The Broken Spoke

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Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas Broken Spoke!
Support your local bike shop - always, but especially in these times....... The Broken Spoke is now providing curbside service! Michael came out to my car, found out what I wanted and took care of it. This is a good time to get your bike ready for spring, if you haven't already. And biking is a great thing to do now - good weather, no crowds, social distancing, stress relief. AND FUN. I have appreciated the great help I get from the Broken Spoke for the past 18 years. YAY.
This is an invitation to join in a bike ride for a good cause! My name is Denny Behm, and I’m a retired French horn professor and a proud kidney donor. To help bring awareness to Living Kidney Donation, I, along with four of my former French horn students, will be riding from Iowa City to the Hennepin County Medical Center in downtown Minneapolis. The ride will begin in Iowa City on September 2 with overnight stops in Grinnell (9/2), Iowa Falls (9/3), Mason City (9/4), Waseca, MN (9/5), Jordan (9/6) and into Minneapolis on Saturday the 7th. We’re calling the ride YONOK (You Only Need One Kidney)! We’ll be riding on paved, county roads until we reach Minneapolis. At that point we’ll be on bike paths and trails. I’m an 80 year old former French horn player with one kidney riding a Catrike, so the pace is going to be modest, 10 to 12 mph. I’d love to have others join us, even if it’s just for a few miles out or meeting us a few miles from each destination. Want to ride the entire way, or an entire leg of the trip? Great! You will need to secure your own accommodations if staying overnight in any of our overnight stops, and you’ll need to make arrangements for transportation back to your starting point. For more information, including departure times and locations, please email me at [email protected] and check out my page. Hoping to have some company on this ride!
Thanks for getting my bike in last Friday afternoon! Rode perfectly during the Big Rove Ride. Great work!
"We’re offering residents a rebate on the purchase of studded bike tires (Max 2 tires per resident, $50 per tire)." Banff Town, Canada
Stolen in Iowa City 8/12/2018. 2013 Trek Verve 3. Has second water bottle cage. Mount for lock was removed some time ago. The pedals were upgraded to the one's were one half is clips and the other half is normal pedal. Had 4 RAGBRAI bike tags on top tube of frame. Son borrowed to continue delivering for Jimmy John's. Homeless man nearby said a teenage boy made a beeline for it when my son forgot to lock it to the rack out front of Jimmy John's (Ped Mall). The picture is kind of washed out. It's as much silver as it is white. 😥😥
At the end of the trail...another Thursday night bike ride. Where to next? The fearless leader of The Broken Spoke wants Tacos...Asa Crowe wants to take pictures for her next art project...Katie Robbins want to meet a friend from out of town. No one ever has a plan on these bike rides anyways...
Whoa, dudes (and dudettes).
Thank you for promoting Ridin' for RhizoKids! Appreciate people that want to help raise awareness of RCDP!

Bikes as transportation! New & used bikes. Full selection of accessories. Full service on pretty much all bicycles. Established 2003. We sell new & used bicycles with the largest selection of used bikes in town!

We are also a full service repair shop & have a good selection of accessories.

Operating as usual

Bike Iowa City Ambassador Program - Bike Iowa City 10/02/2021

Bike Iowa City Ambassador Program - Bike Iowa City

Bike Iowa City Ambassador Program - Bike Iowa City The Bike Iowa City Ambassadors program will highlight innovative, creative, community-minded people who are enthusiastic about cycling in the Iowa City area. Johnson County residents (or those who spend the majority of their time here) will share their passion for cycling in our community by showcas...

09/23/2021

The Broken Spoke is proud to support the 9th Annual Ride 4 Youth that benefits United Action for Youth (UAY)! UAY supports over 2,500 local youth each year and this ride helps them deliver a range of mental health services and programs that promote social and emotional wellbeing in young people, young parents and their families. Given what we have all been through this past 18 months, their services are more important than ever.

You can show support by registering today at www.ride4youth.org. Ride 4 Youth kicks off with an out-door, in-person celebration THIS Sunday, September 26th! There will be food, music, and free Ride 4 Youth swag. The first 200 riders who sign up will get a free Ride 4 Youth t-shirt and a free drink at Big Grove. Come on out and support a good cause!

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Ride any five days!

Ride 4 Youth kicks off this weekend! Our kick off celebration is from 8-11am this Sunday (9/29) and riders can ride that same day or anytime between 9/29-10/3. The kick off celebration will take place outside the MERF building on the UI campus and this is where riders can pick up their t-shirts, swag, and enjoy some food/beverages provided by Java House.

The Broken Spoke is proud to support the 9th Annual Ride 4 Youth that benefits United Action for Youth (UAY)! UAY supports over 2,500 local youth each year and this ride helps them deliver a range of mental health services and programs that promote social and emotional wellbeing in young people, young parents and their families. Given what we have all been through this past 18 months, their services are more important than ever.

You can show support by registering today at www.ride4youth.org. Ride 4 Youth kicks off with an out-door, in-person celebration THIS Sunday, September 26th! There will be food, music, and free Ride 4 Youth swag. The first 200 riders who sign up will get a free Ride 4 Youth t-shirt and a free drink at Big Grove. Come on out and support a good cause!

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Ride any five days!

Ride 4 Youth kicks off this weekend! Our kick off celebration is from 8-11am this Sunday (9/29) and riders can ride that same day or anytime between 9/29-10/3. The kick off celebration will take place outside the MERF building on the UI campus and this is where riders can pick up their t-shirts, swag, and enjoy some food/beverages provided by Java House.

07/14/2021

yes...i will install a golf ball onto the end of your kickstand if you ask nicely...-=D

yes...i will install a golf ball onto the end of your kickstand if you ask nicely...-=D

[06/02/21]   was half an hour late to the shop today...but when an altercation with a harassing motorist ends with them being issued a $460 ticket...it's worth it & that's at least a small victory for cyclists...

hopefully this guy will think twice next time before incessantly honking & tailgating & then passing & jamming on the brakes while swerving in front of a cyclist that 'wasn't riding on the shoulder' 'where they are required to ride...'

Photos from The Broken Spoke's post 04/13/2021

when the art gallery rolls by right in front of your shop...🥰😍😘

The Broken Spoke updated their business hours. 04/01/2021

The Broken Spoke updated their business hours.

The Broken Spoke updated their business hours.

03/25/2021

What's making this cyclist's tail wag? Go to our website to find out: http://thebrokenspoke.com/

What's making this cyclist's tail wag? Go to our website to find out: http://thebrokenspoke.com/

The Broken Spoke updated their business hours. 03/08/2021

The Broken Spoke updated their business hours.

The Broken Spoke updated their business hours.

03/06/2021

What's going on here? O__O Go to our website to check out the third in our eight part series of bicycle safety posts: http://thebrokenspoke.com/

What's going on here? O__O Go to our website to check out the third in our eight part series of bicycle safety posts: http://thebrokenspoke.com/

02/27/2021

there's no safer place to ride than where motorists will see you...
now if only iowa city would implement all of them properly in the center of the lane like on gilbert street...

Peter Flax, among others, claims sharrows are worthless because they don’t have legal effect and nobody knows what they mean. Why is he so threatened by these simple stencils that he has to tweet about them?

“Sharrows are complete BS, literally extending no new rights or protection. Drivers don't understand them, or if they understand them it makes them think they don't have to share the road elsewhere.

“Sharrows are purely performative, a way of using signs and paint to do nothing.”

https://twitter.com/pflax1/status/1364605092343685122

(If that link fails try right-click/open in new incognito or private window)

What Flaxulence! He is completely wrong, of course. Sharrows are reminders that the law allows bicyclists to use the full lane which a cyclist can demonstrate for emphasis by... using the full lane.

Sharrows encourage people on bikes to position themselves where their conspicuousness to others, in all directions, and vantage to potential hazards ahead, are maximized.

What Flax doesn’t get is that it’s not the sharrow itself but the cyclist’s assertive lane positioning, which is encouraged by the sharrows, that improves motorist attitude and behavior towards the cyclist. Seeing the rider take a clear and predictable position is appreciated by motorists, as countless riders all over the USA attest.

The positioning encouraged by sharrows greatly improves the safety and comfort of cycling in traffic. Many riders find it to be transformational when they adopt it. That’s not nothing. That’s something. Really something.

02/19/2021

regrettably...the shop will be closed today as we say goodbye to maggie...the best 'not-a-dog' that has ever been...

regrettably...the shop will be closed today as we say goodbye to maggie...the best 'not-a-dog' that has ever been...

02/05/2021

Click through to our website to check out the second in our eight part series of bicycle safety posts, including a link to the DI article that inspired it and the rest of this picture! http://thebrokenspoke.com/

Click through to our website to check out the second in our eight part series of bicycle safety posts, including a link to the DI article that inspired it and the rest of this picture! http://thebrokenspoke.com/

01/22/2021

Michael always says if he could tell every cyclist one piece of advice that would benefit the most, it would be "raise your saddle!" Your knee should be ever so slightly bent at the bottom of a pedal stroke with the ball of the foot over the pedal spindle. You should not be able to put your feet flat on the ground while in the saddle.

01/08/2021

We are back in the shop for 2021 as of yesterday! Hours for this month and February are Thursday 12:30-6, Friday 12:30-6, and Saturday 12:30-5, still curbside only. We're willing to work around those hours if need be, just call, message, or email us and let us know what you need. We will be happy to help!

12/23/2020

We were recently interviewed for a Daily Iowan article on the new bike boxes in Iowa City, which inspired our own series of posts. Click through to our website to check out the first, including a link to the DI article and the rest of this picture! http://thebrokenspoke.com/

12/18/2020

Happy holidays, folks! We will continue to be open as usual tomorrow, Tuesday, and Wednesday, then closed for the remainder of the year. January plans soon to be finalized... ❄

12/11/2020

Check out Michael's pro technique in action!

12/05/2020

Buddy system! #bikeshop #trek #y22 #jet16

11/26/2020

happy thanksgiving to everyone that keeps the broken spoke pedaling along...your support is greatly appreciated year after year...!

11/20/2020

The Broken Spoke

11/16/2020

Time to winterize your bicycle! We have studded tires, cleaning supplies, fenders, covers, Bar Mitts, and more. You and your bike will both last longer protected from the elements. ❄️☄️🚲🧡

10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! Be safe out there. 🎃

10/31/2020
10/29/2020

Not only is the current workload of the shop close to ideal, it allows time for previously neglected tasks:

10/28/2020

Come visit our pumpkins!

ride4youth.com 09/22/2020

Ride 4 Youth – Supporting United Action For Youth

registration is open for this year's ride 4 youth...!
'This year, Ride 4 Youth will be VIRTUAL and will take place September 26th – October 4th, 2020. For the 8th year in a row, this charity bike ride is being coordinated by a group of hard-working volunteer medical students who are part of the Lois Boulware Learning Community at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. 100% of Ride 4 Youth proceeds benefit youth and families at United Action for Youth. '

ride4youth.com About Us This year, Ride 4 Youth will be VIRTUAL and will take place September 26th – October 4th, 2020.  For the 8th year in a row, this charity bike ride is being coordinated by a group of hard-working volunteer medical students who are part of the Lois Boulware Learning Community a...

07/11/2020

_lots_ of late nights at the shop the past few months...which the dogs help with...

[06/22/20]   four hundred dollar bikes used to come with awesome cranksets with replaceable chainrings fifteen years ago...then at some point they got cheap cranks with non-replaceable chainrings...
now i'm seeing seven hundred dollar bikes equipped with the same cheap cranks...the industry takes advantage of consumers that don't know any difference & it's a hard battle that the broken spoke has been fighting since day one...

cyclingsavvy.org 06/03/2020

Requiem for a Heavyweight-••-John-Forester-1929-2020 | CyclingSavvy

rip john forester...

cyclingsavvy.org No figure in bicycling has been so venerated by some or reviled by others than John Forester. It's time for an even-handed assessment.

bicycleretailer.com 06/03/2020

Junking JUMP e-bikes, e-scooters draws bike advocates' ire

super lame...

bicycleretailer.com SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Uber is under fire from cycling advocates about shipping unwanted e-bikes and e-scooters to a scrap yard amid a bike shortage brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.Earlier this month, Lime acquired Uber's JUMP bike-share line of e-bikes and e-scooters. While Lime took possess...

06/01/2020

niiiiiiiiiiiiiiice...

Crankset of the week

05/30/2020

my favourite trail in the area...!

Ride #3

A little bit of everything! That is what the Clear Creek Trail has to offer. There are a few hills between the Ned Ashton Cross Country Course and Camp Cardinal Blvd. but the rest of the trail is pretty flat. Along the way you’ll ride through woodlands, wetland, and prairie. Stop off to try mountain biking or the pump track if you are up to it. At the west end of the ride, you can see the Creekside Cross Cyclocross Park. It is closed now so the course can dry out; the course opens in July. Also, note that the Clear Creek Trail will be extended in 2002, running under I80/380 to Tiffin. From Tiffin, the trail continues west all the way to Kent Park. (Think of this as training for future summers when you can ride to Kent Park for a swim before riding home!)

On the way back, take the north fork (left) at Ned Ashton to head up 12th Avenue and then back on 5th Street, which is a low-traffic street. There are several great food stops along the way where you can get takeout—doughnuts, smoothies, empanadas, tacos!

From 5th Street, take the Biscuit Creek Trail south just after the old schoolhouse. You will be able to cross under 2nd Street and then ride through the Rainbow Tunnel under the Iowa Interstate Railroad, which leads to a surprisingly nice little wetland area. You’ll be glad you tried this route as future rides will make use of this little-known route.

Be sure to snap a photo along the way and post with #ICBikeride.

Before you go:
· Make sure your tires are inflated and your brakes work.
· Wear a helmet and a light-colored shirt.
· A bike bell is always helpful for trail riding to let others know you wish to pass.
· Remember to ride to the right; pass on the left. Be courteous.
· Review your hand signals so you can use them to signal turns and stops.
You can find a helpful one-page guide called “Bicycling Rules of the Road” here: https://www.mpojc.org/resources/publications. The guide is provided in 6 languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Swahili.

newsmirror.net 05/18/2020

Former bike cop says ‘far-right’ is a misunderstood traffic law

motorists won't see you if you ride where they're not looking...

newsmirror.net I had a 24-year career in law enforcement, including 23 years as a bike cop. For over 25 years including into retirement, I have instructed bike patrol courses and been

05/01/2020

This is a frame up build that we just completed. The frame was handbuilt in the University’s bicycle program. We are so excited to see this sweet thing roll out of the shop. Every custom build comes out differently, and this customer is stoked on how this one ended up. And he did a great job building the frame, it was fun assembling the rest of his ride for him.

#thebrokenspoke #iowacity #iowa #handbuilt #bicycle #bikeshop #sweetride #stillwrenching #stillrolling

bbc.com 05/01/2020

France offers subsidy to tempt lockdown cyclists

file under 'bikes are the solution..."

bbc.com The country's minister for ecological transition says the move aims to keep pollution levels low.

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