They’ve arrived!!! The 2017 Sona Original Fixie and Urban-3 bikes are now in stock in our Dublin warehouse. The Original Fixie starts from €399 and the Urban-3 from €499. Both bikes are designed around our tried and trusted geometry and come in 52cm, 55cm and 58cm. Some of the key features of the 2017 Sona Original Fixie include a hi-ten steel frameset in 6 colours, a choice of 3 handlebar types (riser, drop and bullhorn), a choice of 30mm or 45mm wheels with Joytech high flange hubs, Neco bottom brackets and headsets and a Prowheel chainet. The Urban-3 comes in the same 6 colours and 3 size options to cover a rider height from 5’0 to 6’3, Shimano Nexus 3 speed gear system and an alloy finishing kit. You can purchase your own Sona Original Fixie and Urban-3 from our webshop or contact us to make an appointment to try out the bikes at our warehouse.
Sona Bikes are now the proud sellers of State Bicycle Co. fixies and single speed bikes. State are one of the world’s best selling and respected bicycle brands. Set up in Arizona in 2009, they pride themselves on offering rider-developed, quality and aesthetically pleasing bikes. It is clear that they are passionate about bicycles and that is the reason why we believe that Sona Bikes and State Bicycle Co. are a good fit. We share common goals and most importantly, we are passionate bike riders ourselves.State Bicycle Co. offer a wide range of fixies and single speeds. Their Core Line comes with a quality 4130 chromoly frame and a choice of 3 handlebar types. Their Premium models offer two aluminium frames in the shape of the 6061 Black Label and the Undefeated II and a Reynolds 520 frame called the Contender II. These Premium models also see upgrades to the components such as Essor carbon forks, SRAM chainsets and Ritchey finishing kits.In addition to the Core Line and Premium Models, State do a range of single speed Cyclocross bikes, the Warhawk and the Thunderbird. The Thunderbird is a race-ready and versatile cross bike that can be retro-fitted with a rear hanger so you can convert it from single speed to a geared bike.Browse our range of State Bicycle Co. models on our online shop
Over the coming weeks we will have our new range of 2017 Sona Bikes landing in Dublin. We are very excited about our new range and product offering. I think you will be too! Here are some of the highlights:
- A new line of Original hi-tensile Fixies in 6 new colours
- A new range of Premium 4130 cro-mo Fixies in 5 new colours
- Choose from 3 styles of handlebars
- Your choice of 30mm or 45mm rims
- A brand new 4130 cro-mo Road Bike with Shimano Claris 16 speed gears in 4 colours
- Your choice of drop bars or flat bars on our road bike range
Like the style of our fixies but want a few gears for those longer commutes? No problem….one of the most exciting editions to the 2017 range of Sona Bikes are that all our Original and Premium Fixies have an option to add a Shimano Nexus 3 speed gear system. You can choose this option at the point of purchase or if you buy one of our 2017 fixies now, you can add the 3 speed system later.
Below is another installment from the guys at GCN. This time they run through some common maintenance errors that we have all made at some stage in the past. Whether you own a road bike, city bike or fixie, this video is well worth a look when you have 5 minutes to spare. They run through such mistakes as a poorly maintained drivetrain, over tightening bolts, over inflating tyres, not checking your tyre after you’ve had a puncture, how to best to avoid having a seized seat post, poorly adjusted gear derailleurs and so on. If you want to look at any of the areas in more detail, GCN provide you with links to most of the topics in the description box below the video.https://youtu.be/6M_obzrBlnM
Here is a video from Bike Radar featuring the legendary Mike Burrows. Mike is famous for designing and building the Lotus bike, on which Chris Boardman won his Olympic Gold Medals and also the creator of the compact road frame for Giant Bicycles. So it’s fair to say that Mike knows a thing or two when is comes to bike design. In this interview, he explains what the differences are between the various materials used in bicycle frame fabrication. There are a lot of myths and old wives tales, such as that steel is more flexible and can therefore absorb more bumps and that aluminium is stiffer and is a more jarring material. He explains that the feel or stiffness of a bike is more to do with tube shapes and sizes, rather than the material itself. Because carbon fiber and to some extent, aluminium, are easier to shape, bicycle manufacturers can create large and varying tube shapes which give the frame additional stiffness under load. Over the last decade or more, we have seen the growing use of aluminium and carbon, however, these materials are more relevant for the racing cyclist who wants to get every ounce of performance out of the bike.Steel is a very hard and strong material but cannot be manipulated into different tube shapes as easily as the other materials, as it will loose its natural tensile strength. But on the other hand the size of the tubes don’t need to be as big, therefore cutting down on weight and retaining a classic and aesthetically pleasing design. In addition, as it is easier to weld and requires less of a manufacturing process, it is cheaper and more affordable for the end user. A lot of people will describe the ride of a steel frame to be nicer or more comfortable than the stiffer aluminium or carbon frames. Therefore steel is an ideal material to build, not only classically beautiful frames but also bikes for the leisure cyclist, commuting cyclist or touring cyclist.https://youtu.be/JjYNIaI26EQ
I think everyone who has thrown a leg over a bike is guilty of at least one of these! I’m pretty sure everyone who has ever used clip in pedals and shoes, has at some stage failed to clip out properly and been left flailing on the ground, hoping no one saw your slow motion fall and graceless lack of skill! Although some of these are funny and embarrassing for anyone who has experienced them, there are some good tips in here on the likes of nutrition and hydration. So for anyone new to cycling, whether you ride a road bike, hybrid, fixie or single speed, take note!https://youtu.be/-HwWGYAYQBo?list=PLUdAMlZtaV101mRAD3qI7l4PhoFUA9Mqi
So if you’ve never seen this before, welcome to the world of bike polo! It’s like a ghetto version of the horsey version! Played on a basketball size court, two teams battle it out on their fixies and single speed bikes. Looks like fun. If you want to try it out there are bike polo games held in Dublin. You can see their facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/Dublin-BIKE-POLO-Association-177280416319/https://youtu.be/OkGZeWSPAdg
If your are thinking about buying a fixie or your are riding single speed and want to flip your wheel around (if you have a flip-flop hub of course!) and ride fixed gear, the most common concern people have is how do I come to a stop. The below video shows you 3 techniques on how to stop – the skip stop, the skid and applying back pressure. Practicing all three will help you become a better rider and be in more control over your fixie. Eventually, you won’t need any brakes to help slow you down but this should only be done if you are 100% confident in your bike handling skills. We always recommend to ride with at least a front brake.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQu1rNs0an0
We were all beginner cyclists at some time and we’ve all at some stage been guilty of either applying too much or too little lubricant to our chain, resulting in either a gunked up black mess of a chain or an annoyingly squeaky drivetrain.The below video from GCN is a handy guide to help you first of all, decide what lubricant or lube to choose and then, how best to apply it. The result should be that your chain will be cleaner, quieter and will last longer. It’s a small thing that we often neglect but spending 5 minutes a week to correctly maintaining your chain will make your ride more enjoyable and will save you money, as you won’t need to replace your chain or worse, your drivetrain components as often.https://youtu.be/C4K90m3sygo