Real Money Talk: I Bought a Linus Bike
This is the story of a girl and her bike. It's also a story about patience, because when you avoid debt, sometimes it takes two years to save up for something you really want.
- What: Linus Mixte 3
- Cost: $700.51
- When: Saturday, March 23, 2013
- Where: Calhoun Cycle, Minneapolis, Minn.
- Why: To decrease my carbon footprint, exercise, family recreation
I first heard about Linus bikes on July 6, 2011 (almost two years ago!). I finally test-rode the bike in September 2011, and fell even more in love. I knew immediately that it was the right bike for me, but we had to save up! A year and a half later, we finally had saved enough to make the purchase!
To be honest, we weren't saving the entire time. I was pregnant when I test-rode the bike, and then last year we had a newborn so it wasn't really something that fit into our lifestyle. We actually had the funds to buy it a couple times (tax returns) but the money was better spent in other ways (savings, retirement). We were really wise with this purchase so there is absolutely no remorse!
I've had the bike two months and have gotten a lot of use out of it! I've rode it to Bible study, the grocery store, return a Redbox, rent a Redbox, family lunch dates, the park, and just around the block for fun. It's a huge upgrade from the mountain bike I won at my junior prom (it's 12 years old and desperately needs a tune-up).
For those who have been reading our blog for a long time, you are not surprised by this purchase. I've mentioned buying this bike many times: here, here, here and here. With a little patience and diligent savings, my dream came true!
P.S. We've already found out that with a bike purchase comes additional needs: extra tubes (in case of a flat on the go), levers, helmet, lights (front and rear), lock, baby bike seat, racks, bells, baskets, bags, etc. Just something to keep in mind if you're in the market for a new ride!