I love bikes. Bicycles of every shape, color, type and size will draw me like a fly to honey, so it took me a few years to discover that I do have a preference for particular kinds of bicycle shops.
So, you have your trendy, high volume bike shop, where you can find all the latest models from the cutting edge of bike technology and design. These types of bicycle shop are also likely to offer some type of repair service.
Then you have your smaller, perhaps family operated bicycle shop. In my experience this type of bicycle shop is even more likely to offer reasonably priced repair services.
You may have guessed that one thing I tend to notice about a given bike shop is the types and cost of their repair services. After riding bicycles for years now, there’s one thing that always eventually happens again: bikes need to be repaired.
Most people pick up repair skills over months or years of riding, but if you need a repair done by someone else, it’s nice to have a local bike shop that’s prepared to assist you and your situation.
By far, the best bicycle shops out there are the ones that offer repair services at reasonable prices and deal in second hand bikes. Bike shops that are really good at one of these, are generally good at providing the other type of service.
Call around and find out which bicycle shops refurbish used bicycles. You may be surprised at just how nice a refurbished bike can be. Think about it, instead of adding to a landfill somewhere, an old bike can be made perfectly new and functional again… and become yours!
Of course refurbished bikes are also a great way to get a good bike while saving a lot of money as compared to a brand new bicycle. The more bicycle shops that deal with recycled bikes, the more people can afford to own bicycles. Less car exhaust and more exercise and human interaction is good all around.
When I visit bicycles shops that don’t like to work with recycling bicycles, I like to voice my opinion about what a great service that is, how attractive it is to be as a customer. It’s the little encounters in our daily lives that change the world everyday. Take part in bicycle recycling and help your little corner of the world!