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For the past five years, Wednesday evenings in Sioux Center have meant one thing for bicycle enthusiasts: group bike rides led by Brothers Bicycle Shop owner Nathan Nykamp.

The 33-year-old has owned the bike shop for three years but has led the evening bike rides since 2014 while still an employee.

“It was just really born out of a desire to build community among bike riders,” Nykamp said.

He added that the first evening rides were also geared toward people wanting to train for The Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.

Each bike ride is free to attend and usually has up to two dozen participants. The rides start at 6 p.m. Wednesday evenings at the bike shop, located at 44 Third St. N.W. Nykamp said the routes change week to week depending on how far the cyclists are wanting to ride.


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