Trials,Tribulations, Travels, Tastings...and Occassional Transcendence

Trials,Tribulations, Travels, Tastings...and Occassional Transcendence
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

My New Boyfriend

I want a new bike...I don't really need one, but I want one. Does that make me greedy? I don't think so. I love my Chekhov, but he is not light enough and his components need to be upgraded as does his crank. So rather than spending boku bucks on an upgrade I just figure it would make more financial sense to get a new bike and make Chekhov the sweetest commuter in all of Rochester. That's the plan - at least for now.

So a little while back I was devising a way to make this new purchase possible. Seeing as how I am (unfortunately) not independently wealthy, I figured I would need to set aside a good amount each month. In addition, I just paid off my car allowing for a larger amount to go into the 'buy Ari a new bike' fund. One day while aiding a friend in the purchase of a new bike (which required visiting many, many bike shops) I thought why not work at a bike shop and make this purchase even more possible? After all, I have been wanting to learn the more technical aspects of cycling/components/mechanics for quite some time now. So that's what I did. I am now a proud employee of a local bike shop a couple nights a week. I am super psyched about this moonlighting gig as well as the prospects of having the knowledge and contacts in the sport readily available to me. So, my future boyfriend might be more attainable than I previously thought...and in the interim I get to spend time with him during my shifts and once in a while take him out for a spin in our parking lot (Le sigh).


flahute said...


I worked for a shop in Sausalito, CA (A Bicycle Odyssey) for 8 years on weekends ... meant I worked 7 days a week, but at that point in my life, I always found time to ride ... before work, after work, commuting, etc.

And I learned tons.

stickboy said...

One word for you...'Pro-Deal'...ok, ok maybe thats two words...but you get the picture. Pick something nice...and carbon fiber (or titanium...or unobtainium...!)

I worked one summer in a bike shop as well (wrenching). Very good experience, you'll like it. As a side benefit, you'll probably get to check out all the local biker studs calfs and compare shaving products.

oh, and I'm sorry to hear about Chekhov's crank...go easy on the poor, old fella. ;)

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