Midseason Fat Bike Update!

If you woke up to a sweet new fat bike under the tree, you’re a lucky biker. If you didn’t, you’re even luckier because that means you can come pick out your own from our wide variety of fat bike options!

We have fat bikes from Surly, Boo Bikes, and Specialized, with a few oddballs occasionally mixed in. Below is our fat bike corner; not shown are tires, fenders, and other fat bike specific accessories that we keep in stock.




The Surly Pugsley is the original fat bike, and still one of the best. We have a 2014 Special “Ops” Edition Pugsley with an 18″ frame that we’re blowing out. This Pugs is built up with Shimano components, sweet chrome rims, special tan-wall tires, and limited edition paintjob.

Was: $2500, is now $2100.




We’ve had the pleasure of building a few custom fat bikes recently for some lucky customers.

First is this Moots Frosthammer. This is the nicest fat bike you will ever see.

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The full titanium frame, with the matching titanium seatpost, is built up with a Sram XX1 drivetrain with a carbon RaceFace Next SL crankset, HED BFD carbon rims laced to Industry Nine hubs, Salsa Makwa carbon fork, Thomson Ti handlebars, and Sram XX brakes.


Next is an Alubooyah fat bike from Boo Bicycles, with a custom paint scheme from Boo.


This beaut belongs to one very happy customer, Mike Loots, who wrote a heartfelt thank-you to the guys at Boo for crafting his steed. The blog post is here.



BOO Bicycles

We are proud to announce that we are the newest official BOO Bicycles dealer!

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“Boo Bicycles handcrafts bicycles using the finest bamboo in the world.  Our bamboo is so strong it is nicknamed ‘Iron Bamboo’ and is commonly used to build bridges and multi-story scaffolding locally in Vietnam, where we grow our bamboo ourselves on our private plantation.

Boo frames are built using a tube-to-tube construction method.  All tubes are hand-cut and chiseled to fit together perfectly in the jig before they are bound together with unidirectional carbon fiber.  Tubes are hollowed to a 3-5mm wall thickness (dependent on frame size and type) for weight savings and stiffness tuning.  The average Boo frame takes 40-50 hours of hand labor to construct.

Aluboo and Alubooyah frames are built using a lugged construction method.  Poles with a slightly-larger diameter than our aluminum lugs are selected.  The ends of these inserts are ‘turned down’ and textured for a nice, flush fit.  The frame is then assembled, and an aircraft-grade epoxy secures the ends of the bamboo inserts in place inside the aluminum lugs.

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Boo handles all bamboo procurement in-house.  From managing our mature culms for new tube growth, to the harvest of mature poles (3 1/2 years old), to our extensive post-harvest treatment process to temper the bamboo and prepare it for use in our frames, our craftsman James has spent almost 20 years working with bamboo and refining our procurement process.  Like a fine whiskey, the raw inputs and aging process to produce high-quality bamboo are intensive and lengthy.  But if done properly, the rewards are great.  Don’t take our word for it though–ride a Boo or Aluboo today to find out for yourself.”

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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.

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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.


Custom Surly Pugsley

We just had the pleasure of completing a custom Surly Pugsley build.  It is always fun to put together bikes that specifically fit what an individual is looking for and this fatbike was no exception.

igh pug 1It was our first time seeing this sharp looking blue color as it is a new color for the 2014 models.

igh pug 2Salsa Bend handlebars, Avid BB7 brakes and FR-5 levers, Ergon GC1 grips, and Surly’s Nasty Nate tire up front.

igh pug 3The drive train is what really makes this bike unique.  The Shimano Alfine 11 hub gives a nice wide gear range and a very clean look.  The KMC rustbuster chain can take the worst that winter will throw at this rig.  A Surly Knard tire is mounted to the Surly Holy Darryl rim.  Barely making the shot are the RaceFace Turbine Fatbike crank and the Brooks B17 saddle, both great additions to this build.

Teesdale Gravel Grinder

edeker build 1We just finished up assembly on this beautiful Tom Teesdale built gravel destroyer, drop handle bars and clearance for tires up to 2″ wide this bike is ready for anything its new owner can throw at it.

Build highlights include the full Ultegra 6700 drive train, handbuilt wheels (XT hubs to Stan’s No Tubes Arches), Schwalbe Hurricane 40c tires, Moots Ti seatpost, and a Brooks B17 Ti saddle.

edeker build 2Look for this rig around the lonely back roads of Johnson County or down in Kansas at the 200 mile Dirty Kanza race.

Custom Build: 2013 S-Works Tarmac; the one bike to rule them all

We just finished this custom build for a customer and wow this bike is unbelievably nice.  It is right up there with the nicest builds to ever leave the store.

Specs include a brand spankin’ new Shimano Dura Ace 9000 11 speed component package (it is just as sweet as you might imagine) , Zipp 404 carbon clinchers, Speedplay X1 pedals.  The whole bike tips the scales at right around 15 lbs.

Hank can barely contain his excitement!

Custom Wheels: Cyclocross Tubulars

Just finished this set of 28 hole HED Belgium tubular rims laced to DT 350 hubs.  Yeah, they are pretty darn tubular.

Built with DT competition spokes and brass nipples this is a race worthy wheelset but still has plenty of durability.  They’ve got Challenge Griffo tires glued to them for the cross season.

Front: 800g

Rear: 940g

Custom Wheels: Chris King High Flange Classic to Stan’s ZTR 355

There isn’t much we like more than building a sweet set of custom wheels for customers.  This wheelset is a prime example.  Chris King Pretty and Strong High Flange Classic Hubs laced into 26″ Stan’s ZTR 355 rims, built with DT Competition Spokes and brass nipples.  Theses beaut’s are destined for a custom DeSalvo cyclocross bike.

front: 690g

rear: 840g

wheelset: 1530g