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(Almost) Got a New Bike

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Today, I apparently felt very optimistic.

You see, Monday I went to Cycle Technique and asked them if they had some used bikes, having in mind of getting a rain/winter bike. Turned out they did, their summer rental bikes, they were pretty nice, and (allegedly) they had a large one that would fit me. I figured I'd give it a thought, then decided it was a good idea, and went on the Tuesday. I figured I'd walk there, pick up the bike, then ride to work. Except that large was actually a medium. So I walked to work instead.

Today, I figured I'd head over to Beaudry metro, check out Vélo Espresso and Revolution Montreal, for sure I should be able to get a decent used ride between the two of those, right? Well, no. Well, maybe. But mainly no. I had forgotten that Revolution mainly does custom built bikes, meaning that, no, they did not have anything for sale right there. Vélo Espresso had a used bike, but while it could have done, it was quite used. On their main floor, they had this rather weird bike, a Norco VFR 3 Internal. It's a fairly sporty frame, although not too aggressive, and it actually has space and lugs for fenders and racks (although I hear that it's not always the best fit ever), but it has an internal hub and a chain cover. An internal hub and a chain cover, but no fenders? I keep seeing utility bikes that have fenders, racks and lights, but no chain cover nor internal hub, and this bike has the reverse? Well, uh, it so happens that this is the exact set of things that you can't add, so I guess that's cool? I tried it out around a few blocks, and while it's not nearly an upright riding position, it's still surprisingly relaxed. It also comes with clipless pedals and clip-on platforms like those I already have?!? What a weird bike!

After that, I went to ABC Cycles & Sports, but it was closed (only on Wednesdays, argh!). I stopped by Brakeless, since it was just down from it, but they only had the one fixie, it seems more trendy than a place I'd actually want to get a bike from. I then headed over to Le Yéti, where I had a rather informative chat, and saw a ridiculously fancy German bike (I think? don't remember the make/model), which, while complying with pretty much all my requirements, and piling on disc brakes on top (because I really like brakes that work well), is also almost three grands, although it's now on sale at a bit past two grands. Uh, tempting as it is, I'll have to pass.

After that, La Bicycletterie JR, Sport Dépôt, and Pignon sur Roues. The latter had an interesting bike, the Louis Garneau Cityzen One, but is oddly missing just a chain cover (even though a blurb about the bike in Vélo Mag claims there's one?). Why is there almost no bike with chain covers?

I ended up going back to Sport Dépôt, and after some pondering, getting a Marin Belvedere. I had already spotted that bike from some research on the web, and while I knew they had Marin bikes there, turns out they pretty much only had this one, 20% off, so it was a happy coincidence. But... Their mechanic was off today, so they couldn't prep the bike, so I did not ride to work, once more.

Tomorrow, I shall ride home on my new ride! There's no stopping me! They may try, and Jeff might try to jinx me (I beat his Space Invaders high score to ward it off), but I'll be riding back tomorrow, rain or shine, and there'll be no stripe down my back if it's raining!

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shade_o_matic
Sep. 25th, 2008 09:49 am (UTC)
Just make sure you get winter tires. I used my bike without winter tires 365 days out of the year last year and when the roads are icy your knees end up taking a major beating up with every turn you try to make. I am definitely going for winter tires this year...
pphaneuf
Sep. 25th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
While I do plan on riding throughout the winter, I'm not super-hardcore either! What happened to your knees exactly? Sliding out and having to catch yourself all the time?
shade_o_matic
Sep. 25th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
When you try to turn on ice, the bike just slides out from under you at an incredible speed and you usually end up falling straight onto a knee. I still have a scar on my left knee from one of those falls.

Riding through winter = super hardcore. Otherwise, don't plan on doing it. Trust me on this - I KNOW.
pphaneuf
Sep. 25th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Yow, I see... Hopefully, my old mountain biking reflexes will still be there for me...

Well, "throughout" doesn't mean "every day, no matter what". If it just snowed in 40 centimetres, it's still snowing hard, schools are closed, and the army is moving in, I'll take the metro that day. ;-)
shade_o_matic
Sep. 25th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, wimp. :P

Reflexes do shit on ice. Just a little FYI for ya there. I can bike through a major snowstorm and not fall with my practically bald road tires - but on ice has nothing to do with reflexes and balance.
pphaneuf
Sep. 25th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
Then I guess I'll just reverse what I just said, and ride on snowstorm days. :-)

I agree with the reflex things not really working out. I wiped out on pavement a few years ago in France, going about 10 kph under a tree that was shedding some kind of weird, really slick substance... I had been slowing down since I was approaching a curb, and when I merely laid my fingers on my brakes, the bike just decided it would rather not be under me, like, now. :-)
shade_o_matic
Sep. 25th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeiiiiiird. What kind of tree was it? I have never seen that. And yes, that's exactly it. The bike suddenly says BYE and we're left to eat pavement. Fun times.
pphaneuf
Sep. 25th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
I don't know, maybe some kind of cherry tree? The fruits had fallen to the ground under it and kind of turned into something not unlike an oil slick. I carefully avoided going under it on my later commutes... ;-)

You probably want something like those guys, or at the very least, keep the tire pressure at the minimum...
shade_o_matic
Sep. 25th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Sooooooooooooooo cool!!! I want them now!!!
ryss_rhiannon
Sep. 25th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
Try the place on DeMaisoneuve near Girouard in NDG. It's all used bikes. I can't seem to find their phone number, but I think the places is called Re-cycle.
pythonian
Sep. 25th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
The place is called "Recycle Cycle" or something like that. My son's bike was bought there (I think), after I recommended it to my ex.
ryss_rhiannon
Sep. 25th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
Maybe I should read to the end before commenting...
pphaneuf
Sep. 25th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
Hehe! It wasn't easy, but I almost have something!
pythonian
Sep. 25th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
I have a bike that's not doing anything. Pity I didn't know you were looking.

Oh well. Glad you've found something that you like.
pphaneuf
Sep. 25th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
Had a pretty long list of requirements, even looking at new bikes, it involved more than ten bike shops total! So I'm glad I found something too. :-)
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