Zip Car

Everyone asks, “Pretty slow this time of year?”


Nope. First there was the construction and painting of these here walls. Then trying to figure out where everything should go. Xtracycle get their own chunk of wall so all the longtail stuff is in one place, saddles and folding tires, too. And that cascades over to the pannier selection which is now less cramped and looking to expand.

There are also some that choose to flee the cold and dark of Iowa for sunnier warmer lands so some bikes get boxed and shipped away.


We can Xtracycle that.

Then it always seems that there are projects people save up til winter to spring on us also. Like the customer that decided he had finally had enough of sew ups on his hi flange 5 speed freewheel Dura Ace wheelset and his 6 speed freewheeling Campagnolo Record wheelset. So he hunted up some classic clincher rims for us to rebuild them.


And then the new stuff starts showing up, like boxes and boxes of Lazer helmets, and Masi Road bikes next week.


And then there is some travel, like going to Cyclocross World Championships and then taking the train out to NAHBS. And the 30¢ Squad took a zipcar up to Dubuque and did the Triple D last weekend. Pretty slow this time of year? Never!

Zip cars are new to Iowa City, but the car sharing idea has long been in practice in larger cities. We are car free professionally and personally, but that does not mean we don’t like to get out of town once in a while. So now rather than relying on a long bike ride or the kindness of friends we can schedule up and hit the road to see the sights.

We have used the cars a few times now, a trip to Cedar Rapids to see the Mucha exhibit at the Czech Museum, West Liberty for a puppet show, and yesterday Steve took this car over to Indianola to do a mountain bike race. The zipcar experience can best be summed up in the word: Smooth. It is really easy to get zipping, so if you want to increase your radius check out Zipcar! Now if we could just get Iowa City connected to them trains…