Ok...back in September I moved into this gorgeous neighborhood with tree tunnels, hills, lots of flowers and streets marked with Bike Lanes :-) The weather has just been amazing so thanks to my awesome friend, Ty lending me his bike, I've been riding through the neighborhood and really loving it. It has been YEARS since I've ridden or even owned a bike. When I was younger I used to spend hours with my friend & neighbor, Dara. We would spend the days and nights of our Summer riding around the great town of Jenks, America. We had some laughs too, thanks to me and my clumsiness! Note to self...next purchase...HELMET!!!
All that to say...I've really missed biking and when I found out I was getting a decent tax return, I thought...Let's give Ty his bike back and get your own! Sooo...I started shopping on the net and trying to get an idea of what I would want. I stopped by a bike shop yesterday on my lunch hour and narrowed it down even more, however...they didn't have what I wanted. So, I got on-line and looked for a dealer that carried the specific brand of bike I was looking at and found Schlegel Bicycles!
Enter Cliffton Hays. This guy was so nice and helpful on the phone (far different than the experience I had at the other bike shop on my lunch break). I told him my price range and the type of bike I was looking for. He asked all the right questions to make sure he could help me find just what I needed. I went in to the shop right after work...I was on a mission...I wanted to buy a bike TODAY! Cliffton showed me a few bikes in my price range and fit me to make sure I had just the right size. He went across the street to their warehouse to see if they had what I needed in stock. While he was checkin' things out over there Christine came to keep me company and make sure I wasn't just sitting there alone...great customer service & teamwork.
Photo provided by Schlegel Bicycles
Cliffton came back with this bike...the TREK 3500. They didn't have one in my size assembled yet but he wanted to make sure I liked the bike...even down to the color scheme...He knows...even the color scheme matters to this girly girl!! Have I mentioned that Cliffton was really helpful?!?! He told me when I pick up my bike they'll make sure the handles are right where I need them for a comfortable fit and everything!
He even knew, since I'm just getting back into cycling after several years, some trails at Lakes Hefner & Draper that I can do as an amateur. When all was said and done...I was able to stay within my price range, get a great bike and have an incredible experience. I was pretty nervous to be quite honest. I don't know a whole lot about bikes but everyone at the shop made it a fun and relaxed experience...they have me as a customer for life!
Photo provided by TREK
Tomorrow is the big day...I get to pick up my new bike...unfortunately the weather is supposed to be crummy the next few days so I won't get to break it in right away...but I can't WAIT!
Thanks to Schlegel Bicycles & their amazing crew!!!
Now....I can't wait to start posting pics of my rides :-)