A collection of things and happenings from the last week.


Early morning rides in Iowa generally offer a moment of profound beauty. Or foggy misty rainy sleet sometimes.


We built up this Surly Cross Check commuter this week. It’s green and pink and white, mostly.


Not everyone is a fan…


Another view of that Surly, a vision realized.


And look what we got in the mail this week, Happy Holidays everyone!

Poker Run is tonight! $10 entry fee gets you a coffee at Wake Up, a beer at Trumpet Blossom. Ride to five places in Iowa City and get five cards Start at Wake Up & end at the Trumpet Blossom Cafe where you play your hand to win gift certificates to WAKE UP, Trumpet Blossom, 30th Century Bicycle, or White Rabbit! Music starts@ 5:30 with the musical stylings of Chasing Shade & We Shave!! A portion of the proceeds goes to the Crisis Center.

ICCSA Season 2 Launch Party is tomorrow night at Trumpet Blossom!

Lots of options to support local artists: $50 will get you a meal and an ICCSA commemorative print all while getting a healthy earful of Dustin Busch’s pickin’ & croonin’. If you decide to do the full CSA subscription for $350, you get six pieces of artwork from six local artists. If those options are too rich for your blood, $10 will get you in the door tomorrow night for music and a commemorative print and the opportunity to hang out with a segment of your arts community.

Shameful, sheepish self-plug time: 30¢’s own Cody G. is one of the repped artists this season, so she’ll be there to tell anyone who will listen all about why it’s worthwhile to spend an entire month+ making a letterpress artists’ book of Art Bears‘ 1981 still sleeping sleeper album The World as it is Today.

Let’s keep this dance with the devils of intellectual property law going with this Italian bar plug that landed in the shop earlier this week. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

This is amazing.

Wood and nettle shall we take a pedal? More info HERE.

Yesterday we had a cross country cyclist stop into the shop. While always tan, windblown, and generally exciting, there is nothing really out of the ordinary about this, except he was riding an Ira Ryan touring bike.

It is pretty cool to have a bike built by an old roommate and good friend stop in. Not as good as if it had been the Ira himself, but we still got some good biking stories over a beer on the patio at the Trumpet Blossom.

Roaming closer to home, the buffalo (okay, bison) that are part of a mural long covered up were uncovered when a building on the ped mall was demolished, pretty cool peek at local history. Read more about it here.



Over a week passes and we suddenly realize we haven’t updated the blog. We get so busy we tend to think things like, “nothing’s really happening around here, it’s just hectic.” But, lo! We take another look around, remember to bring out the camera once in a while, and whaddaya know, loads of stuff are blog-worthy.

This lil’ feller (or not-so-little if you note the chainguard) got some much needed grease in all the right parts and will soon get a re-covered seat. Revamped for the grandkids, old is new!

Disenchanted with your road bike? Swap that handlebar to something a bit more cruise-y and rediscover your bicycle bond. New adventures await!

In the case of the Masi CX Uno, new is new. Set up for commuter and light-tour duty, the CX Uno is ready to excel.

Next time somebody calls you a grease ball, just think of our little friend here at the shop, a literal ball of grease scraped from a fancy road derailleur.

For those of you who don’t know yet, or forgot, or never knew, our shop expanded. As such, our old smudged up and cramped little space has been vacant for a bit.

Enter the artist.

Framebuilder most extraordinary, sculptor par excellent Dana Haugaard transformed the grunge and grime into clean and shine. Mirrors, too. Come check it out, you’ll be glad you did!

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 12-5pm
and by appointment

RECEPTION (Party Time)
March 24th
Adult Beverages provided (as well as some fizzy water too, I’m sure)

Over the weekend we left the shop in the capable hands of our newest employees and Cody and I headed to Minneapolis to check out Frostbike, the biggest little bicycle tradeshow in the world. We saw some old stuff and some new stuff. Like this Big Dummy to Bill or Ted adapter from SURLY. No word if this will be available as a most awesome and all powerful cargo accessory, mostly because the dudes in the SURLY booth are kind of surly looking, so we just took a picture of it and are crossing our fingers.

Nicely done. We also got had a good discussion with the PDW folks not just about their innovative and well designed products, but how they are doing everything they can to reduce packaging to make the world a better place. Their Origami fender, for instance, is made out of it’s own packaging! Apparently Hutchinson thinks this is a reason for them to use more packaging, kind of like trading cardboard credits instead of carbon ones, demonstrated here with their full sized tubular tire box.

We also got a glimpse of Steve Flagg’s personal ride. He refuses to ride anything else, which keeps the R&D departments at SURLY, Salsa, Foundry, All-City, and Civia (forgetting anyone?) going trying to finally come up with something that will impress him enough to give it up and turn this beauty over to a museum.

After taking in all things trade show we roamed around Minneapolis to take in some of the bike culture up there. We hit the Seward Co-op, which is being discussed a lot in Iowa City lately as an idea generator for the possible Iowa City Co-op relocation. They have not just a Fixit stand like our beloved New Pi, but also covered bike parking, and lots of it!

So much it could not be fit in a single photo! We also hit a book store, a couple of faboo restaurants, and bike shops. One of them was even open. There are more photos, and lots more to report, so check out our Frostbike album, and come on in to see and hear more of what we learned up there. Big thanks to QBP and all the vendors for putting on such a great show.




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