Expansion Sale

We are nearing the end of the work on our renovation/expansion. Our retail space has been enlarged by about a third (though it really feels much larger than that).   The service area still has to be enlarged and then displays and restocking are the final step.

Shop Pan 2Prices for many of the remaining items on our Expansion Sale page have been drastically reduced.

Stop in and have a look!

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Harris Cyclery is hiring!

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We are expanding our retail space and seek an experienced retail sales person.  The ideal candidate is motivated, experienced with higher end bikes and bike fit, and is a rider.

Minimum 2 years full-time retail experience and weekend availability required.  Merchandising experience is a plus.

We offer a competitive hourly rate plus benefits.

Interested?  Send resume, reference, and contact info via email to schedule an interview.

No walk-ins, please.

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Good News: Price Reductions on Grand Bois Tires!

 

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The value of the U.S. dollar against the yen has been rising lately, which makes many products from Japan more affordable for the American market.  As the result of our cost of the full line of Grand Bois tires dropping, we are passing the savings on to you.

In addition, we are adding more models of the wonderful Extra Leger to our offerings.  The Extra Leger tires use a lighter, more supple casing generally reserved for top-of-the-line racing tires.  The tread is the same thickness as the standard models, which results in a tire that is lighter, faster and more comfortable with a tread wear cycle the same as the original version.

Our full line of Grand Bois tires is here.

And there’s no bad news!

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24/7 Battery Lights

Lighting technology continues changing rapidly.  In the last couple of years, we’ve seen LED headlights become the norm, with halogen bulbs relegated to only the least expensive offerings.  LED’s offer far superior performance, and are well worth the modest additional investment.  The best lights are those coming from Germany, where lighting requirements and standards are set by the German government.  For unracing bikes ( a nod to Grant Petersen here) these regulations make all kinds of sense.  After all, why shouldn’t a bike used for transportation, touring, or recreation not be as safe as possible for not only the rider, but for the drivers and pedestrians they encounter in their travels?

For uses other than MTB night riding where overhead illumination is important, the head light beam should be asymmetrical, like a car’s low beam.  The best lights focus the beam on the road where it is needed.  Not glaring into the eyes of oncoming pedestrians, drivers, or other riders, not to mention the trees and sky.

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The battery powered lights we prefer have USB rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.  These are the same kind found in today’s phones and lap-tops.  They are light and long lasting. The brightest of them all is the new Supernova Airstream II (pictured above).  The Original Airstream runs a very close second and is on a deeply discounted closeout sale.  The beam these throw is at least two car lanes wide and extremely smooth.  Both can be found here.

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Busch + Müller’s IXON Core uses their IQ2 technology and throws a beam focused like that of the Supernova Airstream (though somewhat less bright and broad) for a lot less cost.  Burn time is from 3 – 15 hours, depending upon how the two power settings are used.  It is a great value alone or paired with their IXXI tail light (also USB rechargeable).  Both are listed here.

All of these lights are far superior to those available 3 or 4 short years ago.  They are bright enough to be effective at any speed with sufficient burn time to get through many hours on the bike without recharging.  And they have charge level indicators to show much power you’ve got left.

On their lowest power setting, they are effective daytime running lights with an extraordinarily long run time (24hrs for the Supernova, 15hrs for the Core).

This is how I run them, ’cause there’s no future in stealth biking!

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Changes afoot at Harris. . .

internet room emptyingWe’re clearing out the Harris Cyclery Internet Department headquarters to make room for more retail space.   New internet headquarters are being established as we (figuratively) speak.  Not to worry, there will be no distruption of internet service.  We’ll just be providing it from different digs.

Stay tuned. . .

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New Brompton Bits

Brompton handle 2No component or specification changes for Brompton bikes are slated for the 2014 model year. Some prices are up, and some are down. For example, the basic bike build is up from $1193 to $1219 (+$26). But the upcharge of $27 for increased or reduced gearing, has been eliminated, for a net savings of $1 for bikes with non-standard gearing. So, all in all, things haven’t really changed too much. So little, in fact, that the printed catalog for 2013 is being used for 2014 as well.

Brompton colored gripsNew accessory offerings in 2014 is the news. The new tool kits are due any day now.  In stock are new colored grips and colored saddles are available on special order in red, blue, white, lime green, or yellow to match the grips.

Brompton handle 8The most exciting accessory is the “Off Yer Bike” handle! With it, the Brompton is perfectly balanced whether folded or not.  With the grip, carrying the bike is easier and more comfortable than carrying it by the nose of the saddle or the (potentially messy) main frame tube.

Brompton handle 9The handles are available in black, red, green and blue for all you handle/grip/saddle matchers out there!

 

 

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Schmidt Edelux II lights are in stock.

Our first shipment of the new Schmidt Edelux II lights arrived this week.

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The new Edelux II “raises the beam” (pun intended) for dynamo headlights. The beam is wider, more even, and no longer is there a dark near field area (directly in front of the bike).

The beam is asymmetric (like an automotive low beam) and concentrates the light on the road where it is needed most. Glare for oncoming riders and drivers is reduced.  For added safety, a stand light glows for several minutes when the rider stops.

The Edelux II has a three position switch (on/senso/off).  In senso mode it will automatically come on in low light (like a tunnel or deep shadows) for safety. The glass lens has a non-glare coating for maximum efficiency and durability.  The housing is completely sealed against moisture.

You can order or get more information here.  Check ‘em out!

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Busch + Müller Luxos Lights in stock.

Earlier this year Busch + Müller introduced two new lights called “Luxos” using their new IQ2 optical system.  The IQ2 optical system focuses more usable light on the road in a beam pattern that is brighter, broader, and smoother than any light they have offered before.   Early response was far greater than the number of units they were able to supply and and the “U” model has been out of stock until yesterday.

The Luxos B is the less expensive of the two.  It is rated at 70 Lux.

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The Luxos “U” is the most advanced light B+M has ever offered.  In addition to a higher output of 90 Lux, it has a handlebar mounted switch with a USB charge port, and a new automated beam brightness function. To quote the importer:

“The Luxos U has a handlebar mounted switch incorporating a USB outlet for charging USB devices. It also has a cache battery for those devices that might switch off if the dynamo’s voltage drops, like when standing at a stop light And, the Luxos U’s beam automatically changes with the rider’s speed, always producing the optimal beam pattern for that speed. The Luxos U is far and away the most advanced bicycle headlight available.”
 
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Lighting technology has made great advances since the introduction of LED’s and these lights are another major leap forward.  The ability of the Luxos “U” to throw a beam that is appropriate for either screaming descents or casual meanders by varying the output of the main beam along with the daylight LED’s is unprecedented.  At high speed, the main beam is in full use for maximum light at a distance.  At lower speeds, the main LED gradually dims and more power is used in the near field where is needed most.  Very cool indeed.

 

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Exciting new dynamo lights for fall!

Lighting season has arrived and there are some exciting new lights in stock.  Our favorite lights for winter riding are dynamo powered.  Busch + Müller has a new CYO Premium series with a brighter and broader beam than the previous models.  The first of them, the IQ CYO Premium T Senso Plus, arrived this morning.  In addition to upgraded optics, the new light has an improved 2-positon Off/Senso switch.  When off, it’s off.  In Senso mode during daylight, the LED running lights are on.  In Senso mode at night, the daytime LED’s dim and the main light illuminates the road.  Near field illumination is much improved over the previous model as well.

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Busch + Müller CYO Premium T Senso Plus

An upgraded eDelux with the same new LED and reflector is expected around the end of the month.  It will be available in polished silver, black anodized, and a new silver anodized finish.  We’ve been told that, contrary to earlier information, an upgraded upside-down model is in the works as well.  We’ll keep you posted as we know more.

Our remaining stock original of CYO lights is on sale at closeout prices while they last.  An already fine light has been improved, and it’s a good time to save a few bucks on one of the originals.

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Brooks C17 Cambiums are in stock.

 

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We have just received our much anticipated shipment of Brooks C17 Cambium saddles.  These saddles represent a departure for Brooks from the leather saddles for which they are so well known.  The design of the C17 Cambium is based upon the B17, hence the C17 designation.  It’s 17cm wide at the back with a flattish profile, though it appears to be slightly more rounded on top than the average B17.  According to Brooks, it is constructed “from vulcanized natural rubber and organic cotton enhanced by a thin layer of structural textile for added resilience.”  The saddle appears to be fairly flexible right out of the box.  This is important because the Cambium will not require any break-in period as a leather saddle does, and should be comfortable right from the start.

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Like the B17 and B17s, Cambiums are available in men’s (C17) and women’s (C17s) models.  The difference being that the nose on the C17s is slightly shorter than the C17.  Gender matching of saddle and rider is not required!

484A1893Unlike the leather B17 saddles, the Cambiums are weatherproof, which is great for the all-weather rider.  No cover necessary.

Cambium display2We’ve got a new Cambium display in the store and have test ride saddles available. Purchase the C17 or C17s online or come on by for a look-see, test ride, make a purchase, or just to say Howdy!

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