Author Archives: Katherine

Katherine is our Content Champion. She has done triathlons in the past, and now focuses on mountain biking and long-distance gravel riding. She still has a soft spot in her heart for weird multi-sport events like indoor triathlon and aquabike. She also teaches indoor cycling.

  • Employee Profile: Doug "Shark" Balvanz

    Doug "Shark" Balvanz want to sell you the bike that is right for you.We want to introduce you to our recent employee, and longtime friend, Doug "Shark" Balvanz. In March of 2018, he retired from his career in financial services, and in April began working at Kyle's Bikes. Although he's new to this job, he has decades of experience in cycling and triathlon … and a ton of stories.

    Stop by to meet him. He wants find out about you, what you like, and what you want to do, so that he can make recommendations based on your feedback.

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  • Indoor Bike Trainer Buying Guide

    by Katherine A. Roccasecca 

    Indoor Bike Trainer Buying GuideMaybe it never gets bitterly cold where you live and train. Maybe you don't have to contend with 18 inches of snow on the roads. However, there are still plenty of reasons for you to get an indoor bike trainer.

    We will share those reasons with you, and once we have convinced you that you need one, this indoor bike trainer buying guide will help you narrow down the overwhelming choices.
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  • Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra 2018: Kyle Platts' Report

    Kyle Platts raced the cold and rainy Spotted Horse Gravel Ultraby Kyle Platts

    Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra: Short Course
    150 Mile Gravel Bike Race
    St. Charles, Iowa
    Saturday, October 6, 2018

    Sarah Cooper is certainly making a name for herself as a race director. 2018 is the third year for the Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra, and it ended up being the toughest year yet. The standard race is 200 miles, while you can opt to do the 150 mile “sprint” course.

    I am relatively new to gravel cycling and ultra cycling. In 2017, I rode the 150-mile sprint course on my Specialized Fatboy. For 2018, I decided to go for the 200-mile race on my BMC CrossMachine in ultra gravel trim.

    Unfortunately, a couple of mistakes and some bad luck ended my day early.

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  • Kyle's Bikes Annual Parking Lot Sale 2018

    Kyle's Bikes Annual Parking Lot Sale 2018Back again for another FOUR DAYS… it's the Kyle's Bikes Annual Parking Lot Sale!! Sale begins Thursday, September 13th and ends Sunday the 16th. Don't miss it!

    Our parking lot will be full of a spectacular selection of items from out warehouse—bike gear, bike components, run shoes, swim accessories, and more—and it's all on sale up to 70% off.

    Everything in the store is on sale, too—most at 20% off or more. Even the in-stock 2019 bikes are discounted!

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  • Salsa Bikes at Kyle's Bikes: Let the Adventure Begin!

    Salsa Bikes at Kyle's BikesWe're pretty excited to be partnering with our friends at Salsa Cycles. The crew at Salsa are into adventure and making epic equipment for adventure cycling. And we're looking forward to helping our riders with this special type of two-wheeled fun. For gravel, camping, touring, or just comfort trail riding, we look forward to showing and selling Salsa bikes. It’s a whole new culture coming to Kyle's!
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  • Bicycle Fit Is the Place to Start

    Alyx Sacks gets a bicycle fitRecently, KCCI's Alyx Sacks stopped by to talk to Kyle about bicycle fit. They discussed why it's so important for any ride, but specifically for RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa).

    Bad form can lead to "my knee hurts, my back hurts, my hands are going to sleep, my neck hurts…" Bad form is not usually the riders fault. It comes from the bicycle fit, which come down to where we touch the bike: our seat, our feet, and our hands.

    We invite you to watch Alyx's video to learn more.

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