For those of you who don’t know yet, or forgot, or never knew, our shop expanded. As such, our old smudged up and cramped little space has been vacant for a bit.

Enter the artist.

Framebuilder most extraordinary, sculptor par excellent Dana Haugaard transformed the grunge and grime into clean and shine. Mirrors, too. Come check it out, you’ll be glad you did!

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 12-5pm
and by appointment

RECEPTION (Party Time)
March 24th
Adult Beverages provided (as well as some fizzy water too, I’m sure)

Over the weekend we left the shop in the capable hands of our newest employees and Cody and I headed to Minneapolis to check out Frostbike, the biggest little bicycle tradeshow in the world. We saw some old stuff and some new stuff. Like this Big Dummy to Bill or Ted adapter from SURLY. No word if this will be available as a most awesome and all powerful cargo accessory, mostly because the dudes in the SURLY booth are kind of surly looking, so we just took a picture of it and are crossing our fingers.

Nicely done. We also got had a good discussion with the PDW folks not just about their innovative and well designed products, but how they are doing everything they can to reduce packaging to make the world a better place. Their Origami fender, for instance, is made out of it’s own packaging! Apparently Hutchinson thinks this is a reason for them to use more packaging, kind of like trading cardboard credits instead of carbon ones, demonstrated here with their full sized tubular tire box.

We also got a glimpse of Steve Flagg’s personal ride. He refuses to ride anything else, which keeps the R&D departments at SURLY, Salsa, Foundry, All-City, and Civia (forgetting anyone?) going trying to finally come up with something that will impress him enough to give it up and turn this beauty over to a museum.

After taking in all things trade show we roamed around Minneapolis to take in some of the bike culture up there. We hit the Seward Co-op, which is being discussed a lot in Iowa City lately as an idea generator for the possible Iowa City Co-op relocation. They have not just a Fixit stand like our beloved New Pi, but also covered bike parking, and lots of it!

So much it could not be fit in a single photo! We also hit a book store, a couple of faboo restaurants, and bike shops. One of them was even open. There are more photos, and lots more to report, so check out our Frostbike album, and come on in to see and hear more of what we learned up there. Big thanks to QBP and all the vendors for putting on such a great show.




Brooks saddles last a long time. But not forever. If and when the sides start to flare out you can lace them together to pull them back where they should be. Some of their new saddles come with holes all along the edge and all you have to do is get a lace, run it from side to side, pull it to the tension you are after and tie it up. If yours does not have holes you can either punch them or drill them. Or we can do it for you!

There are lots of webpages that show you how to do this, but most of them are boring, frankly, with pictures of drills and markers and stuff. So here we present the Brooks saddle in question with an exploded Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub to class it up a bit.

Speaking of class, here we have the same Brooks saddle, now with 6 holes drilled per side, plus a can of champagne. How did we do it?! We used a caliper to reference the first hole on each side from the rivet on the nose, and then evenly spaced them back, about a centimeter up from the bottom edge. The holes are just big enough for the lace to pass through. *WARNING*: Don’t drink too much coffee before performing the measuring or drilling step! As to how we got a can of champagne, it was a shopwarming gift form our friendly neighborhood bar.

Finished project, should provide a few more miles, or years, of use for it’s owner!

Back on an old English lightweight, looking like it owns the place. Class dismissed.

This Feb 14th, tell someone how you feel about their bike.

Heroes & Criminals Press

One dollar each, or 6 for five dollars.

Or, UI Center for the Book Open House:

Open House means you get to look at and touch work being produced by Center students.  That means handmade books of many shapes, sizes, functions.  Also, letterpressed text and imagery, in books or broadsides or posters (like the above dinosaurs in track suits).  Also, handmade paper of flax, kozo, cotton and abaca to name a few.  There are also unexpected performative dimensions to some artwork.  And, demos!

How does this fit into bike shop news?  Most directly, I (Cody) recently began the certificate program at the Center and spend my days madly dashing between bikes and books.  Less directly, there is a deep rooted connection between the authentic experiences of riding a bike and reading a book, between the technologies of self-propulsion and analog information dissemination.

Check it out!

At White Rabbit for a Wake Up dirty chai this morning when this caught my eye.

Handprinted on an antique press right here in Iowa.  Suitable for framing, suitable for doing!

Supplemental oxygen not required.

Lovely day for a bicycle tour of Gas Transmission and Hazardous Liquid Pipelines.  Another project of the beloved Iowa Neo-Mountaineers.  Stay tuned for more local adventures to come.


A happy owner of a new Bianchi Milano also happens to be an artist, who also happened to make something especially for us here at 30¢.

One of the many fringe benefits of living working in a bike shop is that you get to see what your co-workers ride.  For example, let us behold the freshly assembled bicycle of ace mechanic, James.

Hmm, it kinda looks like a Long Haul Trucker in a color offered several years ago.  Indeed, ’tis.  Built up with a slobber-worthy mix of new and old.

The attention to detail present on this ride makes me (Cody) nearly stagger.

Wipe the dribble from your chin, that drivetrain don’t care none about your fancy.  That’s a SACHS chain, fer crying out loud!

Ratcheting Suntour… better than index?  Some would say no doubt about it.

A new SON generator hub is an instant classic.  Hey, remember when I said we can order for your pleasure any lighting system via Peter White Cycles?

The Schmidt Edelux headlight, which we also offer via Peter White.

The Spanninga Pixeo is a sweet little bargain at $16.50.  Battery operated versions are slightly cheaper.

Here is some of that aforementioned detail attention.  The rear light cable is routed elegantly along the ridge of the stainless steel fender.

And, ya gotta love rack mounted fenders!  This is the stuff that makes me feel like we’ll make it through the impending apocalypse.  Or, James will anyway.


You’ve probably already heard about the framebuilding class offered at the U of I.

We bid adieu to this lovely bike yesterday.  Local artist/artisan/farmer/wizard Katie built the frame & fork, and we were lucky enough to build the bike up from there.  She opted for the 8-speed Alfine hub with Versa shifter (ooh, sorry about cutting that out of the shot… try this), among other fine components.  The geometry is based loosely on the Long Haul Trucker, ideal for a touring townie.



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