Nice Bike


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This tandem came in for a dust off and lube up last week. It was purchased at a local auction years ago, and then traded so it seems unlikely to ever trace the origin, which is too bad because this is not your ordinary custom tandem.

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The builder cut the back end off a bike and the fork off another bike and welded them together here, leaving the headset and steerer tube in there to hold the stoker handlebar.

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Welded a tube between the cut off chainstay nubs.

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And secured that tube to the bottom of the back bike with a proper big fat old weld. The back end of the tandem was pretty low, but no problem, just cut a piece of the Ashtabula out and re-weld the crank arms back together, they measured about 155. The timing chainring was the existing on the rear crank, but a drive chainring was added by welding another chainring onto spacers. Rickety? You bet. Kick ass? You bet! The owners want it to roll around the neighborhood and it will continue to do that for sure, this was fun to work on. Mostly :)

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30¢B:  So let’s get this straight, you’re Aufderheide? What’s that all about?

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BWA: Let Me Google That For You? Like it says on the website, lights, fenders, racks, action.

30¢B: Okay, smartass, we can all see that you are made in the USA by a couple of cool guys out in Portland, OR, and you have not only the best headtube badge in the business but also a custom matching stem and frame pump, but what’s with them shifters?

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BWA: They are super cool right? Also from Portland by the way, Gevanalle is the name and durable comfortable precise braking and shifting is the game.

30¢B: Anything else from Portland to show off? And are you the shiniest bike ever?

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BWA: Funny you should ask, I count on Fenderbot from PDW to light things up behind me. Small, effective and always there when needed, kind of like me. Now as to your shiny question – yes I am the shiniest bike ever. Lots of Velo Orange components and Nitto Racks, hope they don’t hurt your eyes?

30¢B: Okay you brought it up and mentioned small, what size are you anyways?

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BWA: You pig! This interview is over!!

<Aufderheide knocks over Feedback Sports RAKK (which is not easy to do) and storms out the door, bound for anywhere and who knows where>

A couple of shots from around the shop this week.

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All the Bianchi colors lined up and in stock!

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We just finished up this Bianchi Pista build for a customer that opted for bullhorn bars instead of drops. Long and low that is the tempo!

And we got another one a them fad bike things in – oh sorry meant FAT bike.

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10% off too, which brings it just under $50/lb

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We also got in a couple of the Bianchi Via Nirone 7’s for stock and have the fabulous Bianchi Lupo in a wide range of sizes if you have been thinking about giving cyclocross a try. Or, you know, if you just want a kick ass versatile bike. Lots of 2014 bikes on sale now so come in and see if one might be right for you, and meet our fish, too!

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We got a Betta and he is a pretty little guy

 

Nice day out there in Iowa City .

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And here is a nice bike all accessorized and ready to be picked up today.

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Inside we have a nice reorganization of our sales floor.

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And we’re listening to Bon Iver, isn’t that nice?

 

Our floor is orange when it is not too dirty.

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So is this sweet old Schwinn Voyageur. The owner had us add some shine from Velo Orange and Nitto and a touch of honey from Brooks.

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Another orange one, brand new out of a really small box is this Dahon Speed D7 in tangerine. This is the folding bike we sell more than any other because it is simple, strong, and, well – it’s orange!

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In other upgrade news we have gotten in a couple more sets of Retroshifters, now called Gevenalle or however it’s pronounced – one set to help this tandem shift more reliably especially up front on it’s wide range crankset. The other set is for a Breadwinner Aufderheide we are building up, pictures to follow but a bike so nice gets it’s own blog post!

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Another cool upgrade shifter project. We took off dead Shimano trigger shifters here and replaced them with these nicely machined thumb shifters from Microshift. Strong light cheap – pick all three!

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Not orange but sure to make folks green with envy is this decked out Xtracycle Edgerunner with the full family package to haul kids and or cargo – plus a generator wheel powering front and back lights with a USB charger.

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Last thing orange and upgraded we made some major changes to our helmet / clothing / shoe corner. Stop in and take a seat – we do! Carpet is also quite comfortable for naps we hear.

 

First up – future event! Next Friday, March 7th The NCJC Youth Off Road Riders are having a Spring Benefit and Hand Built Bike Show at the Terry Trueblood pavilion. Silent auction. Live auction. Pretty hand made bikes to look at from the UI frame building class. Hope to see you there.

Presently, just want to mention that our Swing into Spring Sale is still on, and while the stock of hats is gone and gloves are low we still have a limited selection of studded tires in 26″ and 700c. And for good measure our remaining 2013 MASI road bikes are 15% off.

To the past then, this unforgettable winter weather will soon be forgotten as the cycling season proper is coming at us. Last night Bicyclists of Iowa City held their annual Bike Expo out at the North Ridge Pavillion in Coralville.

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Donnie and I loaded up a couple of cool bikes with cool stuff to show off and made the ride out to do just that.

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Xtracycle Edgerunner, Detroit Bikes A-Type, Ironweed BP bags, Selle Anatomica demo saddles, a full carbon MASI road frameset, some Arkel stuff, Retroshifters, Giro shoes and more.

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The Ironweed Dolliver trunk bag fits a 12 pack perfectly! We had a good time drinking a couple of those and chatting with folks, and the ride back was all tailwinds and smiles, like the Spring season just ahead.

We got Detroit Bikes! Aside from being a nice get around town bike at a nice price these bikes are also made in Detroit, MI, USA.

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They came in boxes, white boxes, and it must be the box that is fragile, because it isn’t the bike.

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Our first build, built. The Detroit Bike is the A-Type and it comes in one color and one size. What you see there is what you get. This is a super smooth and smart city bike. Steel frame, bolt on wheels, internal 3 speed hub, chainguard, fender and rack.

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Reflector on the fender, and a nicely done cut out graphic on the rack.

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If that still is not enough for your A-Type bike vision check out the valve caps!

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These bikes even come with a real non-generic (yet black and white) illustrated owner’s manual. With the attention to detail it seems Detroit Bikes has maybe some Type A personality folks that designed the Type-A? Well, we are excited to have them in stock and have special introductory pricing also so come on in and have a look!

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