With the snow falling, and a prediction for it to continue, I did what any normal person would do on their day off. I went to the bike shop.
A new bike shop opened up in town recently. This one came recommended by the Newmarket Eagles cycling club president. A former Eagle is at the helm of this venture and a good cycling club never forgets one of their own.
The store is called Detour Cyclery. Ever since one of my work colleagues showed up with a t-shirt bearing the name Cyclery, I have thought it was a cool name. To be fair, as I type this, Microsoft word does not think it is a valid word. Maybe their denial makes it even cooler.
I entered the shop and right away I could tell they mean business. It has a solid industrial feel to it, escaping from the boutique style of a couple of the other shops in town. I would be lying if I didn’t say I liked it from the get go. The prices seemed fair and the owner explained that he was going to have more bike varieties than most shops do.
I spent some time with the owner. I am planning on getting a trainer for these winter months and was wondering what they had in stock. I was also thinking about my cycling budget for next year and wondering what upgrades, if any, I should get. Needless to say, like any good shop, there was time to impart a lot of information on me. I appreciate a busy shop, but I also like it when they’ve got time to answer my questions and don’t feel the need to hard sell me on something. Hopefully, some of what I learned has sunk in.
I didn’t want to leave, but the rest of the day was calling. I was clear, though, that getting a chance to check out a new bike shop, and get some good information was definitely Today’s Perfect Moment.