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Holiday Gift Guide

  • 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!

  • 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 09 2014

    Holiday Gift Guide - Brompton Edition 2.0

    Calhoun Cycle Holiday Gift Guide Brompton Gift Guide 2014 by Calhoun Cycle It's been a while since our last Brompton Gift Guide and we have a few more things to share that pair well with any Brompton Folding Bike. Treat the Brompton lover in your life, or treat yourself to one of these accessories for your favorite folder.
    1. Brompfication's Hinge Clamp Set is more than just an aesthetic upgrade to your Brompton. These spring-loaded clamps stay just where you need them with every fold and every unfold.
    2. Introduced earlier this year, the Game Bag will brighten any Brompton owner's ride.
    3. The Nitto BMR3 Rack for Brompton is one of our newest additions to the shop and we are smitten.
    4. Abus's Bordo Lite folding lock is the perfect pair for any Brompton. It's easy to carry even if you don't have a bag with you as the included sheath attaches easily to the Brompton frame.
    5. Minneapolis designer Erin Smith designed this brightly colored keyfob, a perfect home for your Bordo lock's key. It is available through Smith's shop Ship & Shape.
    6. We brought in the Giro New Road line this year and are loving their wool tops, like the Merino Polo, and their men's and women's shorts.
    7. If you bought your Brompton prior to 2013, consider upgrading to the new Aluminum Brake Levers, you'll be glad you did!
    8. A pair of Grip King EZY Superior pedals are the perfect upgrade for anyone who commutes regularly by Brompton or enjoys long distance rides on their folder.
    9. The Brompton Leather Handle has been a big hit this year. We still have plenty of Brown and Black handles in stock. Order yours now!
    10. B&M's newest and tiniest headlight Eyc (sounds like bike) is just the right scale of headlight for the Brompton. Don't have a dynamo front wheel? Make it a complete package and retrofit your Brompton with a dynamo front wheel from Shimano or SON, the light of your choice, a wiring loom, a light bracket, and a taillight.
    11. Why stop at a leather handle for your Brompton when you can wrap up a Minnesota-made leather coffee sleeve from the Walker Shop's MN Artists Marketplace, too?
    12. Not everyone is a Brompton racer, but Folding Kojaks make a great gift for the bike tourist who wants to bring a spare tire along for the long haul... just in case.
    13. And speaking of just in case, a tube in any Brompton lover's stocking can't hurt.
  • 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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