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Local bike shops get national recognition

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Four bicycle shops in eastern Iowa are now known as some of America's best.

Bike Tech in Cedar Falls, Northtowne Cycling & Fitness and Hall Bicycle Company in Cedar Rapids, and World of Bikes in Iowa City are four of five bicycle retailers in the state of Iowa to be named one of America's Best Bike Shops for 2014 by the National Bicycle Dealers Association.

The distinction is awarded to fewer than 10% of bicycle retailers in the United States.

Retailers first fill out a detailed application about what sets them apart from other stores. Then, mystery shoppers visit the store, check the store's website, and also call on the phone to evaluate customer service.

The shops are also evaluated on community support and bicycle advocacy.

The other Iowa bicycle shop to earn the designation is Bike World in Urbandale.

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