The Friday Cyclotouriste

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On the Road……Uptown, Minneapolis and Calhoun Cycle

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My Brompton was inspected by TSA baggage handlers (they left their dreaded, yet polite calling card).

Whether it was the result of a poor re-packing job by TSA Screener #101906 I cannot say, but the spokes and fender stays of the front wheel emerged a little unhappy after the 3.5 hour San Francisco-to-Minneapolis flight.

My friend in Minneapolis just happens to lives about 2 miles away from Calhoun Cycle, a local Brompton dealer. I rode over in a pouring rainstorm and Kody (pictured above) trued the wheel and straightened the bent fender stay.

The cost: $5!

The place exudes a pleasant alternative transportation, indie bike shop vibe. Plus, it’s connected through a common wall opening to a Dunn Brothers Coffee house (kind of a mid-western Peet’s, but with on-site roasting).

Here’s Calhoun Cycle’s philosophy (from their website):

We think spinning on a bike is a great way to physical, emotional and spiritual fitness. Reducing pollution, road congestion and parking stress are icing on the cake. The bicycles and accessories we sell are designed to help you be successful cyclists, whether you’re touring Nepal or bopping around the corner for milk.

Written by fridaycyclotouriste

September 24th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

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  1. Thanks for the Kudos.
    Love the picture. I’ll be sure and send the link to Kody.
    I just went to an industry dinner with Brompton this past Thursday, and a nicer of group of people would be hard to find. Your Brompton comes to you with a lot of hard work behind it. A great group to support!
    Luke (Calhoun Cycle)

    Luke Breen

    25 Sep 10 at 9:19 am

  2. I have folding bike envy. I would love to have a folder to explore different cities. I look forward to reading about your experiences with the Brompton.


    The Velo Hobo

    26 Sep 10 at 5:07 am

  3. luke/ minneapolis is awesome! it’s good to know the brompton people are great too.

    jack/ the brompton is incredible — it’s a new level of freedom. but there’s no end to this pursuit. now, i need to figure out how to ride the bike directly from baggage claim and the airport (since I still have the hard suitcase to deal with).

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