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  • Dec 08 2019

    Holiday Gift Guide - 2019 Edition

    It happened. The beautiful green heat of the summer is long gone, replaced by twinkly lights, cocoa, and temperatures in the single digits. Some of us have hung up the wheels for the winter and others will ride straight through until spring thaw, but hopefully we're all finding ways to make the most of another long Minnesota winter. The holiday season really snuck up on us this year, but we're here for you with gift suggestions large and small for all the cyclists in your life, from your grandma to your old roommate.

    1. Pedro's Tire Lever - The choicest tire lever for the home mechanic. Sometimes a tiny gift is all you need!

    2. Upso Ferrybridge Folder for Brompton - For the Brompton owner in your life. Made of upcycled tarp and stylish to boot.

    3. Brompton Toolkit - Another one for the Brompton fanatic, this toolkit fits inside the bike's frame. Ingenious.

    4. Reflective Shoelaces - Everybody needs shoelaces, right? 

    5. Crosspoint Flip-Mitts - Perfect for winter commuters and smart-phone addicts alike.

    6. ABUS Granit 640 U-Lock - The Goldilocks of locks. Not too big, not too small, super strong. Bonus: comes in red.

    7. Spurcycle Bell - Put a super loud bell on your friend's bike so they can stop spooking pedestrians. Fully serviceable. A bell to last a lifetime.

    8. Merino Wool Buff - The most versatile winter accessory for unpredictable weather conditions. It's a hat. It's a scarf. It's a balaclava. Oh my!

    9. Lucky Cat Bottle Cage - For cat lovers who also love to stay hydrated.

    10. Perennial Cycle Cap - For the Perennial Cycle super-fan, of course!

    11. Brooks Challenge Tool Bag - A beautiful accessory for the cyclist who enjoys the finer things.

    12. Purist Water Bottle - A good water bottle with a good pattern.

    13. Spurcycle Key Clip - It's also a bottle-opener. Titanium, for people who are into that.

    14. Carradice Bikepacking Top Tube Pack - For phone and snacks and things that need to stay close at hand.

    15. Perennial Cycle Gift Card or e-Gift Certificate - If they're hard to shop for.

    16. Thousand x Poketo Helmet - The one they'll actually wear.

    17. Ride More Drive Less Tee - A sentiment we can all agree on.

    18. Donut Bar Tape - For the Perennial Cycle Pastry Ride devotee!

  • Nov 13 2019

    Poketo x Thousand Helmet: Perennial Cycle Product Highlight

    Thousand is a company that believes that it is important to keep human-centered design at the forefront of crafting a helmet. Poketo is a lifestyle brand that creates exclusive products reflecting a philosophy of “Art for Your Every day.” Together, they have created a series of inspired designs that folks will actually want to wear every day!

    At Perennial Cycle this type of stuff gets us excited. One of the top reasons people don't like to wear helmets is because they don't like the way they fit, look or make them feel. Thousand Helmets fix these perceptions with good design.

    Coral Reef Helmet

    Poketo reflects its Californian roots with its bright and light pastel colors. The Coral Reef pattern features nebulous patches reminiscent of the ebb and flow of the oceans and all the colorful life within them.

    Color Blocks Helmet

    This Color Blocks pattern lets you channel your inner abstract artist. Inspired by Ellsworth Kelly and their use of colorful, pattern and geometric shape.

    Memphis Movement Helmet

    Not unlike a lot of creative movements, the Memphis movement was born from a rejection of the status-quo. With playful, squiggly shapes, this pattern reminds us of the fun and vibrant designs of the Memphis Group.

    There is so much to discover when you explore Minneapolis, and there is no better way than going on a two-wheeled adventure! We hope these new Thousand x Poketo helmets inspire you to get out into the world.

  • Nov 08 2019

    Brompfication: Upgrade your Brompton Game

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    Brompfication Ti Seatpost, Ti Seat Quick-Release and Ti Hinge Clamps
    Titanium Seatpost, Hinge Clamp, Axle Nuts and Seat QR

    Here at Perennial Cycle, Brompton Folding Bicycles are a house favorite. Despite the adage that says there is no such thing as a bike that 'does it all', we feel that the Brompton comes about as close as any bicycle.

    The main two reasons Brompton has earned this status at our shop is their attention to detail and the endless ways in which a Brompton can be personalized to fit the needs of their riders. This is why we are excited to talk about these upgrades from Brompfication, along with the main reason we use them as upgrades ourselves.

    Brompfication Titanium Seat Post

    This addition makes sense for Brompton because it provides additional anti-shock qualities beyond that of Aluminum or Steel.

    We find that this is an excellent solution to reduce 200g of additional weight off your Brompton. This is a big upgrade for your Brompton because it is a bike that is designed to be lifted and transported by the user on a regular basis. The pay off becomes cumulative!

    Brompfication Hinge Clamp Set

    This high quality part is made from Titanium and Aluminum. Not only do these clamps add a big ol' splash of bling to your bike, they are a serious quality of life upgrade for Brompton users as well.

    These are cleverly machined in such a way that the Hinge Clamp Plate is always aligned correctly to the frame. This saves fiddling and time while folding your Brompton! Awesome!

    Brompfication Seat Clamp Quick Release

    The simple and clean design is reason enough to gift yourself with this little gem, but if that is not enough, there is also a quality of life factor.

    It has been cleverly designed to hold its position on the bike without rotating. You'll thank your self when you see how smooth and simple it makes adjusting the seat post. It is not just candy for the eye!

    Brompfication M10 Titanium Rear Axle Nuts

    What?!? Are you nuts?

    Nope, we just love Titanium on our Bromptons! This last piece may be just for bragging rights, but there are real-world reasons we use these in-shop as well.

    Perennial Cycle is located in Minneapolis, MN. Winters here are hard on bikes and we like to install parts that will hold up to the demands of cycling in that salty slush. You'll even save a few grams over the stock ones.

    Jesús optimizing their Brompton fold with Brompfication
  • Mar 20 2019

    Dynamo Lighting + Perennial Cycle

    Perennial Cycle sells more dynamo hubs, lights, chargers, wiring kits, wheels, connectors, mounts and all other things related to dynamo lighting than any other bike shop in the US!

    Busch & Müller Luxos U

    The reason is very simple: we absolutely love and believe in dynamo lighting as a true game changer when it comes to seeing and being seen on the roads. No wondering if you have them in your bag or if the batteries are charged or if you remembered to remove them from your bike the last time you used them. You can be confident that your lights are working.
    If you are unfamiliar with what dynamo lighting is, check out our blogpost about it HERE.

    This is my DaMN setup. DaMN is an event that starts at midnight (and it's dark at midnight)

    Most of our dynamo customers are commuters, touring cyclists, bike campers, randonneurs and the big mileage gravel racers.
    Commuters are all about the lights, cycling tourists are most interested in getting setup to charge their phone and less concerned about the lights and the big mileage rando and gravel riders are in need of both the charging and the lighting.

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    The dynamo wheels on our website have options (options show up after choosing your color) for both front and rear lights (and in some cases special wire kits) that make it possible for you to see exactly what the cost would be to setup a complete dynamo kit with a front and rear light. This can be a great tool if you are new to dynamo and need the full kit or if you're simply trying to work out budget.
    We used to start off with a wheel and front light, but the reality is, dynamo rear lights are inexpensive and the wiring is not problematic, so it's best to just go for it!

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    Brompton folding bikes are ideal candidates for dynamo lighting. These bikes are very utilitarian and thus end up being ridden at night with regularity. Brompton understand this and offers a dynamo kit that is a great price, though lacking in brightness. Lots of people get custom kits or have us upgrade their current lights. We have tons of experience setting up all bikes with dynamo lighting kits. Also we work hard to keep a great selection of dynamo parts and accessories in stock.

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    Why so German?
    Our dynamo hubs and lights are almost exclusively from German companies because Germany has a lot of cyclists and very strict laws regarding riding a bike at night (as in you can't ride at night if you don't have self generated lights).
    Because of these rules, there is a much stronger market in Germany, so naturally their dynamo companies rule the world market. We consider ourselves lucky in regards to this German dynamo monopoly. Busch & Müller and SON Nabendynamo are developing absolutely phenomenal product.

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    Dynamo hubs can be used to charge devices. In this picture you can see that I use a SON Deluxe front hub and The Plug III to change my phone that is tucked inside the Banjo Brothers Frame Bag.
    We have a blogpost dedicated to using dynamo hub power to charge devices as it can be a challenging to get a good understanding. Check out that Blogpost HERE.

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    This is our dynamo demo bike built by a past employee that built amazing bikes in the basement (thanks Matt!). The hub is a SON Deluxe that Matt fit a singlespeed freewheel onto (using disc brake rotor mounts).
    Sometimes we use it to troubleshoot issues, but mostly it's used to show how little resistance there is when you are using dynamo hubs. Our dynamo demonstrator allows you to spin the wheel with the lights off, and then with lights on, making it very easy to compare. Each front light has a different rear light connected to it.
    Currently the front lights on the demo bike are the Schmidt Edelux, Busch & Müller IQ-X, Lumotec IQ Cyo T Senso Plus Premium and IQ Lumotec Avy N Plus.
    The rear lights are the Busch & Müller Toplight Line Small, Secula Plus (fender and chainstay mount), Toplight Line Plus.

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