Kyle's Bikes Blog

  • Only One Shoe For Me

    by Bill "Guru of Shoe" Lorenz

    Only One Shoe for ME"...But I've always worn (insert shoe name here)"

    This is a comment I hear a lot.  Along with this one:

    "I have worn Brand X Model Y for years and they work for me.  Why would I want to change?"

    I may not be a young buck anymore, but to me that is considered "old school" thinking. When a customer says something along those lines I have them think about a couple questions.

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  • Eat Healthy During the Off-Season

    by Dietitian Ellen

    I have a secret for you... Shhhh

    The holidays are practically here!

    Here is how I know:

    1. The political adds are over! YAY!
    2. The Target holiday commercials are all over TV
    3. I have been begging to watch Elf during nightly trainer rides

    It is also the off-season for some or simple base training for others. Many of you probably spend the month of December, like I do, celebrating birthdays, weddings, ugly sweater parties, Christmas, the new year, and eating, and eating, and eating... you get the point. For athletes there is one fear. Weight gain.

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  • Do I Need Support?

    by Bill "Guru of Shoe" Lorenz

    I need a shoe with a lot of support"I need a shoe with lots of support."

    As a shoe salesman I hear that everyday. Sometimes runners know what they specifically need based on their running history. If that is the case, then great! However, there is a large population of new runners who hear that stability will help. It is a general misconception that a stability shoe fixes pain caused from running or walking. The word support is a rather ambiguous term when it comes to defining how different types of running shoes function.

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  • First Endurance EFS Liquid Shot

    by Pro Triathlete Tami

    Boston marathon mile 25 gatorade volunteer A review of First Endurance EFS Liquid Shot.

    As I think back to my first marathon, the vision of people carrying and squeezing gels into their mouth comes to mind first. These memories creeped me out for a while. I remember thinking, "I don't need to eat anything right now. What is the point? I am just going to stuff my face with pizza at the finish line!" It was not until I bonked a few times that I realized how important race nutrition was. Since then race nutrition has become a necessary and important tool for my success.

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  • Good Pronation?

    by Bill “Guru of Shoe” Lorenz

    Some ankle pronation is good pronationI have been selling shoes for a long time. In my years, I have wondered why the best selling models of each brand happen to be the mid-mileage trainer. Only about 10% of customers leave here with a shoe in the stability category. Recently I have started using Dartfish Gait Analysis and it has revealed a lot about why certain people need certain shoes. In this blog I will talk about how Gait Analysis helps with pronation.

    By definition pronation is the rotational movement towards a prone position. In running, a moderate degree of pronation (the tendency of the foot to roll to the inside) is good; it happens to be the body’s natural shock absorber. Without slight to moderate pronation, impact from landing (particularity for a heel striker) transfers directly up the skeleton resulting in pain in the knees, hips, and lower back. This impact may be a contributing factor leading to other lower body injuries such as shin splints, achilles tendonitis, and IT band pain. The shock absorption associated with pronation simply and effectively softens the landing.

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  • What Is All About

    Welcome to the official blog!  This has been in the works for some time now and I am pleased to finally be putting up the first post. My name is Patrick Davis and I have been on the staff for 3 years.  I have raced triathlon as an age grouper, elite amateur and in the pro field.  I love everything about the sport and find all of the gear involved fascinating.  This blog will be our shops outlet to purge information about races, products, training, eating etc.  Here is a little about us. was launched in late 2010 in the back of our local bike shop.  Growing out of a corn field on the southwest side of Ankeny, Iowa the shop has seen great success.  Over the last two years the e-commerce side has grown a few times.  Today it is a completely separate entity from the shop with 6 full time employees and a few part timers.  That may still seem small but we can pack a mean punch with our efficiency and customer support. The same people who receive your order will pick and ship it.  If there is an issue with any order a personal email gets sent out as quickly as possible.  We are here for you! is a business based on strong customer service beliefs.  Each customer is treated with world class respect no matter how big or small the order is.  There are no machines packing your order and we take pride in that.  Keeping things small and intimate is our insurance that each customer is treated right.  When the phone is answered there is a good chance you will be talking directly to the founder, Kyer Robinson.  If it is not him the rest of the small but very knowledgeable staff will be able to answer your question.

    This blog is meant to be full of information to benefit our readers.  Many different authors will be represented here.  We feel that knowledge and experience come from everywhere and welcome the input from out local experts.  Some are professional athletes, some have been in the bike industry for decades and others may be here because they have something funny to talk about.

    To close I would just like to say welcome to the blog! A lot of very informative and exciting posts are in the works and can't wait to share them with you. If you find any of this interesting make sure to come back for more and also tell your friends!


    Patrick Davis

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