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The bike peddler

August 22, 2010

How did you get into the bike shop business?



“Actually by default. It’s always been my hobby. I needed to change what I did for a living for medical reasons and it just wound up that cycling fit real well.



I see a couple older bikes on the wall. How much has the design changed since we got away from the giant front wheel?



“Index shifting would be the biggest changer. Lighter bikes — the composite frames, aluminum frames — make it roll down the road so much easier.



People can spend thousands of dollars on a bike. What makes those bikes cost that much?



“The components of the bike, how precise they are. What the bike is made out of. The lighter the bike, usually the more expensive the bike gets.”



Do you really need to spend that much on a bike?



“No, not really. The average person is going to spend $300 to $500 on a bike. It’s a bike you buy once in a lifetime and it’s going to do everything you need it to do.”



What kind of bike would you recommend to someone who wants to start out?



“A hybrid bike. It does the hard-packed surfaces, stone and gravel. It’s going to take you out on the bike path, which Lima has a great one, and out on the road a little.



In addition to selling bikes you guys do tune-ups. What do you go through when you’re looking over a bike?



“A basic tune-up, we’re going to make sure all your bearings are working correctly, your shifting is working correctly and adjust those. True the wheels on the bike, check the tire pressure. Re-torque everything on the bike and make sure everything’s working. And check the brakes. It’s important to stop.



If someone finds a $20 bike at a yard sale can they get that tuned up and have something that’ll be good to ride?



“Absolutely, and that’s great way to get started.”



Are there many organized rides around here? Do you guys do any group rides?



“There are organized rides all the time. For ourselves, we have folks that leave out of here Monday, Wednesday and Friday about 6:30 p.m. Rally Point always puts on a great ride once a year. You get into the biking magazines, they’re all over. It’s a great community.”



When’s the best time to ride?



“When you have time. That’s the neatest part. You can take out of the house when it’s convenient to you. It’s cheaper than a gym in the long run and you can do it at your convenience.”



Why do you like to cycle?



“The health benefits. I’ve lost a lot of weight myself doing it. The cardio factor. And you know what, I can lollygag if I want to. If there’s no one around, no one’s watching I’m going five miles an hour looking at the sky, the birds, the trees, the flowers, really having a good time with it.”



 






The bike peddler


The bike peddler


The bike peddler