Nice day out there in Iowa City .

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And here is a nice bike all accessorized and ready to be picked up today.

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Inside we have a nice reorganization of our sales floor.

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And we’re listening to Bon Iver, isn’t that nice?

 

Our floor is orange when it is not too dirty.

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So is this sweet old Schwinn Voyageur. The owner had us add some shine from Velo Orange and Nitto and a touch of honey from Brooks.

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Another orange one, brand new out of a really small box is this Dahon Speed D7 in tangerine. This is the folding bike we sell more than any other because it is simple, strong, and, well – it’s orange!

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In other upgrade news we have gotten in a couple more sets of Retroshifters, now called Gevenalle or however it’s pronounced – one set to help this tandem shift more reliably especially up front on it’s wide range crankset. The other set is for a Breadwinner Aufderheide we are building up, pictures to follow but a bike so nice gets it’s own blog post!

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Another cool upgrade shifter project. We took off dead Shimano trigger shifters here and replaced them with these nicely machined thumb shifters from Microshift. Strong light cheap – pick all three!

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Not orange but sure to make folks green with envy is this decked out Xtracycle Edgerunner with the full family package to haul kids and or cargo – plus a generator wheel powering front and back lights with a USB charger.

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Last thing orange and upgraded we made some major changes to our helmet / clothing / shoe corner. Stop in and take a seat – we do! Carpet is also quite comfortable for naps we hear.

 

We stock all of these Arkel bags, but not in red so we had to special order this set.

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The T-42 set is all you need to do about any tour, just a bit smaller than the GT-54 which is the biggest on the block. And up front the GT-18 on one side and the backpack convertible GT-18BP gives you a daypack option if you are leaving your bike for a bit and exploring on foot. Great bags in any color!

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Also sporting red the latest Urban Velo just arrived and it is packed with good stuff including a really awesome article about Worksman Cycles in NYC. Free as always, come pick one up!

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And with just a touch of red but enough to get it into this blog post, we just took delivery of 5 hoopties from Xtracycle! 4 are pre-sold so you do the math, hooptie shoppers. Xtracycle and hooptie can change your life – you read it here.

Our building down here is going to be anniversary central for the next week. First up our neighbor the Trumpet Blossom Cafe is celebrating 2 years of great food, drink, and music on Saturday!

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Not to be outdone but without a poster we will be celebrating our FIVE year anniversary on Earth Day, next Tuesday April 22nd! We have come a long way since we started in that garage. Well, okay we are still in that garage, but it’s a bigger garage with more stuff. We won’t have live music or food and drink specials, but all qualifying purchases of 5 dollars or more will qualify for a free high five! Maybe we will crack open a couple of 5 packs around 5 if you want to stop by for the 5 top tales from the 5 years gone by.

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As ever when we think back on the time past we have to consider it a privilege to get to do what we love and we have to THANK YOU for that. So thanks, and here’s to 5 more years!

Spring sprang, here is what’s sprouting in the shop lately. We are well stocked with generator wheel hubs and lights, including these 3 awesome Busch & Muller models.

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Also just got our spring Arkel order whether you are looking for touring or commuting bags we have a whole bunch in stock.

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We also added our first hitch mount car rack if you are into taking bikes for a drive?

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Sunglasses from Optic Nerve, we got a couple pairs for you to check out.

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And our clothing selection continues to grow, shop jerseys and shorts, now we have some rain wear in, plus a whole lotta socks.

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Also lots of new helmets, and of course those Detroit Bikes A-Type, and we have lots of used bikes right now, plus a bunch of winter stuff on sale that won’t be of any use at all once it is summer, but might help once or twice more this spring, so come by and see what’s new!

First up – future event! Next Friday, March 7th The NCJC Youth Off Road Riders are having a Spring Benefit and Hand Built Bike Show at the Terry Trueblood pavilion. Silent auction. Live auction. Pretty hand made bikes to look at from the UI frame building class. Hope to see you there.

Presently, just want to mention that our Swing into Spring Sale is still on, and while the stock of hats is gone and gloves are low we still have a limited selection of studded tires in 26″ and 700c. And for good measure our remaining 2013 MASI road bikes are 15% off.

To the past then, this unforgettable winter weather will soon be forgotten as the cycling season proper is coming at us. Last night Bicyclists of Iowa City held their annual Bike Expo out at the North Ridge Pavillion in Coralville.

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Donnie and I loaded up a couple of cool bikes with cool stuff to show off and made the ride out to do just that.

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Xtracycle Edgerunner, Detroit Bikes A-Type, Ironweed BP bags, Selle Anatomica demo saddles, a full carbon MASI road frameset, some Arkel stuff, Retroshifters, Giro shoes and more.

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The Ironweed Dolliver trunk bag fits a 12 pack perfectly! We had a good time drinking a couple of those and chatting with folks, and the ride back was all tailwinds and smiles, like the Spring season just ahead.

In need of a blogpost title sometimes things get desperate. So we took a picture of our new front door hinge, installed yesterday. It might not look like much, but whatever magic lurks under that aluminum now has our door swinging open like it’s 700×23 tire on an Iowa City winter street – SLICK!

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This morning’s brisk ride to the shop felt like we are entering the last gasp of winter. What -11 and calm winds Iowa, really, is that all you have left?

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So the time seems right for the clearance sale. Winter gloves, Bar Mitts, 45 North hats, and the always popular studded tires are 20% off! We even have a pair of snowshoes left. So come get some, plenty of time to get some use this year, and you will be all set for Next Year!

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