Kyle's Bikes Blog

  • DMYMCA Triathlon Series: Eric Conrad's Report

    New for 2019, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines is offering an indoor triathlon series. The series includes three races:

    • Ice Breaker Triathlon, which began in 2008
    • Y-Tri at Red Flannel Run, a new addition to the 30-year-old run race
    • Pieathlon, another long-standing event.

    We plan to follow Eric Conrad, whom we have interviewed for indoor triathlons before, through all three races. Continue reading

  • Kyle's Bikes Waukee Update

    We've been super busy over at our new Waukee location since our November 2nd announcement. Our new store at 50 SE Laurel Street, Suite 100 used to be a fitness center. It required a bit of work to make it ready as a retail space.

    The first thing we knew had to go was the old check-in counter. The flooring, which was laid out for the old floor plan, also needed to be ripped up to make room for the new. The first few weeks of work focused on opening up the space.

    Then we needed to make it ours. Continue reading

  • Employee Profile: Dave Hammer

    Dave Hammer is Kyle's Bikes Waukee Store Team LeaderWith the Kyle's Bikes expansion into Waukee, it is time to introduce everyone to Dave Hammer.

    Dave has been unofficially working at Kyle's Bikes since the Ankeny store opened ten years ago. Kyle asked him—along with his wife and tandem stoker, Cindy—to be the leader of the Kyle's Bikes Wednesday Night Ride. They said yes and have been leading the ride since then.

    Officially, he has been an employee since the Monday after the 2018 Kyle's Bikes Parking Lot Sale. That's when he began working day-to-day in the store and preparing for the opening of the Waukee location where he will be Waukee Store Team Leader.

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  • Employee Profile: Jim Riley

    Jim Riley has been working part-time in our Ankeny Kyle's Bikes location, answering questions and selling bikes, for four years.

    As we began planning the opening of our second store in Waukee, Kyle needed an Assistant Team Leader. Because Kyle worked for Jim when they were both at UPS, he knew Jim's character and work ethic. And in the last few years he's seen that Jim likes to help riders both experienced and beginner alike.

    We want you to get to know Jim a little better. You can visit him on the weekends now in Ankeny, but when Waukee opens, you can see him nearly any day.

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  • Kyle's Bikes Gift Guide 2018

    At Kyle's Bikes, our primary mission is to make cycling and running fun for everyone. Now we want to make gift giving fun! If you have any cyclists or runners on your gift list, you will find some help in the Kyle's Bikes Gift Guide 2018.

    We asked our staff for recommendations for the best gifts to give for the holidays this year. Some of these recommendations just came out this year, like the Tifosi sunglasses and the redesigned Specialized Hotwalk. Some of the items on this list have appeared in our gift guides before because they consistently make good gifts. That includes the Burley Encore bike trailer/jogging stroller and Kyle's Bikes branded water bottles.

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  • Des Moines Dirty Duathlon 2018: Shane Molyneux's Report

    by Shane Molyneux

    Des Moines Dirty Duathlon
    2.2 mile trail run, 10 mile mountain bike, 2.2 mile trail run
    Greenwood Park, Des Moines, Iowa
    Saturday, November 10th, 2018

    I have competed in many competitions: 5Ks, Market to Market Relay, IMT Des Moines Marathon Relay, Taming of the Slough, Annawan Canal Ambush, Trestle Hustle Duathlon, and the Above and Beyond Adventure Tri.

    Many of these were trying races that make you push yourself beyond where you have been before. The Des Moines Dirty Duathlon would prove to be test I had not come across before.
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