Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Commute Safely By Bike Year Round with the Bike Library!

Fair weather commuter looking to save bus fare or gas money during the winter? Already bike most of the winter but not sure how to tackle the snow and ice? Wish you could bike to school and work more but afraid of the rain?
Come to the bike library's presentation on Safe and Comfortable Bicycle Commuting Year Round at the Iowa City Public Library on Saturday Feb. 8! We'll be talking about how to bike safely and comfortably in all types of weather with an emphasis on how to tackle cold, snow, and ice on your bike. There will be info on how to stay warm and dry in inclement weather, how to keep your bike from rusting due to the snow, ice and rain, and how to keep from slipping on the ice during the winter. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Safe Bicycle Commuting Year-Round
Sat., Feb 8, 3pm
Iowa City Public Library- Meeting Room A

For more info, email us at iowacitybikelibrary [at] 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Polar Vortex or Not, We're Still Getting Iowa City Onto Bikes

While Iowa has been covered by cold temperatures and ice for much of January, we're still open at the Iowa City Bike Library. In fact, since re-opening for our 10th year on College Street on January 17, we've already checked out five bikes!

The Bike Library serves the general public on Fridays for Rent-a-Bench from 4-6:30pm and Saturdays from 10-3pm for checkouts and Rent-a-Bench. Our checkout bikes are loaned for periods of up to six months in exchange for a refundable deposit of $50-200 (depending on the bike) and all have been refurbished by skilled mechanics. We currently have over 15 bikes of different styles, sizes and shapes available for checkout. If you're looking for a new bike this year, now is the time to stop by and beat the spring rush!

In addition to our regular open hours, we also offer Ladies Bike Night, a Women-Run Bike Night every 1st and 3rd Monday from 7-9pm.  Everyone who's interested in a safe, no-pressure space to learn more about bikes and riding is welcome to stop by. We usually start with a presentation followed by time where participants can ask questions about riding or problems they're having with their current bike.

The Bike Library is all volunteer run, and we're always looking for new volunteers to help us continue and expand our programming. Interested in helping? Stop by the shop Friday or Saturday and pick up an application!