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  • Feb 11 2018

    Fin(n)ally: a Phone Mount that Actually Works

    Of the myriad ways of carrying various things by bike, one of our most popular (and convenient) solutions is the Finn Universal Phone Mount. We've tested the gamut of phone-mounting solutions for your bike, from touchscreen-compatible bags to complicated hard plastic gizmos, and we were as surprised as anyone to realize that the best solution is actually just kind of a glorified rubber band.

    Bags can be annoying to take on and off, and there's no guarantee that your touch screen will work through that plastic cover. Hard plastic mounts are functional in theory, but they're bulky, ugly, and occasionally manage to launch phones onto the pavement. Not to mention both of these solutions are a no-go if you have a modern phone with a very large screen.

    The Finn, on the other hand, is a low-profile mount that's simple to install. It provides a very secure connection, and the rubber takes shocks and bumps in stride instead of rattling loose. It's made of silicon that stretches up to 400%, so it's stretchy enough to handle any size phone without snapping. You only mount it when you need it, so it doesn't ugly up your bike when you're not using it. With all these advantages, it's truly the Cadillac of phone mounts. Except Cadillacs are expensive and this thing costs a little less than $20, so maybe it's the secondhand Honda Accord of phone mounts. Keep scrolling to see how this little guy works, and click here to see it on our website.

    Mounting the Finn:

    Position the mount on the handlebars so the bike icon is facing you.

    Insert the tabbed end of the mount into the cutout just above the bike icon.

    Pull the tabbed end completely through. The bike icon should still be facing you.

    Set your phone directly on top of the bike icon and stretch the bottom loops of the Finn over the bottom corners of your device.

    Repeat with the top half of the Finn.

    Congrats, you did it! Don't crash while you're staring at Google Maps.

    While some may scoff at the notion of having your phone at your fingertips during a ride, the practicalities are undeniable. It's a DJ controller and a built-in navigation system. An entry-level GoPro camera for budding videographers. You can even run Strava on it to track your mileage if that's your thing, I don't know, I'm not your mom. Get yourself a Finn and go wild.

    You can purchase the Finn phone mount for yourself and every cyclist you know right here.
  • Dec 31 2016

    Thank You!

    Storefront Wrapping up 2016 brings me to a thankful place. A year ago the shop was getting close to a name change that left a lot of unknowns and concerns about the upcoming season at Perennial Cycle. No matter how sure I was about the name change being the right thing to do, it's hard to whack nearly 25 years of branding off the shelf and not have some concerns about the transition. Well, the new sign went up last week and this nearly finalizes the transition away from Calhoun Cycle and onto our newer, better Perennial Cycle. All I can say is Thank You!! The transition has gone very well and the grumbling trolls moved on quickly while the supporters of the name change continue to show their support by joining our customer base. We all really appreciate the support. It's a fun place to work and thanks to our customers, we get to keep our jobs : ) You have all shown me that hope is a reasonable feeling to have. I cannot thank you enough for that. Storefront
  • Oct 21 2014

    Carradice in Tweed!

    Carradice Barley Saddlebag w/Harris Tweed Top Recently I met with David of Carradice and got a look at some new Limited Edition saddlebags. These lovely British bags have integrated a Scottish twist by adding Harris wool tweed to the top of their ever-beloved waterproof cotton duck. We have received the Harris Tweed Barley Saddlebag as well as the Harris Tweed Zipped Roll Saddlebag and we will be keeping our eyes open for any other Limited Edition bags from Carradice. Carradice of Nelson Harris Tweed Bags .
  • Sep 30 2014

    Nutcase 2015 - The Metroride!

    Nutcase Founder Michael Morrow and me (wearing a MetroRide) Two years ago Nutcase showed a new style of commuter helmet at the cycling trade show (Interbike). The Metroride was a lighter-weight, sleeker commuter helmet than their hugely popular Street Series. The design was a mix of retro-rad with the updating of Nutcase’s beloved graphic styling. I thought it would look great on the shelves at Perennial Cycle and I loved that it would push what people considered a commuter helmet. Sadly Nutcase had difficulty getting it into production and the Metroride never made it to market. That year the Giro Reverb came along with a very similar look, feel and purpose. We like the Reverb and sell many of them. While they lacked the stylized graphics, they pushed the envelope in regards to identifying what a commuter helmet was. A couple of weeks ago I was being shown the 2015 Nutcase lineup at Interbike and the Metroride helmet is back and looking great. This time nutcase is confident about it’s production. That is fantastic news to us! Nutcase is also adding a Baby Nutty which will fit down to 47cm for the one year olds searching out a fun helmet that could match their bigger brothers and sisters. We are big fans of Nutcase helmets at Perennial Cycle and are happy to see them developing new, great products. Nutcase Helmets  

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