Yesterday evening was the Bow Cycle Customer Appreciation Night. I had received an invitation in my email and I had planned on going, just to be social, since I expected some of my cycling club to be there. The invitation mentioned that there would be discounts on parts and accessories, but I already had a discount as part of my club membership.
I also had a need to get their mechanics to look at the brakes on my commuting bike, so I put the bike rack on the Mazda and threw my bike on there and headed down just after 6. When I got there, it was a zoo. I had to park a block away from the store, and the store itself was a madhouse of people shopping, socializing and waiting in line to pay for stuff. I hadn’t expected that. I got my brakes seen to (they work great now) and then wandered into the crowd.
I knew exactly what I was looking for, so I didn’t fight the crowds to browse. I checked the price on an indoor cycling trainer that I’d identified as what I wanted:
A sales guy came over and started talking with me and I was debating whether or not I wanted to wait in line with a big box; then I found out that I’d save 35% on it for a savings of $129. So he went and got one out of the storeroom and I got in line. I had a nice conversation with an asian woman who was also picking up a number of cycling accessories, so the time went fairly quickly.
So I set it up last night, and tried riding it for a few seconds, and it worked as expected. It’s not as interesting as cycling, but it will help to keep me fit over the winter.