Category Archives: For the Love of Cycling

A unique perspective….sort of….with a side of piping hot purpose!

So you want to buy a bike this spring, good on you.  But what type of bike do you need?  What is the purpose of the bicycle?  There is so much info on the internet it is almost overwhelming.  What brand, what model, how much will it cost, what is good and what should you avoid?  Unfortunately relying on anonymous reviews from people with standards that may not match your own, could result in buyers remorse.  The internet can lead you in the wrong direction when it comes to buying the right bike for the purpose you had in mind.

I get it, and I would like to help.  Regardless if you buy a bike from me or a different shop, I want your cycling experience to be fun and light hearted.  That is the essence of cycling after all.

Regardless of the internet content, or the opinions of strangers half way around the globe.  There are a few key questions I ask everyone of my customers on the hunt for a new ride.  Ask yourself some of these questions and you may be able to filter out some of the BS and come to a viable solution that fits your needs.

  • So, what do you see yourself doing on the bike?  What is it’s purpose? (trails, road rides, family outings, transportation, riding Niagara on the lake with your honey while tasting wine and cheese?)
  • How often do you see yourself riding the bike?  (If you only want to ride occasionally, a cost effective bike may be all you need.  If you see yourself speeding up or down the mountain side, on road, or off road, you may need to open the purse strings a little to ensure a safe and reliable ride)
  • Would you prefer an upright position on the bike, or a more sporting position? (personally i find this one can confuse people a little, your position on a properly sized bicycle can be adjusted to suit your body type and preferences, bikes are very very versatile)
  • What is your budget? or What do you want to spend?  (two similar questions that can result in two completely different answers 😉

So there it is, 4 simple questions to help you put some thought into the purchase of your bike and may help you a little to determine it’s cost.

Earlier in one of my posts, I talked about quality and value in the bicycle industry.  I have a quote pinned to the wall right by the front counter in my store.  Benjamin Franklin once said “the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten”.  I live and do business using this simple quote as my guide.  There isn’t a bike in the store that I would not ride myself.    The brands I carry deliver the value my customer deserves for their hard earned dollar.

Please keep in mind, though we service every kind of pedal powered bike, I know my products best and I have hand picked them because of the quality, and value they offer.  I won’t be able to help with any online purchases or with a brand from a different shop that I don’t carry.  Hopefully the questions above will help you if this is the case.

With that said, I hope to see you in the shop this year, perhaps I have your next sweet ride sitting in my showroom.

Cheers

Paul

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Sale comes first….and the truth second? Sorry you’ve got the wrong bike shop

Every once in a while I get reminded by the universe that not all things hinge on price, and that the truth in my industry has great value to those who appreciate it.  Having something new or falling for the “oooh shiny” attitude of today’s marketing is not what cycling is about.  For many years now, if you didn’t have the latest product or the newest bike, you wouldn’t be taken seriously, that is changing finally.

People are starting to wake up to the quality of a product rather than just the price, and I think this is a great thing.  Benjamin Franklin once said “the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”  – enough said.

A gentlemen came into my shop this morning and we had a long discussion about the nuances and collective goodness of riding a bike.  It was an invigorating conversation, positive and uplifting.  He was riding a vintage 30-year-old steel 7 speed road bike, all bundled up for the cold, happy as a clam.

I appreciate him greatly and all those who enjoy riding a bike simply because…..

I guess what I am saying is, ride what you have, get on and enjoy, all you have to do is let go of the ego and stop pining for what your neighbor or riding buddy has.  Stop listening to the magazines, commercials, and ads.  Carbon, steel, aluminum, titanium, or bamboo, who cares.  If you are new to the sport, get strong, and take the time to learn what you can about the sport.  Find a shop that is willing to share experiences and methods proven out on the road or trail to keep you moving. If you are an avid rider that has been at it for years, take the time and help out the newbie, more than likely he or she doesn’t have the knowledge or skill to really understand what a great sport this is. Give back!

Don’t get me wrong, having a new ride or some new equipment is great, as long it is good quality it will last you for years, but that is not what is important, just get out there and ride, find some peace, and above all have fun.

Just a thought…..