- Published: Sunday, 05 July 2015 14:43
- Written by Jamie Naragon
Ten years ago, following a divorce, I decided to do something for myself and buy a bike for the first time in a decade. I had enjoyed browsing one of my LBS’s, so I figured I would go there for this quest. They were kind and helpful, but I was scared about what type of bike to get, so I “settled” for a Giant Cypress LX hybrid. It was an okay bike—nothing fancy. And, as a fairly casual rider, I figured it would suffice. That being said, it was kinda big and bulky for me, ugly, and weighed a ton. Plus, I think the frame was way to large, but the clerk insisted it was fine.
Now here is where I make a confession—every time I go into a bike shop, I get anxious and feel judged. I am overweight, don’t know the mechanical side of the sport very well, and I don’t act or dress like a “typical” cyclist. I always have to prove myself in terms of knowledge about the sport instead of people seeing an overweight person trying to buy a bike get healthier. Even when I use a musette as a purse and wear my t-shirts from races I’ve worked to try to lend credence to my credibility, I usually have to answer a series of pointless cycling trivia just for anyone to take me seriously.
Everything changed, however, this past week. After working Race Across America again, I was inspired to get a new bike. Due to my discomfort with my other LBS’s, my bike had fallen into a state of disrepair. Furthermore, I resented it for all the faults I just named. So, I decided to try an LBS a little further from me—Cycle Werks in Whitehouse, Ohio.