you can ring my bell…

•October 14, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Just look at all of this Japanese brass, copper, & stainless steel goodness!

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There’s even _one & only one_ hand-painted maple themed one that was done by a kung-fu master(maybe)!

tenth anniversary of the broken spoke…!

•September 3, 2013 • 3 Comments

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Ok, so this is a little late, but better late than never, right?

2013 marks the tenth year that The Broken Spoke has been in business & to celebrate, all Broken Spoke merchandise is ten to twenty percent off! We’ve got t-shirts, hats, & water bottles with your favourite bike shop’s logo on them!

Thank you & here’s to another ten years!

redline conquest 24…

•July 13, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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It’s hard to beat the awesomeness of a cyclocross bike. But one way to do it is to have it be a kid’s version! This little guy has 24″ wheels & a wee frame for those budding cyclocrossers in our lives.

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hb weiner…!

•July 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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…Bill (aka The Weiner Posse) is ten years old today! Come in & wish him a happy birthday today & get ten percent off anything in the shop!

surly crosscheck with white industries double double…

•May 30, 2013 • 2 Comments

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Here is a sweet setup that we had the pleasure of doing for a very good customer.

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It utilizes the White Industries Double Double crankset & freewheel. It essentially allows two different gear ratios while maintaining the simplicity of a single speed setup.

Read more about it here:

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Mustache bar makes the cockpit super comfy.

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Brooks saddle & Acorn saddle bag class it up like no other can.

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Another fine hand-built wheelset round things off nicely!

commuter lunch with griddle me this…!

•May 16, 2013 • Leave a Comment

In celebration of Bike To Work Week, The Broken Spoke teamed up(once again) with Griddle Me This! to offer all of you fine bicycle commuters lunch on us!

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We had such a good turnout that we unfortunately ran out of food before one o’clock. We did raise over $55 for Think Bicycles, though!

broken spoke bfb…!

•April 22, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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As Iowa’s first official bicycle friendly business, The Broken Spoke continues its bronze level certification by the League of American Bicyclists for another four years!

See the entire list of bicycle friendly businesses here:

and speaking of cross checks…

•February 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Here is a brand new 2013 Cross Check that got built up for a customer from a stock build with some minor customizations!

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Orange handlebar tape & a Brooks B-17 leather saddle liven up the cockpit, while white toe clips & cream leather toe straps add some flair to the bottom end!

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Also, this Surly is much more street-friendly with the 700×28 Continental Gatorskin tyres rolling smoothly.

surly cross check single speed…

•February 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Here is a Cross Check that is single-speeded out. The customer who bought this is planning on doing Trans-Iowa on it!

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Normally, the single speed Cross Check comes with a flat bar. But with a little swapping out of some key components, we have a much better suited drop bar version of it!

more more more hand-built wheels…

•February 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Here are some more hand-built wheels to come out of the shop this winter for some fine people!

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Here is a Shimano Alfine generator hub laced up to an Alex Adventurer with Wheelsmith double-butted spokes. An XT disc rotor is mounted to the hub for year-round commuting purposes!

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Another Shimano generator hub laced up to an Alex Adventurer rim with Wheelsmith double-butted spokes.

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Here is a beefy commuter wheel that should be a ‘set it & forget it’ component. It’s a Shimano Deore hub laced up to a Sun Rhyno Lite rim with 36 Wheelsmith straight-gauge spokes. The driveside spokes are silver, whilst the non-driveside are black. This results in a nice alternating black/silver pattern at the rim!

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This is the front of a wheelset for a Surly Long Haul Trucker to be ridden year-round. It has yet another Shimano generator hub laced up to an Adventurer rim. It is using black DT alpine spokes to keep the hub married to the rim. A 700x40mm Nokian studded tyre is all business!

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Here is the rear. It has a Shimano SLX hub laced up to an Adventurer rim using the same spokes as the front. A 700x35mm 45North tyre provides the push.