So I bought a bike from Amazon

Hello Bike Commuters! It has been a while since I posted, but things have changed quite a bit. Unfortunately I am no longer doing the Bike-Train commute thing, I am really bummed about that. I used to take the train so I would avoid spending up to an hour and a half stuck in traffic but now I have a carpool buddy and that has reduced my commute time to about 40 minutes.

This meant that I no longer needed my Giant Expressway folding bike so it was sold to a person who travels by plane and needed a bike to get around town. I gave “Gravel” riding a try with my old 26″ Hard tail mountain bike but I was not able to keep up with riders with fancy Gravel/CX bikes and 29rs. New Gravel/Adventure bikes start about $900 so I started perusing Craigslist to see if I could score a cheap gravel bike.

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And there it was…. a Raleigh Bikes Preston Classic City Bike, a vintage looking bike with modern parts and a copper finished handlebar! So I started searching for a local bike shop that may have it in stock -No Dice. I noticed that Raleigh was selling this bike in Amazon.com for about $395 (cheaper than their own site and around the same price as a used one). I did not buy it right away, my budget was about $200 so it was over my budget.

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Amazon does this thing that if you leave an item in your cart it will tell you if an item has gone down or up in price if when you go back to your cart. I checked my cart periodically and lo and behold the Raleigh Preston was selling for $295! That was still $95 over my budget but I remembered that I had an Amazon gift card and points accumulated on a credit card. I went ahead and pulled the trigger, the gravel bike will wait.

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I also purchased a few accessories for the bike such as the a leather tool bag by Projekt Bikes, the Retro Front Vintage Bike Light,

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and the Portland Design Works Sparrow Cage, Copper

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So how was the Amazon experience? The bike arrived 3 days after I purchased it and assembling the bike with the tools that Raleigh provided was a breeze. You don’t have to be a bike mechanic to assemble this bike so save yourself the $80 assembly fee if you consider purchasing a Raleigh bike from Amazon. The only thing that was disappointing was that the bike arrived a little scratched up, this is not Amazon’s fault but if the Raleigh folks are reading this; please put extra padding on the top tube!!!

So far I’ve done errands on this bike and it gets a lot of looks and thumbs up, I can’t wait to take this bike to the beach!

Why Every Biker Needs a Cool Wallet

What makes a biker wallet so special? On the one hand, it’s a well-known pocketbook that folds in two or three and has several pockets for bills, business cards, receipts, credit cards, and change. Like the accessories for men, biker wallets are capacious, solid and durable. On the other hand, a biker wallet differs from its leather counterparts about the same as a motorcycle differs from a car. Both are vehicles but they have their own character and personality, so to speak.

Looking at every biker wallet you can tell that a craftsman put his heart into it. It is because they are most often made by hand. Each product comes out individual and unique. You can get a custom wallet that has a one – of – a – kind look but even off-the-shelf products are capable of wowing passers-by thanks to the bold embellishment and daring designs. Biker wallets are never mass-market products with uninspiring cookie-cutter looks.

Biker Wallets – Durable and Tough

Many people consider bikers to be tough, badass and serious men and these assumptions have their ground. All their accessories carry the imprint of the biker culture and they are just as serious and cool as the men on motorcycles. Biker wallets are no exception. They are massive but convenient so that a biker can shove one into a back pocket of his jeans and it won’t cause troubles during the long rides.

Practicality is another sign of biker wallets. Remember, a real wallet for a biker is made only from genuine leather. Bikers do not tolerate fakes by their nature. Additionally, real leather is incredibly durable, it will serve its owner for many years. Rare items are even inherited. If a leather biker wallet gets weathered with time, it won’t make in item worse. In fact, small scratches, abrasions, or traces of oil or gasoline are able to make a wallet even more valuable since they add more individuality. They are able to turn a billfold into an item with a history, which everyone would like to find out.

When Looks Matter

Every biker wants to stand out from the crowd to emphasize his individuality and status among the brethren. An original wallet is of great aid in this matter as well. Bikerringshop offers an excellent variety of design options and finishes. Wallets can be embellished with silver rivets, clasps, embossing, carving, embroidery, etc. They often carry familiar symbols found in the biker culture – skulls, crosses, totemic animals, as well as intricate patterns resembling bizarre tattoos.

Sometimes wallets do not have additional decorations if they are made of exotic leather. The skin of a snake, crocodile, stingray, lizard and other reptiles is attractive by itself thanks to its relief and sometimes voluminous patterns. Did you know that crocodile or snake scales are unique, just like human fingerprints? Therefore, you will never find two identical wallets even if they carry the same design. As a bonus, exotic leather has an outstanding durability, which is several times higher than the finest calfskin.

Finally, each leather biker wallet comes complete with a grommet for a chain attachment. A chain fastens to a wallet on one side, and its other end is attached to a belt. The most common are steel and silver chains but you come across leather chains as well. Chains are not just fancy ornaments. They help to reliably fix a wallet to a biker so that it always stays at hand even when driving fast.