- At least 15% off leftover 2017 Bicycles
- At least 25% off leftover 2016 Bicycles
- Lights 20% off
- Helmets 20% off
- Bells 20%
- More tasty deals!!!
We will also be targeting specific bikes and products we would like to see go to good homes. Check out some examples below.
NEW 2016 Kona Wo in size medium. Originally $1899…Now $1100!!!! WOAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!
Hello everyone, we have very exciting news. As of Spring 2018 Kindred Cycles will have significantly more floor space at our current location of 2515 Penn Avenue. We will almost be doubling our current sales floor. If any of you have been to the shop recently you may have noticed things have become quite cramped with increased stock and staff. The shop will remain open with normal off-season hours throughout the re-organization and we plan to have everything settled and ready to go for spring 2018.
Katharine and myself want to relay how incredibly thankful we are to everyone who has supported us in this journey. We have the best customers in the world. Thanks everyone!
Kindred Cycles is excited to announce that we are now a stocking dealer of Norco Bicycles. We think their large and varied selection of bicycles will allow us to better serve our customers. They make great bicycles in many styles. Everything from fun and simple city bikes to high end mountain offerings, andeven great Bosch equipped electric bicycles. They also offer more small and women specific bicycles than a most other brands currently offer.
We are very excited to be stocking the Norco Scene. This bike will be a great option for riders who are less concerned about speed and more concerned with being comfortable and having fun. The Scene is all about enjoying the ride.
We also wanted to have electric assist bikes in the shop and Norco offers the super rad VLT line. These bikes are equipped with the Bosch mid drive systems are one of the best supported most advance e-bike systems on the market today. We currently have the VLT R1 which retails for $2899 in sizes Small, Medium, and Large.
We are also carrying the Norco Fluid 3+ in both Men’s and Women’s models. This bike is very exciting as we think it may be one of best entry level mountains bikes we have yet to offer. The fluid is a 27.5+ hardtail and the 3+ model is equipped with a 1X11 drivetrain, hydraulic brakes, and suspension for $879.
Every October Kindred Cycles takes a few days to celebrate a successful completed season with a cycling retreat. We like to call this time Camp Kindred. The season is so busy we don’t spend as much time riding bikes as we would like and Camp Kindred allows us to spend some time recharging our batteries by doing what we love. This year was our third annual retreat. In 2015, the first season we actually had regular employees, we took the shop to Raystown to ride the Allegrippis trail system that we kept hearing such great things about. Last year, for Camp Kindred 2016, we headed a little further north to State college to ride the great trails in Rothrock State Forest and hang out with some bike shop buddies. This year we decided that it was time for us to complete the GAP and C&O Canal ride to Washington D.C. The D.C trip is such a incredibly popular bicycle touring trip for Pittsburgh based cyclists (and beyond) that we felt we needed first hand experience to better serve our customers. Embarrassingly, before this trip, neither Katharine or myself had ever completed it (Nate and John both have). We had used the trail for overnight camping trips to Cedar Creek and day rides to Ohiopyle, but neither of us had ever gone the whole way. This year was the year.
The 335 mile route to Washington D.C starts follows two trail systems. The Greater Allegheny Passage which runs from Point State Park, here in Pittsburgh and runs 150 miles to Cumberland MD. It is a “Rail Trail” which means it is built on old railroad beds and is comprised of crushed limestone. The trail itself is in great shape. It is very smooth and drains well. As the trail follows rail lines the grades are quite flat never exceeding 2%. That said there is a high point in the trail at the Eastern Continental Divide, at GAP mile marker 23.9, meaning if you are leaving from Pittsburgh you are more or less climbing until you reach that point and descending to D.C afterwards. The C&O towpath is a much different trail. It runs 184.5 miles from Cumberland MD all the way to Georgetown in D.C. As it is a historical towpath it is not maintained in the same manner as the GAP and the trail conditions are known to be more challenging with more mud, rocks, roots, and ruts.
While planning the trip, we decided we needed to set an ambitious schedule if we were going to be able to return to the shop in a reasonable amount of time. It was decided that we would leave Saturday October 7th after closing the shop and attempt to make D.C by Tuesday the 10th so we could open the shop Wednesday. We had a hard deadline of being at the downtown U-Haul by 7 P.M. to pick up our cargo van. The van was necessary for Tandem transport due to them not being allowed on the train. We broke down the days as such:
- Saturday Night
- Pittsburgh to Connellsville 61 miles Camping
- Connellsville to Paw Paw 120ish Cabin
- Paw Paw to Harper’s Ferry 100 miles Camping
- Harper’s Ferry to D.C. 60 miles
We planned on two nights of camping and one night in a cabin at the Three Otters Eco Retreat, which is located right across the Potomac river from C&O mile marker 151. We brought little to no food, and planned on picking up food as we went. We were a little worried about the weather as tropical storm Nate was barreling up the coast, but luckily we missed the worst of it. If anything, the little bit of rain we encountered on Sunday was a nice respite from the unusual heat and mugginess.
The first night ride was nice and easy. We made it to Connellsville by 11:30 P.M. The camp site is not the most secluded and as it sits right behind a Martin’ Grocery store, however it sure was convenient to stock up on food for the next day. Sunday was our longest day. John’s garmin said we rode just a little more than 120 miles. It was really tough to get back on the bike Monday morning, but we hobbled on and loosened up to ride another 100 miles to Harper’s Ferry. We arrived at Harper’s Ferry around 9 and wandered into town in search of beer and food. Unfortunately, almost everything in town was already closed. We were walking the streets looking for any sign of life and not seeing a single soul, but finally I saw a person walking a hundred feet or so ahead of us and I yelled to them to ask for directions to a gas station, however the person turned and ran from us. Katharine barged into a unlocked closed restaurant and was given directions to a local seven eleven by a startled barkeep, and I called and confirmed that they were open and most importantly had beer. Katharine jogged the mile and a half uphill to pick up the sudz and snacks, and John and Josh rode up the big hill and secured the necessary provisions. Nate and I stayed back in the middle of town to guard the tandem and rest AKA drink whiskey. Josh, John, and Katharine returned 40 minutes later with beer and crappy food, and I couldn’t have been happier. Those may have been the best beers of my life. We then realized that the next camp site was another 11 miles down the trail, so we actually decided to back track 2.5 miles towards Pittsburgh to the nearest site and make camp.
We woke up Tuesday morning with 63 miles to go just outside of Harper’s Ferry. The last day the weather was beautiful and we had the wind at our backs. The excitement of nearly reaching our goal had us riding with gusto. We rolled into Georgetown around 4:30 and found the nearest outdoor restaurant where we could sit outside and watch the bikes. After scarfing down some Thai, Katharine and I jumped on the tandem and pedaled 2.5 miles through downtown D.C in some nasty rush hour traffic to pick up our U-Haul Cargo van and head back to Pittsburgh. We arrived home around 2:30 AM Wednesday morning, grabbed a few winks and opened the shop up later that morning.
The trip went super well and I can’t stop thinking about other trips we could get into. Bicycle touring is a blast and I think this might have been the best Camp Kindred yet. I tacked on a bunch of pictures with captions below to give yinz some insight to the trip. If you stop down by the shop to talk about the GAP and C&O we now have firsthand experience of the trail.
Thanks everyone for such a great summer. We really appreciate all the love we get from yinz. This weekend we will be shifting into winter hours meaning we will be closed on Sundays until next April. All of our other hours will remain unchanged.
On another note Kindred Cycles will be going on our annual shop retreat this year the weekend of October 6th. Katharine and I decided we are fed up with people asking us about the GAP trail to Washington D.C and us having to admit we have never completed the entire trip. Both of us have ridden the trail extensively between here and Confluence but neither of us have made it the whole way there. Both Young Master Nate and John Cotter have completed the trip. So this year we decided we need to get this trip under our belts. We will be leaving the shop after work on Saturday the 7th and taking the next few days to get down to D.C. Our plan is to make it to D.C on Tuesday the 10th so we can make it back to Pittsburgh to open the shop on the 11th. This means we will be closed on Tuesday the 10th.
Because we don’t spend enough time making each other crazy already Katharine and myself will be riding a tandem on the trip down to D.C. Katharine is currently rebuilding the back wheel as our used Trek T100 double cross tandem we purchased had a cracked rear rim. We have been spending the last few weeks training on it and are actually having a blast. Justin and Chris (and Friends) from Freeze Thaw Cycles in State College will also be joining us which we are super excited about. Those guys are great. I plan on posting some pictures and words about the bikes and set-ups we will be taking with us in the next week.
Thanks Again Everyone for such a great Summer and here’s to a great Fall!!!