Barr Bike & Fitness
1710 86th St
Des Moines, IA 50325
Barr Bike and Fitness
Owner: Dave Hoss
What are your shop's specialties?
Barr Bike has been dealing in recumbent bikes for 30 years - that makes us recumbent experts. We carry all of the most popular TerraTrike products including Rover Tandems, and are fully knowledgeable about the whole line. Our talented service techs are familiar with all TT makes. Near the shop, we have trails to test ride trikes so you can experience them before making a decision to purchase. Barr Bike is centrally located in Iowa, and right on a main road with plenty of parking. Because we're locally owned and operated, one of the owners is always in the shop.
Brief history of your shop (date founded, milestones, etc).
Barr Bike and Fitness has it's origins in 1899 when an Iowan named Byrd E. Moore was running a bike shop named after him. He sold his company in 1920 to Merton Barr. Barr operated his new business under Moore's name until 1943, when he had bought out another bicycle manufacturer in the area. The shop changed hands (through in-laws of Merton Barr) and relocated a few times before settling at their current location in the 1970s. Barr Bike and Fitness' 133 year history makes us one of the oldest bike shops in the nation.
How did you come to be a TerraTrike dealer?
We were the second TerraTrike dealer to our knowledge. At the time, we were a recumbent bike dealer, and wanted to carry trikes. After a lot of research, we found that TerraTrikes were the only ones we wanted to sell. TerraTrike was still a very small, mail-order company and was not signing dealers when we called them up with our interest. We only had to wait for 6 months before Ben gave us a call, saying we were the second shop he was calling to sign as a dealer.
Why should folks buy a TerraTrike from you?
We are not shy about trikes. We are one of the few recumbent dealers that held through the original popularity boom of the style, and jumped on selling TerraTrikes before most others had given it a thought. If you want trike, this is the place to come. We know that recumbents are the next big thing in not only biking, but in exercising in general. We've got the expertise to answer any trike-related questions, and will do our best to fit your with your dream trike.
Have you ever been a premier dealer? Top 10?
Yes. In fact, we are the reigning #1 TerraTrike Dealer and inaugural Dealer of the Year (2011).
Do you have a back-stock of TerraTrikes?
We sell a majority of the line, and have backstock of all trikes and accessories that we carry.
What are your future goals/plans for selling TerraTrikes?
We have some big plans, but don't want to spoil the surprise! We are looking into sizable growth in the 2013 trike market as fitness becomes more of a priority for our baby-boomers and bike paths and trike knowledge become increasingly popular.
What's the best TerraTrike customer story you've heard?
We get daily feedback of customers in, looking at TTs for the first time, and having a current TerraTrike owner in the shop go over and start telling these newcomers to get one. There are so many stories of retirees who've found freedom again, handicapped folks who never thought they could ride a bike, or avid bike riders who've found trikes to be far more comfortable. We have had plenty of customers buy TerraTrikes to do cross country tours. One gentleman who came in recently has 9000 miles on his TerraTrike. It's hard to pick just one, and really we constantly feel rewarded in this business because we receive so many of these uplifting stories.
Random facts - points of interest about you, the staff, experiences you've had, etc.?
Well... I'm known as the trike guru in the shop. And although I don't have any hair, the rest of us really don't look like we're 113 years old.