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  • Apr 16 2018

    Tiny Bike Shop Concert w/ FREE live music + Pastries and Portraits Ride

    Tiny Bike Shop Concert at Perennial Cycle featuring live music by the Decayed Realms

    As we dig ourselves out of our latest Minnesota April snowstorm, we are looking forward to warmer weather and a pair of great events this weekend.

    Tiny Bike Shop Concert

    Join us Friday night at the shop for a Tiny Bike Shop Concert featuring FREE live music by The Decayed Realms, “an electronic rock duo from Minnesota comprised of Victoria Malawey and Brandon Patrick Sullivan. Their combination of live-performed melody and percussion create a big sound, with wordless narratives ranging from the slow and pensive to the cinematic and intense.”

    WHERE Perennial Cycle, 3342 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    WHEN Friday, April 20, 6:30 to 9 pm

    WHO Music by the Decayed Realms + Special Guests from Thousand Helmets, Handsome Cycles, Banjo Brothers bags, and #30daysofbiking.

    TICKETS Register for FREE at EventBrite

    Once you’ve pre-registered via EventBrite, if you’re one of the first 25 guests to arrive for Friday’s show you’ll receive a special swag bag from Perennial Cycle and our event partners! These bags are only available to ticketed guests, and your ticket also gets you an extra entry into our prize drawing for gear from Thousand, Handsome, the Banjo Brothers, and more! There’ll be be plenty of ways to get extra entries into the prize drawing — your participation in any of the activities going on in the shop gets you an extra ticket:

    • Photo booth with Gloria from Thousand Helmets

    • Test rides with Handsome Cycles’s Jesse

    • Spin the Brompton Wheel of Misfortune with Banjo Mike & Eric

    • Blackout Poetry with Patrick from #30DOB and Allison from the Perennial family

    Live T-Shirt Screen Printing with Sofie from Perennial **BRING YOUR OWN SHIRT (or another printable object)!**

    Acupuncture with Katherine from Diamond Stone Oriental Medicine

    Photos of special guests for Perennial Cycle's April 20 Tiny Bike Shop Concert

    If you’ve been on a Perennial Cycle #pastryride before, you may already know Victoria and Brandon, whether you’ve met them as ride marshals checking you in for a ride or you even caught their performance on wheels! If you missed it, not to worry. It has been recorded in the annals of YouTube:

    Pastries and Portraits Ride

    After a good night’s sleep, join us again Saturday morning at the shop for a special edition of our April #30daysofbiking Pastry Rides. Ride your bike with us to a local bakery, coffee shop, or other destination and enjoy pastries, coffee, and a raffle with sweet prizes. The April 21st ride is proudly sponsored by Thousand Helmets and Banjo Brothers, and will feature a portrait session so you can get a sweet photo with your bike.

    WHERE Start @ Perennial Cycle… end at a delicious mystery destination!

    WHEN Saturday, April 21, 9am meetup, 9:30 departure

    WHO Special Guests from Thousand Helmets and Banjo Brothers bags and a professional photographer will be on hand to take portraits of riders at our destination

    RSVP Make sure we have a pastry on hand for you by letting us know you’re “going” on Facebook

    Pastry Rides at Perennial Cycle, every Saturday in April
  • Mar 08 2018

    Brompton x CHPT3 — Act fast! The CHPT3 edition is in stock now but won’t last long.

    *UPDATE* While this blogpost has great info, there's a 2nd Version of the CHPT3 and we have a post about the updated CHPT3 HERE

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    One of the most exciting collaborations from Brompton since they began partnering with designers in the early 2010s, the Brompton CHPT3 edition is one sweet ride. If you follow Brompton on Instagram, you’ve likely drooled over it more than once! The bike design combines retired professional cyclist David Millar’s design vision with the beauty of Brompton’s compact folder. After retirement in 2014, Millar formed the CHPT3 brand with collaborator and architect/designer Richard Pearce. Together, they have created bike apparel, accessories, and complete builds with top cycling brands like Castelli, Brooks, Factor, POC, and now Brompton. Here’s Millar, pictured with his CHPT3 edition in London:

    David Millar and the Brompton CHPT3 edition

    For those not familiar with the CHPT3 aesthetic, it’s easy to see how their collaboration with Brompton so well represents their own design sensibility when viewed alongside a prior collaboration Millar and team created with Factor bikes (see below image, via The red Cambium saddle featured on both is the fruit of yet another CHPT3 collaboration with Brooks.

    CHPT3 Factor One and CHPT3 Brompton

    CHPT3 edition Spec:

    Model Type

    The CHPT3 edition is only available as an S2E-X or an S6E-X. This translates to an S Type handlebar for a sporty, more aggressive riding position like that of a road bike. The choice of 2 or 6 speeds allows for either an ultralight weight choice (2 speeds) or the more versatile (if a bit heavier) 6 speeds. Spec’d as a version E, the CHPT3 edition does not come with mudguards, but these can be added at the discretion of the buyer. About half of our CHPT3 customers thus far have opted to add Brompton’s black mudguards for practicality’s sake. Lastly, the X indicates both the S2 and the S6 models feature titanium extremities. Those familiar with the typical look of a Brompton superlight may wonder why the bike doesn’t *look* like it has a Ti fork and rear triangle. The reason? For the first time, Brompton has painted these titanium frame parts in a matte black finish.

    • S Type handle bars

    • 6 speed gearing

    • No mudguard or rack (to reduce weight)

    • Painted Titanium front fork and rear triangle in black

    Brompton CHPT3 edition in folded, parked, and riding position

    Technical Details

    • Custom Red & Black Cambium C17 saddle

    • Red Ergon GA2 grips

    • Special edition main-frame colors, sparkle grey and fire red

    • Black steel handlebar post

    • Black edition components

    • Firm suspension block

    • Custom Tan wall Schwalbe Kojak Tyres

    Brompton CHPT3 edition custom parts and accessories in red and black

  • Feb 20 2018

    The Time for Dynamo Lights is NOW

    dynamo | ˈdīnəˌmō | noun | a machine for converting mechanical energy into electrical energy; a generator

    Dynamo Lighting
    Dynamo setup on a commuter we recently built up

    Dynamo Lighting: A bicycle lighting system that powers lights with energy generated by a dynamo front hub. Your spinning wheel generates energy and powers the light(s). A new meaning for Pedal Power!

    Are you looking to get off the grid... at least a little? Us too! At Perennial Cycle we are big fans of dynamo lighting. The concept of never having to replace or charge batteries but always having quality lights seems truly magical, but in reality it’s not magical at all; it's completely attainable. We have lots of experience setting up bikes with Dynamo Lighting.

    What’s needed:
    - Dynamo front wheel  
    - Front dynamo light
    - Rear dynamo light (rear lighting is optional, but highly recommended)

    The cost to getting dynamo lighting is similar to any other part on your bike. There are several options with a large price range. The most basic setups (front wheel, front light & rear light) would be $250, while high end setups can be over $900.

    The majority of the dynamo lighting packages that we install are $375-$500 (parts and labor included).

    Dynamo Front Wheel
    Dynamo Front Wheel

    DYNAMO WHEEL: Over half the price is going to be spent on the wheel. This makes sense in that the actual mechanical generation of power (the magical part of the equation) is coming from the coolio front dynamo hub. In the basic dynamo package (totaling about $250 complete), the front wheel cost is less than $200. The high end package would have a wheel cost of $500-$600. The most common dynamo wheels we build sell for $245-$280.

    All of our dynamo wheel listings (online) have options offering many front and rear lights. This makes it easy to compare a variety of package prices simply by choosing the different lights from the menu and watching prices adjust accordingly.

    Dynamo Front Lights
    Dynamo Powered Front Lights

    DYNAMO FRONT LIGHT: The range in lights is from under $50 to over $200. The entry level light is impressive, though we sell more lights in the $75-$115 range. The very top end (the Luxos U) gives you a light AND a USB port to charge your phone or other device.

    Dynamo Powered Rear Lights
    Dynamo Powered Rear Lights

    DYNAMO REAR LIGHT: The rear lights range from $25-$70. This will partly be determined by where you want to mount the light: on the seat post, rear rack or on a fender. Many of our taillights have a reflector built into the light.

    Dynamo Lighting on Luke's commuter

    EXTRA (for the more curious types):
    - All of our lights hold a cache of power. This means that the front and rear light will stay lit when you’re at a stoplight. Not at the same brightness, but enough to keep you visible.

    - The rear lights are powered (and wired) through the front light. This means that you only switch on the front light to get both the front and rear light on (or off).

    - As mentioned above, one of our headlights (the Luxos U) has a wire that mounts on your handlebar with an on/off switch and a USB port. This can be very handy if you are doing long rides and want to be able to keep your phone working (even with a maps app running). We carry a few other device charging products that can be added to your dynamo kit at any time. BTW: it is not uncommon for touring cyclists to set up a dynamo hub with a device charging unit and no light(s) at all. I wrote a different post about charging devices HERE.

    - If someone tells you how much a dynamo lighting system slows you down, we’d guess that they were early adopters of old dynamo lights that used halogen bulbs or even earlier adopters that used halogen bulbs with tire rubbing generators. While the hubs constantly evolve, the huge leap in practicality, reliability and minimizing drag came when LED lights arrived on the scene. This was about 10 years ago now, but they were pretty expensive, so halogen lights were still fairly common even just 5 years ago.

    - If you want to set yourself up with the most efficient system, your key item to spend the $$ on would be the dynamo hub. LED lights (all lights we currently sell) are very efficient, so your best bet to reduce drag will be to get a premium hub. The Schmidt/SON Hubs are the very best hubs on the market.

    - If you really want THE most efficient hub possible, get the SONdelux hub which was originally designed for a small wheel (16" or 20"). By using the hub designed for smaller wheels on a 700 or 26" wheel you decrease drag considerably. This hub has the least drag of any hub we've seen (by quite a bit). The rub is that this hub needs you to roll a bit faster to get full power output. Below speeds of 7-9 MPH your lights will begin to pulse. I have 2 bikes running this hub and both have 700c wheels. I am perfectly satisfied with the power output and both bikes have lights as well as charging devices (one uses a Luxos U and the other uses The Plug III).

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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.

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