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  1. 1. How to Buy a Practical Bike Ignite Seattle #10 Noah Iliinsky @noahi http://www.flickr.com/photos/doublegrande
  2. 2. Why bike? http://rst.gsfc.nasa.gov/Sect16/Sect16_1.html http://www.flickr.com/photos/frisse82 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffmcneill/
  3. 3. Qualityof life http://www.flickr.com/photos/a_ninjamonkey/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdot_photos
  4. 4. Key: comfort fit 1.  seat height 2.  handlebar height 3.  handlebar reach http://www.rei.com
  5. 5. Key: practical tires ~1.25–1.75in or 32-45mm http://www.rei.com
  6. 6. Key: low gears! http://www.flickr.com/photos/jennieb
  7. 7. Functional accessories: fenders and rack http://www.publicbikes.com
  8. 8. Bikes: road racing • light and fast • aggressive posture • narrow, high-pressure tires http://www.rei.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/nate_kate
  9. 9. Bikes: mountain bike • heavy suspension • moderate to aggressive posture • wide, knobby tires http://www.rei.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/gmeurope
  10. 10. Bikes: city or hybrid • practical design • upright posture • moderate tires • room for fenders • rack mounting points http://www.rei.com http://www.toyota.com
  11. 11. Safety http://www.rei.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/thorstenator
  12. 12. Practicality http://www.rei.com http://www.twitter.com/yelahneb
  13. 13. Q: Where to buy?A: Budget • Under $500, used bikes offer better value than new • Reasonable new bikes start around $700 http://www.flickr.com/photos/orcmid
  14. 14. Used: $200-500 at LBS Columbia City
  15. 15. New: $700+ at LBS Free Range Cycles
  16. 16. Other Options: REI Craig’s List • decent values • lots of support • bike at all price levels • some deals, some not • no support
  17. 17. Stuff you dont need (to be) • lycra • ironic moustache http://www.flickr.com/photos/teamtraveller • white male http://www.flickr.com/photos/iralifack
  18. 18. Non-profit bike shops support accessFix-it classes for everyone 14th and Main, near Jackson for everyone http://thebikery.org Repair and riding classes for kids S. Ferdinand St., Columbia City http://bikeworks.org
  19. 19. Summary •  bars above seat •  low enough gears •  room for fenders •  ~1.25-1.75in or 32-45mm tires http://www.rei.com
  20. 20. • Test ride different bikes•Support Local Bike Shops•Have fun! Questions? Feedback? @noahi http://www.flickr.com/photos/tzofia

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