Expansion Time


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.

 

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!

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 construction is wrapping up, let’s move on shall we?

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Here is what we look like now. If a parked car is ever blocking our front door again, we are having it towed.

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We built up this SOMA San Marcos. No need to go into the details when your bike looks this good but it’s Campy, Brooks and awesome all over!

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Here it is again, and a bit of our new landscaping out front also. Just a beautiful bike! We also got new shop clothing in. It’s a big old box full so if you are looking for some new duds come try us on for size.

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30¢ Squad, Oasis, Constellation Coffee (Wake Up Iowa City going national) Trumpet Blossom Cafe, Brown Wing Studio and CMC Construction. So local, so orange and green!

First up, our great BIG Stupid Construction SALE will continue through closing time this Saturday! 10% off all new bikes, take another 10% off bikes already on sale! So yes, the construction is almost done, the building is looking great and things are returning to normal. Much thanks to all of you who braved the noise dust mud and such to wade in here and see us!

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So what have we been up to behind the scenes? Well, we have brought in a couple of new bikes from Marin that are sure to please most bike commuting needs. The Muirwoods 29′er is basically a steel frame mountain bike built for the streets. 3×8 drivetrain, disc brakes, locking skewers for the wheels and saddle and reflective decals galore. The Hamilton 29′er is the same chassis but with rim brakes and a 1×7 drivetrain for simplicity and easy cheap maintenance.

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When we build the bikes we recycle the boxes by bike, always! Speaking of bikes, again, we are now Selle Anatomica dealers and have we the demo saddles to prove it!

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There is kind of a line already to try a demo, but if you want to get on one give us a call and we can get you on the list. These made in the USA saddles have quite the comfortable reputation and so far have gotten good reviews from the few people we have sent them out under. Sadly demand has been so high we have not yet gotten to demo ourselves!

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We also built another really nice generator system that was picked up so fast by the new owner we did not even have time to snap a picture of the finished project, so here are a couple of the parts.

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Last new thing, our updated shop clothing is shipping to us this week! Jerseys and shorts this time, might see them by the weekend, early next week for sure! And just so you don’t think we are going all NEW on you, we got some used bikes ready and they are up on the USED BIKES page now.

We have as many used bikes ready to go right now as we probably will until next fall, so if you are looking for a commuter, mountain bike, kids bike, tandem or road bike check out the page and see if there is something there for you.

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We just bulked up the Newbaum’s made in the USA bar tape. So many colors it took 2 photos to fit them all in.

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A new shop jersey and shorts order is almost ready and will be going into production soon. We still have a few of the old design, and Surly wool jerseys in stock as well, at great prices.

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Wake Up Iowa City’s newest locally roasted offering, 3oth Century Bicycle Golden Gear Chain is right here on the counter waiting for you as well.

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Grab a pound to GO!

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Bright new color from Bianchi on the 2013 Cortina, plant yourself on one! And we sprouted a new bike tree to show off more bikes on the floor, we started with just the one but are getting a nice little grove going now. Lots of Masi road bikes to check out on those branches. Cross bikes, Surly Truckers and the Bianchi Iseo, too.

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And Bianchi celeste springs eternal, here on the revamped Milano.

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Bianchi celeste is one of the most recognized colors in the world (right?) and here you can read a little bit about why. Whatever color your bike, spring is coming and it is time to ride it!

Everyone asks, “Pretty slow this time of year?”

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Nope. First there was the construction and painting of these here walls. Then trying to figure out where everything should go. Xtracycle get their own chunk of wall so all the longtail stuff is in one place, saddles and folding tires, too. And that cascades over to the pannier selection which is now less cramped and looking to expand.

There are also some that choose to flee the cold and dark of Iowa for sunnier warmer lands so some bikes get boxed and shipped away.

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We can Xtracycle that.

Then it always seems that there are projects people save up til winter to spring on us also. Like the customer that decided he had finally had enough of sew ups on his hi flange 5 speed freewheel Dura Ace wheelset and his 6 speed freewheeling Campagnolo Record wheelset. So he hunted up some classic clincher rims for us to rebuild them.

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And then the new stuff starts showing up, like boxes and boxes of Lazer helmets, and Masi Road bikes next week.

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And then there is some travel, like going to Cyclocross World Championships and then taking the train out to NAHBS. And the 30¢ Squad took a zipcar up to Dubuque and did the Triple D last weekend. Pretty slow this time of year? Never!

And we are back. The break was good, and needed, and many miles were ridden and beers drank and coffees too. And a couple of few (five?) bike crashes as well. The good life! But it was not all relaxation, there was some work, too. Like coming into the shop for a day to build up this Surly Disc Trucker with purdy MK Fenders. A great bike for the last build of 2012.

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And the first bike of 2013 to be built up was this stunningly light and purdy Masi Evoluzione with 11 speed Dura Ace group. This is a bike that looks good leaning against a cardboard box!

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Wowsers, 15 lbs 13 oz with reflectors computer cages and pedals according to the shop scale.

Back to the heavy lifters (which are more our style) we did some remodling in the shop here and so had to gather some materials with the zero emission Xtracyle / Bikes at Work / Super Duty- Dual Piston-Overhead Cam-Sport Utility Vehicle with onboard safety and navigation “Brain”. Which is an actual human brain.

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A bigger and better repair area along with more display space.

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All over but the painting. And another year of work of course. Hope to see you soon!

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