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

Hey Kathleen! Loved the article. Finding the right bike can be a challenge but I've been lucky twice.

I just bought a new bike at Performance Bicylce on University (near MLK). Their customer service was pretty good, and they offer a money back guarantee/price guarantee. I usually suffer from buyer's remorse, so it's nice to know that if I fall out of love with my new Charge hybrid, I can just take it back.

This bike was a bit of an impulse buy, I went in to get my old Schwinn serviced, and decided I might as well spend a little more money on an upgrade instead. It was the second one I tried, before deciding it is my bike soulmate. I tried a few others aftewards, and none compared.

Everyday I love my bike more. Imported from the UK, it's a conversation starter. Women usually talk about the color "ooh, what a lovely green," or "I like your bike, it's so pretty." Some guys notice that its sparkly green, but mostly they take note of the hybrid elements of my bike, say they like the fenders, and point out mechanics that go over my head. One guy, yesterday, just nodded, looked at the bike, and then looked at me and nodded again.

I was happy with my first bike too. I saw it at Waterside Workshops when I was 7 months pregnant. I test rode it while my friend Heather watched on in terrified paralysis. On it, I discovered that my balance was better biking than walking. I rode it everywhere until the week before I gave birth. By then people were hollering at me from the sidewalk, "Oh my God! When are you due?" "Any minute," I'd reply. Once baby was big enough, I swapped out my back baskets, for a baby carrier, and would ride him around in his bright blue shark helmet.

My awesome grey schwinn was older than me, refurbished, and well loved. The bikes at waterside are donated by the community, and local youth work on them. Waterside Workshops are open to the public from 12-6 Friday through Sunday. http://www.watersideworkshops.org/wb/

A plus about them is they offer free workshops to the community on how to fix your own bike.

Posted by Marta Sanchez on 05/12/2012 at 12:41 PM

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