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April 13, 2010

Total Dream Bike

For the past three years, we have survived by repairing bicycles and selling used bikes.  Ideologically, this decision has stemmed from the belief we should make better use of the resources available; things should be repaired rather than replaced.  Practically speaking, you can get a lot more bike for the buck from a well-conditioned used bike than you typically can from a brand new bike.

As is so often the case, trying to find a workable balance between ideology and reality has been an ongoing challenge.  Because we’re the only full time bike shop in the area that specializes in selling used bikes, the demand has far outstripped the supply of quality used bikes.  A snapshot of the sales floor tells the story pretty well: we have two bikes under $250 that are ready to ride, we have eight bikes that will be ready to ride for around $200 in about two to four weeks, and we have eight high performance bikes that we’re selling on consignment that are all over $800.  Basically, we have a big gap between $200 bikes and $800 bikes, and for the past year we’ve been looking for a good way to fill the gap.  It seems that a good $400 new bike would dovetail nicely into this gap, but finding a good bike for $400 is a lot harder than it ought to be.  We may have finally found our silver bullet.

Last week we received our first shipment of Kona bikes, and so far they are everything we’d hoped they would be: practical, affordable, and reliable.  In fact, I have a full-fledged crush on the Kona Africabike I built.  I start to blush when I tell people about the three speed hub, steel frame, double walled rims, and stainless steel spokes.  Not to mention the fact that it comes stock with fenders, basket, rack, and lock.  Better yet, for every two Africabikes that are sold in the states, one is donated to HIV/AIDS health care providers in sub-Saharan Africa (hence the model name and the red ribbon).  Total dream bike.

Deciding to sell new bikes is definitely a compromise, but if we’re gonna sell them, at least we found a bike that we’re stoked about.

Read more about the Kona Africabike here.

See the full Kona line here.

To see all our bikes for sale, click here.

Return to www.backalleybikes.net

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