Help Wanted

Now Hiring!

We are looking for someone with bike shop experience to join our team!

If you:

  • LOVE to ride

  • Know how to wrench on a bike

  • Like to have fun

  • Have summer and weekend availability

Apply Now!

Send a resume to info@geoffsbikeandski.com or stop into the shop and fill out a paper application.

 

Moustache March 2014!

moustache march 2014March is here, the winter beards are gone and the moustaches of spring are out in full force at the bike shop.  Stop in for our best deals of the year on winter apparel and equipment or take advantage of closeout pricing on 2013 bicycles along with increased discounts on accessories with every bike purchase.

February wrap ups up bring on Moustache March!

February was a busy month for us at the shop. Ski season has continued strong into the new year and a fresh blanket of snow last night is only further pushing back the on set of spring.  The trails at MacBride were groomed this morning and the 10 day forecast has us believing there will be another week or two of skiing before we can really kick off riding season.  The nasty weather hasn’t kept bikes off our minds though as we have been busy gearing up many of the local  team and club riders with their new bikes and parts for the year.  Kevin and Oliver headed north to attend Frostbike, a trade show and open house put on by our main distributor, Quality Bicycle Products, in Bloomington Minnesota.  The same weekend saw Geoff and a crew of Iowa City skiers undertake a monumental drive up to Hayward Wisconsin for an even more monumental American Birkebiner.  Over 12″ of fresh snow fell the day before the race and brought down finish times for all racers by an average of 30 minutes.  Great job finishing to all the braved the elements!

Now for the month in picutes!

new tvAt long last we upgraded from the 32″ tube TV that had graced the shop’s front corner since we opened the doors nearly 8 years ago.  The new TV brings us the capability to stream bike races from the computer and you can be sure it will get put to good use during the Spring Classics season.  We also have done some house keeping and rearranged our sports nutrition display and expanded the products we carry.  Let us know if there is something you would like to see us stock, our inventory is constantly evolving to best serve our riders.

fat boy 1

We took delivery of our 2nd and 3rd Specialized Fat Boys of the year, and our first of the Expert model (seen here)  These bikes look better than we could have imagined and were well worth the wait to get them.  The 17.5″ (medium) frame weighed in at a very respectable 31 lbs out of the box (with metal flat pedals).  At $2600 the Fat Boy may be one of the best spec-ed for the price fatbikes on the market.  Just look at that sexy carbon fat fork!fat boy 2The 4.6″ Specialized Ground Control tires are an amazing addition to the world of fat tires and will be perfect for stomping the Iowa snow fields.

fat boy - chuckAnd…. as soon as it was in the door it was out the door again.  The 19″ Fatboy was sold only a day after it was built up.  One very happy new fatbike rider.

amira proI built up this 2014 Amira Pro for one of the Specialized-Mercy Elite Women’s Team riders.  The Lululemon Team colors and graphics make this bike one of the best looking bikes I have seen in quite a while.  Flashy yet understated, raw matte cabon mixed with bold subtly placed colors.  Needless to say I loved it and was jealous it only comes on the Amira.

amira pro - vannessaCrappy outside riding conditions weren’t going to keep Vanessa off  her new bike, hot laps around the living had to do for the time being.

venge - henningNot to be out done in the new bike department Iowa City Cycling Club rider Henning picked up his new race bike, a 2014 SWorks Venge, decked out with Roval Carbon Clinchers, new 11 speed Dura-Ace Di2 drive train, and a Quarq power meter  on the carbon SWorks crank.  This big German will be a dominating force in any sprint with his new ride.  Watch out Andre Greipel and  Marcel Kittel, Iowa City has a German sprinting champ of our own.

niner rltLast but not least is Mike’s Niner RLT, this bike is the first non mountain bike from Niner, and Mike will be one of the first guys in the state of Iowa to be on one.  The RLT (Road Less Traveled) is a bike built for gravel roads, with a tweeked geometry and modified spec from a traditional cyclocross bike this rig is designed to float over miles and miles of of unpaved roads.  The colors and graphics on this bike really pop and will  be sure to make it stand out in a crowd.  Look for Mike and some of his Goosetown-New Pi teammates on this Gent’s Ride coming up in April.

 

It has been a great winter to be a skier in Iowa

This winter has been the best we have experienced in several years for Nordic skiing in eastern Iowa.  The groomers have been hard at work to make sure that the most is made out of every snowfall that we have received.   Skier turnout has been strong at both Ashton Cross Country Field in Iowa City and MacBride Nature Recreation Area in North Liberty.  We are excited by all the work that is being done by the newly formed Iowa City Nordic Club, the progress they have made in a short amount of time is impressive.  Hopefully they will meet their goals and be able to open up more skiing opportunities in Johnson County by the time the snow starts to fall next winter.  Check out their website and donate today to insure that this happens.  http://www.iowacitynordicclub.com/

We have been able to collect a handful of pictures of this year’s cross country ski season, please email us any you may have.

nick grooming  It is rare to spot a groomer out during the day, most of their magic is done overnight.

groomedThis year has given us the most consistent snow which allows for beautiful corduroy skate lanes and deep classic tracks.

bluebird trailAnyone who has skied at MacBride is familiar with the Bluebird Trail, one of our favorites.

penninsula trailHeaded out on to the peninsula at MacBride.

sunday crew skiGeoff and the Sunday staff were out for a morning ski before heading into work at the shop.

geoff skiingBehind the scenes of a KGAN-CBS 2 news story on the Iowa City Nordic Club.

kid snow angelsThe kiddos relax in the snow after a morning of skiing.

 

 

Iowa City Nordic Club- Updates 2/1/2014

If you have already contributed thank you, if you haven’t, please consider.  We are a third of the way to our goal.  ICNC is a non-profit/charitable organization.

http://www.iowacitynordicclub.com/

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Some exciting updates:

- Secured permission to groom next year at Kent Park and Brown Deer Golf Course

- Iowa Snow Drifters snowmobile club will loan us a snowmobile to get started

Let’s Make It Happen

Iowa City Nordic Club

We, at Geoff’s Bike and Ski, are very excited to be a part of founding a Nordic ski club here in the eastern Iowa area.

Iowa City Nordic Club

Our goal is to purchase a pulling snowmobile sled, a groomer, and a trailer. With these items, the club will be able to groom Nordic trails in the various parks and county areas, for all skiers to use! We will be dedicated to provide and maintain the most beautiful groomed trails in the Iowa City area!

If you are interested in helping out, we are crowd-sourcing funds to raise money to purchase the necessary equipment to begin grooming some new trails!  For more info, or to get involved head on over to our crowd-sourcing page.