Why are there new bikes at Freeze Thaw?
While Freeze Thaw Cycles started out with exclusively recycled bikes, the shop currently has a large selection of new bikes in stock from several hand-picked manufacturers. As the needs of our customers evolved, so has the inventory of the shop as we now can meet the needs of any cyclist from a singlespeed commuter to a cyclocross racer or endurance mountain biker. These days our classic recycled bikes are very rare due to increased demand and low supply, but we are able to offer a wide size and model selection of new bikes that we trust.
Every new bike model in our shop has been hand picked by us based on a strict criteria - we will only sell bikes that we would put our friends and family on. You won't find any mountain bikes or hybrids with non-servicable suspension forks, multiple speed freewheel rear wheels, inferior shifting systems, or sketchy adjustable stems & suspension seatposts. Problems with these items are far too common on service bikes we see and are not something we feel comfortable passing on to you. Rest assured that any new bike model you see in our shop represents the best value, quality and features that we could find in that category. Having access to a number of bike manufacturers helps us keep a well-rounded inventory for any style of bike. We take pride in fitting people to their bikes and will work to make your new bike comfortable and efficient.
Every new bike assembled at Freeze Thaw Cycles is built to the highest standard with expert care. Bikes arrive to us mostly assembled, but we do not simply finish the job and send it out the door. Instead, new bikes from boxes are stripped down to the bare frame and treated with our extensive collection of frame-preparation tools.
Facing of the headtube, crown race and BB shell as well as BB shell thread chasing are performed on all bikes to ensure maximum performance. Even our children's bikes get this treatment which serves as in-house quality control and helps avoid future issues.This preparation is a costly and labor-intensive process that we feel every frame and fork deserves. This is included with every bike, no extra charge. We are one of few remaining shops in the country putting this effort into our assembly and we are proud of it.
The benefits of this prep work are less future creaks and things coming loose or getting stuck, as well as longer bearing life in the headset and bottom bracket. Because we take everything completely apart for every build, customization is easy! Our customers get the bike they want through a process that is enjoyable and caters to their specific needs. We rest easy knowing the bike is double checked and tested. With our area's wet weather, it is nice to know all surfaces are prepped and greased properly.
We treat each new bike as if it were a custom build and can modify them to your specifications. It is rare that a new bike leaves our shop stock, with modifications ranging from custom fitting to component swaps and handbuilt wheels. If there is something on your mind, let us know and we can try to figure things out. Saddles, tyres, grips and handlebars are just a few items that can be swapped out easily. Our approach takes a little longer, but you end up with a well thought out bike that will suit your needs and make you want to keep riding.
We ride and sell bikes with anything from one to thirty three speeds. While traditional external gears are quite popular, some of our favorite bikes sport internally geared hubs. We are not afraid to embrace old and new technologies. Every rider has different needs and we aim to please anyone who seeks our advice.
Read below to learn about the different brands we carry and why we chose to bring them into our shop.
We are proud and excited to be the central PA dealer for Yeti Cycles and sell them mostly on a per-order basis. They have many great complete builds or we can do custom builds from framesets. We were lucky enough to snag 25th Anniversary Edition ASR 575, #248/250, which now lives in our ceiling.
Steel is real. Surly embraces this mantra to the fullest, making solid super-versatile bikes made to be ridden for a long time. Based out of Bloomington, MN, Surly has a full line of rugged rides made for whatever adventures you can throw at them. Whether you're touring, mountain biking, or ripping through down town, Surly’s got you covered. Framesets can be purchased separately and custom built, but Surly also offers many excellent complete bikes. Justin raves about his 29+ Krampus.
We have a long and happy history with the Salsa brand. Top notch design and customer service are just some of the reasons that Salsa has a healthy presence in our shop. We stock enough to be considered an official Adventure Center...the only one within a good distance of us. We sell their framesets, complete bikes and plenty of components. We currently stock the Alloy Horsethief, Alloy + Carbon Pony Rustler, Carbon Deadwood Sus, Alloy Redpoint, Beargrease Alloy + Carbon, Vaya, and Carbon + Alloy Warbird.
We stock 12", 16", 20", 24", 26" + 27.5" Kid's bikes from this classic brand and can special order anything in their expansive catalog.
We are Central PA's Pivot dealer and are particularly impressed with their attention to detail and superb ride quality. We have Medium and Large 429c Trail and Switchblade bikes in stock and available for demo rides. Pivot offers many excellent complete builds as well as framesets for the custom build of your dreams.
We are proud to be a dealer of fine handcrafted Titanium bicycles from Moots. They offer road, gravel, mountain and FAT frames that can be built any way you like.
These bikes remind us an awful lot of the original commuters we built in the early days. Linus uses simple and classic designs combined with modern materials for practicality and function. Steel frames available in several sizes, styles, colors and gearing options. Most bikes in the shop feature Shimano Nexus 3 speed hubs (8 speed option available), full fenders and rear racks. Great town & campus bikes that will last for years with minimal maintenance.
Since 1988 Kona has been all about having fun on bikes. In a short time they have become a very dominant brand in our shoppe and the local area. We stock size runs of their bikes in most categories including Hybrid/Commuter (Dew, Dew Plus, Big Rove AL + ST, Dr. Dew, Humuhumu + Coco), Gravel/Touring (Rove AL, Rove ST, Sutra), and Mountain/Plus/FAT (Honzo AL + AL/DL, Big Honzo DR + DL, Process 111, Hei Hei Trail, Wozo, WO, Kahuna, Big Kahuna + Mohala).
Continuing the IF tradition in Central PA, we became a dealer in 2009. Designed and custom built on a special order basis, this company could be your next dream bike whether it be mountain, road, 'cross or touring. Premium steel and Titianium frames are most common, but carbon is also an option. They are hand built in Newmarket, NH with care and many excellent stock and custom paint options are available. A full professional fit is included with any frame purchase.
No-nonsense steel singlespeed/fixed gear bikes designed in Milwaukee. We stock the Pixel in addition to many of their parts for the customization you desire. Fyxation also has a full line of leather bike mounted caddies including one for a growler, a 6 pack, and disc golf discs.
FIT Bike Co. is the shop's preferred BMX brand. We keep some bikes in stock and are happy to special order anything in their catalog.
FIT Bike Co.
We are proud to present this iconic Italian brand to the roads of Central PA. We are huge fans of their timeless lugged steel 'Master' and stock two framesets in 30th Anniversary paint schemes (54 red & 59 black).
Super high quality Kid's bikes available with 12, 16, 20 + 24" wheels in a variety of colors. We currently stock the Hedgehog (16") and Owl (20") but are happy to special order anything you want.
Bianchi makes a triumphant return to the shoppe with a focus on road bikes. We can special order anything in their expansive catalog and have Shimano 105 and Tiagra-equipped Impulso bikes on the floor for those in the skinny tyre set.
All City does a good job of combining time-tested ideas with modern materials + fit theory. We sell their framesets, complete bikes + accessories on a special order basis and are big fans of the Spacehorse and Nature Boy.
109 South Allen St State College, PA 16801
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