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

Enjoyed the article - you are not alone in your plight! Getting into the bike scene via purchasing a bike at a (potentially snooty) bike shop is tough! You might enjoy an old Raleigh 3-speed or a similar Mixte - sorry but I don't know where to find such a thing in the bay area necessarily, but my friend got one in Philly that is awesome, vintage, smooth, and not too attractive to thieves.

Did you not like the Public bike your friend rode? Their frames are hi-ten steel (I think) like the Linus, so not the lightest or best ride but they are stylish and functional commuters, if not a bit expensive.

Here's a blog I made about converting an old steel racing frame into a commuter, along with other snapshots of bikes that might inspire you (and your helpful boyfriend, ahem, to build something suited to your exact needs!) - http://mceuro.blogspot.com/2011/05/jills-p…

Good luck!

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Posted by Jonah Chiarenza on 05/02/2012 at 3:34 PM

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