June 2011

Just in case you’d like your bike to be the finest in all the land:



MK Fenders is still at it, what with their skills and fancy ideas:

The above two bikes came in for standard tune-up work, and it’s a delight to see these Iowa-crafted, fully shaped wooden fenders put to use.



The closing reception for our recent art show, The Nutbin — Works on Paper in Black Walnut Ink & Paint, was a fine experiment in how to squeeze a bunch of artwork onto one little wall and how to squeeze a bunch of people into a little bike shop during a downpour.  Records were broken!  Another art show is in the works, details forthcoming.

A lovely mix of art, bikes, and folks:


Black walnut cookies were the preferred sugar delivery system:


The accordion was lean & mean:


A handful more photos are in this here area.


More sneak peeks from the art show currently on view at 30¢:



The closing reception will be this Saturday, 4-6.

Stop by to see the whole show fer real, eat a black walnut shortbread cookie, and listen to the accordion genius of one Lauren Haldeman!




Better late than never (and just in time for the weekend so you might have time to read it all) here is the 30¢ Squad report from the 2011 Dirty Kanza 200.  All in all a great trip!  Highly recommend the event if you are looking for a dawn to dusk (or dark) bicycle adventure.  There are many other reports from the day over at the event website, and there is a great set of photos over there, too, if you are curious to get a better idea of what the ride is all about.

Back in the shop, we are happy and proud to announce that we are Schlick Cycles dealers!  We have this demo bike here now, feel free to come down and check it out, take it for a ride, buy it even, we don’t mind.  Check out their website for all the details, but know that the company is based in Milwaukee, WI and the the frames are made in West Branch, Iowa, by master framebuilder Tom Teesdale.

Lots of options for these bikes, belt drive, sliding Paragon drops, internal geared hubs, paint options, you can even go full custom on the frame design if you like.  The many benefits of working with a small company that wants to put you on the best bike you have ever ridden.

Belt drive has us very excited here at the shop and we keep thinking about how great it would be on a winter bike.

We had the Schlick Smitty here as a demo for the last couple of months and it not only got lots of comments sitting on the floor here but induced big smiles after each and every test ride.

Schlick also offers a fatbike, the Northpaw, we should have a demo in here by early August.  And check out the Shark!

Show us a cooler looking bike and we’ll throw a rock at it!

What a great week around the shop, here is just some of the cool stuff we got to work on.

First the classic, a beautiful Raleigh Mountie 20″ with new streamers and basket.  Sweet!

Knurled headset spacers from Velo Orange make a great transition from black to silver on this Long Haul Trucker.  Savory!

More VO on this Tom Teesdale.  Frame handbuilt in West Branch Iowa, we built it up with loads of shiny bits from VO including the hammered fenders, bottle cages, stem, seatpost, and brake levers.  Shimano 10 sp drivetrain and Nitto bars finish it off.  Sweet!

More handbuilt in Iowa, this bike is from the first framebuilding class at the U of I that Teesdale is helping teach.  Dana stopped by to show off his ride that he built himself.  The frame is cool enough, but there are plenty of things to ooh and aah at all over on the build.  Sweet!

And check the detail of the split top tube, the arrow always points the way.  Savory!

More double tube action, this bike was purchased in Denmark and brought back to Iowa City, we got to build it up.  A super cool eye catching bike, look for it around town and get yourself a closer look.  Sweet!

And what about this, we sold our first Bacchetta this week, the Corsa 24.  This bike is awesome, light as a feather and spec’ed to go fast.  Sweet & savory!



Teaser of today’s addition to the current 30¢ art show:

Hey so, there’s an art show at the shop right now.  Work by nearly a dozen local artists will continue to go up over the next three weeks until the closing reception on Saturday, June 25th.  You can get the gist of its purpose by checking out the show’s statement:




Whet your appetite with a sneak peak of the first three pieces now showing:







Big doings this weekend.  Steve is off to Kansas for his fourth Dirty Kanza 200, a 200 mile helping of heaping gravel roads.

Going to ride the MASI SSCX until he gets really tired and throws up on himself, or until he really finishes, whichever comes first.

Closer to home on Saturday afternoon, table tennis phenomenon Kaia Wilson will be performing outside the shop at Wake Up Iowa City!  Show starts at 4 pm, Leslie Hall will also be doing her thang, and Sleep Daddy will be putting on a little fashion show, too.  So come on down for the most awesomest day of your awesome life!