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  • Oct 12 2010

    350 Solutions Revolution

    Malkolm of 350 Solutions Revolution

    Malkolm Boothroyd stopped by the shop today with a variety of worn parts on his touring bike. Malkolm started riding up in the Yukon and is at the mid-point of his tour to Washington DC. He is part of a documentary team named 350 Solutions Revolution. He and his colleagues are stopping along the way to discuss what local communities have in mind regarding solutions to climate change.
    If you'd like to be a part of their work you can check out their website and jump in with them. They will be in Minneapolis for a few more days (party tomorrow night) and then they will have a send off ride that they would like to get people to join with them (poster for send-off ride below).

    Send-Off Ride Poster
  • Sep 24 2010

    Build It and They Will Ride (& Need to Park)

    My neighborhood K-8 school (Lake Harriet Community School) here in Minneapolis added bike racks over the summer. I was blown away the other morning when I rode my daughter into school and saw over a hundred bikes in the racks. The school is already due more bike racks. Wow.

    I shouldn't be so surprised as one of the teachers in the school is Mr. Carlson and he has been doing a fall and spring bike club for several years. How cool is that? Way to go Lake Harriet (and Mr Carlson).

  • Jun 04 2010

    An Evening of Art

    Miss Leierwood captaining "Got Ice"

    Inspiring High School kids to do things is a real challenge. Add to that that what you want them to do is create and express. Good luck with that, eh? Well, an art teacher at Southwest High School here in Minneapolis is succeeding. Ms. Leierwood motivates her students to create art in ways that connect with them. Artbikes is one of her units. Drawings with sports related themes are another unit. She even gets the kids out riding the Artbikes in a local favorite parade called The May Day Parade (put on by The Heart of the Beast Theater). I believe that extra credit is awarded for the kids brave enough to ride in the parade.

    2010 May Day Parade

    Tonite at the shop Ms. Leierwood will be showcasing some of her students work in a gallery exhibition from 7:00 - 9:00. There will be a variety of Artbikes available to check out as well as drawings created in class at Southwest High. Word on the street is that Bill Eggert of Evolutionary Transport will be joining in the fun.

    Here are some pictures from The May Day Parade as well as a Bike Expo earlier this spring:

  • Jan 20 2010

    A Better, BIGGER Bike Shop

    Retail space is expensive, so Perennial Cycle has worked super hard from day one to make the most of our space. My Dad would have said that we are capable of squeezing blood out of a turnip (this would have been a compliment ; )

    In our original basement rental/retail space we had the rafters stuffed with an elaborate helmet storage system. People walked down into that shop and laughed because they had seen ads in Recumbent Cyclist News where we touted ourselves as a Recumbent Super Store (which we were in great part to stuffing the corners and rafters as well as friend's basements with merchandise). 10-1/2 years ago we moved into a 1000 square feet with a full basement. It felt huge, but midway through the second year we were having to do a lot to maximize our space and eventually got a warehouse space to let some pressure off the retail space.

    Yesterday we grew by over double our current space and nabbed a doorway directly into the coffee shop on the corner! 2010 is starting out BIG at Perennial Cycle and this is hugely exciting. We're sad to see the flower shop move out (Luna Vinca had been in that space for 10 years), but it has created a great opportunity for Perennial Cycle.

    **Addendum added to this Shopcast Post | 1-13-2017**
    April 1, 2016 we ended being Calhoun Cycle (as the images above show us as being). We are now Perennial Cycle. You can read about our name change HERE


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