The top three most efficient modes of human-powered transportation are (in no particular order): Flintstone cars, bicycles, and a palanquin carried by the various monarchs you've conquered and overthrown. Focus on the most feasible of these with today's Groupon with today’s Groupon to South Lake Cycles in Lexington. Choose between two options:
- For $30, you get $100 toward a bicycle.
- For $30, you get $70 worth of services and accessories.
South Lake Cycles keeps chains greased and tires humming with a full-service repair shop and stocks a wide selection of bikes and accessories. Lonely bicyclists find a well-rounded mate in the Trek 1.1, engineered to balance handling, comfort, and acceleration ($729.99), or the Gary Fisher Mamba, whose 29-inch wheels help riders cruise rough terrain with silky smoothness ($909.99). Those who already own a pedal horse can pamper it with a professional tune-up—which includes an inspection and adjustment of all of the bike’s essential elements, such as the headset, brakes, bearings, chain, derailleurs, and saddle ($69)—or opt for South Lake’s complete bike overhaul, which bundles all the services in the pro tune-up with a hand wash and wax, drivetrain removal and cleaning, and inspection of all cables, housing, and tubes, with replacements where necessary ($229). Experienced technicians lavish TLC on every two-wheeler they touch and reward well-behaved bikes by letting them race outside until their owners arrive to pick them up.
Hundreds of velocipede accessories accommodate riders interested in upgrading. A Bontrager Evoke saddle ($62.99) cushions cheeks aboard aluminum chariots, and Maxxis MTB tires render wheels suddenly trail-worthy ($53.99 each). Eddie Balcerzak, the owner of South Lake Cycles, worked for the gold-medal-winning 2000 U.S. Olympic Track Cycling Team, so the shop’s pedigree remains as refined as a butler serving tea during a skydive.
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In Poland, Eddie Balcerzak raced professionally and coached Warsaw's KKS Polonia Cycling Club. He continued on this career trajectory in the United States. In 1985, he found employment with the 7-Eleven cycling team, which subsisted entirely on Slurpies, and then linked up with U.S.A. Cycling. While working for the team, he helped the athletes cycle to a silver medal in the Atlanta 1996 Olympics and clinch gold in the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Today, as the owner of South Lake Cycles, Balcerzak shares his wisdom with a new generation of cyclists. He works alongside bicycle mechanics and pro coaches who outfit customers with all the equipment they'll need to race a triathlon or take a joy ride on an aircraft carrier.