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Ask a Bicycle Mechanic on The New York Times

by Bike Shop Girl

Read these questions and more over at Ask a Bicycle Mechanic

Question:

I cannot easily park one of my many bikes near my office at 51st and Madison. I wish to use a bike to go a short distance from Roosevelt Island over the 59th Street Bridge to my office, which will take about 30 minutes maximum. Would you recommend a folding bike, and if so which and at what cost? I need something basic and have no other plans to use the folding bike other than to take it with me to my office.

- Posted by Rob

Question:

I’m seriously considering purchasing a folding bicycle for both commuting and recreation. What, in your estimation, is the best bike for my money? I’ve seen prices range from $200 to more than $2,000. I’m not a serious cyclist, and would ride mostly in the warmer months. I’m a petite woman, so size/weight is also a consideration.

- Posted by Carissa

Answer:

Keep in mind that parking garages/lots in New York City are taking bicycles now. Talk to some of the ones in the neighborhood that you work in to see what the costs are. This way your bike will be in a secure and hopefully indoor spot. If you do decide to go the folding bike route don’t think that you will be saving money by getting an inexpensive one because you have a short commute. You don’t want to be late for work due to an unreliable bike. At Bicycle Habitat our most satisfied folding bike users are riding Brompton. It is a premium product so you will spend a bit initially, but it is a great investment.

 
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5 Responses to “Ask a Bicycle Mechanic on The New York Times”

  1. Nick says:

    Just would like to make a plug for Bike Friday – my New World Tourist w/ drops is great for commuting and weekend riding.

  2. Juan says:

    Reading through the comments at the NYT post. This question is awesome :D
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    I want to start commuting to work on my bike but I have a few concerns. First off, I’m worried my jeans aren’t tight enough and that they might get stuck in my chain. I went shopping for new tight jeans so I could ride my bike, but designer jeans can cost as much as $50! Also, I bought a messenger bag to carry my keys and their attached carabiner, and my bag isn’t adequately filled out. I tried stuffing it with balled-up newspaper, but then I can’t find my keys. Any tips?

    thanks,
    Liquid Astronaut

  3. tinggi badan says:

    which will take about 30 minutes maximum. Would you recommend a folding bike, and if so which and at what cost? I need something basic and have no other plans to use the folding bike other than to take it with me to my office.

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  5. As per asking about the mechanics I made the conclusion that best bike mechanic is always best. I found that experience very well matters and by listening the sound of the bike he find out the disturbed part.

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