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Spend your money wisely this Christmas. Get a bike.

You could say that as a bike shop owners, we are biased. But we happen to believe that the products we sell make great Christmas gifts for kids and grown-ups alike. Wrap one up, and you're giving mobility, independence, fitness, fun and adventure, as well as something durable that will last for years. For well under a grand, you could buy many seasons' worth of autonomous travel.

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Bike if you want to

Don't see yourself becoming a bike commuter? That's OK. You do not have to "become" anything if you just want to try riding your bike. We have some octogenerian relatives who have been known to ride their bikes to the grocery store. I don't think they ever stopped to figure out if they are "bike commuters".

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Let's Tackle Online Buying, Shall We?

I think many of us, if not most, embrace the concept of shopping locally. This isn't limited to local farmers' markets. All your local merchants invest untold time, energy, perseverance and love to bring you the services and merchandise that we think you are looking for. We have taken care to staff our stores with people who care about your project and are eager to share their expertise and craftsmanship.

If all you want is to "showroom" for the best price, we have no choice but to swallow hard, and accept it as the harsh reality of today's market.

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Buying a Bike, Part 3: Finding the Right Shop

If you are looking to purchase a new bike, the first step to a successful experience is finding the right shop. This is especially true if you are new to biking. The reason for this is, that if you really intend to use your bike, the bike purchase itself is not the end of the line. Rather, it is a beginning of a relationship, which should be based on trust.

Maybe that's too touchy-feely for some people. The anonymous experience of buying a bike from a megamart may be a little less intimidating. After all, there is noone there to size you up and ask those rather personal questions about comfort and fit. But, believe me, if you're going to take biking seriously, you have to get a little touchy-feely with your friendly bike shop, or at least a friendly bike shop employee.

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What I learned about commitment from mountain biking

To maintain commitment, we have to believe that we have the ability to complete the task. For example, if the entire ride consisted of the log-jumping sections, I would have given up after the first ten minutes.Commitment requires sticking with and pushing yourself over tasks that are not easy. This part is not enjoyable, and this is where commitment is most likely to falter. But this is also precisely the point at which we get the wind back in our sails. Without methodically and slowly slogging up the steep banks, I could not feel the thrill of the happy descent, the feeling of being in control enough to let myself get out of it, reveling in my new abilities.

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