With my driving course behind me, it was time to get some wheels.
Of course, without my license, I had to settle for the two-wheeled, self powered version (for now – I can still hear six cylinders calling out to me – more on that later).
When we moved here, I couldn’t bring my bike. Just two bags of luggage each – it just didn’t allow for a mountain bike. Of course, my ’95 Specialized HardRock mountain bike had seen better days. It has seen thousands of miles, numerous centuries (100 kilometer days) and just as many spectacular wipe-outs. On that bike, I tore all the skin off my chin just days before starting high school. Not so serious now, but its pretty embarrassing to start a new school with a 2 inch gap of skin on the front of my face.
So after months of window shopping I finally made a decision. Well, actually Dena did. She bought it for me with some of the spoils from her travel writing. Friends are coming next month, and they are going to bring Dena’s bike – It also is a Specialized Hard Rock, but much newer and with hardly any use. (life got hectic for us, and just didn’t have the time – which is why we flipped our life upside down and came here). So we just need one more bike for our daughter and we’ll be fully mobile once again. Can’t wait.
For cost, it was actually a little less cost than the same bike would have been in the States. This was a great surprise for us – virtually everything is more expensive here – at least of the imported kind.
How else are you supposed to bring a new bike home?
Great Bike Shop in Cuenca: TecnoCyclo
Just a couple days ago, Dena bought me a new bike. I feel like a kid back in grade school – a new bike, with reflectors and streamers and spokey-dokeys (you know, the plastic things on the spokes that make an annoying sound, but only when you go slow?) Well, they were fresh out of spokey-dokeys, but I’m all set with the streamers, front basket, a honkey-horn – the works.
I didn’t expect to find a full service bike shop here – not sure why not – but it was a great surprise. There are a number of other shops but this one seemed the most honest. The other ones we visited had a range of brands: Rocky Mountain, Mongoose, GT, Cannondale, Trek – but no listed prices. They sized me up as I came through the door and based their price on what they thought I could pay.
When we visited Tecno Cyclo (yes, its spelled right) they treated me with respect. Their brands are Kona and Marin. I’ve never rode or known anyone with a Marin, but when I took it for a ride, and then checked it online, I found its a great basic bike. They are the national distributor for both brands. They carry road bikes – but I can’t remember the brands. The roads here don’t really lend themselves to fast bikes with skinny tires. You’ll need suspension and knobby tires just to drive on the paved roads. . .
They list their prices on each bike, with financing and cash pricing. Owner Cristian Ramirez (pictured below) told me that his cash price is the same as the price in the States (where these bikes come from). I checked it online – and he’s right. I actually paid $20 less than I would have in the States. And they have a fully stocked repair shop.
Here’s how you can contact them:
- Tecno Cyclo (el mundo de las bicicletas)
- Address: Agustin Cueva y Remigio Tamariz (its a street over from Remigio Crespo and a few blocks off of Avenida Solano)
- Phone: 07 288 6500 / 09 850 2340
- Email: info (at) tecnocyclo (dot) com