Sharla Brown: Changing Gears
It all really started when I moved to Oak Cliff. I was only about 2 miles away from my job, and I had just come to terms with the fact that I really didn’t like driving. As soon as I walked into Local Hub, I knew I wanted a Tribe. Automatically I was drawn to how customizable and sleek they were. I bought El Capitan from the Hi-Ten series and that is the beginning of this beautiful love story.
I knew I was not going to be the fastest, but I set out to undoubtedly have the flyest bicycle in Dallas. I swapped out the stock black wheels for gold, which would lead to gold pedals, bullhorn handlebars, and of course— no outfit is complete without a gold chain. El Capitan and I rode 1000 miles and lost 70 pounds together last year, and I still prefer to commute to work with this bike because I really enjoy the simplicity of a single speed. That being said however, there is a new bike in my life, and I have been changed!
I had been considering getting a geared bike for quite some time because let’s face it, Oak Cliff has hills and ya girl’s legs were not equipped. Also, I live near the Trinity Levees so I wanted a bike that could handle that type of terrain. After a very unsuccessful attempt at riding El Capitan on gravel (I’m not saying you can’t do it, I’m just saying I would highly advise against it) I was ready to upgrade bikes. I decided on the Kona Rove NRB DL and it’s the best purchase I’ve ever made. There were so many places that I would knowingly avoid because I wasn’t confident that I could conquer the hill, and now I find myself seeking out those places just to prove to myself that I can. And It’s not called an adventure bike for nothing, a couple of weeks after getting the Kona Rove, 2 of my best friends and I rode our bikes from downtown Dallas to downtown Fort Worth. So far this is my greatest cycling accomplishment. I’ve come really far!
Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a learning curve and I chose to learn all of the things at once. I went from a single speed bike with flat pedals and one front brake, to a 22 speed gravel bike with rear and front disk brakes. I also chose to learn how to use clipless pedals around this time, so there was a lot to get used to. Luckily, I had some really great friends and co-workers at Local Hub that were willing to help me out along the way. From everything that I’ve learned so far, I think the greatest lesson in it all is to not be afraid to take the plunge! Get the new handlebars. Go clipless. Grind gravel (especially if you’ve never done it before). You just may surprise yourself with the places being fearless can take you!
Salesperson, Local Hub Bicycle Company