surly long haul trucker…

•January 27, 2013 • 1 Comment

Here is another fine custom frame-up build for a customer!

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So many parts. What to do with them all?

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Presto-change-o! It’s a bike! Parts highlights are: Surly Nice Racks front & rear, Shimano Tigra 52/39t road double crankset, Thomson seatpost, MKS Touring Lite pedals, Shimano XT shifters & brake levers, SKS fenders, & Continental Touring Plus tyres!

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It features this sweet front-end with a trekking bar for lots of hand positions.

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Oh, you wanted hand-built wheels? A Shimano 105 hub laced up to an Alex Adventurer rim with thirty-six Wheelsmith double-butted spokes!

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A Shimano SLX hub laced up to the same rim with the same spokes!

surly ogre fixed gear…

•January 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Here we have a Surly Ogre that a customer wanted for a winter commuter & fun bike.

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closed until the 28th…

•December 23, 2012 • 1 Comment

The shop will be closed through Thursday & will reopen on Friday, the 28th. We hope you have a Merry Christmas.

Here is a photo of the shop with its new bike rack & grass!


catching up…

•October 11, 2012 • Leave a Comment

All right, so I have been harassed enough by some fine folks to update the page!

Here are some things that have recently come out of the shop.

We built up this fine Soma Smoothie!

Pretty classy if I don’t say so myself. Plus, check out that sweet Shimergo set up it’s rocking!

I built up this rock solid wheelset using 105 hubs, Wheelsmith double-butted spokes, & Alex Adventurer rims.

Pete installed these awesome cork grips using twine onto a customer’s awesome Trek 520. They are grooved to accommodate the barend shifters. I had installed the Nitto Albatross handlebar, Nitto stem, & Paul brake levers beforehand.

We did a frame swap on a customer’s bike. This Dew has seen _many_ changes over the past few years. This time around it get’s a Surly Cross Check frame & fork!

Lookin’ mighty fine!

I also assembled this fantastic baby carriage that was imported from Italy back in 1973!

new 2013 kona website launch…

•August 10, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Check out the new 2013 Kona bikes at!

Kona Team Video from Kona Bikes on Vimeo.

headin’ for a weddin’ & riding around iowa…!

•July 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The shop will close early this Saturday at 2:15pm as we roll out to our friends’ wedding leading a mini-critical mass wedding ride from the shop!

Then, as usual, the shop will be closed all next week(July 23rd-28th) for ragbrai.

We shall return with great excitement & anticipation the following Tuesday to regular schedule!

Sorry if we miss you this next week at the shop, otherwise, we hope to see you out there!

ippnw bike tour japan 2012…

•July 16, 2012 • Leave a Comment

“In August, 40 students will bike the 500 km from Nagasaki to Hiroshima.  This tour is scheduled in conjunction with the 20th Biennial Congress of the Nobel Peace Prize winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.  Forty students from 23 countries will be represented on this historic tour.

This year’s U.S. PSR student selection is Iowa’s Michelle Gin.” –

The Broken Spoke is proud to support Michelle in her endeavor!