September 2009


This Friday, October 2nd, Cody will be releasing her Awkwardly Put anthology into the wild at the Iowa City Gallery Walk.  This is a handbound book of drawings and comics previously released as individual zines.

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The shop will still be open until 6, but after closing I (steve) will get right over there, and we hope to see you at the walk!

First the pie.

We helped Michael set up his bike for his new business endeavour, check it out!

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He rides around and sells pies, hot off the rack, so to speak.

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If you see him around yell at him and get yourself a pie, I had the strawberry rhubarb and it was durned fine.

Then the ride.

This weekend is the Amish Harvest Tour to Cure Cancer.

The 2009 Amish Tour to Cure Cancer Bike Ride (the Courage Ride), a splendid and colorful ride through beautiful Amish country in the fall, this year will gather at the Iowa Mennonite School (IMS), the home base for the ride. The site is nestled in the gently rolling hills of Iowa Amish country near Kalona.

Full details on the ride are at the website linked above.  You can still register tomorrow morning so if you are looking for a ride this is a great option.  There is a chance of rain in the morning but hopefully it will hold off, we wish everyone a great ride.

We donated this nice little folding bicycle and a cool quick release basket to be given away to riders, hope you win!

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Too much coffee, or not enough do you think?

The sale bikes are still on sale, please come buy them and, more importantly, get out there and ride them!  They now have their own special page up top there, appropriately titled SALE BIKES.

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So how is that for pretty?  Prototype wood fenders that some local folks are working on.  These are fully shaped and just pretty, yep I said it again.  There is another set already in rigorous testing on a  Big Dummy and now we are excited to have a set to try, too.  Hopefully they will be available for sale here soon!

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Here are a few of the repair bikes we sent out yesterday.  We shined up the kids bike and added the bell, basket and training wheels, switched the stem on that beautiful Tommasini, and gave that Hercules back there a new rear wheel and drivetrain, plus the basket and grips for good measure.  Three very different, all very nice bikes.

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We had cross country cyclo-tourists stop in last week!  Bob and Ilan stopped in looking for shop stickers.  You can follow their trip here.  We are!

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In the last couple weeks we’ve been hearing serious rumblings about 2010 bikes, and with the incoming of the 2010 Masi catalog, we thought we’d better get out with the old and in with the new.  This is the scoop on discounted bikes:

16″ Green Masi Soulville SS

18″ Black Masi Soulville 7

20″ White Masi Soulville 3

18″ White Masi Soulville 3 Mixte shown below

Masi Soulville 3

20″ Celeste Bianchi Milano Citta shown below

19″ Black Bianchi Milano Parco Step-thru

16″ Silver Bianchi Torino Step-thru

16″ Black Bianchi Cortina Step-thru

18.5″ Black Bianchi Cortina

21″ Black Bianchi Cortina

23″ Silver Bianchi Cortina

Bianchi Citta

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Occasionally it happens that someone will come in and purchase a used bike as we are getting it ready to roll.  This Peugeot mixte was bought by two people as a gift for another.  We were lucky enough to watch them fill the basket with flowers and then invite their friend over for some coffee.  I (Cody) am mostly leary about buying someone a bicycle as a surprise gift, since it’s such a personal choice.  Too many ways for it to turn out badly.  In this case, though, it was a perfect match.

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Introducing the newest piece of equipment to our shop, the Stihl MS-250!  Actually, I (Cody) bought this today for home use, but it sure does look good in here.  I had fun riding from the small engine shop on Southgate Ave. (Air Cooled Engine Services to be exact) over to 30th Century with it perched in my basket.  Got some cheers & some double-takes.  Dustin (pictured) was the only one to do both.

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