Getting Started


Okay, I dunno how this works or what it means, but Cody has started us up a twitter account.  I don’t know how you subscribe or find out about it, so if you know please leave a comment and share with everyone, including me.  Thanks.  I am sure Cody will get the info out there once she finishes tuning up that Schwinn Collegiate.

There is a new page here at the blog, check it to see photos and descriptions of our in stock used bikes.  We have more, but they are not ready to go so keep checking back or maybe just follow our tweetering or whatever it is called.

Bikes are way cool.  One of my favorite things about them is the multitude of simple custom modifications that can be made to them to meet a specific need or purpose.  This example came in for a tuneup this week.

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Kickstand not long enough?  Got a stick?  Hose clamp?  Done!

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A closer look of the craftspersonship.  The stickstand is super stable and is 100% compostable (except for the hose clamps) and biodegradable but is not sold in stores.  Over the years I have also seen panniers made out of trashcans, fenders made out of tires and hangers, barends out of vice grips (not a very cost effective solution) and aero bars made out of wood.  I can’t wait to see what comes in next.

Tomorrow marks one month since we opened our doors.  It has been a great experience so far and we are finding our rythmn and looking forward to the busy cycling months ahead.  Hope to see you in the shop or out riding!

Today is our shop day closed for sanity and it feels pretty good.  It is a beautiful day, the official Bike to Work Week is over (although we respectfully remind you it never really ends) and we had a busy weekend at the shop.  The University semester ended and the streets are quieter.  Wednesday will mark one month open – Exciting!

This place has changed so much already, we are excited about the summer ahead but I as don’t have any pictures from the future here are some from last weeks Mayor’s Ride and the Friday party /  prize give away.

Some folks met at the shop before the ride for carbo-loading , storytelling and laughs.

Even with the weather induced postponement it was a good turnout.

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We got our yearly photo by Donald, lookit all that hi-vis!

Cody is the best dressed shop owner in town you better believe it.

Here is our pile of stuff we gave away, except for that bike wheel and that Langster.

And then it was over.  Thanks for playing and remember, keep riding your bike where you need to go!

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.

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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We are closed for business today, but that does not mean business is not getting done.  Cody is hard at work on our business cards and I just ordered us some bikes from Bianchi.  Yep, we are Bianchi dealers now!  We have increased our used bike stock to three with the addition of a really nice Peugeot.  These bikes are better than new, they’re used!

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We were open over the weekend and had lots of folks stop in to check things out.  We have short Sunday hours so we were able to go down and check out the Criterium.  I love going to bike races and not just for the racing.  There is the heckling, of course, but the best thing is that everyone comes out and it is a great social event.   A couple of notable surprises yesterday, Dr. Bethards was passing through town and he stopped down to talk.

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And did mine eyes deceive me?  Nope, Michael Fatka himself at our humble little race.  And wouldn’t you know it, he inspired Tilford to the win in the Pro/1/2 mens race.  How many times has Steve raced this crit I wonder? Michael, Cody, and I had a nice chat about fixies and Bikes at Work trailers.  I really wanted to talk to him about our new shop because his shop in Ames remains one of the coolest I have ever been in in my whole life but he was watching the racing and so were we.  Another time, great to see you at the races Michael!

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I shot a couple of action shots and got this out of focus gem of our local fasties despite the helpful focusing and lighting advice of Mauro.

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Mauro is a great photogropher, you can check out his photos of the day here.  He is back in town rehabbing his knee so he can continue his interupted long journey, we wish him well on that endeavour but are glad to have him back in town.

After the races we went to the Mill for food and beers with some folks and it capped a great day of bike racing.  Now I can cross update blog from my day off to-do list, time to do a tune up and build a bike or three.

And are now perched on the outside of the shop.  Every day we see our shop grow and change.  This morning we have been drilling into concrete to get those signs up.

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As of yesterday we are able to accept Visa & Mastercard credit cards.  We’re sending our shop phone number out into the ether for anyone who needs to call… (319)248-1288.  Call us!  As for bold constructive criticism, lay it on us.  We can take it!

We have one used bike ready to go:

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It’s the red Trek 220 sitting happily with the MASIs.  These days the previous owner is too tall for 24″ wheels and somehow too mature for the ghost flames that run along the top and down tubes.  Flames aren’t cool anymore??  That cuts deep.

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This Free Spirit Brittany should be ready by the end of the day, depending on how busy we are today.  Free Spirits are in no way high-end bikes, but this one will be low-priced and practical, great for someone who is riding short distances or trying to get back into riding a bicycle after a long absence.

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Steve loaded up the cargo bike for a small haul of gently used tires and wheels.  Perfect for used bike, townie action!  The keen observer will notice Steve’s spanky new Ira Ryan frame nested on top.  It is here!

In other news we’re excited for this weekend’s races.  Saturday is the Iowa City Road Race, and Sunday is the always fun Old Cap Crit.  The criterium loops around the downtown area, and fulfills my personal fantasy of seeing only bicycles and pedestrians out in the streets.  Well, except for the lead car… but that’s the only one!  We’ll be there as much as we can, and we hope to see you!

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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
The Gazette
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(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.

Plywood, and thanks for asking.

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Construction is wrapping up.  The signage is one of the last things for us to make dust with and since we cut them outside Cody figured it was safe to bring the big computer down.

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The cargo bike finally experienced being a thousand dollar dream machine!

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The signs are primed for painting and Cody’s artistic touch.

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A local bike commuting icon stopped in to show off his rig and talk about everything and anything.  I have seen him around plenty but had never met him and it was great to learn more about him and his bike.  Check the kicker, he says the design is the finest ever made.

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We  are so close to being open now, there are still at least 15 things to do (I made a list!) and the next couple days should be action packed.  Hope we don’t forget anything major!

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