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Friday, December 19, 2014

Small-Batch Builders Offer An Alternative to Big-Box Bikes

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 2:20 PM

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Perhaps it's time to check out your local niche bike company, rather than shelling out $5,000 for a bike that comes from seven different countries made to bolster big companies. 

There's something funny about buying a bike or frame from a little known builder: you're putting your trust in something and somebody that you can actually talk to. The downside is that you have to love that bike — it won't be worth much half as much to anybody else if you decide to sell it later on. For somebody like me that likes to tinker, buy low sell high, and try everything under the sun, this ends up being a pleasant reminder to just get on my bike and go for a ride, because I can't do anything else with it. 

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Leif Haven

Leif Haven

Leif Haven is a writer and cyclist living in the Bay Area. He can be spotted dragging himself up a hill — literally and metaphorically.


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