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.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Today we went on a Potomac Pedalers bike ride from Frederick, MD up to Thurmont and back. Just before we got back to the starting point, Yvonne's odometer crossed the 5,000 mile point. She got her Trice T trike from you this past February. You might remember that she was still using a cane when we first came looking at them in December or January. Last year this time she was in a hospital bed in our dining room, recovering from a bike accident. Thanks for helping to keep her mobile!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
And at the end of your commute, your trip or your voyage, your Brompton will fit safely and snugly in a cupboard, under your desk at work or in a cloakroom at the theatre or restaurant. With no risk of theft, your Brompton will still be there later – your personal transport."
bikes@vienna offers Brompton bikes as your personal transportation solution to the challenge of getting around this Washington Metropolitan Area. We try to keep Brompton models in stock for you to test and purchase (we say "try" because often they sell quickly).
We offer the convenience of having you ride the Metro Orange Line to Vienna Station where we will pick you up. Call us to arrange this service and to check what Brompton bikes we have in stock.
Who is bikes@vienna? Please check the Washington Consumers' Checkbook to learn about our high rating from our customers. Recently we were selected by Adventure Cycling Association to be the 2009 Sam Braxton Bicycle Shop Award winner. We are honored by the ratings in the Checkbook and the recognition from Adventure Cycling.
Do a bit of research on folding bikes. You'll find names such as Bike Friday, Dahon, Birdy, and Mezzo in addition to Brompton. bikes@vienna stocks these brands too. Soooooooo come visit us.
We are open five days a week. We're closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Hours are 10-5 on the weekend and 10-7 on weekdays.
Call us at 703-938-8900. Email to email@example.com. The website is www.bikesatvienna.com . You'll find us on Facebook .
We look forward to hearing from you. We'd like to help with your personal transportation.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I was wrong. Amy told me that bikes@vienna had been selected for an award. I'd climbed down from the ladder and I sought definition. Oh, for the mid Atlantic area? For small stores? How many were selected? Oooooooooh, it is for the entire country and we are the only one? Oh my. You can read the details at http://www.adventurecycling.org/outreach/awards/index.cfm
During the last week the news releases have gone out from Adventure Cycling and congratulations have been coming in from customers, vendors, and friends. It has been very nice. It has energized me. For long before I started bikes@vienna I have admired Adventure Cycling and aspired to ride my bike throughout this country using their maps. The recognition from them and the fact that long time customer Bruce Alton made the nomination have made this extra, extra special.
For this moment allow me to use the attention you have given this item. There is no better way to travel and experience an area than by bicycle. Some of my most joy filled days have been exploring or traveling by bike. My hope for you is that during this next year you can plan a trip with family and friends on bikes.
This year I got to enjoy riding the Burke Gilman Trail in Seattle, the New York Five Boro Ride and RAGBRAI again. I did not get that ride to Pittsburgh on the C&O Canal and the Great Allegheny Passage. But I'm going to start planning and try to achieve that in 2010. It is near time for those New Year Resolutions. Where will you ride a bicycle in 2010? How will you be an advocate for better bicycling routes and facilities so you can ride safer and more conveniently in your home area?
I hope to post a few photos from my visits to the Brompton (folding bikes) and ICE (recumbent trikes and bikes) factories when I get the chance.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
I'm dreaming of a white Catrike ............ our friends at Catrike have announced Color Fest for November and December. They are making it very attractive to buy their models with three methods of savings:
First, you can buy any Catrike in white with a standard seat mesh and get a discount of $251 off MSRP. They changed their seat design earlier this year and ended up with a large amount of what had been their standard seat mesh,
Second, you can buy any Catrike model in its own stardard color and get a discount of $151 off MSRP.
Third, you can go wild and buy any Catrike with a color upgrade at no additional cost. This is for all non-standard colors including Candy and Sparkle colors.
Catrike Color Fest will be available until the last day of December, but think of the potential for holiday gift giving.
bikes@vienna currently has Expedition and Villager models in the store for test rides. Why don't you come test ride and learn why 2009 has been such a "Trike" year for us.
For the people coming from Facebook to this posting:
128 Church Street, NW
Vienna, VA 22180
bikes@vienna is open 10-7 on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. We're open 10-5 on Saturday and Sunday. Sorry, but we are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
If you'd like to take Metro to Vienna we'll pick you up at the Vienna Metro Station. Call us to make arrangements.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
We have three more in the Brompton pipeline for delivery late in November.
This is a three speed model with quite a bit of adjustability. The price of $1,000 is modest for a handcycle.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I just got home from a Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling meeting and I'm feeling positive. Good things are happening because people are working on projects at the regional, county, community, and neighborhood levels to make cycling more possible and safer.
What kind of things are being considered and worked upon? Fairfax County has let a bid for bike racks which will be delivered in early November and some of those racks will be assigned to Herndon and Vienna. Plans are being developed in the Dranesville District for signage for three projects by the Pedestrian Task Force/Bicycle Subcommittee. In November the construction begins on a Bike Ped Bridge to connect disconnected sections of Wolftrap Road to the northeast of Vienna. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are talking about a Bicycle Master Plan for the county. In the Sully District a Federal Enhancement Grant is nearing for planning routes that can be cycled between historic sites. WMATA (Metro) has planner looking at the Vienna Metro Station and others in the system to promote the increase use of biking and walking to Metro Stations. Work is continuing on drafting Fairfax County Bicycle Parking guidelines and specifications. The first meeting of the Vienna Bicycle Advisory Committee was held last week with over a dozen people participating.
Progress...........the two guys in the photo are Jeff Herman (left) and Charlie Strunk (right). Jeff is a Transportation Planner who works with Charlie who is the Bike Coordinator for Fairfax County. I learned much of what I outlined above in listening to their sharing during the FABB meeting at the Vienna Community Center. Interested in what's happening? Go to http://www.fabb-bikes.org/
I took folding bikes to the Exxon/Mobil Health Fair at Exxon Mobil Corporate Headquarters on Gallows Road this morning. It was a good sized event with a steady stream of Exxon/Mobil employees seeking ways to be healthier. If your employer, church, or health club has a health fair, please let me know. Typically there is no charge for our participation and it does get bikes@vienna in front of people who have not considered cycling recently.
Church Street continues to features interesting stores with delightful people pursuing the American dream of starting your own business. When you come visit us take an extra ten minutes and visit one of the other stores.
Friday, October 16, 2009
The morning of the event was a bit harried for me. I'd left myself a LOT of time to get to the Brompton factory, since I really wasn't that knowledgeable about London's public transit system. Brompton had coaches (what we'd call a bus, such as Greyhound) arranged to transport riders to Blenheim Palace, so I didn't want to be late for that. Based on spending some time on the official London transit website, I'd mapped out a pair of buses that should get me to there in plenty of time.
Well, the best laid plans... Making a long story short, I missed several critical connections and had to adjust my plans on the fly, ending up on entirely different buses, but I managed to sort it all out, making it to the factory in time. In fact, I even had a moment to pose for a couple of photos in front of the factory.
Then it was time to box up our bikes and stow them in the baggage compartments of the motor coaches. Fascinating to see about 80 folks stuffing nearly identical folding bikes into identical boxes. Note that some folks are already decked out in the required shirt, tie, and jacket. At this point I had my fingers crossed... I had neglected to pack my "outfit" and was relying on one of the Brompton people, Nigel, to bring me some clothes to borrow! He was traveling to the event on his own, so I wouldn't know for sure that I was all set until I got there.
The coach trip took about an hour and a half, I think. Time went pretty quickly as I spent the ride talking to Ed Rae, the new U.S. agent for Brompton. He's a nice guy, and very informative. We mostly chatted about Bromptons and some of the ups and downs of being a dealer in the U.S. It was a good conversation and left me feeling glad they decided to hire him for the job.
On arrival at Blenheim Palace (birthplace of Winston Churchill), we all made our way to the registration tent and picked up our timing chips and number cards, both of which were attached to the bike. I did a little racing back when I was in college, but that was long ago, and I honestly never imagined I'd have a timing chip fastened to my bike! Least of all, a folding bike!
Once all that was taken care of, I tracked down Nigel, who true to his word, had the clothes for me... a blue shirt, blue tie, and a maroon jacket with the Brompton logo prominently displayed in several locations! It was the same jacket their team was wearing, so I caused some confusion when folks would ask me questions and I had to confess I didn't actually work for them, I was just borrowing the jacket!
Before the start of the race we were instructed to place our fully folded bikes on a spot that was marked with the same number we were issued at registration. Next we were given a briefing that explained the basics of how the race would go. There were a total of 600 riders, so we were divided up in groups of 100, and guided (herded!) to a series of roped off "pens" where we were to wait for the start signal. There was a lot of good natured joking and talking as we waited, along with some sheep-like bleating to go along with being herded and penned.
We had all been told that once the horn sounded for our group, and the rope was dropped, we were to walk or run to our bikes, unfold them, then walk them to the road and mount and ride, crossing the official start line which would activate the timer when our chip crossed the line. Obviously that means that the speed with which one got to their bike and unfolded it and made their way to the road didn't affect your official time.
Regardless, once the horn sounded, most of us made a mad dash for our bikes, unfolded them rapidly, and raced to the road, some walking, some running and some mounting their bikes right away and riding to the road! I guess it's just the adrenaline rush of a start signal, combined with the mindset of a group competition.
The race consisted of two laps around a lovely, narrow, rolling road that wound around the grounds of Blenheim Palace. Each lap was a bit more than 6.5 km, making the total distance around 9 miles. We all started off very quickly, with the first stretch leading to the gates of the palace, where we took a sharp turn around the building and down a nice hill. Not quite half way into the lap there was a pretty challenging climb that took me a bit by surprise, and honestly took more out of me than I expected. But the bike and I soldiered on and I recovered my pace as I came back around the palace after crossing a small stone bridge. All in all, it was a beautiful setting, although I confess I didn't fully appreciate it until I took a relaxed lap AFTER the race! I'm not the most competitive person in the world, by any means, but in the rush of actually racing, I really didn't admire the scenery so much.
In the end, I finished the 13+ kilometers in 32 minutes, 50 seconds, right smack in the middle of the field, placing 338th out of 600. That's pretty much where I expected to place, so I was pleased. My worst worry was that I wouldn't fall into the "30 to 40 minute" range that I had predicted when I signed up. I had no illusions about actually competing for a high placing... for a frame of reference, the winner, 3 time Tour of Spain winner Roberto Heras completed the race in 21 minutes, 45 seconds! But it was a lot of fun, and I have to admit the adrenaline rush of competition was fun to feel for the first time in a long time.
After the race the kind folks at Brompton provided tea for the competitors... for the Americans reading, that means not just tea, but tea, small sandwiches, and small cakes. I have to admit, it's a very civilized custom that I kinda wish we had in the States! And it really hit the spot after the ride. The rest of the afternoon was spent chatting and getting acquainted with Brompton fans from all over, which was a lot of fun. In many cases, it was a chance to put faces with names I had grown to know through the internet, which I always enjoy. I even had the gratifying experience of someone telling me they've read this blog (Hi Steve!)!
Before re-boarding the coach to return to London, I took some time to explore the palace gardens and grounds, which were lovely, and to ride around the race course one more time, slowly. What a beautiful setting! And a gorgeous day!
You can see more photos of the event and the course, as well as a few of the palace, in my BWC 2009 set on Flickr. While you're there, you can also check out some of my other albums from sightseeing in London and Cornwall.
There I am, borrowed clothes and all, leaning into a curve, racing around Blenheim Palace on my Brompton. Even I have to admit it's a somewhat comical sight!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Here's one of the photos from the official photographers, showing me zooming past Blenheim Palace, decked out in the official Brompton jacket. Despite the look of "grim determination", I was actually grinning like a schoolkid inside! It was just so fun to think that here I was, in England, with 599 other people, racing folding bikes around the palace where Winston Churchill was born. Besides, it was such a beautiful setting... rolling fields, thick groves of trees, sheep, pheasants, dove... a lovely place. I didn't really pause to enjoy the scenery so much during the race, but went on an additional lap afterwards, when I stopped and took photos along the way. Look for them in my BWC folder on Flickr.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Monday, October 05, 2009
Bikes on their start marks. Tim's is red one in front.
The gent in the loud suit won best dressed
By the registration tent before the ride
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Sunday morning, race day. Tim is up and he knows what day it is.
Up before 6am to catch 2 buses to factory. He has to be excited about the prospects and he is getting pretty good at getting around in London. Perhaps he has had some coaching from Brompton representatives.
On the bus at the factory. Bike in back. Good Progress!
At Blenheim Palace now. Just out of the coaches. Tim has not mentioned the weather and the UK Weather.com shows sunshine so he probably would have disembarked to a beautiful fall day with the gathering of thousands of cyclists and fans. Perfect!
Bike is on it's mark and Im suited up. This is a Leman style start so the bike is placed folded on a specific mark. Tim will walk or run to the bike to unfold it and then ride. By suited up he means he has on his helmet, shirt, tie, suitcoat, shorts, and knowing Tim his riding sandals. Now we don't yet know about that wardrobe malfunction that he alluded to in a tweet several days ago.
Im in a maroon jacket with Brompton logos. Oh, there it is. He must have left his suitcoat (actually mine) in Vienna. So instead of a bland dark coat he'll be wearing a maroon one. How sporty!
Blue shirt blue tie also borrowed from Nigel of Brompton. Wow! He must have left his entire riding outfit at home. Good thing Nigel is so generous. Wouldn't that Nigel in oue of the photos yesterday?
Crazy outfits here. Lots of fun. Yep, the videos on Youtube show wacky outfits were worn in past years. I'll bet it is fun with all those wacky outfits, Bromptons, and cyclists.
We've just been briefed and soon we're off. Yes .........yes............ now what's happening?
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Friday, October 02, 2009
No, he has sent no more information about his wardrobe malfunction. As soon as we know the story it will be shared.
Here's the view in London today.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
In the meantime, he seems to have had a good day in Falmouth. He had photos of Neil and Hero in front of their cottage. We saw the roads of Cornwall as he took a spin on an ICE trike. There was also an opportunity to see the inside of the ICE work area. Here's that photo for your inspection.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
He will get into Heathrow early in the morning and make his way to the train station. He'll use the train for his trip to Inspired Cycle Engineering. He'll spend Wednesday and part of Thursday at ICE/Trice and then return to London.
He'll be sharing information from his iPhone. He'll be looking for wifi opportunities because the cost of data transfer in England is pricey. Without a prepurchased plan the cost of a one meg data transfer (about the download of this page) is said to cost $20 ($.02 per kilobyte). Tim has 50 megabytes prepurchased and then additional megabytes will cost $5. So we'll find out how he can report on his progress.
The news is ......... he's off. Please note that Tim's Brompton in the bag (left) is about the same size as his suitcase. Also note the Twitter information at the top left of this page that Tim has send.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
According to the review Byrne has "taken on bicycle promotion as a pet project". Wonderful. We need all the help we can get.
"Bicycles Diaries" by David Byrne is published by Viking and sells for $25.95. I would hope there is a Kindle edition.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
This evening I checked my email and let out a hoot when I got a message from Facebook telling me that my father had asked me to be his friend. So I confirmed that I was in fact friends with Philsy.
Now I didn't call my father to ask him about his venturing into the Facebook world because the Iowa - Penn State game was starting. Phone conversations during Iowa games are best avoided although in the past I have called home and asked to have the phone set near the television so I could listen to the end of a game.
I called Ces who went to Seattle today to report this expansion of my Facebook friends and then I called youngest daughter Sara and giggled at the prospect of her Facebook activity being influenced by having both her parents and her grandparents seeing her Facebook posts. Then I called Tim to share the smile and both of us got laughing when he told me that his 82 year old mother had friended him on Facebook two days ago.
Life is interesting. A social network that began with university aged participants has expanded to 87 year old dads and 82 year old moms reaching out to their sons.
So I found this photo from RAGBRAI this summer when my folks met us at Moravia for lunch. I posted it on Facebook with the message;
"Let's see for all the times I snagged you with fish hooks, allowed the ladder to fold up and drop you to the ground, backed out of the driveway and left you in mid project, got the Chevelle beaten by hail and let's not forget the couple of times I peppered you with buckshot....... sure Dad, I'll be your friend on Facebook. It will make me proud. And while I'm at it, Happy 87th Birthday coming up next Friday. I'm going to get your present mailed."
I hope it makes him laugh when he sees it on Facebook. Although last summer I asked him if he'd forgiven me for the 1968 damage to the Chevelle and he said "not yet".
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Originally uploaded by bikes@vienna
Long time bikes@vienna customers will remember Adam's years in the store and his skill as a mechanic. Although Adam has moved on to use his formal education for Spot Image, bicycles still are an important part of his life. In fact so significant that Jen noted his joy of cycling in her wedding vow.
The Wards live in Fairfax. Adam generously comes in to help in the store when I get in trouble.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The details of the Brompton World Championship can be viewed at http://www.brompton.co.uk/bwc/2009/ . If you have a bit more time there is a delightful bit of video from the 2008 event which can be viewed at http://www.brompton.co.uk/video/bwc08.asp Now don't laugh too loud when you watch the Le Man style start of the race and when you see the participants in suitcoat, dress shirt, tie, and shorts with wild colors and patterns. This is a wacky, fun event which get Brompton folders in front of a larger audience. It should be a fun filled occasion.
You may have noticed the new Twitter box in the top left of this blog. We are planning to use Twitter for Tim to report on his activities. He'll be sending Tweets and Twitter Pix to let us know the details of his adventure.