It had been a long walk to the shop in the nearby town. It might have been easier if I rode the bike that accompanied me, but the broken chain and the bearings in the crank made it impossible. I could have arranged for someone to take me to the bicycle shop, but it seemed like a nice enough day and I needed the exercise.
Eventually, I reached my destination in downtown Lewisburg. Yeas had passed since I last needed a mechanic to fix a bicycle. I did not know what to expect from the shop with the sign above the door labeled “Campus Cycle and Fly Fishing Center.” If you wonder how that combination came about, you are not alone. The person who greeted me at the counter when I finally walked into the door looked like he belonged singing “It’s not Easy Being Green” with Kermit the Frog on the Muppet Show. I’m not kidding, the guy really does remind you of John Denver, although he has a slightly heavier build. He might not have been the type I’d want to hang out with on a social level but he was friendly and professional while I was in his store.
I asked a few questions and went back out of the town to think for it a little bit. Did I really want to spend twenty dollars to repair something I only spent five dollars on? Most people might have just given up, but I liked the style of bike although it looks like something straight out of Leave it to Beaver or the Andy Griffith Show. Eventually, I waked back and left the bike in your care. Because I’d never been in the place before, I decided to look around.
Well, I may be the type who’d more readily spend seventy dollars on a cheap bike from Wal-Mart then invest several hundred in a good quality bike. The price tags on the pedal powered vehicles started at $500 and went all the way up to $2000. If you’re into competitions, it matters, but it seems that’s a little pricey for the average person. Fishing poles and other fly fishing gear also adorned the shelves, but as I do not fish, I cannot say if the prices were reasonable or not. What surprised me was the decent selection of books to support the hobby. Sure, your local bookstore might carry more on the topic generally but if you needed specifics about engaging in the hobby in central Pennsylvania. The only bits of information the store lacked were where the bicycle PA routes went. (I believe they are listed at www.bicyclepa.com.)
Two days later, I came back to the city and found my klunker of a bicycle ready to go. It turned out just to be the ball bearings in the crank as I suspected, which means I could have fixed the problem myself, but I was grateful just to have it back and no need to fiddle around with tools which I use poorly. So, if you find yourself in the area or live there, why not check out Campus Cycle and Fly Fishing Center on Market Street in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.