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For the past year, I have been talking about getting a new bike since I grew out of my old bike (from high school) and I was looking for a road bike rather than a mountain bike. I have the luxury of being right on the Minuteman Bike Trail in Arlington. I have been running on the trail, but it is an excellent bike trail without crazy traffic. Jacob and I rented from a bike shop that was right on the trail and it was a very pleasant experience. However, the bikes that I rented didn’t fit me well and I just wanted to go whenever and where ever I wanted to go. I really want to check out the Arboretum in Jamaica Plains.
This past weekend, we were determined to get bikes so we can go on long rides and commute to work to save on gas. We called upon our friends, Morgan and Tara, who are avid bikers, to help us pick out bikes. We all went to a shop in Jamaica Plains called, Bike Not Bombs (http://www.bikesnotbombs.org/) or BNB. BNB is a non profit org which promotes bicycle technology as a concrete alternative to war and environmental destruction. They recycle bike parts and create community empowerment both in lower income neighborhoods of Boston and in the nations of the Global South. BNB’s programs involve young people and adults in mutually respectful leadership development and environmental stewardship, while recycling thousands of bicycles.
The shop is really unique and there are a ton of interesting refurbished bikes. I was so excited that I got a bike that was not too expensive because I am not a pro biker or anything. I just need a bike that functions and that will maybe spur me into becoming a better biker and going on longer rides and (maybe, maybe) races (who knows if this will happen). I am so happy that I finally decided to get a bike and stopped procrastinating!
Here’s to BIKES not BOMBs!