Hey. My name is Samui. (Well...it's not my legal name. People just call me that. Or they call me Sammy, or Sam, or whatever.) Anyways, yeah...I ride my bike a lot - mostly to and from work. Mostly, from Hartford, through Wethersfield, and to Rocky Hill - about a 6.5-mile commute. I take the back roads mostly, avoiding Silas Deane Highway like it's the plague. I'm a wuss, and I use the sidewalks. A lot of drivers are jerks here, and I almost got plowed by several of them. A couple times it was due to my brakes failing, other times it was due to idiots.
I come to these forums in hopes of being able to do some budget mods to my current bike (It's a Schwinn...something or other). I plan on getting a car soon after I get my license, but for the time being, I'll be using a bike for my commute, as it's all I really have. So, I want to make it awesome. =p
Welcome to the forums, Samui, Sammy, Sam, Whatever,
Maybe you can answer a question for me that has come up this very day. Have you any opinions on good or bad bike shops in & near Hartford? I am going to be travelling and I might need to ask one of them to partially dismantle and pack a bike for me so I can take it on bus, train and plane. If you don't know, maybe someone else who reads this thread can make a recommendation.
I highly recommend Ray Taksar's bike shop on Franklin Ave. I went there once for a tune-up on my other bike which now sits in the back of my workplace due to the rear gear-shift cable being popped out (how that happened is beyond me). It is, in fact, the only shop I know of in or near Hartford. I don't go there much, though...since the area is kinda sketchy. (I get some bad vibes from the people around there).