We are back home and open for business. After many months of reading, planning, and researching we managed to pull off an unprecedented 2-week camping trip abroad. It was time to explore a different corner of the world and what a phenomenal trip it was. We experienced a few bumps in the road but doesn’t this speak to life in general?!
This lesson learned certainly applies to bicycle shopping. You can easily spend many months reading, planning, and researching about different bicycles. Picturing yourself breezing along on a crisp spring afternoon, with a friend, enjoying the bright sun on your shoulders, a true Zen moment. Bicycling brings joy to your daily grind but it may require a bit of work, maybe even a little sacrifice. I gently ask you to consider a few of the following recommendations in your quest for the perfect bicycling experience;
- Practice bicycle handling skills
- Purchase a bicycle that fits the terrain you plan to ride.
Bicycling is the keystone to an active lifestyle. I can't think of a more efficient way to explore our neighborhood, complete errands, and stay energized. Whether you are physically fit or not bicycle handling skills take thought and practice. If you commit to riding your bicycle at least 3 times a week in a matter of 3 weeks you will become a much more confident rider. I am always looking for an excuse to ride my bicycle and try to add a few core workouts in-between. Flexibility and strength will allow you the confidence to ride and the more you ride the easier it becomes.
Selecting a bicycle that fits seamlessly into your lifestyle is an important step to achieving your bicycling Zen moment too. We'll happily offer you ideas for your next perfect bicycle be it a city specific bike, a gravel bike, a fixie, or a custom steel-frame road bike. It isn’t necessary to own 4 different bicycles but it does pay dividends to own a bicycle that reflects your personality.
Since cycling brings fitness and joy I would not regard the purchase of a custom built bicycle as an unwarranted extravagance, how could you? Which leads to the next story.
Nine years ago, at our previous location on Lowell Blvd, we met our neighbor Treasure. After many visits to another bike shop she was totally frustrated with her bike because the derailleur would not hold its adjustment. I convinced her that Ethan would be able to diagnose the problem and in turn help her avoid purchasing a new replacement bike. She agreed and for all these years she has pedaled her bike reliably around town, on week long bike tours, and throughout Colorado trails without a peep from the derailleur. This year Treasure decided to purchase a new bicycle for the sheer joy of it.
After much contemplation she chose to have Gallus Cycles build her steel frame set and have Ethan complete the component selection. Ethan carefully chose her components balancing the weight, reliability, and cost of each piece. With this particular build Ethan heavily considered reliable and durable components that will withstand cycle tours through the remote regions of the Southwest, areas in which Treasure enjoys riding with family and friends. Treasure’s bicycle is a beautiful machine, may it lead her to that Zen state all cyclists strive for.
- Front Hub Schmidt SON Delux SL
- Rear Hub Phil Wood
- Rims Soma Weymouth
- Crankset Sugino Touring 3-ring
- Bottom Bracket Phil Wood
- Headset IRD polished
- Stem NITTO Crystem
- Handlebars NITTO Randonneur
- Dynamo Lights Schmidt Edelux front