May 2009


Cody and I have big plans for this place.  We have ideas.  You’ll see.  Some of them are already working, others have a ways to go before we can share.  Yesterday, a friend stopped in and gave us a book to read about an around the world bicycle  tour.  A loan. I tried to trade him one of our around the world bike tour books but he was having none of it.  Maybe later, he said.  So we have some books down here already and a bookshelf and we talked about our goal of having a nice reading area and being able to loan out some books, magazines,  even videos.

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That’s it.  We have some Bicycle Quarterlies in there and some books on simple living, bike racing, and DIY stuff, too.  And one about some anonymously egotistical Chicago bike messenger or whatever.  You can probably run off with that one and we won’t notice or mind…

We have a few cozy chairs and a table now for your reading enjoyment.  We do have a few copies of Momentum Magazine, and our subscription should be showing up soon so you can keep up on the latest Self-Propelled People news.

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And lookie there, we have a copy of the much sought after and hard to find Iowa City Edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport, with local cycle commuting phenom Jason McCartney on the cover!  Keep up with his Italian exploits right here at 30th Century Bicycle!

See you on the Mayor’s Ride tonight, I won’t belabor the details any longer, you know what’s up by now.

Apparently the soggy streets have caused organizers to postpone Iowa City’s Bike to Work Week Mayor’s Ride.  The ride will be held tomorrow (Thursday), gathering at Chauncey Swan Park at 5:30pm and winding over to Coralville’s New Pioneer Co-Op.

(The schedule change is not listed yet on the website, but we’ve heard the official word from organizers.)

Special guest revealed:  our QBP rep James!  We love doing business with QBP and people like James are the reason why.  When he first contacted us about meeting we mentioned the Bike to Work Week breakfast and he was excited to check it out.  So we met at the shop and rode over for pancakes and talked bikes and the business.  And family and gardening and beer and coffee.

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We were going to provide a bike for him to ride but he rolled up on a Civia.  They make a couple of dreamy commuter bikes and he was riding the Hyland.

We went back to the shop after breakfast and after we wrapped up our meeting we had a very busy day.  Pedi-cabs!

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Look for these beauties in downtown Iowa City this weekend, carrying folks where they want to go.

In other local celebrity news, there has been the usual slew of press coverage spurred by Bike to Work Week.  I was going to hunt it all down and link it but it has been done for me and you can find all you want to read and more right here.

The blog is maintained by Nicholas Johnson and if you don’t know who he is take a few moments to read about him.  I saw him speak at an FCC forum a few years ago on media consolidation and he was amazing.  Then I saw his writing in Bike Cult and thought wow, whadda guy!  So anyways, local celebrity for sure, and probably the only person living in Iowa City who has ever been on the cover of Rolling Stone.

Mayor’s ride tonight!  Meet at Chauncy Swan Park at 5:30 or so, we will ride to the New Pi Coralville.  Pre meet at the shop if you like, we will close a bit early so we can get there on time.  Hope to see you!

We bike to work every day.  Unless we walk or cross country ski, but those days are few and far between.  We are not alone, there are lots of people out there like us.  So Bike to Work Week is sort of ho-hum or business as usual for the year-round bike commuter.  But it can still be exciting!  Cody and I have organized some of the local events in the past few years which kept our heart rates high but now sponsoring is our thrill .  So this week we get to bike to Bike to Work Week events and just hang out.  It is fun.

Yesterday we hit the Bike Way.  Cody was interviewed for the news.  Yeah Cody!

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We had great weather and a good sized group for the official ride.

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The park was hopping all afternoon.  There were prizes and an ice cream truck and a gear swap and a spontaneous unicycle demonstration.  I used the Bikes at Work trailer to lug a table and chair over so while Cody worked the shop I hung out in the park and scored a saddle at the gear swap off the exec director of the IBC.

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This morning was the commuter breakfast at College Green Park.  This event was my baby for 2 years and it is one of my favorite events of Bike to Work Week.  Lots of people came out and once again we had great weather.  I had a good long conversation with JCCOG planner Kris Ackerson about the Dirty Kanza 200.  He was going to do it this year but has had some knee trouble so his brother is going to take his place.  I wish him luck and if Kris does it next year I hope to be out there with him.

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Today the shop is closed so we took advantage of our schedule and went to the noon-time Bicycle Friendly Forum at the Library.  The aforementioned JCCOG planner, Kris, led us through the Metro Bicycle Master Plan, which is set for final release in June.  Cody and I have been to a couple of meetings regarding the Plan and it was good to get an update.  Sharrows are coming to Iowa City!

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The discussion after the presentation was good and it was nice to see 20 people or so there in the middle of the day.

Tomorrow is another commuter breakfast, this time on Melrose Avenue at Kinnick Stadium, stop by between 7 and 9 if you can.  We will be there and are bringing a special guest!  Terribly mysterious…

Yesterday we opened with a flourish!  There was a bit of nerves before.  What if nobody came?  What if too many people came?  What if the weather was grumpy?  As it turned out things were about as perfect as they could be for us.

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We had a good steady flow of customers and still had a few quieter moments to be able to take a few pictures and enjoy the music.  Ira’s famous brother Dustin and company (I feel terrible, I don’t know the name of the band but that is Josh on drums and Kelly on banjo and vocals) put on a great show and the cops never came to shut it all down so that was a bonus.

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We even had a Grand Opening banner!  Won’t be needing that again so if anyone out there is thinking about opening a business in the future we can hook you up.

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Thanks to everyone who came in, the band for playing, Jen for the faboo cupcakes, Mauro for the photos and the bread, and Lisa for the tofu chocolate pie!

No rest for the weary now, it is big chainring ahead into Bike to Work Week.  Cody and I have done our share of organizing events over the past years, this time we are just proud sponsors and happy participants.  All week if you ride to our shop we will give you a ticket to enter you in the Friday prize drawing.

Today is The Bike Way and we will be down at College Green Park all afternoon.  Tomorrow morning breakfast and Tuesday, too.  Wednesday night is the Mayor’s ride.  We will be closing the shop a bit early that day so we can ride, some folks are going to meet here before so we can all ride over together.  Feel free to join us, the full schedule of events can be found at the official website.  Hope to see you at the events but more importantly, we hope to see you Biking To Work!

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Today we got our first shipment of Arkel bags.  They are really nice.  I have been using the

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T-28’s (the blue ones) for a couple of years now and they are great.  First up, the Arkel locking system keeps the bags right where you put them – on your rack.  I don’t think the bags could come off unless your whole rack flew off your bike.  But they are very easy to put on and take off.  Amazing!  They are also super tough and the ones I have been using are a little faded maybe but they basically seem new.  Don’t just take it from me, for I am not alone, these bags will get you Out There as far as you want to go.

In other intrepid two wheeled travel news, Trans-Iowa is tomorrow.  For those of you unfamiliar with this, I invite you to read my terribly long explanation.  So long it needed its own webpage!  I have happily sworn off the event, and will be happily sleeping when it begins until the cats start pawing at my face, but then after they are let out I will go happily back to sleep.

Anyway, one of the Nice participants, Dave, and one of his Pals, who is promoting the spectacle and is, coincidentally, also named Dave stopped into the shop yesterday.

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They showed off their rigs and we talked bikes and bikes and long rides.  This is one of the best parts about owning a bike shop.

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We talked Tom Teesdale.

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We talked Vassago.  You can type Vassago almost entirely left handed!

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We talked Odyssey Twister pedals, which we will have in stock next week.

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Good luck to Dave & Dave & Ari & Steve & Paul and everyone else Out There this weekend!  Cody & I will be In The Shop, 10 – 4 Saturday, 1 – 4 Sunday.

You can follow Dave’s progress here if he turns on his SPOT.

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