No, not THAT kind of tadpole!  We're talking about "tadpole" style trikes... the ones with two wheels in front, one in back.

Folks often ask "How can I carry that on my car? Do I need a special rack?"

Well, there are specially designed racks for these trikes, but for carrying one single trike, there's another solution. Some of you have probably seen this already... it's the back of Al's car with a tadpole perched on the arms of a conventional, strap on style trunk rack.

Note how the frame crossmember rests on the arms of the rack, and the back wheel rests on the rear window of the car.  It's surprisingly stable and secure like this... Al has put a lot of miles on in just this manner, with all manner of tadpole trikes.

So if you're thinking of buying a Catrike, ICE, Greenspeed, Terratrike or other tadpole trike, give this a look. It could answer your "How do I transport it?" question.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Farewell to Robert

Robert, on his last day.
Well, it's that time of year when our summer help, largely college students, are starting to head off to their schools. And this year is most likely the last summer for Robert, who has been with us since the spring of 2008. So I'd like to take this opportunity to say farewell to him, and to wish him well. He's going into his third year at University of Northern Colorado, where he's working towards a bachelor's degree in Recreation and Tourism. If you know Robert at all, you know he loves the outdoors, and has participated in a number of different organized activites, including several NOLS courses. I suspect he will go on to do great things in helping other people learn and grow in the great outdoors.

Robert has learned and grown a lot in the last few years, and it's been a genuine pleasure to know him and work with him. He's become a very skilled mechanic as well as a helpful and informative salesperson. His friendly nature and great sense of humor have really been a delight here at bikes@vienna. He will be sorely missed.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Another use for a Brompton or other folding bike!

Fans at the final act of the festival.
This past weekend, my girlfriend and I attended FloydFest, a big music festival in southwest Virginia. It's an event that draws 10,000 people to farm country, on land that houses 5 or 6 different performance venues and dozens and dozens of booths for vendors of food, crafts and any number of other things. A very fun, exciting event.

Our two Brommies at the car.
What's that have to do with folding bikes? Well, like most such events, the parking available isn't right there where the venues are, it's down the road a few miles. FloydFest provides shuttle buses between the event and the satellite parking. Preparing for the trip though, it occurred to us that having our Bromptons with us might make things easier and give us more flexibility. And looking at the lines of folks waiting for the shuttles, it definitely paid off. We could come and go as we pleased, avoid lines, and enjoy a ride in the Virginia countryside, all at the same time.

Friday, July 29, 2011


Well, the "normal" sized tomatoes don't seem to be doing a lot in our containers out front, but the cherry tomato plants are producing well.  Take a look at them hanging on the plants, and then after harvesting this morning.  And they are tasty too!

If you come on by the shop and see some ripe ones, and you're a bit peckish, feel free to help yourself!

And while you're here, take a test ride or two!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Basic Maintenance and Repair Class in August!

Mark your calendars! Our next Basic Repair and Maintenance class is going to be held on Sunday, August 7th, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. The class covers how to fix a flat tire, as well as how to perform basic brake and gear adjustments. The fee is $45, and includes a small toolkit that normally sells for $22. You'll easily save more than the cost of the class in the first brake and gear tuneup you do yourself!

We ask that folks sign up in advance. You can call or email us at In order to lock in your place, we ask that you pay in advance, which you can do either in person or with a credit card over the phone. Sign up now!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Delicious too!

On top of the visual treat provided by our container garden, tonight I enjoyed a delicious Cherokee Purple tomato with dinner!  Wonderful!

"Garden" Update

In case you haven't been buy the shop in a while, I wanted to let folks know the container garden out front is flourishing!

Some of you may remember the post from April:

Carrying on another tradition

Well, the flowers and decorative grasses are doing amazingly well, providing a wonderful splash of color in front of the shop.

And the tomato crop, while modest, is coming along. So far only two large tomatoes harvested, but the cherry tomatoes are popping out all around. Tiny but tasty!

Come on by and check it out when you get a chance.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

More Brompton Colors in Stock!

We just got in some more Bromptons, and I think folks will like the array of colors, including a few really sharp looking two-tone combinations, such as a claret main frame with cobalt blue extremities, as well as a racing green main frame with sage green extremities.  Very pretty!

Right now we have mostly 6 speed bikes, along with one 2 speed. A couple with the S-type flat bar, one with the multiposition P-type bar, and the rest with the traditional M-type bar.