An Official Bike Shop of Iowa’s RAGBRAI.
Bikes To You, located in Grinnell, Iowa, has been an official bicycle shop on RAGBRAI since 1994. RAGBRAI has a significant economical impact on each community the ride passes through. Cyclists come from all over the United States – and world – to ride RAGBRAI each year. Locally, many cyclists begin training to ride RAGBRAI each spring, usually logging more than 500 miles before the ride begins the last full week of July. The team at Bikes to You helps first time riders prepare for their first RAGBRAI as well as helping veteran RAGBRAI riders upgrade to the latest and greatest bicycles, accessories, and apparel. Craig and April Cooper, store owners, started the business in 1992. April has made the shop one of the premier women’s cycling clothing stores in Iowa and shares a few secrets here:
Why do you think women choose to shop at your store?
I’ve been told that we have the best selection of women’s cycling apparel in the state of Iowa. I take special care to display our cycling apparel in an thematic sense. I also hold special Ladies’ Nights which provide an evening of socializing and shopping with other women in a fun environment. For the past two years, I have sponsored a Fashion Show featuring clothing from Terry as well as other vendors at the Iowa Bicycle Expo/RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party in January.
Why do you sell Terry?
I sell Terry apparel because of the quality, functionality, fit, and comfort. Every woman deserves to have access to fun, stylish, colorful, exciting, and quality cycling apparel no matter her level of fitness. I sell Terry saddles because of their high level of comfort and the Ride It & Love It guarantee. In addition, Terry merchandises beautifully in my showroom.
When a new-to-cycling female customer comes in, what’s the first thing you tell her about cycling?
Cycling is fantastic exercise and is FUN! We tell our new-to-cycling female customers that we want them to be comfortable on their bike and that the “fit” of their bicycle is extremely important when just starting to cycle.
921 Broad Street, Grinnell IA, 50112