Today we are trying out being open. We don’t have our signs on the building yet (but they look great), and we can’t take a credit card, and we will have to handwrite you a receipt if you want to buy something. But if you need a flat fixed or a chain shortened or even a whole tune up, we can help.
We also have another article in the paper about our little shop, this time in the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
I.C. bike shop caters to commuters
By Dave DeWitte
(Brian Ray/The Gazette)
Cody Gieselman of Iowa City cleans up the chain of a bicycle at the Iowa City Community Bike Project in April 2006. Gieselman and Steve Goetzelman will open 30th Century Bicycle, 310 Prentiss St., today to serve the needs of people like themselves who commute by bicycle.
IOWA CITY — Iowa City’s newest bike shop is geared up to answer one question: How far will a bicycle take you as a means of transportation?
Cody Gieselman and Steve Goetzelman are opening 30th Century Bicycle, 310 Prentiss St., today to serve the needs of people like themselves who commute by bike.
Instead of super-light racing bicycles or hefty mountain bikes with fat tires, they plan to sell practical bikes like the Surly Long Haul Trucker, which is designed to ride comfortably when it’s weighted down with gear.
Inventory also will include carrying racks, baskets and cloth luggage bags called panniers.
Bike commuters have different needs than casual cyclists, according to Gieselman, a former paraeducator. They need fenders for riding in the rain, and lights for riding at night.
Commuters also need a bike that’s highly sturdy and able to take some punishment. That rules out some of the new bikes in the below-$500 price range, Gieselman said.
30th Century Bicycle plans to offer used as well as new bikes in order to provide the kind of bikes commuters need at affordable prices. Gieselman said she also likes selling used bikes because they have a smaller carbon footprint than a new bike, which is typically manufactured in China and shipped halfway around the world.
Gieselman and Goetzelman are disciples of bicycle commuting.
“We don’t have a car,” Gieselman said. “We ride our bikes in all weather.”
The couple even used an 8-foot-long bicycle trailer manufactured by a company in Ames to move some of their furnishings into the shop. Fortunately, they didn’t have to move all their supplies by bicycle.
“We’re lucky to have some friends who share a community truck,” said Gieselman, who met Goetzelman, a bike mechanic, when they were both working at World of Bikes.
The couple also volunteered together at The Bike Library in Iowa City, where they discovered how many people didn’t have access to a good bike.
The couple looked at opening the shop in the Sycamore Mall area before finding the location in an area of South Gilbert Street that’s already home to three other bike shops. It’s been jokingly dubbed the “blinkie light district,” due to the number of bicycles in the area with blinking safety lights.
The new shop’s hours initially will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.