Nevertheless, she persisted

I visited a handful of bike shops today. There are several along major trails in my area. My Atala is a humble commuter/street bike. It seems it does not have a modern equivalent in the US. The closest thing, road bikes, are expensive $1k-2.5k. I cannot justify this expense for something that I expect will get years of light use. I’m not exercising on the bike.

Out of desperation, I remembered that the secondhand market exists. And boom, I’m in business. I can find bikes in good condition from a few years ago for 30-50% less than today’s version. Similar to the phone market.