Third World Layabout
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Costa Rica
Bikes: Cannondale F900 and Tandem
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LBS of a byegone era...
I was just thinking this morning while cycling about my favorite LBS. It really wasn't a Bike Store, but was a Bike Mechanic. I had this three speed bike with a handle bar shifter that I used everyday to deliver papers. It would make a fine commuter now. Occassionally I would decide to fix it, and I usually managed to really fix it, if you know what I mean. It would could from being a three speed to a single speed in no time - not too bad it if was the middle gear, but not very good when it was on the top gear!
Anyway, there was this older gentleman (probably younger than I am now) who lived near a train track - not sure why that matters but I could find the place to this day. An absolute wizard on repairing bikes. I would limp the bike over to him with a little bit of cash and in about an hour, the thing would be better than new. I almost never had to pay for parts, he had used bikes all over the place to salvage from.
The other thing I remember about him is that he was into building his own mini helicopter. I never got to see it take off, but it sure looked cool.
I suspect by now he has gone on to the great bike repair place in the sky, but I sure wish I could have him here to tweak my bike for me. I am a lot better than I was, but he was a wizard.
So, older geezers, got any fond memories of a LBS of times past?