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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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Notes from NAHBS

NAHBS Show Bike
ONLY ONE in Nickel Plate

Our ONLY ONE with a nickel-plated finish was a total eye catcher at the recent NAHBS show in Austin, Texas.  There were so many cameras flashing we almost handed out sunglasses.  We kitted this bike out with some rare French components from Speedhound’s parts trove.  The highlights include 1st generation Huret Allvit rear derailleur (1958-60), Huret lever-action front derailleur (1955), Stronglight 49D cranks (introduced in 1935 and produced into the 1980s), TA chainrings and bottom bracket, Maillard Course 14-24 freewheel, Lyotard 460D pedals, Mafac cantilever brakes and levers,  Ideale 90 saddle with Duralumin rails, and Philippe randonneur bar.  We built the wheels with Campagnolo Gran Sport hubs (1950s),  French made “Record” tubular rims (390 grams each), DT Competition butted spokes and Challenge Paris-Roubaix tires.  Honjo hammered fenders and a French rack from a 1950s 650B touring bike complete the bling. Oh, and a lot buffing and polishing.

The official NAHBS photo crew produced some amazing results.  Take a look at
NAHBS Glamour Photo Shoot

the pix at the following link: http://www.2011.handmadebicycleshow.com/2011/02/26/speedhound-bikes-3/

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Road Sportif Concept Bike photos

We’ve posted several photos of the Road Sportif concept bike featured here last week on our Flickr stream. See it in it’s full glory here.

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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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