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!

We got Detroit Bikes! Aside from being a nice get around town bike at a nice price these bikes are also made in Detroit, MI, USA.

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They came in boxes, white boxes, and it must be the box that is fragile, because it isn’t the bike.

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Our first build, built. The Detroit Bike is the A-Type and it comes in one color and one size. What you see there is what you get. This is a super smooth and smart city bike. Steel frame, bolt on wheels, internal 3 speed hub, chainguard, fender and rack.

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Reflector on the fender, and a nicely done cut out graphic on the rack.

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If that still is not enough for your A-Type bike vision check out the valve caps!

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These bikes even come with a real non-generic (yet black and white) illustrated owner’s manual. With the attention to detail it seems Detroit Bikes has maybe some Type A personality folks that designed the Type-A? Well, we are excited to have them in stock and have special introductory pricing also so come on in and have a look!

The Next Year is in full swing now, and boy isn’t January just doing a great job of making 2014 memorable? We are working between shivers and here is some of the new stuff that has hit the door so far This Year.

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We got in some retroshifters to help with a retro Motorbacon build.

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Okay so it’s not really retro with that frameset and a Rolf wheel but it does have a Stronglight crankset. That’s soo retro!

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We have also seen our first of the new Arkel bags show up. Lots more to come, but these City Baskets are in the new colors. Not retro.

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Last new thing to report for now, we just placed our first Detroit Bikes order! The Type A shown above is a decked out city bike and it is MADE IN THE USA. How retro is that?!

From their website: Our mission is to encourage cycling by making an accessible, enjoyable bicycle while continuing Detroit’s legacy of quality manufacturing and design. Detroit Bikes are built in a city with manufacturing prowess and deep traditions of bicycle production, touring, recreational riding, commuting, and racing. We are located on Detroit’s west side. In our 50,000 square-foot factory we have the capacity to produce 100 bicycles a day, marking the return of high-volume US frame manufacturing.

Excited to get the Type A in and on the floor, should be next week!

As the temperatures fluctuate and the snow and ice unpredictably accumulate remember what Bob Harris said in that Japanese commercial. At least we think this is what he said, it was lost in translation.

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“For relaxing rides, make it studded tire times.”

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As ever we have a whole bunch here, and looking at the forecast they will be useful for relaxing your rides for a while yet.

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