Company History & Store Services

Harper's History

2014 HARPERS EMPLOYEESStarted in 1916 by W. H. Zeug, Charlie Harper later purchased the business in 1966. In 1989 it was remodeled -- enlarging the showroom to display the many bikes, accessories and clothing. Harper's Cycling & Fitness is a full-service bicycle shop dedicated to serving your cycling needs, providing top bicycle and accessories brands, expert advice, personal service and expert repairs - all you need to enjoy your cycling experience.

From the beginner to the experienced bicycle rider, Harper's Cycling & Fitness prides itself on being a complete cycling headquarters, offering a wide selection of quality bicycles from Trek, Electra, REID,Schwinn and Redline. The products we sell are made of high-quality materials, and all bicycles are assembled and adjusted to fit your body by our expert staff of bicycle mechanics. When you buy a bike from Harper's Cycling & Fitness, we can assure you that it will work properly and fit you correctly.

Harper's Cycling & Fitness can advise you on all you will need to have fun on your bike. We can help you understand the use of gears, brakes, and quick-release mechanisms, as well as provide reference to sources for further instruction and advice on places to ride.

We also offer the area's largest selection of top-quality accessory equipment to meet the needs of the recreational rider to the serious competitor. And to better serve our customers, we have a large selection of Oakley sunglasses.

To broaden your range of fitness possibilities, Harper's Cycling & Fitness also sells SARIS bike trainers and quality Kreitler Rollers.

Each year Harper's is one of only five Official RAGBRAI┬« Bike Shops and we have our repair mechanic's on the bike route taking care of the riders. We are an vendor of official RAGBRAI t-shirts and other RAGBRAI mementos and if you need help to prepare for RAGBRAI, we are very happy to assist you.

We think you'll get great value for your money by taking advantage of the quality service and selection offered at our store, and we invite you to stop by!

Our Services

Estimates Are Always Free
When you bring in your bike for service, we always start with a free, no-obligation estimate of the work that will be needed. One of our service pros will discuss the problem with you and will carefully explain what work should be done, always respecting your choices and your budget.
Walk-Ins Are Welcome
Getting ready to ride and discovered a flat tire? Hit a pot hole and your rim is out of true? Sometimes you can't plan when your bike needs attention. Why not bring it in? If we can fix it on the spot, we will. And if we need more time, we'll let you know when to stop by to pick it up.
Appointments Are Helpful
If you prefer the convenience of an appointment, we will discuss with you the appropriate amount of time to plan for the service, letting you know how to plan your visit. If it'll be ready quickly, you might want to check out what's new in our store while you're waiting. If you're going to run some errands while your service is being done, consider giving us a mobile number where we can reach you in case we have any questions.

Please keep in mind we can do most any repairs on your bike including minor frame alignment, wheel rebuilding and repair, custom wheel building , troubleshooting and repairing drivetrain problems, and more. Please note that we do not offer frame repair (welding or brazing) or painting services.

Of course we also offer tire repairs, parts upgrades and accessory installation. We work on all brands, so just bring your bike in. We'll take of care of it so you won't have to.

Whether it's a minor tune-up or a major overhaul, you can count on us to do the job right the first time, every time.
Preventative Maintenance $70
Below is a checklist of our procedures we follow when giving your bike a tune-up. We hope this will give you an idea of the amount of care and consideration we give your trusty steed when it comes to us for service.
  • Inspect for any damaged or worn parts and inform customer.
  • Adjust all bearing tolerances for maximum efficiency.
  • True rims to .5mm radially and laterally (if possible).
  • Check wheels for proper dish.
  • Adjust derailleurs for overall best shifting performance.
  • Adjust brakes for maximum braking power and efficiency.
  • (The quality of performance determined by the quality and condition of the components.)
  • Check to make sure all parts, components and fittings are properly tightened.
  • Check front and rear dropout alignment.
  • Lubricate cables with rust preventive.
  • Lubricate chain with a "dry" type chain lubricant.
  • Adjust tire pressure and test ride.
Come in or call us soon so we can get your repair or adjustment completed and get you back on your bike.