Are you looking for the best winter bike commuter tire that is flat-resistant and going to help you get through snow and ice but also ride on the pavement? The Schwalbe Marathon Winter Plus studded bicycle tire may be the perfect one for you.
Typically the bike industry releases new product information the end of the summer into the fall about the next year’s new product. It is about this time every year I am asked if it is worth waiting for the next year’s bike. I have 4 questions that I ask every customer to help them decide their outcome.
Is the new bike that MUCH better?
Sometimes the upgrades are small. The color is updated or the parts slightly change. Sometimes the upgrades are slightly bigger. For example in 2020, Bosch is releasing a new cargo specific motor that has a lot of people asking this question to me.
One more thought on this, the price increases each year so you really have to analyze if the bike is truly that much better.
How long do you have to wait for the next model?
If the new bike is available immediately this often makes the choice a bit harder. If the bike isn’t going to be available for months then I often ask the customer the next question…
Do you have a substitute to ride for now?
Most of my customers are looking at new cargo bikes. Do you already have a cargo bike? Would that cargo bike fit immediately in your life now or are you planning for a baby that isn’t born yet? Pretending that you don’t have a substitute, that leads me to the final question…
If you were to purchase the current model while waiting for the next best thing, how much money would you lose?
Let’s pretend you don’t have a substitute so you potentially could purchase a current model at $5k. All your accessories would move over and you wait 6 months for the new version of your bike. You sell your old bike and “lose” $1,000 after selling your first bike used. Your 6 month lease on the bike cost you $167 per month. Personally with my kids being so small (4 & 2), if I really had to have the newest model then the $167 per month would have been worth it to live the cargo bike life for 6 months earlier than waiting without a bike.
There is no right answer. For my specific cargo bike customer it really boils down to your budget, your needs, and how quickly you want a bike. Each person will result in a different end solution! As always feel free to contact me if I can help in anyway.
Until next time,
We have decided we need to be closer to family, especially during this most difficult year, and to do this I’m closing my bike shop at the end of 2020. Thank you for being apart of one of the most rewarding chapters of my life. I hope you’ll share a few minutes with me to watch my announcement video:
The Good News: Another family cyclery will be opening up where I’m leaving off, and my next chapter will just build off of this one and I can’t wait to share that with you soon!
Bike riding in the fall is my favorite, and you can enjoy it a bit more with a few top tips for everyday biking in the fall weather.
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The Tern HSD electric bike is one of my favorite electric bikes right now and Tern is about to make it even better with a new DuoStand kickstand.
In my opinion, one of the most important components of a good everyday bike that allows people to bike more and worry less is a solid kickstand. The Tern HSD ebike has everything I would want in a standard ebike – lights, fenders, built-in lock, comfortable position, the ability to carry more stuff than a normal bike, but less than a true cargo bike but the stock side-mounted kickstand wasn’t ideal for my family or lifestyle where I’m often carrying heavy backpacks or one small child while my other one bikes.
If you are wanting to carry some light cargo or a kid on the back of the Tern HSD electric bike, the new Tern DuoStand kickstand is for you.
Tern DuoStand Kickstand Details
• Made specifically for the Tern HSD
• Retails for $90
• Max load capacity of 132 lbs/60kgs
This upgraded two leg kickstand will cost you $90 in the US, but really adds stability to your HSD while still being easy to use, and tucked out of the way. The design of the Duo Stand is straightforward and clean. One main u-piece that has welded on feet. A spring on one side that looks like it will be easy to replace when the time is needed.
This kickstand does have a max weight limit of
132 lbs/60kgs like the rear rack of the Tern HSD, so keep that in mind so you aren’t sitting on the saddle of the bike with the kickstand on unless you do weigh under 132 lbs and don’t have cargo on the back of the bike.
To install, I just needed to remove the old kickstand and install the new one with two 17mm wrenches and the parts provided by tern.
After trying the kickstand with a kid and cargo, I believe the kickstand is exactly what most people would want for their Tern HSD. An easy to use dual kickstand that isn’t a super expensive upgrade. For someone wanting something burlier or expecting a higher weight capacity then you probably should be looking at the Tern GSD dedicated cargo bike with the atlas kickstand.