Floor 28: Accidentally Buy a Really Nice Bike

I’ve posted before about how much I love bicycling.  Mr. DebtFreeJD and I both live within an easy bike ride of our jobs.  This is really important to us.  In fact, we are thinking about buying a house in the not-too-distant future, and one of our must-haves is that it be in biking distance of our jobs.

However, my bike is not in great shape.  I got it for free from our downstairs neighbors, and while you can’t beat the price, the bike itself left something to be desired.  First, it was a man’s bike, which made biking in skirts and dresses really difficult/revealing.  Second, it was rusty.  Third, it was heavy.  Fourth, it moved at approximately the same speed as Dog DebtFreeJD after several hours at the dog park – that is too say, pretty slow.

So, for Christmas this year, Mr. DebtFreeJD and I agreed I would get a new bike.  We went down to our local bike store, thinking of spending about $300 for a new, not very fancy bike.

Instead, we bought a used bike made by this company:


Specifically, this bike:


It is, for all intents and purposes, a brand-new bike (retailing at $1,200), but for various reasons I won’t get into, its original owner didn’t keep it, and so it was being sold for $400.

It took me one short test ride to announce that I HAD to have it.

It’s a great bike.  I love it.  It’s got an automatic gear shift, which is weird, but I now like it. There’s only two gears (inside a cylinder) – and one chain – so there should be very little maintenance needed.  I like the basket.  It’s light.  I also really like the double-kickstand.   All in all, I’m looking forward to many years of whizzing around our small city on my new steed.  And in so doing, reaping all the benefits of bike riding, including increased fresh air, better exercise, more tolerance to the cold and heat, and an earlier arrival time at work and at home.


7 thoughts on “Floor 28: Accidentally Buy a Really Nice Bike

  1. Cecilia@thesingledollar

    I own a nicer bike than I probably should (it was $400 that at the time, I didn’t really have — I told myself I was buying a cheap car, so I could get a nice bike instead of a beater) and I have to say, I enjoy it. Enjoy yours!

  2. Judi

    Bikes are actually one of my spending weaknesses, which means I have no words of wisdom for you (oh except make sure to carry around extra tubes or a patch kit and some basic tools for repair-none of this is helpful for debt repayment though 😉 But that is a sweet looking cruiser! I finally got a road bike a year ago, it’s a giant and I love it! A good road bike is a must have where I live because there are mountain-like hills everywhere so anything heavy will kill your momentum on the climb. I heard from one of my coworkers that Boston has some great shady lanes just outside of the city that are great for biking. I don’t know if I’m more jealous of the country bike rides or the apple cider donuts she described.

  3. Emily @ Simple Cheap Mom

    I’m so jealous of your new bike!

    I was impatient one Sunday night and decided I needed a bike right then. Needless to say, my big bos store bike is super heavy and actually slows down when I go down hills. Not a very fun ride!

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