Shop Talk Blog


Thanks for surfing our site. Here on this page, we will be sharing interesting things going on pertaining to our bike shop. Everyday at Eddie's, we usually have something fun and interesting going on. New bike models, new or exciting bicycle related products or accessories, industry news, the latest trends, and much much more...! We'll try to our best to share the all highlights here. Of course, there's no substitute for paying your local bike shop a visit and asking us, "Hey what's new?!"  So, come on down and visit us anytime, and we'll talk shop. 

2016 Jamis Models in Stock

posted Feb 27, 2016, 1:03 PM by Employee EddiesBikes   [ updated Sep 10, 2016, 12:51 PM ]

It's a pretty exciting time of the year for us at Eddie's Bikes right now. New 2016 Jamis models are rolling in, and we've got more than a few hot bikes on the sales floor right now, ready for test rides! This is a big year for Jamis; they've released a lot of super cool and exciting bikes this year. 

First up is their eagerly anticipated 26" fat bike, the Roughneck, and at only $1699, it's bound to attract some attention. Then, there's the 'sort of fat bike,' the 650B plus-sized Dragonslayer, adventure mountain bike steel hardtail which is bound to be a quiver-killer. The Dragonslayer is easily one the most sought after bikes of the entire 2016 Jamis line-up. It's 650 plus tires are faster than a fat bike, but still have enough volume to roll smoothly over nearly any terrain. Then, there's the Defcon series, Jamis's interpretation of a do-anything and do-everything enduro rig, that climbs nearly as well as it descends. We just got Defcon 3's in stock, and they look way better in person than we thought they did in the catalog! 

On the road side of things, the new steel adventure road bikes are available now; the Renegade Expat and the Exploit. The two full carbon models ( Elite and Expert ) have done really well for Jamis last year, and the reviews have been stellar, so Jamis expanded the category to include the two steel models, and one more aluminum entry-level model, the Exile ( which replaced the very popular Nova Sport. ) Exiles are not in stock yet, but will be very soon. But, the Expat is in stock and is ready for test riding, and for just $1199, it is a whole lot of bike!

For more info on any of these great bikes, please visit

Renegade Expat - adventure road bike - Reynolds 520 double butted chromoly steel w/ Size Specific Tubing Diameters

Renegade Exile - entry level aluminum adventure road bike

Renegade Elite - Jamis' top of the line adventure road bike, full carbon frame and fork.

Roughneck - 26" Fat Bike - perfect for snow, sand, or riding wherever you want - no need for trails anymore.

Dragonslayer - 650 Plus - perfect for mountain biking or adventure mountain biking, load it up and have an adventure.
Dragonslayer ( adventure mode ) - this image gives you an idea of what the bike might look like if you set it up for a bikepacking trip.

Defcon 3 - 160mm Enduro - the Defcon is a no holds barred approach to aggressive trail riding. Park-riding, enduro, trail, all-mountain- the Defcon has you covered. If you like to do it all, FAST, then this is your bike.

What is 650B MTB?

posted Oct 12, 2015, 9:51 AM by Employee EddiesBikes   [ updated Oct 12, 2015, 10:10 AM ]

One of the hot new mountain bikes trends is the 650B MTB. Its just another mountain bike wheel size. Bigger than 26" but smaller than a 29er. 650B mountain bike wheels are approx. 27.5" in diameter. It is also commonly referred to as the "tweener" wheel size. A lot of folks jumped on board the 29er wheel size a while back. But some mountain bikers, who may like the idea of a bigger wheel, and understand the clear advantages a bigger wheel brings, may not be totally stoked about the size of the big 29" hoops. 

26" MTB is All but Dead

Most everyone is done with 26" wheels for mountain biking, but not all. The exception being just a few types of riders of course, like downhillers, dirtjumpers, and a few hardcore dudes with awesome 26" bikes they won't let go of. And comfort mountain bikes will likely keep rolling on 26ers. A new line of youth bikes from Jamis has adopted the 26" wheel. But, for the most part, the 26" mountain bike has given way to the 29er.

The 29er Reigns Supreme but...

29ers do have some clear advantages of which most mountain bikers are already well aware. 29" wheels have more traction, and once up to speed, its hard to slow them down. Its easier to maintain your momentum once you get going. Roots and rocks just do not slow you down because of that increased obstacle rollover. The 29er also has more bottom bracket drop, which lowers the center of gravity, making the 29er very stable. All of these things make the 29er pretty awesome. But, despite the clear advantages, 29" wheels are unwieldy for some short riders on smaller frames. Most mountain bikers like to be able to move the bike under them easily while carving up some trail, and 29ers are not very flickableThose 29" monster hoops also do not jump well, they are harder to pump through sections of trail, harder to get around tight switchbacks, and they do not accelerate as quickly as 26" wheels did. So we have a dilemma, one wheel is too small, and the other might be too big. 

Flickable is a term used by people to sound overly sophisticated when describing the handling of a mountain bike or motorcycle." For example, "A 26er has more flickability because all 29ers handle like dump trucks!"  -Urban Dictionary 

comparison 650B vs 29er vs 26er

650B is Just Right

So both wheel sizes, 26" and 29", have distinct advantages and disadvantages. What if there was a wheel right in the middle? Can a happy medium exist between too big, and too little? It only seems logical, right?  The 650B, or 27.5, wheel size is promising to be the best of both worlds, or wheels, er, ...whatever, you get the point. 650B MTB has all the advantages of the big and little hoops, combined into one lovely wheel size. A wheel size that not only feels right, but also allows for more room in bicycle frames for tire clearances, front derailleurs, and more travel in full-suspension frames. These are great advantages in bicycle design. 

So, 650B resides right in the middle of all. Promising good obstacle roll-over, good traction, better handling, more flickability, more forgiveness in frame design, and more choices for mountain bikers. Our opinion on this wheel size debate, is that every rider needs to make up their own mind. Listen to all the hype, and then test ride some bikes. Try the 29er, and then try the 650B, and see what feels better to you. It seems taller riders like the 29ers and shorter riders like the 650B. So, height is a consideration, but not the only one. Your choice should also influenced by the terrain you plan to ride the most. If you're just want to roll gravel roads or ride long XC routes, a twentyniner might be best. If you want to pump through sections of trail, catch air wherever you can, and you value maneuverability above obstacle rollover, then a 650B might be best. Personally, I am 6' tall, and I like both wheel sizes. But, my choice of terrain determines the bike I ride. Rothrock is a great place to ride, but its rocky, and I prefer the 29er hardtail over a 650B hardtail out there. If the 650B is full-suspension with 130mm front and rear, well then that changes my decision significantly. A 650B dualie is a pretty formidable weapon on any trail. Its maneuverable, its plush, it jumps, it carves, it is awesome. On a 650B MTB with full suspension the small decrease in obstacle rollover is alleviated the the rear travel.

Jamis Bikes has a Big Headstart

Jamis Bikes helped lead the way in mountain biking with the 650B mountain bike
Jamis Bikes started this whole 650B mountain bike thing back in 2010 with the release of their 2010 Dakar Sixfifty B2 and B1. Jamis was way ahead of the curve at the time. No one else was mainstreaming 650B mountain bikes then. Jamis is not a big company, so it was a big risk. But Jamis was committed to making the new wheel size happen because they believed in it. They definitely played their part in making 650B MTB's commonplace. Nowadays, there are all kinds of bicycle companies jumping on the 650B bandwagon, offering their new, untested, unrefined 650B designs to the world so they don't get left behind and forgotten. Jamis has been designing their 650B bikes longer than most, and it shows. They designs are refined, and they work really, really well. Their 650B geo is dialed in, and their MP4 full suspension design is flawless. They utilize a single primary pivot, the employ the use of a low leverage ratio on the shock, and they focus on pivot placement to minimize pedal bob. Jamis full suspension bikes climb like hardtails, there is little to no pedal bob, even when the rear shock is set to the fully open position. The MP4 suspension design works really well.

So, if you are looking to try out a 650B mountain bike, come see us and try out a Jamis!

defcon 1 enduro mountain bike from Jamis Bikes
All new 2016 Super Enduro 650B mountain bike.
160mm travel

jamis bikes hardtail 650B mountain bike dragon pro steel frame
Steel hardtail Trail 650B mountain bike
120mm front travel

carbon full suspension trail bike

Thousands of trails, hundreds of resources for your next epic ride! IMBA Destinations!

posted Oct 1, 2015, 9:19 AM by Employee EddiesBikes   [ updated Oct 14, 2015, 1:12 PM ]

IMBA Destinations - Have adventures by bikeAre you looking to plan your next road trip, Epic ride, or fall mountain biking get away? IMBA Destinations is the go-to site where mountain bikers can research, find cool new trails, locate deals, and set up their next riding adventure.

IMBA Destinations highlights:
90 plus travel destinations, bike parks and resorts, tour operators, shuttle services, skills camps, bike friendly accommodations, pre and post ride hangouts.
Partner listings with deals, events, trail information, and reviews.
Search by service type or location
Plan and book your entire vacation on one website.

IMBA Destination’s partnership with
A next-generation mountain bike guide and trail map web site
Everything you need to know about any mountain biking destination.
Displays the known trails in any given area, with elevation profiles, full GPS routes, photos, detailed ride info and more.

IMBA Destinations, your guide to IMBA Ride Centers and Epic Trails:
Large-scale mountain bike facilities that offer something for every rider of all ability levels.
Backcountry adventures
Shuttle-served gravity trails
From expert-only to family-friendly.

The next time you are itching to hit the road in search of the perfect mountain biking vacation, look no further than IMBA Destinations to guide you there.

Jamis Renegade Adventure Road Bikes Are In Stock NOW!

posted Jun 11, 2015, 10:44 AM by Employee EddiesBikes   [ updated Oct 9, 2015, 3:23 PM ]

The Renegade has come to Eddie's Bicycles! Its very easily one of the most highly anticipated Jamis bikes of all time. And the Jamis Renegade certainly does not disappoint. Jamis definitely did their homework when they designed this bike!  "...this bike is ready for back roads, beat up streets, dirt name it."

There weren't too many choices up until this point for cyclists who wanted a lightweight drop bar road bike that can truly go anywhere and do most anything. Say "hello" to the Renegade. A true to form, lightweight adventure road bike suited for mixed terrain routes and bike packing and touring and commuting and touring and... the list goes on and on. This is not a cyclocross bike. The Renegades strength lies in its 'long and low' endurance inspired geometry. Adventure bikes are equipped with disc brakes, for dependable all weather braking performance. They also have the ability to run a full bodied 40c tire for true off-road adventure capability. But, if you want to do the local road race on the weekend, then swap those 40c tires for something in a 25c tire. If you want to commute to work once in a while, then try a 35c tire with full wrap fenders. There are plenty of options with just one bike. Hidden rack mounts and removable fender mounts make all of this possible without detracting from the simple beauty of the unadulterated bike.

Just recently, Jamis completely updated their website, and they did a fantastic job. Check out the adventure category webpage... just follow the link.  Adventure Bikes

So far, the new carbon adventure bike from Jamis is being highly praised by a number of different publications. If you're interested in reading some reviews, you'll find them below.
Jamis Adventure road bike the Renegade Expert

BionX bikes Introduction and Overview

posted Jan 20, 2015, 9:47 AM by Employee EddiesBikes   [ updated Oct 14, 2015, 1:15 PM ]

BionX electric bikes are so fun and easy to use, anyone can enjoy the benefits from the pedal assisted BionX system. Check out the short video belowBionX electric bikes are available for sale at Eddie's Bikes in State College PA Centre County, to introduce yourself to quite possibly the easiest to use electric bike system in the world. If you like what you see, come down to the shop and test ride a BionX equipped bicycle today!  Learn more about BionX in some of our previous blog posts... 
The BionX Jamis Coda Sport Electric Bicycle
Don't pass up the chance to test ride a BionX electric bicycle! Stop and visit us anytime!

BionX Electric Pedal Assist Bicycles

Road Bike Party 2

posted Jan 15, 2015, 2:51 PM by Employee EddiesBikes   [ updated Oct 14, 2015, 1:17 PM ]

There are some things you just don't think are possible until you see them done. Road Bike Party II is one of those things; what you're about to see just seems SO unbelievable that we thought it was worth sharing on our website. I really don't understand how road bikes can take this kind of abuse! Road Bike Party stars Martyn Ashton, and guest stars Danny MacAskill and Chris Akrigg. All three of these riders are legends in their own time. If you've never seen either of these guys ride a bike, you'll be amazed by what they do in this video. Danny MacAskill's most recent YouTube triumph, the Ridge, was an epic trials riding film; you should watch it after you finish Road Bike Party 2. But anyways, here it is... please enjoy Road Bike Party 2 and The Ridge! 

Road Bike Party 2

The Ridge

The BionX Jamis Coda Sport Electric Bicycle

posted Jan 10, 2015, 9:14 AM by Employee EddiesBikes   [ updated Oct 9, 2015, 3:34 PM ]

bionx logo
Very recently, we have become an Official BionX dealer. BionX is one of the leading companies in the electric bike kit market. BionX electric bike kits feature a brushless DC motor, regenerative braking, long range rechargeable Li-ion batteries, and vibration free, noiseless operation. Our first BionX equipped demo kit was installed a Jamis Hudson Sport, Step-thru, pedal-forward, cruiser-style bicycle with 26" wheels. You can see the Hudson in our previous post. The Hudson was the perfect choice for leisurely rides, but for our second project we decided to use a bike better suited for high speeds, long range, and efficiency. We decided to build up a BionX Jamis Coda Sport.
The Jamis  Coda Sport has been our best-selling bicycle for 4 years running. The Jamis Coda is the perfect choice for just about everyone, whether its their only bike, or their second, or possibly third bike. It is a 700c flat bar hybrid with a steel frame, a rigid fork, and a multi-speed drivetrain. Coda's are great for road riding, gravel riding, fitness riding, light touring, commuting, and path or rails-to-trails riding. The only thing the Coda cannot do is go mountain biking. The Coda's versatility made it an excellent choice for a fast, long range, efficient electric bike.

The BionX installed easily on the Coda Sport's roomy steel frame. There was no
need to mount the battery to a rear rack, like we did on the Hudson. The down tube mounted battery fits easily inside the main triangle of the Coda. The control console looks nice and svelte centered on the narrow flat handlebar with a Problem Solvers accessory mount. The connecting cables were barely noticeable once everything was all hooked up. The Coda seemed like it was meant for a BionX. We couldn't wait to test ride it!

The abilities of the Coda during the initial test ride were immediately apparent. It definitely accelerated faster than the Hudson; it was ridiculously quick and easy to reach top speed at 20 mph. The motor was obviously working less with the skinnier 700c high pressure tires. The Coda's riding position is also more aero than the Hudson cruiser, so that also meant less work for the motor, which conserves battery life. Now, the BionX system stops "assisting" the rider after the bicycle reaches 20 mph. On the BionX Hudson, it was difficult to maintain speeds above 20 mph once the BionX assist cuts off. But on the Coda, it was much easier to maintain speeds above twenty mph after the assist cut off. I liked the fact that I could make the Coda go faster if I wanted to really work for it. After longer test rides, it was obvious that the battery was using less charge than the Hudson.

I have been commuting back and forth to work on the BionX Coda demo bike for a few weeks now, and I must say, it has been a supremely pleasant experience. I have a big hill to climb on the way to work, and on the way home, and sprinting uphill at 20 mph is certainly more fun than slugging along at 8 or 10 mph. I love cycling, but sometimes, after a long day at work, I just want to zip on home and relax, and not mash up some hill with my last remaining bit of energy. On especially cold days, its painful to breathe really hard, the BionX has been a lifesaver, giving you that much needed boost. Its also nice when I sleep in, and must make it to work quickly, the BionX is never groggy. Another cool thing about the BionX is using the regenerative braking to slow myself down going downhill, especially in the snow and ice. Braking can cause the wheel to slide, using the regenerative braking allows the ride to slow down the bike without the risk of the wheel sliding. This is ideal for winter riding. Basically, I put the BionX in Generation Mode, and the bike coasts downhill at a very controllable pace. You can control your speed going downhill without using the hand brakes at all. This is good for prolonging the life of your brake pads, and keeping maintenance costs low. Not only that, but you're recharging your battery at the same time. The BionX system is a very intelligent way to travel by bike.

Speaking of traveling by bike, one of the nice things I noticed while riding in traffic is that its easier to keep up with the speed of automobile traffic downtown. I felt that motorists were giving me more passing room out of respect for the obvious speed I was traveling at. I did not feel like I was " the way."  Instead, I was keeping up, and sometimes keeping ahead of traffic. This made me feel confident being on the road alongside automobiles. You almost feel like you're in a car on a BionX, except you still have all the advantages of being on a bicycle. Ride on sidewalks, ride around campus, use the bicycle rack, do all the things an unassisted bike can do, but also keep up with cars most of the time, too. 

I took a ride not too long ago right after Christmas, just for fun. It was a brisk, windy day and I ended up doing about 15 miles. I was just looking to get out of the house, get some fresh air, get a little exercise, and have some fun. My ride on the BionX Coda was the perfect choice. I had a beautiful time just zipping along the bike path enjoying the scenery. I went up and over any and all hills with ease, allowing me to just focus on enjoying myself and the beautiful scenery around me. Even though I was riding fast, I was not overexerting myself, even pedaling into a headwind, going uphill. This is great for winter riding, since the last thing you want to do is start sweating under multiple layers of warm clothing. 

I am a strong rider, and I certainly don't need a BionX to get around, or go uphill, but I was really surprised by how much I was enjoying the ride on the BionX Coda. Its not being lazy. That was my misconception. You still have to work. Its just that with a BionX, your work now has a higher output. Its like boosting your return on investment. You pedal your normal amount, except you get a lot more out of what you're putting in. For me, it was nice that day to cover a lot of ground on a cold day, get out of the house, get a little exercise, but not be killing myself to do it. I love the BionX system, and I am saving up for one myself. Hopefully, around tax return time, I'll have my own. I am looking forward to long rides on the fire roads in Rothrock State Forest. I think a nice leisurely ride to Whipple's Dam would be a lot of fun. 

coda sport flat bar hybrid bicycle with bionx electric motor

electric bicycle BionX hybrid jamis coda sport

bionx electric bike controller on coda sport hybrid bike

The BionX Hudson Sport Electric Bicycle

posted Dec 15, 2014, 3:42 PM by Employee EddiesBikes   [ updated Oct 14, 2015, 1:19 PM ]

BionX electric bike kits are in stock at our bike shop.
Very recently, Eddie's Bicycles and Hockey Equipment has proudly become an official BionX dealer. BionX is one of the leading manufacturers of electronic bicycle kits in the world. BionX e-bike technology is really second to no other in terms of quality, performance, and adaptability. BionX electric assist motor kits can turn nearly any regular bicycle into an electronically assisted e-bike. That's right, you don't have to buy a whole new bike; you can turn your favorite bike into an e-bike! In short, the benefits of the BionX system are as follows: 4 levels of proportional assistance, regenerative braking, lightweight, long range, fits all bike types, and noise and vibration free.
BionX e-bike kits are for sale at Eddie's Bicycles
BionX e-bike technology is the most intuitive and easy-to-use in the world. Adding only a few Kg’s to your bicycle, the BionX system works seamlessly with you as you pedal. The control processor continuously analyzes your torque input and feeds that information to the motor, which applies electric assist in proportion to how hard you are pedaling. The harder you pedal, the more torque the system senses, and the more electric assist you get. The power is seamlessly applied and never distracting, so you can just enjoy the ride.

Eddie's Bicycles Shop Tour

posted Dec 9, 2014, 2:57 PM by Employee EddiesBikes   [ updated Sep 29, 2015, 8:24 AM ]

Eddie's Bike shop in state college pa new bikes used bikes and bicycle repair
Recently, we made a little movie to give folks the opportunity to check out our shop before they visit. Its nice to check things out before you make the trip down the the store; we get that. Our shop is unique in its inventory. We sell new and used bicycles, and we offer outstanding bicycle repair service. But, we also sell hockey equipment; hockey skates, hockey sticks, pucks, hockey helmets, chest protectors, elbow pads, shin guards, etc. In addition to that, we also sell figure skates! We also sharpen ice hockey skates or figure skates. Quite a lot to offer under one roof! Which is why we like to say, "Eddie's Bicycles and Hockey Equipment for all things bike, or ice!" So, here goes... our little video; Enjoy.

Shop Movie

Jamis Renegade Adventure Bike "Where we're going...we don't need roads!"

posted Jul 12, 2014, 9:15 AM by Employee EddiesBikes   [ updated Oct 9, 2015, 3:21 PM ]

The all new Jamis Renegade is an adventure bike.  What's that mean?  Well, simply put, you can get on this bike and pretty much ride anywhere and do anything you want to, and in the process, you're certain to have some adventures.  Its not really a road bike, and not exactly a cyclocross bike; it lives somewhere in between. Start out on a road, and end up on a trail, or gravel road, or a rail trail. Use it however you want to use it. There's no right or wrong place to take an adventure bike; its just going to handle anything you throw at it.  Jamis is offering the Renegade in two different builds, or price points, and apparently both models have hydraulic disc brakes.

For starters, the Renegade can fit up to 40c tires, 35c tires with fenders, which greatly expands the versatility of the bike. A 40c tire can pretty much take you anywhere you want to go, and they smooth out just about any trails or roads. Secondly, there are disc brakes. For all-weather, all-terrain riding, disc brakes are unparalleled in their ability to provide stopping power and superb braking modulation. Also notable on the new Renegade are the ride tuned seat stays, making longer all day rides over gravel roads a lot more comfortable. The ovalized seat stays are laterally stiff, but vertically compliant. There is also a 15mm thru-axle on the front wheel, with a new fork, with an Enhanced Compliance Offset (ECO), which makes the fork a lot more vertically compliant. The 15mm front axle helps the fork feel stable in any terrain. Both versions of the Renegade will have tubeless ready rims. There will be more on this great new bike as the details become available to us... check back again soon! In the meantime, read a more in depth review from Bike Rumor... this review goes into more detail on the unique frame features. 

jamis renegade adventure bike
Jamis Renegade adventure bike is coming soon for 2015.

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