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Redemptive gets a facelift
Although Redemptive Cycles is a relatively new addition to the Birmingham Community, they are quickly making moves to become an integral part of the Magic City. The most notable change they’ve undergone thus far is their move to a dedicated bikeshop just two blocks north of the railroad tracks. No longer do the employees, volunteers and customers have to listen to the sounds of bandsaws and welding equipment. Instead, customer’s ears are graced by soft indie rock and experimental music DJ’d by Andrew Perkins, one of the new staff members at Birmingham’s new bike shop.
Along with the most obvious facelift that came along with the move to an actual storefront, the bike shop’s modus operandi has received some refinement. Upon entering the store, customers can feast their eyes on a variety of bikes ranging from purpose built racers, more casual cruisers, ladies’ bikes, and mountain bikes. Within a few seconds one of the staff members will have greeted you and offer impeccable service whether you are looking to buy a bicycle, donate one, or need your bike serviced. In keeping with the traditions of other bike cooperatives, all services and merchandise is on a sliding scale pricing scheme. Redemptive has also stayed close to their community driven roots and have continued their earn a bike program which provides bicycles to low income Birmingham residents in exchange for volunteer hours.
Along with the general bike shop fare, are more specialized bikes like their range of single speed bikes that Marcus Fetch, the owner, swears don’t need a back brake; although, he and his staff, that includes the aforementioned Drew Perkins and the affable Ian, would gladly add a rear brake to cater to fraidy cats like me.
In order to usher in the new year, Marcus is hard at work hunting down fixed gear bikes for those bikers that have chosen to eschew from the idea of brake altogether.
For those daredevils, Marcus will be adding a line of fixies in the coming weeks, so check back with them if that style of bike is more of your cup of tea. Beginners who would like a more gradual introduction to the world of fixed gear bike riding can go for a bicycle with a flip-flop gear set which gives riders the choice of a fixed gear setup or a more conventional single speed bike style. There is also a range of steel frame road bicycles in the $100 to $200 dollar range that would be an excellent choice for people who want a reliable way to get around town on a budget.
Although the bikes are used, each one is painstakingly restored to mint condition by the staff and any Earn-a-Bikers present. However, if your bike were to break down, which it inevitably will due to wear and tear from use, there is a full service bike garage in the back of the store that can take care of minor issues like a wheel coming out of true, or even major upgrades like the addition of different brake setups or gear lever changes.
Redemptive Cycles is the premier place to remedy your no bike blues whether they be caused by the lack of a bike or a break down. Head down to their new store at 1305 2nd ave. north to check out their services.
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