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  • Mar 02 2019

    Buzz for B&W's B3 (BIG BIKE BAG)

    I have been a fan of cycling bags for as long as I've been into bikes. A bike shifts from a toy to a tool as soon as you fit a bag to it. High quality bags that are feature rich are common and we stock a massive assortment at Perennial Cycle. Mind you, B&W's B3 is not like any of the other bags in the shop. A bike bag with pannier hooks AND a handle, rollerblade wheels and the ability to roll around like a suitcase... amazing!

    B&W is a German manufacturer of cases for taking bikes, wheels, toolkits, etc all over the world.
    The B3 is their first bag designed to mount onto a bike and they transferred designs of their amazing cases for flight right into the B3 Bike Pannier.

    The pannier hooks are compatible with rather massive range of rack tubing diameters (1/4" - 5/8"). Using the pannier hook adjustment lock you can custom fit the hook to your rack. This way the bag won't end up rattling on the rack.
    While the pannier hooks snap on the rack tightly, there's also a nifty locking hook that you can flip to prevent the bag from launching no matter what your riding style.

    This bag has a lot of nice features (beyond the rollers w/handle).
    - The rubberized fabric with nylon interior is 100% WATERPROOF.
    - The rolltop design makes sure that no water will get in, no matter hard the rain is coming down.
    - The compression strap helps keep your items from shifting, even when there's not a lot in the bag.
    - Reflective lettering on the back as well as on the side of the bag improve visibility at night.
    - Over 2,000 cu.in. of capacity (and if you really want to fill it up, you can open up the rolltop and get nearly 3,000 cu.in. in!
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    Stop by the shop and see how it fits on your bike. I'm pretty confident that you'll like it (a lot!). It is definitely designed to carry a lot, yet not break your back getting it into your office. It's also clear that is designed and manufactured to last for years of regular use.

    QUICK LINKS:
    - B&W B3 (Big Bike Bag)
    - Bike Bags (full Selection)
    - B & W Brompton Case

  • Dec 07 2018

    Introducing The Flat S Senso Light

     
    Here at Perennial Cycle we love the German Busch & Müller dynamo and battery-operated lights! Germany has strict cycle lighting laws and B&M abide by them and we benefit from that. We have recently brought their battery powered Flat S Senso light into our shop and have found it to be a wonderful upgrade to a Brompton.
     
    The Flat S Senso has both a light and a reflector, so it is legal to use this to replace a reflector on a bike. The Flat S Senso sports B&M’s LineTec technology which has a single LED as well as multiple mirrors that extend across the light in a  line, making you very visible on the road. In its Senso mode (S), the light turns on and off using light and  motion! This means that it will turn on whenever the bike is in motion and it is dark out  and it will remain on for a couple of minutes at a stop to keep you visible. If no further motion is detected the light will turn off on its own! The light works on both rack (R) and non-rack models (L/E) of the Brompton. When installing it on a L/E (non-rack or non-fender) all you need to do is replace the reflector with the Flat S Senso. The reflector/light mounts on the the bike have a slotted hole that allows the light or reflector to slide up or down a bit. When tightening the Flat S light on, be sure and have the light as low in the slots as possible. This allows clearance with the ground when folding the bike.This light also fits very nicely on our Tubus and Racktime racks (also German engineering at is finest).
     
     
  • Dec 06 2013

    Perennial Favorites – The Transport Bag

    The Transport Bag for Brompton by Radical Design

    It’s a simple, yet fully functional bag that allows you to tote your Brompton wherever your feet will take you. Of the bag options for Brompton, this is the most compact if the full coverage bags. It’s also the lightest bag option that comes with a shoulder strap.

    Like the Brompton Cover and Saddle Bag, it quickly packs into a small bag that easily mounts to your saddle rails (or handlebars if you prefer). The Brompton Transport Bag zips fully open which means loading your Brompton is a breeze. There are two handles and a shoulder strap for easy portability, and the empty bag folds up nicely to slip into its saddle bag. Like all of Radical Design’s bags, it is made of DuPont Rip-Stop Cordura and uses continuous coil YKK zippers.

    Radical Design has been making great bags in Holland since 1990. They use top quality materials, and employ stitching methods meant to last a lifetime. Radical Design makes bags for recumbents, bags for bicycle trailers, backpacks for hikers, and surprisingly the sell all the materials they use in their bags separately, right down to the zippers and foam, so you can fix and patch your old bag or try your hand at making your own. As a company they also take a holistic view regarding the health and safety of not only their workers but the workers of their suppliers as well, and values like honesty and quality over cost. Companies like Radical Design are few and far between; people that stay true and adhere to the K.I.S.S. method, Keep It Simple, Stupid.

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