Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 3610 | UrbanStreets Seattle Sure, you can spend as much on a fancy racing bike as a used car but many people buy a bike and basic equipment for a few hundred dollars. After the initial investment, mainte- nance is inexpensive and there are no fuel bills (well, except for biker fuels like pizza and burritos). You can even save more by buying used gear – many shops offer used parts and even refurbished bikes. If you are new to biking, there are many available resources to get you started. From one-on-one riding instruction, to basic maintenance, to advanced repair, Seattle has many orga- nizations that can help. Here’s a bit about three of them. By Tina Bechler, Marley Blonsky and Michele Finkelstein A sk your friends who ride; biking around Seattle is fun and empowering. It’s also healthy, more sustainable and less stressful than driving, faster than walking and sometimes more convenient than transit. Plus, it can be incredibly affordable. What’s not to like? Biking is Super Affordable! Here’sanideaofthecostofgettingstartedwithanew entry-levelbikeandbasicequipment: ➤ Newbike:$500-1,000 ➤ UsedRefurbishedBikes:$250-500 ➤ Helmet,lockandlights:$50-100 ➤ Fenders (forrain):$20-50 ➤ Rack(ditchthebackpack):$20-50 ➤ Basictools:$20-50 New, fully-equipped bikes for everyday commuting can cost a reasonable $700. Used bikes could run $500 or less. Maintenance at a shop can cost around $200 annually, depending on how much you ride. If you do the work yourself, you can ride daily and spend less than $100. DIY BIKE REPAIR: DIY SEATTLE F2016 SWFIN.indd 2 11/29/16 4:22 PM