I’ve got a pretty sweet gig. I work remotely from Denver for a company in San Jose, CA and once a month I travel out there to get a little office time. One of the first things I noticed was the number of bike lanes and bike friendly streets. They’re everywhere. And since San Jose is the land of paved suburbia, the roads are quite wide. Score.
Given that my trips are a regular occurrence, it wasn’t a giant leap to make the decision to buy a beater to help me get around when I visit. $150 later, and a little help from the folks over at Bicycle Express, and I have a California bike.
It’s a 1970s Gitane Grand Sport Deluxe with original paint, decals, and probably rust. Rides great and it’s totally worth the price and convenience.