Internally Geared

We inherited a few too many doors with our expanded shop space.

After looking at them for 8 months we decided to move them out so someone who could actually use them could have them. We also had a bit of recycling that needed to go, so loaded up the Xtracycle, hooked up the Bikes at Work Trailer, and made for the Iowa City ReStore!

Right up to the donation doors, luckily they accepted them – but who can pass up a Porsche / Quaker State poster?

Then over to the recycle bins to unload some more.


Always rock star parking for the bikes. Got some bike hooks at a great price, and a new door, (sigh), and got to ride it all back to the shop in the pouring rain. Door to door!


Too busy to blog around here, so we will just share some photos of the happenings!

Xtracycle on a Klein? Yes!

Beauty! Michelin World Tour tires, natural cork grips and a shiny WALD rack.

Full custom install, drilling holes, cutting stuff, drilling other holes.

Our bigger space is filling right up, today we are building new Bacchetta recumbents to take up even more floor space! These will be in stock and on the floor, so if you are interested in recumbents come take a test ride.

Brooks saddles last a long time. But not forever. If and when the sides start to flare out you can lace them together to pull them back where they should be. Some of their new saddles come with holes all along the edge and all you have to do is get a lace, run it from side to side, pull it to the tension you are after and tie it up. If yours does not have holes you can either punch them or drill them. Or we can do it for you!

There are lots of webpages that show you how to do this, but most of them are boring, frankly, with pictures of drills and markers and stuff. So here we present the Brooks saddle in question with an exploded Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub to class it up a bit.

Speaking of class, here we have the same Brooks saddle, now with 6 holes drilled per side, plus a can of champagne. How did we do it?! We used a caliper to reference the first hole on each side from the rivet on the nose, and then evenly spaced them back, about a centimeter up from the bottom edge. The holes are just big enough for the lace to pass through. *WARNING*: Don’t drink too much coffee before performing the measuring or drilling step! As to how we got a can of champagne, it was a shopwarming gift form our friendly neighborhood bar.

Finished project, should provide a few more miles, or years, of use for it’s owner!

Back on an old English lightweight, looking like it owns the place. Class dismissed.

We managed to open our little bike shop here in 5 weeks, so just expanding it into the new space should take, um, half that?  We dunno, but we will keep you posted.  In any case, don’t worry, we will be open throughout this process!  Things are underway, our signs have been moved to the south wall of the building where our door will be, and our big windows are scheduled to be installed early next week in those big window looking spaces.

In the meantime we are doing what we can now, like cleaning out our salvage metals and recycling.

The steel went yesterday with the ease only an Xtracycle and Bikes at Work Trailer can provide.

Then, a Craftsperson rolling tool chest came back to better organize our tools and handily roll around.  Like when moving it next door, for example.

We had a new Surly project this week.

The Surly Karate Monkey (not to be confused with Hockey Monkey, the classic ditty by James Kochalka Superstar and the Zambonis)  comes as a singlespeed 29’er mountain bike.  We switched the rear wheel out for an Alfine 8 speed IGH and fendered it up to make it a simple yet badass commuting machine.

The Alfine can rock the disc brake and that Velocity rim is reflective for extra cool factor.

A beautiful bike that is ready for anything!

Steve has been without an X for a few months, and it finally got to him, so a new longtail came together over the weekend.

The once sleek singlespeed MASI Speciale Commuter got a WALD basket up front and Xtracycle FreeRadical attachment with drive side wideloader in back.

The FSA Patterson Transmission got the call and initial impressions are all smiles, the gearing range (28t/45t) is pretty ideal for Xtracycling when empty or loaded.

Mission Control.  Suntour power shifters, a computer to tell the time and keep track of yearly hauling mileage, and the bell I was awarded for that one time I rode over 300 miles across Iowa on gravel roads keeps an eye on me and alerts anyone who needs alerting to my presence.

Suntour derailler handles the 9 speed cassette with ease.  That  handbuilt rear wheel has proven time and again that it can carry it’s own weight, so to speak.

For those really long loads the Bikes at Work trailer hitch tucks in nicely with a chunk of rim shim.

Tested it out first for home and then shop recycling.

And assorted canister relocation projects.

Then, to replace the MASI as the go fast townie it hauled my old LeMond Poprad down to the shop this morning for it’s makeover.  If you have a bike, and stuff, and want to move both of them from place to place together, we highly recommend an Xtracycle as a great way to do it!

Big excitement here at 30th Century Bicycle World HQ.

New bike commuting stuff showed up!  Generator hubs and lights, sure, but they are not new.  Check out this crankset from FSA!

Yep, it looks like a spaceship or a showerhead or something, but it is a single chainring 2 speed crankset!

The inner workings.  28t chainring that magically expands to 42t through the unknown wonders of planetary gears.  You can shift while stopped or pedaling like crazy.  This is destined for one of our bikes unless one of you’uns gets in here and buys it out from under us – which we encourage you to do.  It is not the lightest thing we have ever lifted, pushing 1,800 grams, but it sure is neat, and we are confident it will complement a singlespeed or IGH winter bike set up perfectly.

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