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Who’s the newest bike commuter in Denver?

June 7, 2012
Mulie McGinley, bike commuter

If you see this girl, congratulate her on switching to bike-commuting!

As of this week, there’s one more bike commuter on the streets of Denver: It’s my friend, Julie!

I’m so happy for Julie, and I’m proud of her for making the switch from car commuting to bike commuting. How did she do it, you ask?

First, Julie made two smart choices that allowed for a car-lite existence:

  1. She moved to an apartment building in the Wash Park neighborhood, just a few blocks from the Cherry Creek Trail bike path (not to mention a whole lot of other cool stuff within biking and walking distance).
  2. She asked for a bike for Christmas.
Then, two strokes of luck sealed Julie’s car-lite fate:
  1. Her sister came through with a super-cute aqua-colored cruiser with plaid accents for Christmas.
  2. Her office moved from Colorado Boulevard to a hip, downtown office on Writer’s Square, right near the bike path.

Now, each day Julie pedals up to the Cherry Creek Trail, takes a pleasant two-mile ride, and exits the bike path just two blocks from her office.

I hope you’ll join me in congratulating Julie on becoming a bike commuter!

Car-freely,
Amy

P.S. Julie blogs too!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jenny permalink
    June 7, 2012 10:45 am

    Yay!

    Hey Amy, I’ve got a bike-buying question. I want to get a bike for me wheel-less hubby, and asked a bike tech friend for recommendations for something budget-friendly. His suggestions all came in at around $500-$700…which may be budget-friendly from the perspective of a gear-loving bike tech, but just don’t seem that way when you weigh it in dollars-per-use. Does that sound right to you — that a starter bike costs that much? Are bike shops the best place to buy a bike? Where would you suggest a casual, non-bike-commuting person look?

    Thanks for any thoughts!

    • avaerewyck permalink
      June 8, 2012 10:41 am

      Great question, Jenny. Thanks for posting it here!

      In the name of buying local, I’d recommend your local bike shop, but I’m sure you can get good quality bikes at sporting goods stores too, and probably for somewhat cheaper. The thing about going with a bike shop is that I think you can pretty much count on the products being good quality – whereas at non-bike-specialty stores, it might be hit or miss.

      I got my bike at the Adams Morgan City Bikes, and I’m pretty sure I remember seeing some comfy-looking hybrids there for $300-500. That might be a more reasonable price range if you’re not sure how frequently the bike’s going to be used. Of course, you can probably find good deals on Craigslist too once you figure out what you’re looking for.

      Are you still in D.C. area? Check this out: http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/bik/3059776455.html

      Hope this helps. Best of luck in your bike-shopping!

      • Jenny permalink
        June 11, 2012 12:22 pm

        Thanks Amy! I should walk into a store like City Bikes and ask a bunch of questions (easier to do if it’s not the store where my friend works!). Thanks for the suggestion, and the craigy link!

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