lights, tires, action. Winter Riding in Denver

by michelle bontrager in ,


Cateye's Volt 200. queencitycycle@queencitydenver.com

Cateye's Volt 200. queencitycycle@queencitydenver.com

 

At home my kitchen faces 35th Avenue, the neighborhood's popular bike route.  As I prepare meals or wash dishes I'm heartened by the sight of all of the cyclists riding by. The stream of bicycles does slow considerably this time of year but I still give a cheer when someone rides by. 

Cyclists face a few challenges these months between November through March such as ...

Short Days

With sunset at 5:15 pm there is a likelihood that you will be out after dark. There are many light options available, my favorite is a dynamo powered system but we also stock rechargeable headlights that are very bright.

Busch+Muller re-chargeable head light. queencitycycle@queencitydenver.com

Busch+Muller re-chargeable head light. queencitycycle@queencitydenver.com

 

Cold Weather

Outdoor activities help one acclimate to the season, dress in layers, wear a hat and cover your extremities.

I ride platform pedals and wear Timberlands staying fashionable and warm.

 Slush and Rain

You might get caught in the elements at any time of the year, be prepared. Good quality tires will help you ride through unexpected slushy conditions. We recommend Panaracer's TServe PT and Schwalbe's Marathon, both are in stock now.

full coverage fenders keep you clean and your bike tidy. queencitycycle@queencitydenver.com

full coverage fenders keep you clean and your bike tidy. queencitycycle@queencitydenver.com

Ice

 Some of us relish riding on ice every year and we sell Nokkian or Schwalbe studded tires to aid you along the way. I corner through icy intersections better than most cars on my Nokkians.

Winter Bicycles

come in all shapes and sizes here are a few of my favorites,

schwalbe studded tires, platform pedals, Honjo dimpled fenders.

schwalbe studded tires, platform pedals, Honjo dimpled fenders.

Nokkian studded tires, Alfine 8-speed IGH, dynamo light system with the SON headlight, SKS fenders have since been added. Cargo bikes handle very well on slick roads.

Nokkian studded tires, Alfine 8-speed IGH, dynamo light system with the SON headlight, SKS fenders have since been added. Cargo bikes handle very well on slick roads.

Surly started the trend of fat bikes with their Pugsly. The Moonlander was the fattest of them all.

Surly started the trend of fat bikes with their Pugsly. The Moonlander was the fattest of them all.

Winter riding can be as simple as going out on your bicycle in-between snow storms for the sheer fun of enjoying our Colorado blue skies. Just be prepared for the chilly temps and anything else mother nature might throw at you.

Queen City Cycle is open 6 days a week, closed on Tuesdays.


Hiawatha Overhaul Project

by michelle bontrager


It pays to be aware of your surroundings. Neighbors of ours were driving through the American MidWest and found this Hiawatha classic cruiser abandoned in a corn field by the side of the road. The Hiawatha suffered from the elements for sure but with our full overhaul package it is now a rideable American classic.

Art Deco design elements influenced this Head Badge art work

Art Deco design elements influenced this Head Badge art work

original chainring with chain

original chainring with chain

Original wheel set and hubs

Original wheel set and hubs

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike” John F. Kennedy

When the Seminole Hiawatha was wheeled into our shop it was a bit bent and not rideable. Ethan proceeded to take remove every component from the frame in order clean, straighten, and properly lubricate all of the vital parts. He succeeded in keeping the bicycle intact as a fun, rideable cruiser for the streets of Denver.

Overhauled:

both hubs

headset

bottom bracket

New Parts:

grips

bent crank was replaced

(owner replaced pedals and tires previously)


End of Season 20% off sale

by michelle bontrager


Our End of Season Sale has begun, all of our 2016 8-speed Breezer Bikes are discounted 20% off. A fantastic incentive to ride more wouldn't you say?

Breezer's Downtown 8-speeds beginning at $360

Breezer's Downtown 8-speeds beginning at $360

Breezer's Uptown model an award winning design for urban riding

Breezer's Uptown model an award winning design for urban riding

Stop in for a test ride and we will tell you all about the wonderful attributes of Breezer's city bicycles.

Holiday Hours:

Monday-Saturday: 10-6

Sunday: 11-4

Source: www.breezerbikes.com/bikes/transportation/...

Rivendell Cheviot Build

by michelle bontrager


A beautifully lugged frame set combined with a classically designed component package makes for a bicycle meant for riding.  A beautiful bicycle isn't for "cruising" around town no this bicycle is built for daily riding; day or night, rain or shine, asphalt or gravel, there is no stopping the Cheviot.

 

Schmidt hub in bespoke wheel set will power LED light system

Schmidt hub in bespoke wheel set will power LED light system

SON rear light tucks nicely in the NITTO rear rack. Even fully loaded this German made light will shine brightly at night.

SON rear light tucks nicely in the NITTO rear rack. Even fully loaded this German made light will shine brightly at night.

Chris King headset for smooth handling

Chris King headset for smooth handling

Honjo fenders have better options for wider tire choices, this one has 700+40 Schwalbes

Honjo fenders have better options for wider tire choices, this one has 700+40 Schwalbes

let's go for a ride!

let's go for a ride!

This Rivendell owner had certain ideas for his new bike build, of course we had a few suggestions that were well received!

Cool Features:

Honjo Fenders

Schimidt dynamo Hub

SON rear light

MKS lite touring pedals

Sugino triple crankset

This bicycle purchase wasn't made on a whim, every component piece was deliberated upon.  For sure this new machine will enjoy many miles with it's owner.