Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Revolution Bikes, Delta, Colo

What would you do if someone walked into your bike shop and said, 'Could you fix this broken derailleur cable? Oh, and by the way, I only have $3 and no credit card.' That was me when my bike broke down in Delta, Colorado on a ride from Grand Junction to Montrose. I still had 30 miles to go and didn't want to do it all in my 12. A few minutes later I was out the door with a working bike and well wishes from Chris Davis, the owner of Revolution Bikes. No charge. Great guy. Thanks, Chris!


At June 23, 2009 7:35 PM , Anonymous Marshall Hance said...

Every interaction is a unique relationship. This speaks just as well of you as it does the shop.

At June 29, 2009 9:07 AM , Anonymous Ed said...

I have a friend with a shop outside of Philly. People come in with department store bikes all the time and, of course, bug out when they hear what a repair of their "inexpensive" bike will be. What most of them don't notice is that my friend pokes at the bike, tweaking here and there as he talks / assesses because he knows that so many of these bikes are neglected and unsafe. I've watched him tighten a dangerously loose stem and smile as the person refused the cost of fixing the dented rim that brought them in. The person had no idea he just saved their kid from a horrible fall.

To answer your question, I'd have fixed it. I'm sure my friend or any shop owner that loves the sport would too. You might have gotten a cable salvaged from an old gitane at the bottom of the spare parts box, but you'd have gotten a workable bike. you also would have gotten an invitation to his annual Huffy tossing competition.

At July 8, 2009 12:59 PM , Blogger tdarling said...

Hey, Joe,

We rode together - dropping our group - during the early part of that day. I stopped at the first rest stop, and you kept going. Nice to ride with you!


Ted Darling
Cape Elizabeth, ME

At July 9, 2009 5:27 AM , Blogger Joe Friel said...

Hi Ted--Great to hear from you. I rode with one of your buddies very briefly (as he passed me :) on the last day. Hope all is well for you.


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