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February Staff Bike Feature

This month we’re gonna treat you to something truly special – the Boss Man™ himself, Mr. Ryan Baker, is showing off his literally one-of-a-kind klunker!  And yes, those are 36 inch wheels, try not to stare.
First thing’s first – what bike is this?
Black Sheep 36’r Klunker
Describe this bike in six words or less.
REALLY big kids BMX bike!
What made you choose this bike?
It’s one of those bikes you see on the interwebs and say “Wow, that’s cool!”, then you see one in person and it goes on the want list. After years of being patient (not easy for me), I worked with James at Black Sheep and got it ordered.
What do you use this bike for?
Mainly for cruising around town, but I have taken it on single track and it is a lot of fun!
What aftermarket modifications have you made to this bike, and which one do you consider most valuable?
Well, this bike is pretty much all aftermarket! The Black Sheep handlebars were the final piece to the klunker puzzle.
*child for scale
*child for scale
What’s your favorite memory (so far) of riding this bicycle?
The first ride! This is a one of a kind bike. Little things like paint and parts that no one else will have. The most fun (so far) was at the Go CR Friday night ride. Put ~25 miles of singletrack, path and pavement on with a bunch of REALLY fun people!
Anything else you’d like to share about your experiences with this bike?

Yea, this bike is a little (a lot) ridiculous but it’s mine! It’s something you can’t buy off the shelf. It’s a  process, a creation, personal expression, fun, a head turner, and a conversation starter that not many people will understand. Not every bike needs to be “normal”, this one is certainly not!36(1)

Rental Fleet Sale

Rental Fleet Blowout

It’s that time again – we’re refreshing our rental fleet, which means great prices on these well-loved and extremely well-maintained machines.

Trek FX 3

fx rentals

This bike is the gold standard for an affordable, reliable hybrid bike.  Capable and versatile, they make perfect commuter and around-town bikes.
Originally: $599.99 Now: $399.99

Trek X-caliber 9

xcal rentals

A perfect example of a great all-around mountain bike, the X-caliber 9 is ready to help you shred your local trails whether you’re just getting into the sport or just looking to upgrade your ride.
Originally: $1219.99 Now: $850.00

WoB Winter Bike Fit Deal

bike fit

The winter is a great time to dial in your bike fit and address any issues from last season. Now through the end of February we are offering 20% off all bicycle fitting sessions. Additionally if you need a new road bike we are offering a free fit with the purchase of a road bike over $1500. Our fit experts are here to make sure your 2018 riding season is your most comfortable yet!

Employee Bike Feature

Rock Fat and Steady

Aaron has a new fat bike and he won’t shut up about it.  We took advantage and let him rant for a minute about his (admittedly awesome) new ride!


First thing’s first – what bike is this?
2018 Salsa Mukluk Carbon GX Eagle – but that’s a mouthful so you can just call her Rocksteady.

… the mutant rhinoceros who hates turtles?


Okay, moving forward – what drew you to this bike?

I knew I wanted a fattie from Salsa, and the Mukluks sport the 26×4.8” tire size I love, but I wasn’t totally settled on where in the Mukluk line I wanted to end up.  What finally sealed the deal was the SRAM Eagle drivetrain and the HED rims.  I knew I wanted one of the new 12x systems for maximum braaap, and a fat bike basically is it’s wheels, so a really reputable brand like HED makes a lot of sense.

12 gears, 10-50 teeth, 110% rad.
12 gears, 10-50 teeth, radness unmeasurable with current tech.

What do you use this bike for?
A little bit of everything.  It’s been on gravel rides, work commutes, grocery runs, and of course the legendary Friday Night Fat Bike Ride (which leaves at 6:30 every Friday from WoB and you should totally join in).  No bikepacking yet, but that’s definitely in the cards.  Basically any time I don’t want to be limited by roads or terrain, Rocksteady is coming with me.  Oh, and sometimes I just plow through campus to keep the students’ heart rates up.


What aftermarket modifications have you made to this bike, and which one do you consider most valuable?

The MVP of this build is definitely the Surly Moloko bars with Ergon GC1 Biocork grips.  I’m personally more comfortable with the swept back bars, and on extended rides I really value having the additional hand positions this bar offers.  It also looks awesome, and the camouflage Bontrager bar tape really brings out the inherent badassery.  When things get really cold I deck it out with some Cobrafist pogies from 45NRTH, and give it a little more bite with a 45NRTH Dillinger 5 studded front tire.

What’s your favorite memory (so far) of riding this bicycle?

Ooh, that’s tough.  Any time spent with Rocksteady is time spent having an unreasonable amount of fun.  The Friday Night Fat Bike Rides are consistently awesome, and this year’s Friday fun ride as part of the Go CR Fat Sac and Fox Enduro was particularly hilarious.


Anything else you’d like to share about your experiences with this bike?

I was super reluctant to get a carbon fat bike, because I’m still perfecting my bike handling abilities and there’s a fair amount of crashing involved.  That being said, I REGRET NOTHING.  It’s fat but light, it’s smooth like buttah, and it holds up great in spite of my tendency to “over-gnar”.

Wasn’t Rocksteady a Russian arms dealer before he mutated?

Whaddya work for Mueller or something?  This interview is over.

Winter Tune-up Special

Special Winter Tune-up Pricing

Bike Tune-ups

Now through the end of February you can bring your bike in and get a seriously discounted Tune-up Plus!  Down from $109 to just $89, this intensive tune-up will get your bike in top condition to tackle any of your cold-weather adventures or trainer sessions in your pain-cave.  Feel free to just walk on in with your bike, or you can call and schedule an appointment with our crack team of experienced mechanics!

Friday Night Fat Bike Rides


Join us for the Iowa City area’s only weekly fat bike ride!  It’s a no-drop stomp around Iowa City and the surrounding area.  We roll out from the shop at 6:30pm every Friday to hit trails, roads, areas without trails or roads, stuff that ought to be trails, stuff that has no business existing on this planet, etc.  This is a no-pressure, fun-focused ride.  3-inch tires or wider are HIGHLY recommended, but if you’re bold enough to try something skinnier, no one’s gonna stop you (though you may face some mild ridicule and sections where you’ll have to hike-a-bike).  No fat bike?  Check out one of the killer fat bikes in our rental fleet.

November Employee Bike Feature

Josh’s High-tech Road Machine

We got Josh and his fancy new road bike to slow down enough to chat with us this month – not an easy task, for reasons you’ll see in a moment.

First thing’s first – what bike is this?

A Trek Emonda SL7.


Describe this bike in six words or less.

Fast, comfortable, fun fun fun.

Why did you choose this bike?

I chose this bike because I felt it was a really good value, but more importantly it just checked all my boxes and made me want it.

Checked your boxes, huh?  So… what do you do with those checked boxes?

This is my road bike, anytime I’m on pavement this is it – but ideally I’d like to get back to racing.

What are the most exciting aspects of this bike for you, and what what do you consider most valuable?

I’m pretty tech-minded, and the Di2 really lets me indulge my inner bike geek; so of course I had to add sprint shifters and a climbing shifter.  I can change gears from any hand position on the bike.  The new R8050 also let me program my Di2 to synchro shift – no more worrying about having to shift the front derailleur, the internal computer does it all for me, I just tell it up or down.  I also added the Duotrap integrated sensor and Garmin to keep track of all my metrics.  But by far most important change I made was replacing the seat with a Prologo Scratch CPC – touch points and being comfortable are the most important part of any bike.


What’s your favorite memory (so far) of riding this bicycle?

Any/every time I ride it.

*cough*cop-out answer *cough* — Achem, excuse me.  And is there anything else you’d like to share about your experiences with this bike?

It’s the best bike I’ve ever owned, and that’s saying quite a lot.

Thanks a lot for chatting with us Josh, hope you and your new compu… I mean new bicycle are back to racing in short order!  We can always use more riders to heckle.  Join us next month for the next installation of the World of Bikes Monthly Employee Bike Feature!

October Employee Bike Feature

Bryan Wenzel‘s Cyclocross Superbike

First thing’s first – what are we looking at here?
  This black cyclocross machine is a 2015 Trek Boone 9. Nothing on this bike is stock, it was a custom build from the start.
– 40t front chainring, 11-32 cassette
Zipp 30 Course tubeless wheels with Clement MXP Tires
– Avid BB7 Disc Brakes
SupaCaz Bartape – super durable and tacky
Describe this bike in six words or less.

Big. Compliant. Fast…hopefully.

What initially drew you to this bike?

After starting my cyclocross racing career on a steel surly cross check and being successful with plenty of 3rd places I moved onto an aluminum cyclocross bike for a year or so. When Trek announced their new carbon cyclocross super bike in 2014 I had to have it! 3 years later I am still racing on this carbon steed and grabbing the occasional race win and loads of 3rd place finishes- it’s kind of my thing.

So besides adding to your box of bronze medals, what kind of use do you get out of this ride?
This is my primary cyclocross racing bike. This bike is only used from August to December each year for cyclocross racing and the occasional gravel ride. I try to keep this bike and all of its components in tip top shape so they preform perfectly on race day. I have another Boone that I train on that is set up nearly identical to this one so when race day comes up I am familiar with how the bike rides and feels.




You mentioned that the bike was a custom build from the get-go – which of the components you used in the build do you consider most valuable?
The SRAM Force CX1 drive train is the heart behind this bike. Not having to worry about a front derailleur and dropped chains offers peace of mind when riding through mud, sand, or shouldering the bike up a steep hill. I go back and forth between a 40 and 42 tooth chain ring depending on the race and the conditions.
The Zipp 30 Course wheels are the true all-star of this bike. These wheels are a bit wider than most other wheels on the market which allows me to run even lower tire pressures for better handling on tricky corners. Normally during races I usually run tire pressures ranging from 24-28psi, I wouldn’t feel confident riding at these tire pressures if I were to be using inner tubes, too much risk pinching the tube and getting a flat!

What’s your favorite memory (so far) of riding this bicycle?
My favoite memory on this bike was winning the 2016 Iowa State Cyclocross State Championship!

Very cool – anything else you’d like to mention about the bike before we wrap things up?
The isospeed decoupler saves my back during 60 minute races on varieties of terrain. Having a frame that is compliant yet stiff and responsive is all I ask for in a cyclocross super bike!
Thanks Bryan!  Good luck to you and the Boone in all your future races.