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December 2, 2012

LBS*


Mostly my bikes are (like me I suppose) a bit middle aged and worn out. When I book one in for repairs, there is typically a one or two week wait (they're always flat-out assembling the latest shipment of fully suspended low-void carbon monocoque bicycles featuring tubeless wheels with a particularly lurid shade of red titanium spoke nipples). On arrival with my rusty pride and joy I often sense a slight snigger, double take or ironic comment from staff that were quite possibly still using trainer wheels when my bike first rolled off the showroom floor.

While that's not entirely true because there are some pretty good bike shops around Auckland that are staffed by super passionate and knowledgeable bike guys. I might well have found the ultimate bike shop for my old clunkers though. This place (T. Whites Everyday Bikes) has a drop-it-in-and-we'll-get-on-to-it-soon policy, sells a mix of old and refurbished bikes, frames and gear and have cabinets full of old second hand parts to rifle through when for example your old 6 speed overbar thumbies finally bite the dust. I tried to sketch it one lunch-time, but I didn't fit half the old frames and parts on display...


*LBS — a bike geek term meaning Local Bike Shop.

10 comments :

James Hobbs said...

That's my kind of bike and my kind of bike shop. And a lovely drawing of it.

dinahmow said...

I don't ride a bike these days. Too low and close to exhaust fumes.
But I have fond memories of cycling miles...to go swimming, to a movie, just to blow the weeds away. Back-pedal foot brake, no less! Sometimes, on the Main Highway from Ngaruawahia to Hamilton.
Lovely old bikes. Thanks!

Cathy Gatland said...

You got a great feel of the bike shop even if you didn't fit everything in. Too scary to ride a bike in Joburg, especially when you wobble as I do, but I love these.

kane said...

Love the bike shop. I'm a biker.

3eCheval said...

As an avid commuter I can only cheer this cool LBS sketch : a good bike shop is as essential as a good dentist!

John Wright said...

Great story telling Dewey!

Shiho Nakaza said...

I love cycling, too, but find bicycles a challenge to draw - you captured the spirit of LBS!

Marcia Milner-Brage said...

I enjoyed your post very much! This bike shop looks uncannily like my bike shop a half a world away here in Cedar Falls, Iowa! When there's no snow or ice, I bike a lot around town--grocery shopping and hauling my plein-air supplies in my back panniers. The guys who sold me my current bike 19 years ago were probably the fathers of the guys there now. The guys there now are as wonderful as the old guys--replacing worn out tires, adjusting derailleurs, or whatever, lickety-split and with joy in there hearts.

Murray Dewhurst said...

Thanks for all your comments, I didn't realise there were so many cyclists out there!

Murray Dewhurst said...

I agree Dinah the bike is the original freedom machine! You might find the Ngaruawahia to Hamilton road a bit busier now, although many people skip Hamilton altogether and take the Gordonton bypass to Cambridge.

They make excellent urban sketcher transport eh Marcia. I've got a Carradice saddle bag for the sketch gear, although I can only fit a small sketchbook. You could try some Nokian or Schwalbe studded tires for winter cycle/sketching trips (www.peterwhitecycles.com/studdedtires.asp), safer, but it guess wouldn't make it any warmer for frozen fingers though!