Lexi Babayan 
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Re: “How to Buy a Bike When You Don't Know Jack About Bikes

Also, remember when you hop onto that new (or new-to-you) bike, don't just automatically take the same routes you would take when you were driving a car. You don't need to be the guy riding a bike up Ashby while the semi trucks whiz by. A street or two over from nearly any frighteningly busy street, there is a nice calm residential street that runs parallel. That's where you want to be riding. (There might even be signs up that say "Bicycle Boulevard," but that's optional.)

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Posted by Lexi Babayan on 05/06/2012 at 10:00 PM

Re: “How to Buy a Bike When You Don't Know Jack About Bikes

My first bike as an adult was an old Schwinn, (steel-frame, 5-speed, 1970's vintage) that I basically inherited from a friend. I got lucky. I still have the bike and love it. It's a good commuter bike for my purposes. It is admittedly quite heavy, but is solid and rides well. I'm not trying to sell you my bike. The point is, don't neglect used bikes as a possibility. Actually, older bikes are often better made than their brand-new equivalents. I would highly recommend getting the bike from an actual shop rather than from Craigslist. And make sure you get a bike that "fits" you well in terms of actual size, as well as your intended use.

Let us all light a candle and have a moment of silence for the late Recycle Bicycle. Sorry that your experience there was not great... but they were a good working-class neighborhood shop. But towards the end of their tenure, there were not actually many bikes for sale there. Most of the bikes in that shop were actually customer bikes being worked on. One thing about bike mechanics is that they will often have a laser-like focus on whatever particular bike is their project of the moment- so if they aren't always outgoing and friendly, try not to take it personal. That laser-focus is good if it's YOUR bike they're working on. (Though, when you're looking to buy a bike, rather than just have one fixed, go to a shop where people have time to help you find the bike that works best for you... service is one of the many things that make shops better than Craigslist.)

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Posted by Lexi Babayan on 05/06/2012 at 9:40 PM

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