David Farber left his corporate job of 15 years to spend his days on
the seat of his bicycle, watching the world spin by at a different pace.
Now he’s bent on making it a career by starting Iowa City’s only bike
courier business: Victory Bike Courier.
“If it can’t work here, I don’t know where it could work,” Farber said.
hopes the progressive, environmentally friendly culture of Iowa City
will help his business grow, ultimately allowing him to continue riding
around town on his bike and provide for his family.
model is simple: For a nominal fee plus the costs of the item, Farber
will deliver groceries, prescriptions, legal documents or anything else
that his bike can carry. The business officially opens Oct. 15, and
orders will be taken online at http://victorybikecourier.com.
delivery bike, a gray Surley “Big Dummy,” is able to handle just about
anything, he said. The back wheels have strap-on packs that can extend
out to carry 25 pounds. With his additional trailer, Farber said he can
tow items as large as a refrigerator. He also added that no item is too
“I’m gonna be out riding a hundred miles, five days a week anyway — why not set up a courier service?” Farber said with a laugh.
day, Farber gets up at 3 a.m. so he has enough time to get in a long
ride before the day starts. He said he typically rides 110 to 120 miles
every day no matter what the weather shows. In fact, he said he prefers
rotten weather because it allows him to use some of his special gear,
and his prized “fat tire” bikes that can tread on just about anything.