Posts Tagged Hiawatha Cyclery

Speedhound Dealer Profile: Hiawatha Cyclery

Hiawatha Cyclery is a small shop in Minneapolis, MN, specializing in products for the cyclist who uses his/her bike for serious transportation, as well as for recreation. They pride themselves on their selection of distinctive, high quality bicycles and accessories for the cyclist who doesn’t accept the widely held notion that the latest technology is necessarily the best choice. Their catalog is full of items that fly under the radar of most of the bike industry because they don’t generally meet volume or price targets.

Fixie, Belt-Drive Commuter SpeedhoundHiawatha is a perfect fit for Speedhound.  Their loyal clientele appreciates unique bikes and bike accessories.  Jim and Mark have built and sold several Speedhounds, including geared and single-speed versions, internal and external geared styles, commuters and touring rigs.  One of our favorites is this belt-driven fixie

Hiawatha Cyclery has been serving the commuters and touring riders of South Minneapolis since 2006.  Their unique showroom features steel steeds of all varieties, but there’s not a carbon or aluminum bike in the place!  They appreciate the comfortable, reliable ride that only steel can offer.

Jim Thill, the owner of Hiawatha Cyclery likes the Speedhound because it’s a high-end, but approachable bike.  It doesn’t demand “celebrity parts” to justify its existence.  It’s durable and versatile – just the thing for the all-season conditions facing Minneapolis cyclists.  Jim notes, “If I were doing a long ride, I’d definitely choose the Speedhound.”

We’re proud of our relationship with Hiawatha Cyclery.  Stop by and say hello to Jim and check out the Speedhounds on the show floor.  Learn more about Hiawatha Cyclery on their website.

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Speedhound Bike Owner Review

Fixie, Belt-Drive Commuter SpeedhoundRecently, we sat down with Speedhound owner John Barron to get his impressions on his first year+ of riding with the new wheels.  We’re extremely proud that John chose a Speedhound.  He’s an avid collector and dealer in vintage bikes and bike parts, so he knows his bikes.  Check out some of John’s goodies at www.velostuf.com.

John’s TRO Orange Speedhound was built by Hiawatha Cyclery with a fixed gear, belt drive system.  He chose the Gates Carbon Drive System for his drivetrain.  He added some elegant fenders to complete the ensemble.  John’s rig is an all-season commuter bike and he uses it regularly for late fall, winter and early spring rides.  He noted, “The belt drive’s clean, maintenance free simplicity eliminates grease marks on my legs, rust-damaged chains and the need to lubricate the drive train.”

John’s passion for bikes includes a number of custom-made steel road machines.  He told Speedhound, “The ride and handling of the Speedhound is remarkably similar to those handmade bikes.  The soft, smooth ride is one of my favorite things about the Speedhound.”

Gates Carbon Drive SystemA desire for simplicity drove the selection of the components for this machine.  John is a former track racer, so a fixed gear bike was a natural choice.  Adding the belt drive removed more complexity from system.  John also mentioned that the stability of the belt drive eliminates “chain slop” – a big deal during track stands!

John has been pleased with the performance of the belt drive system.  He told us, “I was worried about belt jump before I bought the system, but that’s never happened to me.  Even on cold, snowy rides, the belt has run like a champ.  And best of all, in more than 15 months of riding my Speedhound, the only work I’ve done on it was tightening the belt tension a little.”

We asked John what one word describes the way he feels on his Speedhound.  He said, “Unencumbered.”  His most memorable ride was on the mountain bike trails near the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.  Seems like the reliability and smooth ride let John go anywhere.

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The Road Sportif Concept Bike

The Speedhound Road SportifDo you dream of a long ride on the open road?  This well-rounded road bike features all-day comfort geometry and durable,  ride-smoothing steel.  Whatever comes down the road, the ONLY ONE frameset can handle it.

Add some lightweight climbing wheels like the DT-Swiss RR 1450s and smooth shifting SRAM Rival derailleurs and the ONLY ONE frameset makes a road machine that rewards your efforts (19.0 lbs as shown, less pedals).

Road Sportif Specs

  • Speedhound ONLY ONE 51 cm frameset in Nut Green
  • SDS aluminum road dropout insert with derailleur hanger
  • SRAM Rival 10-speed derailleurs and shfters
  • Race Face Cadence crankset 53-39t
  • SRAM 12-25 10-speed cassette
  • DT-Swiss RR 1450 mon Chasseral wheels
  • Vittoria Open Corsa EVO 700X25 tires
  • Tektro medium-reach caliper brakes
  • Race Face Cadence bars
  • Thomson X-2 stem
  • Thomson Elite seatpost
  • Selle Italia Diva saddle

Visit an authorized Speedhound Dealer to create your own Road Sportif.

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Client Bike – Fixed Gear, Belt Drive Commuter Rig

Fixie, Belt-Drive Commuter SpeedhoundTake a gander at this beautiful all-weather commuter Speedhound.  The gang @ Hiawatha Cyclery did a fantastic job, with great attention to detail, including the all-important  Surly chaintug.  A chaintug is important on belt-drive bikes.  Keeping the belt tension constant makes the ride smoother and minimizes adjustment.

See the full set in our flickr gallery.

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Welcome to the Speedhound Bikes Blog

Thanks for visiting our blog.  We look forward to sharing the latest Speedhound news, bike build suggestions  and inspiring cycling ideas. 

Why Speedhound?
CooperOur name is a tribute to our rescued Italian Greyhound, Cooper.  Cooper came into our lives as a 10-month old puppy in December  2005, after being stepped on on Christmas day and then abandoned at the emergency vet, when it became apparent that his leg was broken.  Fortunately (for Cooper and us), the vet tech took him home; we took him in; and Lifeline Italian Greyhound Rescue paid to have his leg repaired.  We like to think that Cooper has transcended the experience quite nicely.  He is loyal, comical, affectionate and a great companion.  And like his fellow IGs, he is elegant, fast, agile and athletic – a perfect mascot for Speedhound.

Spend some time getting to know the Speedhound ONLY ONE frameset and the unique Speedhound Dropout System on our website.  Stop by one of our partner retailers for a test ride.  They’ll be thrilled to help you build your dream ride.

Speedhound concept bikes are now on display at:

Angry Catfish
Hiawatha Cyclery
The Hub Co-op
One on One

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