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  • May 25 2011

    The Royal 162


    May 14th was a wet and windy day. It also was the day that Derek and I set out to ride the Royal 162. 162 mile gravel road race (OK, more of a ride for participant type riders like us...) was to be epic and we loved the idea. Driving down to Spring Valley early Saturday morning was wet and cold. I told Derek that I expected that he and I would be the only 2 people to show up. Wrong! There had to be at least 60 of us that took off at 7am. It was 49º at 7 and by nine it was 47º (oops, I guess the temp was going the wrong way for us: ).

    At 38 miles we were in Preston for water and a piece of fried chicken for me.

    We made a quick stop of it and headed out feeling pretty good.
    A mere 20 miles later and a good amount of hard driving rain mixed with pretty tough winds and a great feeling of isolation (it did now seem as though we were the only 2 on the ride) and we were squished physically and mentally.

    At about 58 miles we crossed a paved bike path and while I think we both knew that we weren't going to make the 162, we were trying to look at the ride in pieces and the current piece was to Harmony. Harmony was completely do-able for us even in the conditions...

    15 yards past the bike path we stopped and looked at the cue sheets. We felt there was a bit of confusion about the cue sheets (probably made this up in our muddied brains) and determined that this was our moment to bail out.
    Mind you, bailing out at mile 58 didn't mean we were done. Actually we had little sense of where we were and whether to take the bike path right or left (no, we had no clue of a direction they might be pointing). We turned right thinking that Harmony must be that way. Lucky for us it was Preston we came to (no more isolation) as by now the later starting Almanzo riders were all over the town.

    Lunch at the café and back to Spring Valley on the highway.
    At mile 82 we entered the parking lot. We survived. A little worse for the wear and our egos a bit bruised, but there it is.

    Last year I did a ride report of the Almanzo 100. Check it out Here

    You can check out more about the Almanzo 100 and Royal 162 Here

  • Dec 11 2010

    Vans Limited Edition Saddle by Brooks

    Yes, they're in the shop! The highly anticipated Brooks Team PRO Vans Limited Edition saddle has arrived. This is a limited edition of 500 saddles worldwide, with 200 being sold exclusively through Vans Stores and 300 through Supreme and Outstanding Brooks Dealers of Excellence (that’s us). Part of a the Vans Vault Collection, the saddle is embossed with a skull and flower pattern designed by Vans. By far the coolest saddle ever. We won't be able to get more -- so if you're interested order soon.

    These saddles may have been sold through, but make sure to check out our current selection of Brooks Saddles HERE.

  • Dec 08 2010

    Momentum Magazine Speaks Recumbent!

    Momentum Magazine

    Momentum is a favorite cycling publication here at the shop. It's a bit Euro in that the magazine is all about real world people riding bikes in the real world. If you haven't had a chance to read it I'd recommend jumping on the website and checking Momentum out.
    The current issue has an article by Troy Pieper titled "Recumbent Riders". There are a couple of Perennial Cycle mentions in the article and both John McConaghay and Luke Breen (myself) were sources for the article.

  • Nov 10 2010

    ICE Trike's are Climbing Very Well

    The first order placed with ICE was actually with the previous owner (Peter Ross) and the company was named TRICE. I'm thinking that was 14 years ago. The draw for me was that it was a design that could be packed into a small carton, so having one shipped from the UK was not exorbitant. Perennial Cycle has kept up that relationship every year since.

    Chris and Neil took over shortly after we got our first trike and within a short time they had made so many improvements on the original model that they changed the name to ICE (Inspired Cycle Engineering) and kept improving the design as well as the manufacturing process.

    Over the years I have often told customers that I don't think the guys at ICE sleep and that is how they can keep making so many improvements to their trikes. I've also said that they certainly know what to do when they get out of bed in the morning...Go To Work...and Stay Late.

    All their hard work appears to be paying off in a big way for them. The trikes are extremely polished and any resemblance to the original model is only visible to a highly trained eye (mine might be the only one).

    Several years back ICE was battling for the #1 position in the trike world with a few other manufacturers and I felt like they were #1. I told this to Neil and he said there's only one direction to go if you are on the top. At the time I thought he was saying "down", but I was wrong.

    Congrats to the team at ICE. It's a great team with tons of integrity and a desire to make the best.

    Last year ICE saw an 80% increase in sales. This is due to a number of things lining up for them, but the key feature was their product.
    Here's a video from ICE that will give you a feel for the company:

    You can see our ICE Trikes HERE

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