Monday, June 29, 2009

Closed Saturday, July 4th

bikes@vienna will be closed on Saturday, July 4th. We will observe our normal hours on Friday, July 3 (10-7) and Sunday, July 5 (10-5).

Cross Training for RAGBRAI

We are getting closer to RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa). I need to ride some serious miles. I need to get the trailer, van, camping gear, and bikes ready. I joked yesterday that I also needed to increase my intake of pie as a method of training. Daughter-in-law Katie and grandson Cyrus came to visit yesterday with this wonderful strawberry-rhubarb pie that Katie baked. It was superb.

Several years ago oldest daughter, Jessica, named our group of RAGBRAI participants "Pedaling for Pie". It reflects our interest in the art of pie baking plus it reflects the Iowa tradition of events, carry in dinners, and bake sales all featuring outstanding pies. We have the habit of stopping once or twice a day on RAGBRAI to have pie. When you are riding 60-90 miles a day you can rationalize the calories. Ces designed signs that we use to find our encampment in each overnight town featuring a slice of pie.

This year RAGBRAI has recognized the significance of pie by using a slice in the logo. If you want to learn more about the event you can go to We are 18 days from beginning serious pie eating when we get to my folks home in Centerville. My mom greets us with Dutch Apple Pie, Rhubarb Pie, and sometimes Blackberry Pie. On Sunday, July 19, we will begin pedaling for pie.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Concert on the Town Green

Originally uploaded by bikes@vienna
bikes@vienna sponsored the Concert on the Town Green last evening. The performance was by the Kingsley Winter Group. The crowd numbered just over 400 on a pleasant evening.

I had serious doubts that the weather was going to cooperate. Early in the afternoon the radar showed significant storms which then went to the south leaving us with a beautiful evening. The music was good, the crowd was appreciative, and the evening had a nice feel of community. It was worth every penny.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

The Bandanas Are Here

Originally uploaded by bikes@vienna
Yeah, I know.......I look so serious. Well it had been raining for days and we were not selling much when this photo was taken.

Our new bikes@vienna bandanas have arrived. They came in green, light blue, and orange. They provide protection against the sun when you are wearing your helmet. I've tried caps and bandanas work better for me.

Come in and let me try to sell you a bandana. I will look happier if I can get that done.

Event Bike Racks available for community events

Originally uploaded by bikes@vienna
We have been taking our Dero Event Racks to community events for the last several months. This week I got these signs to get us a bit of recognition for providing the cycle parking. I took the racks to the Vienna Farmers' Market this morning. You see the racks at the Tour de Cure, the Vienna Fourth of July Celebration, the Freeman House Book Sale and weekly at the Vienna Farmers' Market.

I believe that people will ride their bikes or trikes to community events if they feel comfortable that they have a secure and convenient place to park. I'm trying to promote cycling in every way that I can.