Neighborhood Biking

Yesterday I went over to check out the new bike shop in my neighborhood, Halcyon Bike Shop. Pinkie’s chain had started sounding like a flock of birds, so I stopped by thinking I’d pick up some chain grease, and ended up bringing her back over for a quick overhaul (I had been running errands in the car and didn’t have my bike the first time around).

OK, there weren't actually this many guys outside the shop...

OK, there weren't actually this many people outside...

Poor Pinkie felt a bit out of place as we squeaked our way through the crowd of hipsters on well-maintained, customized bikes out front…but I told her not to worry, they were friendly.

Even though the shop has only been open about six weeks, it seems like it’s already part of the community. Between the guys riding outside and the customers inside, there must have been about 15 people there during the course of my visit, in addition to the resident dog and cat (love stores that have pets!). Since I normally would go a week without seeing 15 people on bikes, it was a welcome change to see so many people interested in cycling.

While I waited, I looked around front of the shop. They had about 20 reconditioned bikes for sale. Most of the ones in stock were medium-frame men’s road bikes, with distinctive vintage looks, priced between $350 and $600 dollars. They sell new and used parts (I may go back for some fenders) and some handmade and vintage bicycle accessories, including some very cute hats.

We left the shop about 15 minutes later, having spent $15 on a tuneup that made the ride home a lot easier — perhaps a commuter bike should get some attention more than once a year? I realized during my awkward conversation with the very nice mechanic that I know more about working on my Mustang than I do my Schwinn. He said they’re going to get some community classes on bike maintenance going soon, and I will definitely be signing up.

ETA: I came across this series of video tutorials on BicycleTutor.com that looks like a great intro to maintaining your bike—can anyone suggest other resources?

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5 thoughts on “Neighborhood Biking

  1. msdottie says:

    Sounds like a cool shop. I like their whole mission as discussed on their website. It’s great how cycling builds community in so many ways.

    I’m sure Pinkie’s happy to not sound like a flock of birds, especially around all the hipsters. Hey, any cute hipsters? Sounds like it could be a good place to pick up guys with a similar interest :)

  2. I’m told The Salvation Army and other thrift shops are a great place to pick up a homeless bike for a few bucks. But you might want to pass on “cute guys” there…

    I’ve seen a few of these thrift store bikes completely transformed after a fairly basic face lift. Many have steel frames and forks, which are ideal for city riding.

  3. [...] stumbled onto the following via a post on letsgorideabike: At the core of Halcyon Bike are recycled and restored custom used bikes. Every year, Americans [...]

  4. editrish says:

    I would love to pick up an old bike for a few bucks…if only I knew what to do with it after that (could probably say the same for the hipsters, actually). One day. ;)

  5. Jennie says:

    It is so strange that most bike shops have resident pets! The two bikes shops I went to when I rode my bike both had seriously aging pups – they were so cute! Loving the blog, Trish!

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