Tuesday, August 31, 2010

JMHS "Back To School" Event

We did bike safety checks at the JMHS back to school event. Charlie Strunk, Fairfax County Bicycle Coordinator, and Bruce Wright of Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling help students find the best routes for biking to school.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Can You Say Pink?

This striking pink Catrike Villager arrived today and Al is ready to begin assembly. This custom paint job will certainly increase visibility.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

We're working the Reston Century

It's early and Tim and John are at Reston Town Center for the Reston Century.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Something different from Brompton

The bike shown may look just like all the other Bromptons you've seen here or elsewhere, but this new M6R has a feature we haven't had in the store before - the new-for-2010 Brompton-specific Shimano Dynohub! This little beauty, show here to the left, generates power for the front and rear lights as you roll along.

Some of you may remember the old "bottle" style dynamos that had a little roller that rubbed on your tire, making an annoying noise and adding a fair amount of rolling resistance. Until this year, that was the most affordable dynamo option for a Brompton, and it left a lot to be desired.

Well, this new system is a vast improvement. The hub is silent, and the resistance caused by the dynamo action is remarkably low. The headlight is a halogen lamp in a large, bright reflector, and the tail light is a very bright LED unit. In addition, the tail light is equipped with a "standlight" feature, a capacitor that charges up as you ride, so when you stop, the tail light still glows. The stock Busch & Mueller Lumotec Oval headlight doesn't have this feature, but there are after market options that both have a standlight and are even brighter.

So how much does this setup add to the cost of a new Brompton? That's the really good news... it's only a $113 upgrade from a bike with no lights at all, and only $52 more than the battery powered lighting package offered by Brompton.

Now the real dynohub aficionados are no doubt thinking "but it can't possibly compare to the excellent German SON dynohub!" Well, you're in luck, because Brompton also offers that option, which also comes with a higher quality headlight to boot. The price? Well, that option adds $503 to the base cost of a Brompton!

So for now, I think this is probably the best "bang for the buck" lighting system available from Brompton. You get a good, solid, reliable system.. all the components have a proven track record (I've had several different bikes with Shimano dynohubs and B&M lights for a number of years, and have never had any problems with any of them), and the price is right.

Come on in and take a look... and take it for a test ride, to see if you can feel any significant drag with the light switched on. I think you'll be surprised.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Greenspeed GT Models on SALE

We announce a sale of Greenspeed GT models. For the next two weeks we'll be sweetening the already sweet prices that Greenspeed has been providing this year. You'll get a GT-1, 3, or 5 at $1890, $2390, or $2790 with no freight charge and ......... wait for it........$100 in accessories. This is the time to act.

We have all three models in stock and ready for test rides.  Our offer is for in-stock trikes.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

We'd like to thank...

... all of our customers who have given us such positive ratings on the Washington Consumer's Checkbook! We received high ratings for both sales and service, and we owe that all to you. So thank you those of you that took the time to voice your opinions! It's a pleasure having loyal customers.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Special Offer on Cyclecomputers!

We're offering a special deal right now on Sigma BC506 computers. This is their basic model with the following functions:

Current Speed
Trip Distance
Total Distance
Riding Time
Automatic Scan Mode

Normally these have sold for $25, but now we've marked them down to $20. And as a further incentive, for a limited time, we will waive the usual $15 installation charge! So that's basically half price! Come on in now and get one!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Walter Reed Cycling Expo

John, Al, and Tim brought a variety of bikes and trikes to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for folks there to try out. Here's a pair of Sun trikes hooked up in tandem, which was a big hit with people.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Making a grocery run and buying a watermelon

What is summer without cold watermelon? When you make a grocery run you need to be prepared to transport the joy of summer.