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  • Mar 04 2019

    Chains for Brompton Folding Bikes

    Servicing bikes is taken very seriously at Perennial Cycle. Brompton Bikes are a big part of our service department. It's only natural that we would offer the best chains that you can install on your Brompton Folding Bike to make it shift quickly and run smoothly.

    While the stock (OEM) chain is functional in a gets-the-job-done kind of way, the chain is the heart of your bike's transmission and thus a great component to upgrade to help you get the most out of your bike. Being that the Brompton chain is a basic OEM chain, we feel pretty strongly that it doesn't match the quality of your amazing Brompton Folding Bicycle.
    Below are 3 choices that we like a lot:

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    Connex 8sX by Wipperman
    The Connex 8sX is the best. Hands down.
    Manufactured in Germany using the best tech available. The stainless steel plates with nickel inner links make this a weather-proof chain that is highly wear resistant. Expect an extra 40% life from the 8sX as well as improved shifting. The included Connex Link is known to be the most dependable quick link available.
    This is not an inexpensive chain, but it is a great value.

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    Connex 808 by Wipperman
    The Connex 808 is a full nickel chain (both inner and outer plates). It can handle the weather better than most chains on the market. Also the chain plate design is the same as the 8sX, so shifting will be smooth and quick. The Connex Link (included) is legendary for being extremely dependable.
    Though the 808 is not manufactured in Germany, it is quality tested prior to packaging in Hagen, Germany.

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    SRAM PC 850 Powerchain II
    The SRAM PC 850 is the best chain that you can buy for under $20. Uses SRAM's Powerchain II technology and comes with a SRAM Powerlink for tool-less installation. A clear step up from the Brompton OEM chain, yet keeping things very economic.

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    The length of the chain is determined by the gearing on your bike. The chart below is what we use to get the chain length correct for each Brompton we're working on.
    If you need help working out which length chain you need, feel free to give us a call: 612-827-8000

    If you buy a chain and you choose the number of links you want it to be, we'll measure it and send you the chain as requested along with the quick link. This way you would not need a chain tool on your end.
    BTW: If you are going on a trip or tour, having a spare connecting link could end up saving the day. Find the connecting links with the chains.

    Extra Details: If your chain needs replacing, we'd expect you to also need to replace the sprocket(s) on the rear wheel. These are available HERE. Replacing your chain and sprockets is a simple way to keep your shifting smooth and your drivetrain running quietly.

    Extra Extra Details: Older Bromptons used 1/8" chains, instead of the current 3/32". We don't expect to put any 1/8" chains on Bromptons. The current sprockets available are for 3/32" chains, so if you currently have an 1/8" chain, we'd be replacing the chain and sprocket with 3/32" sprocket and 3/32" chain.

  • Feb 28 2019

    Arkel's Signature Series adds BB Handlebar Bag

    Arkel has been designing and hand crafting bike bags in Canada for over 20 years. ALL of their bags are built to last tens of thousands of miles of use. Arkel has been a favorite brand here at Perennial Cycle for over 15 years. The Signature Series is an example of why we love their product.

    Arkel’s newest addition to their Signature Series, the BB Handlebar Bag, offers cyclists a compelling option for those looking to ride with just the essentials.

    Made with high-quality 1000 denier Cordura, waterproof liner and fully taped seams, the BB Handlebar Bag is ready for any adventure you can throw at it.

    At 4 L (244 cu in), the BB Handlebar Bag can carry anything from compact cameras and windbreakers to wallets, mini U Locks, battery packs and snacks for the road.

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    Here at Perennial Cycle we’ve been experimenting with this bag’s potential as a Brompton Handlebar bag. We've found it to be an nice match even when folded!

    Paired up with a Fidlock Magnetic closure, this bag makes packing and unpacking a breeze.

    The BB Handlebar Bag comes equipped with velcro loops on the bag for easy attachment (which also makes for easy transfers between bikes) as well as a removable shoulder strap for transitioning from the saddle to the cafe! The BB Handlebar Bag comes in the classic Arkel colors (black, olive, and copper) which blend in perfectly with Arkel’s other entries in the Signature Series. 

  • Feb 19 2019

    Carradice Kicks it New School

    Just when I thought I knew a company so well, they surprise me. I've been working with Carradice for over 20 years and Carradice has been making classic, long-wearing and extremely weatherproof bags for over 80 years. Yet until the new Lightweight Audax Saddlebag came out, there had not been a cordura bag in the lineup.

    Carradice Lightweight Audax Saddlebag
    Waterproof cordura with bright, contrasting liner and nylon buckles and loops.
    Modernized, yet true to the brand in that these are very long lasting bags that are up to keeping your stuff dry in extreme weather.

    The Lightweight Audax has similar dimensions and weight as the Originals Barley Saddlebag, though the Audax is 35% lighter weight.
    The picture shows an Audax on a Bagman Sport QR bag support (by Carradice).

    We consider Carradice the original bike camping brand. For over 80 years Carradice has been hand making bicycle bags in the UK. They have a range of bags to suit a wide variety of uses, but at the core of ALL of their bag designs is being durability and weatherproof.

    Carradice Lightweight Audax Saddlebag

    The new Audax Saddlebag is selling very well and while Carradice initially brought it to market as a limited edition, they have determined that there is great demand for a lighter and slightly less expensive Carradice saddlebag.

    Lightweight Audax & Barley
    Lightweight Audax on the left and Originals Barley on the right

    Quick Links:
    Carradice Sadddlebags
    Carradice Lightweight Audax Saddlebag
    Carradice Bagman Saddlebag Supports

  • Feb 14 2019

    Special Edition: 2019 CHPT3

    The next evolution of the collaboration between Brompton and David Millar’s CHPT3

    Are you looking for the hottest Brompton ever made? There's no doubt that the CHPT3 is going to win a lot of votes in that contest and... well, I did buy a 2018 CHPT3 myself, so you know it wins my vote.

    From the CHPT3 press release*:
    Everything about the new Brompton X CHPT3 has been designed with style and substance but also weight reduction in mind. Textured matte black titanium rear frame and forks, complement the fire red front frame and reduce weight over a standard Brompton – tipping the scales at only 10.3kg overall. The design philosophy continues within the black componentry, race-tuned suspension by David Millar himself, Schwalbe One tan-wall tyres and Fabric Scoop saddle, carrying the Devesa print pattern of CHPT3’s home town of Girona. All parts selected for performance and lightness, yet durable and comfortable for day to day city riding and carving out new routes.

    Fabric Scoop Saddle
    Offering exceptional performance and designed to suit your riding style. Extremely light, durable yet comfortable, the Fabric Scoop is designed exclusively for Brompton and features the Devesa print, inspired by the home of CHPT3, Girona.

    Fabric Slim Grips
    Stay in control with the lightest lock-on grip in the world. Dual texture kraton rubber sleeve, in red and black, over a perforated lightweight core. Maximum grip with or without gloves.

    Schwalbe One Folding Tire
    The fastest tires ever made for a Brompton. The new 35mm Schwalbe One offers low rolling resistance while retaining a high level of puncture protection by utilizing extremely cut-resistant high-tech fibre. The stunning Tan wall color sets off the unique CHPT3 look.

    Suspension for SPEED
    The extra firm rear suspension block paired with the Schwalbe One tyre provides sharp, responsive rider feel. Ideal for carving up the city streets with precision.

    CHPT3 Looks!
    Textured matte black titanium rear frame and front fork. Light, fast and durable. Complimented perfectly by CHPT3’s signature fire red on the front frame.



    The CHPT3 has many amazing features, yet at the core is the ever amazing Brompton Folding Bike

    Ready to Order?

    Brompton is only manufacturing 1,000 CHPT3's for the globe. If you want one of them, now is the time.
    BUY NOW!


    Superlight (Titanium) Details:
    For a few months now, Brompton has not been offering Superlight Bikes as an option. Titanium is difficult to source and it also challenges the manufacturing crew. At the moment Brompton is not saying that Superlights will be available at any time in the future. IF you want a titanium Brompton, I'd recommend that you get yourself a CHPT3 as the future of titanium Brompton bikes will continue to be a challenge for Brompton.
    Customization:
    If you are looking to make the CHPT3 a better commuter, we'd recommend adding fenders and a front bag as well as dynamo lighting (or at least USB lights). These items are all options on our CHPT3 product page.
    The CHPT3 is available from Brompton with the only options being seatpost length (standard, extended or telescopic), so any upgrades or modifications will be handled by our expert Brompton technicians.
    At Perennial Cycle, we are Brompton specialists with a lot of Brompton super-users on staff. Let us know if you have any questions.
    Call: 612-827-8000 | email
    Mailorder:
    Yes, we will mailorder you a CHPT3 if you live in the US. Shipping's a little extra to Alaska or Hawaii, but pretty reasonable all across the board. All bike's being shipped out first get fully assembled and test ridden by a Brompton Technician, then the bike is boxed for shipping. We expect you to be riding within 20 minutes of receiving the bike (and that's giving you plenty of time to be very deliberate and thoughtful about the process). If you have any questions along the way, feel free to give us a call: 612-827-8000.




    *Full Press Release Here

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